Business of Furniture - October 20, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Battle Price Increases with Better Communication - If you must raise prices, talk to your customers about it. Explain exactly why things are more expensive and why you need to pass along those costs to them.
  •   Togetherness, Inclusion and Diversity Were Strong Themes in NeoCon 2021 Keynotes - All new ideas are combinations of existing ideas. This rule has a caveat: Not all idea combinations are created equal.
  •   What Designers Need to Know about Supply Chain Disruption - This disruption has made MANY MANUFACTURERS rethink THEIR supply chain. For example, Prior to the pandemic it was $2,500 to get a container from China, but now it costs $30,000.
  •   Reuniting at NeoCon 2021: Buzzing Three Days Invigorate Industry - "Attending NeoCon is like diving headfirst into the gap between where our clients' spaces are and where they'd like them to be. There's a solution for every design problem, even the ones we don't know about yet." — Katie Titi
  •   Business Transformation Must Include Manufacturers - Delivering for the customer is the ultimate goal. I propose we attack the transformation of the commercial furniture industry from both sides. Let's have dealers AND manufacturers commit to digital transformation.
  •   Investing in Employees at Work: Physical Spaces Drive Culture and Talent Development - The office's role is already changing to a place of ideation — not just work. Nearly 87% of employees believe the office is important for collaborating and relationship building.
  •   AIS Wraps a Successful Show at NeoCon 2021 - For NeoCon this year, the company refreshed a number of spaces, vignettes and products within the 10,400-square-foot floorplate.
  •   Stephen Says - "Don't Let Your Top Salespeople Leave. Give Them a Track to Promotion" - by Stephen Viscusi - Gone are the days where a sales manager comes to town to work with a salesperson in the field, merely for the salesperson to introduce you, the manager, to the customer.
  •   UPFRONT: Office Furniture Liquidations Clears Hotel and Partners with VetStrong for Greater Good of Community - Rising material costs and skilled labor shortages have caused extreme production delays for in-demand consumer products. Obtaining used furniture through transactions like this allows people to get the products they need immediately. It also saves the environment.
  •   Product Spotlight: Via Seating Launches Rise, a Superior Ergonomic Task and Meeting Seating Series - RISE is contemporary, streamlined and uncomplicated. It embodies soft curves that flow in any space or place. With a variety of ergonomic features, including the latest technology in body balance synchro movement, six-way adjustable arms, a molded foam seat with seat depth adjustment and four-way stretch elastomeric mesh with lumbar option, RISE fits a wide range variety of body types with ease.
  •   PLACES - iiLabs Offices – Mexico City; The ground floor houses the laboratory area, which also serves as a showcase area for what the company does.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Tarkett Announces Partnership with Tingle Flooring, IIDA Advances Diversity and Mentorship at NeoCon, COE Distributing Returns for Eighth Appearance on Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Companies List, Vertical Interior Design Honored at the ASID Illinois Celebration of Design
  •   FIRST LOOKS - National Office Furniture Releases New Product Enhancements Tailored to Add Comfort to the Workplace, Mobile Green Wall Helps Prepare the Workplace for the New Expectation of Employees, Kimball Introduces EverySpace – A Creative Framework for the Future, Mannington Commercial Introduces Amtico Active Lines Collection, Pair Introduces Benching System Fade With a Waterfall Edge
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Midpoint Magazine - Mid-October, 2021

 
  •   JIM HEILBORN | ATTENDING INDUSTRY EVENTS CAN OPEN A WINDOW TO THE FUTURE - Like everything else, the pandemic has had a large impact on NeoCon. We may like to think we're on the cutting edge but a great deal of what our industry develops, sells and uses is often just a response to changes in other industries, technologies, legislation and sometimes, even the economy.
  •   BRIAN ZUERCHER | A NEOCON OUTSIDER ON THE VALUE OF LOOKING OUTSIDE YOUR INDUSTRY - I was really looking to spot the IBM of the industry. Just like IBM in the tech space, many furniture manufacturers have been studying how people work for decades.
  •   GEORGE LUCAS PFEIFFER | EXPERIENCING NEOCON 2021 AFTER THE SHOW - NeoCon 2021 was truly a show unlike any other since its inception in 1969. Knowing where to look and becoming a frequent consumer of commercial interiors content will certainly make you more knowledgeable and a greater asset to your team and your customers.
  •   JUSTIN LOEBER | BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION MUST INCLUDE MANUFACTURERS - NeoCon 2021 was my first experience at theMART and I thoroughly enjoyed it. What I realized at NeoCon is there's an unspoken limit to how easy a dealer can make it for customers and employees. You may have nailed your CRM, dialed in your business system, automated basic functions, deployed killer dashboards and so on, but you will eventually hit a wall.
  •   STEFANIE INCE | FOCUS ON SPINE HEALTH: OCTOBER IS NATIONAL ERGONOMICS MONTH - Spine Health Has Declined Over the Past Year | The recent INDEAL Cares Employee Wellness Survey Report, which included input from thousands of people within the industry, found 53% of respondents are suffering from spine or neck pain — a significant increase over a year ago when only 31% of individuals reported spine pain.
  •   WORKING SPACES TIES SUCCESS TO COMMITMENT TO COMMUNICATION, TECHNOLOGY - "We didn't lay anybody off. We didn't let anybody go. We actually grew the business year over year during the pandemic." | Working Spaces believes it sets itself apart in many ways, but communication with the client — from beginning to end, when things are going right and when they are going wrong — is a key differentiator. The dealer also believes that using technology to the fullest can set you apart in the marketing and sales process as well.
  •   INDEAL RESCHEDULES UPCOMING LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE - INDEAL's 2021 Leadership Conference, originally scheduled to take place in December, has been postponed until Nov. 6-9, 2022.
  •   MEGAN RUSSO RECEIVES ARIDO DESIGN AWARD FOR MCCRUM'S OFFICE FURNISHINGS - Russo's creative process and attention to detail helped the company realize the vision of its space as a holistic experience for McCrum's employees, clients and suppliers.
  •   MOST EMPLOYERS PLAN TO OFFER HYBRID WORK AFTER THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, ACCORDING TO XPERTHR'S LATEST SURVEY - The results indicate that the war for talent is playing a big role in organizations' planning around flexible work with nearly nine in 10 employers reporting 'increasing retention' as either 'somewhat' or 'very' important in motivating them to offer flexible work options.
  •   MIDPOINT 'MUSTS' FROM NEOCON 2021 - The Midpoint staff scoured theMART last week, looking for products that caught our eye, were well designed and solved for a specific purpose.
  •   WORKERS SAY JOB PRESSURES TAKE BIGGER MENTAL TOLL THAN COVID-19 FEARS - Fifty-seven percent of workers surveyed said their mental health has degraded since the start of the pandemic. The driving factor behind this decline: their workload. Work pressures are so great that half of the respondents say work demands are taking a bigger toll on their mental health than COVID-19.
  •   RIEKE OFFICE INTERIORS WINS GLOBEE; TAKES SILVER AWARD IN COMPANY INNOVATION CATEGORY - ROI won a Silver Award in the category of Company Innovation of the Year for its entry "Creating the SafeSpace Product Line During the Pandemic."
  •   LEGRAND'S VANTAGE BRAND ANNOUNCES NEW FIXTURE ALLIANCE PARTNER — ENVIRONMENTAL LIGHTS - As part of these alliances, a 5 + Lighting Design Dealer Profit Promotion (DPP) has been developed. Through the DPP, projects featuring both Vantage and Environmental Lights products will receive a 5% discount from Vantage at the time of order and a free lighting design when a project is registered.
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING — HOTEL MILANO CASTELLO - The hotel is truly a hidden gem, found on a back alley in a nice, vibrant neighborhood, close enough to the goings-on while attending Salone, but far enough away to be slightly removed from the chaos.
  •   TANGRAM ANNOUNCES KIMBERLY WIGGS HAS BEEN PROMOTED TO K-12 EDUCATION AREA OF PRACTICE LEADER - In her new position, Wiggs will assist in hiring and lead training for new employees for the inside sales desk. She will work closely with the education manufacturer partners to be best aligned with K-12 opportunities, while continuing to strengthen Tangram's position in the education market.
  •   IN LIGHT OF COVID'S TOLL ON WORKERS, A NEW REPORT OFFERS SIX RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMPROVING EMPLOYEE EXPERIENCE AND ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE - "Businesses not only need to trust their employees, but to gain their employees' trust."
  •   UNISPACE ACQUIRES EXPERIENTIAL DESIGN FIRM DOWNSTREAM - Downstream has an expansive portfolio of integrated digital and physical experiences in global tech hubs, flagship retailers, major sports venues and other destination spaces around the world.
  •   SOLOMON COYLE NOW ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS FOR FALL PROJECT MANAGEMENT TRAINING - Solomon Coyle's PM training program addresses dealer goals for margin protection, customer satisfaction and retention and talent management.
  •   REVIEWS | ADOBE SCAN and WORLDCARD PRO BUSINESS CARD READER - Adobe Scan is an app that turns your mobile device into a scanner that recognizes text automatically (OCR) and allows you to create, save and organize your paper documents as a digital file. WorldCard Pro is the best digital scanners we've used of those on the market. It is a simple, pocket-sized scanner that easily connects to your Mac or Windows computer.

Business of Furniture - October 13, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: What We Can Learn from NeoCon 2021 - Crowds were definitely down, but I didn't hear many complaints. In fact, NeoCon-lite was refreshing — the perfect prequel for NeoCon 2022 in June. If this NeoCon was any indication, held during an active pandemic, the June event should be fantastic as the world (fingers crossed) moves beyond the worst of the virus.
  •   Arconas Introduces its Luxury Residential Furniture Brand, Atelier Keaton, with Launch of Amelia Sofa Collection - While Atelier Keaton and the Amelia sofa collection are a new focus for Arconas, in many ways the launch of the brand is a return to the company's roots. Arconas began manufacturing European residential furniture such as the iconic Bouloum chaise in the 1970s.
  •   BoF's Brightest Products at NeoCon 2021 - This publication isn't about formal award programs. Commercial furnishings is too subjective for all but a select few to properly judge with any accuracy, in our opinion.
  •   A Visual Difference: Colors and Patterns Shift to Accommodate Wellbeing of People and the Earth - Colorful doesn't have to be bold and sharp - It can be as simple as redefining earth tones and bringing the outdoors in.
  •   NeoCon and Casual Show Recap - We felt traffic was certainly dampened compared to pre-pandemic levels, but overall, it was upbeat and fairly well attended.
  •   ASID Announces 2022 Board of Directors — Climate, Health and Equity at Forefront for the Board - With an eye on the interior design industry's role in the health of the planet and its occupants, the National Board of Directors of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has released its first-ever position statement on climate, health and equity.
  •   To the Parents of Camper Rob Kirkbride - Our first Camp NeoCon, Fall Session, was a bit of a change from past years, but campers adapted well—loving the chance to spend more meaningful time doing activities with each other and seizing the opportunity to have dedicated and purposeful conversations with counselors about all of the new crafts introduced at camp..
  •   Stephen Says - "NeoCon in October! But the Event is Still the Job-Change Marker" - by Stephen Viscusi - Trade shows are milestones in any industry. For contract furniture it's NeoCon. For residential manufacturers it is Highpoint, and in hospitality it can be spread among shows from Las Vegas to Boutique Design New York coming up in November. Trade shows are a logical and exciting way of getting the word out fast while showcasing your new talent.
  •   UPFRONT: INDEAL Reschedules Upcoming Leadership Conference - INDEAL's 2021 Leadership Conference, originally scheduled to take place in December, has been postponed until Nov. 6-9, 2022. The decision to move the conference to a later date was based on the organization's commitment to the health and safety of those attending.
  •   PLACES - Watsons Offices – Singapore; Watsons is Asia's leading health and beauty retailer that operates nearly 8,000 stores in numerous Asian and European markets. Through the relocation of their offices to The Concourse, Watsons had the intention of reflecting their newly updated brand expression into the space as well as adopting a new way of working for employees.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - NELSON Worldwide Welcomes Balmiki Bhattacharya as Industrial Practice Leader, Shaw Industries' EcoWorx Carpet Tile is Among the First in the World to Be Cradle to Cradle Certified Under the Version 4.0 Standard, Gabriel Opens its Largest Showroom in Chicago, The Architecture and Design Film Announces a Captivating Roster of Films and Events 2021 and 2022
  •   FIRST LOOKS - SmartBOX Unveils a Full Line of Personal Work Pods, Luxxbox Introduces TESSELL Acoustic Pendant to the North American Market, Graypants Introduces Dash; Beautiful, High-Performance Lighting for Brighter Workplaces, Springboard Introducing the CURVO Collection: Three Collaboration Tools for Flexible Workspaces
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - October 6, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Greetings from Camp NeoCon - I was struck today as I walked around NeoCon that going to the annual event in Chicago feels a bit like going to camp as a kid so I decided to write today's column in the form of a letter home from our industry's most important "camp."
  •   Sara Armbruster Takes Reins at Steelcase at Critical Time for Industry, Company - Armbruster is from Milwaukee, a lifelong Midwesterner who spent time on the East Coast for college. She was recruited for a position as a corporate strategist 14 years ago, when her children were toddlers. Armbruster considers Grand Rapids home.
  •   NeoCon 2021 Off to a Strong, Strange Start - The biggest difference was on the seventh floor. The aisles are much wider and large swaths of the floor were blocked off or empty. Companies like Claridge, OM and Formaspace, which were anchors on the temporary floors are in permanent showrooms.
  •   Designing for Wellbeing — Incorporate Neuro-architecture for External Beauty and Inner Peace - The best advice for a designer working on a project, whether residential or commercial, is to find out what personal things already exist in a client's life that really resonates with them.
  •   Nook Wellness Pods provide Shelter, Comfort and Calm for Neocon Attendees - Grab a NOOK during the show to recharge, make a call, meet or just take a breath without missing any of the excitement of Neocon.
  •   New Interiors Industry Benchmarking Data Available: ThinkLab Launches New 2021 U.S. Design Industry Benchmark Report - Overall, there's good news if you are an architect or designer — 82% of companies are planning to hire in 2022, so be sure to check out the section about top skills architects and designers will need to be successful in 2022 and beyond.
  •   Digital Tools Open Opportunities for Innovation in the Custom Furniture Industry - The use of technology has given freedom to model and build very complex, detailed and unique designs.
  •   Configura Announces Acquisition of ProjectMatrix - Together, Configura and ProjectMatrix will deliver a complete space planning solution for the entire sales and design process, from content creation to specification to installation.
  •   Stephen Says - "Supply Chain Issues Creates Salesperson Burnout; Is It Time For A New Career?" - by Stephen Viscusi - I recently heard from a number of my clients that they are telling customers this problem has a minimum of six more months to go. That was a guess on their part. Realistically, some have told me off the record at NeoCon this week that this disturbance in the supply chain will be longer than six months, and maybe go through the middle of next year.
  •   Upfront: Haworth Collection Adds Emeco Partnership - A new partnership between Emeco and Haworth will add Emeco products to the Haworth Collection in early 2022. This will be a curated product selection, including iconic designs like the Navy chair, Broom and Alfi. Emeco will continue to serve the market as an open line and collaborate with existing and new partnerships independently.
  •   NeoCon Spotlight: QUORUM Multiconference Wins a Best of NeoCon Silver Award! - It is with great pleasure that Groupe Lacasse announced Monday the launch of the highly anticipated new version of the QUORUM MULTICONFERENCE collection.
  •   PLACES - Flexera Offices – Warrington; Bluesky Design Interiors was tasked with creating the expansive Flexera offices with a neutral palette and pops of color for functional work in Warrington, England.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - CNY Group Promotes AnaTracey Hawkins to Senior Vice President of Strategic Growth, CP Group, Formerly Crocker Partners, Hires In-house Senior Designer, Ethosource Celebrates 20 Years, GMi's New Facility Allows for Efficiencies and Consolidation of Production Operations, Nemo Tile + Stone Unveils Southampton Showroom, CIDA Calls for Community Comment on Professional Standards 2020, KAI Named Recipient of AIA Dallas Firm Award
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Leolux LX Introduces R18 Armchair, Artopex Introduces its Fall Releases, Kirei Launches Simple Baffle +, A Twist on Acoustic Ceiling Design, DARRAN Releases Honey Mobile and Accessories, KEM STUDIO's Noise-canceling Panel System, Tempo, Honored with Awards
  •   NeoCon 2021 News - Camira and Luna Launch Combined Showroom at NeoCon, Hightower Welcomes NeoCon with Transformed Chicago Showroom
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - NeoCon Preview Special Edition | October 2, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: NeoCon 2021: Weird or Wonderful, I'm a Glass-Half-Full Kinda Guy - There has been a lot of negativity surrounding NeoCon 2021, which is not a surprise since we are gathering during an active pandemic. But I'm a glass-half-full kinda guy. I'm confident that NeoCon can and will be an amazing event for the industry, even though there is very little normal about this show. The naysayer says, "It is a strange time of year. We are used to the summer heat and occasional monsoon rainstorms in Chicago in June. Here we are in October with cool weather forecast for the show." Glass half full guy says, "At least we get to buy new fall fashions for the show!"
  •   OE Electrics will launch ANIMATE at NeoCon 2021 - Furniture can never be truly mobile if it has to be continuously plugged in to receive power. OE's ANIMATE range combines a flexible and powerful battery system with OE's innovative range of modular, high-power USB charging solutions to power furniture without the cord.
  •   LOGICDATA Announces Historic Move to "One- Stop-Shop" for Customized Adjustable Legs, Frames - A suite of height-adjustable legs and height-adjustable table frames are the new products it is introducing.
  •   Meet Supreen: Nassimi's Newest Revolutionary Performance Fabric - Prioritizing material innovation, sustainability, cleanability and stain-resistant technology, Supreen marries cutting-edge woven and coated technology with a proprietary silicone blend to create a liquid-barrier textile.
  •   HÅG Capisco and HÅG Capisco Puls Now Available - 9to5 Seating is excited to announce the US arrival of the HÅG Capisco and HÅG Capisco Puls — movement task seating solutions timed perfectly with the active seating movement.
  •   Connectrac, a Brand of Legrand Introduces New Products - Connectrac products provide invisible, movable power connections throughout a space via a floor-based raceway system. Unlike core drills and power poles, Connectrac can go anywhere in a space.
  •   HAT Collective Introduces the Elle Collection - Designed and manufactured in Denmark, the collection offers well-designed, price-accessible, commercial-grade workplace solutions with European flare, and it allows employers and workers to choose workspace solutions that best meet their needs.
  •   SitOnIt Seating Introduces Cora and Much More - With expert insights from Certified Healthcare Interior Designers (CHID), SitOnIt's Cora was designed to withstand the high demands of modern spaces.
  •   AIS Heads to NeoCon 2021 - "We've been on a mission to meaningfully broaden our product portfolio, giving our dealers more choices and options to best serve their customers around the country," said Nick Haritos, president of AIS.
  •   LINAK U.S. Keeps You Moving No Matter Where You Work - The new designs at NeoCon will bridge the gap between the corporate office and those working from home and change how people work together for years to come.
  •   OM5 Active Supports a Versatile and Creative Future - OM Seating wows with OM5 Active Nest, a nesting and stacking chair with a subtle, articulating chair top.
  •   Lacasse PARADIGM Panel System by Lacasse - The Paradigm panel system by Lacasse conveys a sophisticated feel thanks to a combination of high performance materials and components.
  •   Wolf-Gordon Announces New Collections and Collaborations - Wolf-Gordon's Laguna is the newest addition to its Origins collection of patterns inspired by artifacts housed in the Museum of New Mexico.
  •   OM's New Tibidi Plays with all the Kids - A riff on TBD, Tibidi is an daptable problem solver with unexpected panache. It announces its presence with a stackability index of 45 chairs — more than the 40 that fit under a door, but a handy storage-saving superpower that can solve many facility manager's needs.
  •   HAT Collective Introduces the M-Series Quad Workstation - Featuring an innovative design that enables it to take up less space than traditional work tables, the four-person workstation is ideal for small-group and collaborative work. Manually height-adjustable to each user's desired sit-or-stand preference, Quad supports ergonomics and gives workers individual control of their workspace.
  •   NEOCON FIRST LOOKS - The latest products from: 3form, Allseating, Allsteel, Andreu World, Arcadia, Arc-Com, Brentano, Camira, Coalesse, Concertex, Davis, Designtex, Division Twelve, Encore, Falcon, Global, and many more!

Business of Furniture - September 29, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Issues with Raw Materials, Components, Logistics, Staffing are Strangling the Industry - Simply put, the office furniture industry is struggling to make furniture because of shortages in just about everything that goes into making it. First wood was in short supply, now steel and foam.
  •   Davis Furniture's New North Carolina Headquarters a Turning Point for the Design-Focused Company - The modern building reflects Davis' modern furniture. That starts at the front of the building with its 12-foot high windows.
  •   ThinkLab Trendspotters: Who You Need to Follow at NeoCon 2021 - For those on site, our Trendspotters will aid in digesting what they've seen and identify as must-sees. For those not on site, we'll bring you the "hallway conversations" and help you discover the products, brands and trends you shouldn't miss.
  •   Ideas for the New Steelcase CEO - Advocating for a strong Steelcase does not necessarily reflect a bias, nor does it represent any desire that other manufacturers in the industry shouldn't also be wildly successful in the years to come.
  •   Nook Wellness Pods provide Shelter, Comfort and Calm for Neocon Attendees - Grab a NOOK during the show to recharge, make a call, meet or just take a breath without missing any of the excitement of Neocon.
  •   Organizers Going 'All Out' for NeoCon Next Week - Walking the showroom floors a few weeks prior to the show, it almost felt like a typical year for NeoCon preparation at theMART.
  •   New Design Center Opens in Chicago to Assist Specifiers with a Holistic Approach - The Chicago ARC held a grand opening Sept. 16, which was attended by more than 100 visitors. The showroom at 404 North May St. is open by appointment and during its Thirsty Thursday Happy Hour open house events on Oct. 21 and Nov. 18.
  •   Steelcase Rides Out Tough Quarter, Sees Promise in Incoming Orders - "The extraordinary inflation in steel, logistics and many other commodities impacted our gross margins more significantly than we expected in the second quarter, and we now project inflation will have a more significant impact on our results over the remainder of this fiscal year than we had previously expected," said Dave Sylvester, senior vice president and CFO.
  •   Herman Miller Exclusive Manufacturer of the National Museum of Norway's Competition Chair Design Winner 'Portrait' - The origins of the Portrait Chair began four years ago, as part of an open competition sponsored by Statsbygg (the National Property Board), and co-organized with the National Museum of Norway.
  •   Stephen Says - "Heads are Rolling! What Should I Do?" - by Stephen Viscusi - Do not let the static and gossip of the marketplace guide you to your next job. Take a deep breath and get back to work! Then on weekends update your resume and have some faith this will work.
  •   Upfront: OM Seating Writes its Next Chapter - Coinciding with its 35th anniversary, OM Seating has inked a lease for a permanent showroom at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago. The 3,300-square-foot space was designed by Principal Jane Kobayashi and Senior Associate Maggie van Oppen of 5D.2D Studio, with whom OM has had a 12-year relationship.
  •   NeoCon Spotlight: Is the Office Pergola the New Cubicle? The Future of Work is at NeoCon 2021 - "For more than 50 years, NeoCon has helped launch product solutions that meet, and even anticipate, needs and trends in the workplace and other shared spaces," said Byron Morton, vice president of NeoCon.
  •   PLACES - Covestro Headquarters – Leverkusen; Arriving at the atrium, both the atmosphere and the interior composition project innovation.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Nemo Tile + Stone Hires Frank Kimmerling as Chief Financial Officer, Scott Nichols Joins COE Distributing Executive Team as Vice President of Sales, JSI Announces New Partnerships in Two Markets, KI is Excited to be Back Together at NeoCon 2021, 3form and LightArt to Introduce Align Sustainability Initiative and Recycled Products at NeoCon 2021, NARBUTAS Opens a New Chicago Showroom During Neocon 2021, HBF Celebrates Four Decades of Design Milestones and Presents a Compelling Vision for a New Workplace Design Language at NeoCon 2021
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Shev Chair Introduces The Verona Series
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - September 22, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Where Do I Hang My Coat at NeoCon? And Why Did Humanscale Decide to 'Pass' on an Event it was Never Going to be a Part of? - For the first time, NeoCon will be held in the fall. As a Midwesterner, I would love to tell you how you should dress for a fall event in Chicago. But that's nearly impossible as the weather in early October could literally be 80 degrees and sunny or 40 degrees with cold rain.
  •   Understanding a Behavior-based Approach to Workplace Design — Emotions are Playing a Bigger Role - It's about getting away from the idea that if an office is designed for the masses, it will work for everybody, that it's the best that can be done.
  •   Design Trade Shows in the New Normal: Vibrant, Curated, Purposeful: Reactions from an Industry Getting Back Together in Celebration of Product - There really is nothing like being able to experience a product in person, and while technology is phenomenal and at times underused in augmenting those experiences, memories are tied to our senses.
  •   OM Looks Forward with New Collections - OM's story and those of its customers will be on full display at NeoCon, where books and words will play a central theme in the showroom's design.
  •   Reviving Work at the Office: In-person Connections Combat Burnout and Spark Collaboration - It's very difficult to create social capital in remote settings. The ability to collaborate in-person, to build meaningful work relationships through informal interactions contributes to a thriving work environment.
  •   supersalone: A Bet Won Thanks to Courage, Vision and Cohesion - The presence of many government and institutional figures was also testament to the importance of the Salone del Mobile.Milano as a financial driver of Italy.
  •   Mannington Commercial Completes Purchase of AtlasMasland Assets - Mannington Commercial will continue to offer a wide array of the products from AtlasMasland. While some products will not be carried over, a large portion will be.
  •   Virco Reports 5.8% Increase in Net Income for Second Quarter and Record Backlog - Net sales were $59.0 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2022, a slight decline from $59.5 million for same period of the prior fiscal year.
  •   Environments' Elevated APP Unlocks Healthy, Intuitive Spaces Through IoT - The app is driven by proprietary software that leverages Environments' nearly five-decade design and lighting solutions expertise, smart systems knowledge and IoT product capabilities.
  •   Stephen Says - "Yes! I Am Going To NeoCon! Stop Asking!" - by Stephen Viscusi - Yes of course I am going: I wish people would stop asking me! I would not miss it for the world, and I hope everyone goes. I think NeoCon, transcends theMART show alone, and yes, I get it, It is not NeoCon per se, but lots of people will be in the West Loop at Fulton Market.
  •   Upfront: New Representation - DAN BINFORD & ASSOCIATES Joins Groupe Lacasse U.S. Sales Team - As part of its strategic initiative to continue to grow its share of business in a hyper-competitive marketplace, Groupe Lacasse has appointed a new independent, multi-state Rep organization responsible for the sale of commercial and healthcare products in the states of Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania.
  •   NeoCon Spotlight: 2020 to Set Up In-Person and Virtual Booths at NeoCon 2021 - Visitors can meet the team in person, discover what's new with their products and leave with 2020 goodie bags. They will also be hosting a special VIP customer event at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 4 on the second floor of the Merchandise Mart at Marshall's Landing.
  •   Fresh New Energy from 9to5 Seating - 9to5 Seating's new showroom was created by acclaimed Chicago design firm Kuchar Design Studio with the goal of creating a clean, gallery feel that can be embellished and modified over time. With curved platforms and rugs in natural shapes, the space aims to be both modern and inviting, in synch with the brand's seating.
  •   HAT Collective Offering "Happiness at Work" Continuing Education Unit Course at NeoCon 2021 - With the modern workplace continuing to evolve in complexity, the course offers a timely perspective on the essential role designers play in creating happy work environments. Participants will learn, among other topics, the science and psychology of happy workplaces and how product choice and control contributes to worker happiness.
  •   PLACES - Premico Offices – Helsinki; Mint & More Creative designed Premico Group's new office located in the heart of Helsinki.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - //3877, NELSON, One Workplace New Hires, INDEAL Cares Survey, ISG Rebate, OM Seating Level 2, OFL Overcomes Challenges, Tangram Donates, J.D. Ewing Lauded, Hightower Showroom
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New Creative Designs from Carl Hansen & Son, Morbern New Vinyl, Lighting from Landscape Forms, Blå Station Plybord, Allora from Cortina Leathers
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Midpoint Magazine - Mid-September, 2021

 
  •   JIM HEILBORN | THE SEVEN LEARNING STYLES AND SELLING - Too many companies don't invest enough time and money on proper orientation and training. They want instant success but aren't willing to pay for it.
  •   KAY SARGENT | SOLUTIONS FOR THE POST-PANDEMIC ERA - The past 18 months have been a helluva ride, but it's not over yet. The silver lining of the past year may be that it's given us an opportunity to think beyond the challenges at hand and take a much more holistic look at how, when and where people work.
  •   STEFANIE INCE | THE ROLE OF LEADERSHIP IN HEALTH - Leaders have an extraordinary opportunity to fundamentally change the way their employees live and work — and the overall quality of their lives.
  •   ROB KIRKBRIDE | BACK TO (THE MOST FUN) SCHOOL WITH INDEAL U - Things are changing so much in the industry right now, INDEAL U is needed more than ever by those hoping to keep up.
  •   EUGENE COLBERG | WORKPLACES BEND, NOT BREAK IN POST-COVID ERA - The coronavirus pandemic has been a shock to the system in many negative ways, however, it's great to see a completely unexpected evolution of the workplace come out of it that will ensure safety and productivity for years to come.
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING — BREWDOG DOGHOUSE HOTEL - The DogHouse Hotel is a surprisingly good place to work, especially if you're traveling while COVID-19 is still spreading, since there is a huge outdoor seating area.
  •   GOODMANS STRIVES TO IMPROVE EMPLOYEE EXPERIENCE TO 'RETURN OUR EMPLOYEES BACK TO THEIR FAMILIES...IN A BETTER CONDITION THAN WE GOT THEM IN THE MORNING' - "What we've doubled down, tripled down on and continue to believe is that our purpose, the reason we exist, is to create a great employee experience for people."
  •   INDEAL OPENS LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE REGISTRATION TO ITS DEALER MEMBERS - "Our goal is to provide critical knowledge that helps members move beyond many of the challenges they've been facing, so they can confidently look towards a more promising future," said Dave Bloch, INDEAL CEO.
  •   MARK BAKER NAMED CEO AT SANTA CLARA-BASED ONE WORKPLACE - Baker is a former executive at Steelcase who has led One Workplace through growth of technology and construction divisions, the initiation of workplace culture consulting and the company's expansion into other markets, including Sacramento and Salinas, California, and Seattle, Washington.
  •   INDEAL CARES SURVEY SHOWS PANDEMIC TAKES TOLL ON MENTAL HEALTH; BACK PAIN STILL A PROBLEM - The survey, launched in June 2021, aimed to understand both the self-reported well-being of individuals working in a variety of roles within the industry, employee intentions and wishes for returning to the workplace safely in a post-COVID world.
  •   BOS TAKES TRAINING TO NEW LEVEL WITH WORKSPACE DIGITAL; HELPS CREATE CONTENT FOR INDEAL U - BOS and its Workspace Digital division proved it can create digital content to get people up to speed quickly. Now it is doing the same for INDEAL U.
  •   WHAT WE EXPECT FROM NEOCON: VIEWS FROM A VETERAN AND A FIRST-TIMER - Both Pat Gosselin and Kalie Soris come from Interiors for Business, a Steelcase-aligned dealer in the Chicago area, but they are about as far apart on the NeoCon spectrum as two people can get. Gosselin, president of the company, is ready for his 30th NeoCon and Soris, its young marketing coordinator, is preparing to attend her first. Here's what they had to say about the show.
  •   AIS EXPANDS DESIGN DEPARTMENT TO HELP DEALERS - Over the past few months, the department has hired two new designers with a combined 25-plus years of experience. They bring a broad-based skillset with a focus on designing corporate and educational interiors.
  •   SURVEY: AS WORKPLACES REOPEN, 42% OF WORKERS FEAR GETTING COVID - Survey respondents rank a flexible work location as the most desired aspect of a new job, prioritizing it slightly over better pay and career advancement, the two traditional drivers of job changes.
  •   REVIEWS | ORIGINAL PRUSA MINI+ 3D PRINTER - You would be hard pressed to find a more powerful little printer for less than $500.
  •   REVIEWS | COTOPAXI ALLPA 35 L TRAVEL PACK - We found the Cotopaxi Allpa 35 L nearly perfect for every business travel situation. The pack meets carry-on size restrictions for most airlines, so it is a great size for air travel.

Business of Furniture - September 15, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Study Shows Rude Employees, Like Bad Apples, Spoil the Bunch - Although 70% of employees experienced rudeness at work, only 16 percent of workplace relationships were characterized by rude behavior.
  •   'After the Long Hard Winter of the Epidemic, There's Finally a Ray of Hope for the Future': Supersalone Proves Why Milan Remains Center of Design - The design of the show was the brainchild of the Supersalone curator, Stefano Boeri and an international group of co-planners — Andrea Caputo, Maria Cristina Didero, Anniina Koivu, Lukas Wegwerth, Marco Ferrari and Elisa Pasqual of Studio Folder and Giorgio Donà, co-founder and director of Stefano Boeri Interiors.
  •   Watson Furniture: Passionate about Furniture, its Employees and the Environment - Watson is an insource manufacturer. More than 90% of the product is produced in house. The only exception being hardware items, such as drawer pulls and slide rails.
  •   An Easy Escape — IDYLL Collective Makes Transforming a Space Simple and Inspiring - Art can change the ambiance in a corporate office.
  •   A Look Ahead: Learning from the Past to Anticipate the Future - The office furniture industry, as anyone who has experienced it knows, has an uncanny potential to become embedded in one's bone marrow.
  •   Your Processes Will Get You Out of the Daily Grind - This whole area of process definition, implementation and tracking is probably one of the biggest weaknesses I've seen in the dealership business.
  •   Inscape Announces First Quarter 2022 Financial Results - Total sales revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2022 was $7.9 million, compared to $11.4 million for the same period of fiscal 2021.
  •   Stephen Says - "Email Slander Is Forever Slander" - by Stephen Viscusi - Just because you no longer work somewhere, it doesn't mean that they wave a magic wand and make all that correspondence disappear.
  •   Training & Development - "How Block Timing Can Help You Get More Done" - by Sid Meadows - It's no surprise time management is a hot topic right now. Most of us feel we don't have enough hours in the day to get everything done, and it seems like there will never be enough hours to complete our daily to-do's again.
  •   Upfront: Exemplis Acquires Future Seating, Parent Company to X-Chair, Mavix Gaming and Healthy Back - Both Future Seating and SitOnIt Seating will continue to operate independently. All products will continue to be ordered from, fulfilled by and serviced by their respective sales teams, factories and customer service teams. It will be business as usual for both companies.
  •   Product Spotlight: Tarkett Introduces Corollary and Spin-Off in Collaboration with Designer Jhane Barnes - Following her signature process of translating mathematical formulas into striking patterns, Barnes used the geometric concept of space-filling fractals to create her latest carpet styles: Corollary and Spin-Off.
  •   PLACES - Parimatch Tech Offices – Kyiv
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - New Careers at BIFMA, Humanscale, KAI, IIDA NY Chapter, U.S. Green Building Council / COE Distributing Honored / Tarkett Online Tool / U.S. GBC LEED Fellows
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Mohawk Introduces the Rheo Morph Collection
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - September 8, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Recent Events Prove They can be Held Safely and Effectively - Following the success of the Hospitality Design show in Las Vegas recently and the success of Salone, it is clear that NeoCon can happen this year as long as we tolerate a few minor inconveniences.
  •   Supersalone Off to Strong Start in Milan - Exhibitors are happy to be back in front of potential customers as well. Edoardo Carisi with Italian furniture maker Slide said he was surprised to see as many attendees during the first two days of the event.
  •   The Future of Design: Technology, Automation, and How We Should Respond - The problems our professions solve aren't going away, but the technology is transforming the way in which we solve those problems.
  •   Humanscale's Liberty Ocean Chair Joins Smart Ocean as the First Task Chairs Made from Recycled Fishing Nets - The Liberty Ocean chair joins 25 other Humanscale pieces, about 60% of sales, recognized by the International Living Future Institute's Living Product Challenge (LPC) as certified climate, water and energy positive.
  •   Evolving Enhancements. Marketplace Mediocrity. Incremental Changes Prove Underwhelming - The early focus of workplace ergonomics was on properly aligning the typing posture and providing healthful seating support for office workers. There was no shortage of seating introductions during this period, each reflecting some progress and improvement in either design or materials or their convergence to create optimal seated health and comfort.
  •   Logan Gatherum Joins INDEAL Cares - INDEAL Cares is focused on empowering our networks to create a sustainable, healthy workplace environment for employees within the commercial furniture industry.
  •   Gensler Research Shows Office is not Going Anywhere - Employees at top-performing companies also prioritize in-person work over virtual work, in particular for giving and receiving feedback.
  •   Stump & Company Outlines Opportunities at Recent Vegas Markets - 2021 will be a record M&A year globally and at Stump.
  •   Carrying on Tradition with a 21st Century Vision - Paula Kopischkie and Michael Isaac have purchased Jack Smith & Associates following Greg Smith's retirement.
  •   Not a Manager? 4 Ways to Apply Emotional Intelligence at Work - Whether you work in a virtual or IRL or hybrid arrangement, emotional and social intelligence can help us in being a good colleague.
  •   Stephen Says - "Seeing Through Glassdoors" - by Stephen Viscusi - All of us know about the major furniture manufacturers that are so proud when they make that famous Fortune Magazine's "Best Companies to Work For" list. Many of those same companies have some pretty mixed Glassdoor reviews.
  •   Upfront: INDEAL Opens Leadership Conference Registration To Its Dealer Members - Themed, "The Future Is Bright," the conference is scheduled to take place at San Diego's Pendry Hotel, Dec. 5–8, and will feature three sessions: The Future of the Workplace, The Future of the Worker and The Future of Work.
  •   Product Spotlight: Wolf-Gordon Collaborates with Museum of New Mexico For Origins Collection Update New Pattern Inspired by Traditional Weaving - Laguna explores the allure of New Mexico's dramatic, weathered landscape. Its large-scale striations and natural hues are reminiscent of Southwestern rock formations, but also pay homage to the region's rich craft heritage.
  •   PLACES - Cloud Spaces Coworking Offices – Abu Dhabi
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - New Careers at S.P. Richards, Samuelson, Landscape Forms, Jasper Group, CallisonRTKL / New Threekit Features / Spellman Brady Certification / SPR Golf Tournament
  •   FIRST LOOKS - New Lighting from Lodes / Serge Ferrari Outdoor Upholstery / Arc-Com Wallcoverings / Designtex Textiles
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - September 1, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Where's Workplaces? And an Update on Our NeoCon Coverage (Including Where to Send Your Product Press Releases to Make it into Our NeoCon New Product Guide) - I'm going to write about the general tone of the show and the larger trends we see. Every year, folks reach out asking to set up appointments to visit their showrooms.
  •   CBRE, Sterling Bay Makes Major Push to Attract Furniture Showrooms to New Fulton Market Buildings; Fulton Market Design Days - Fulton Market has become one of the premiere neighborhoods in Chicago in recent years, led by Sterling Bay and its developments.
  •   Herman Miller Increases Use of Ocean-bound Plastic with Aeron Chair - Ocean-bound plastic is plastic material that has not yet found its way into the ocean and is classified as "mismanaged waste." That is, plastic that is not being collected, is unlikely to be collected and found within 31 miles of a coastline.
  •   What You Need to Know to Prepare for Neocon 2021 - Safety is top priority and event organizers know it's their responsibility to make people feel safe and comfortable.
  •   Fil Doux Textiles Breaks into Outdoor Market, but Sustainability is the Real Story - All of Fil Doux Textiles' products, including its new outdoor line, are produced using sustainable practices. Its mills are fully operable on solar and wind power and dye waters for fabrics are reclaimed and reused.
  •   Innovation Strikes Again: Big Thinking Finds a Smaller Audience - The leading thinkers in the office furniture industry recognized the workplaces they were furnishing were largely filled with and propelled by these knowledge workers and paying close attention to knowledge worker needs, behaviors, attitudes and preferences would be a key to their future success.
  •   More Putting a Greater Organizational Focus on Employee Experience - 72% of those surveyed are planning to implement end-to-end employee experience solutions in the next 24 months or are evaluating them.
  •   Rising Costs, Turnover and Greater Emphasis on DEI Force Dealers to Rethink their Approach to Compensation - As the industry continues to shift, Solomon Coyle continues to evolve the Compensation Survey.
  •   Stephen Says - "Eat, Pray, Love is Fine. Eat, Crunch and Work is Awful" - by Stephen Viscusi - Chewing on carrots, or eating anything, will always diminish your interactions over the phone and then your reputation. When you're speaking to a professional colleague, and especially a client, not being in the same room gives you no excuse to be unprofessional.
  •   Training & Development - "Relationship Selling: Developing New Business and Engaging Prospects" - by Sid Meadows - Most industries, including ours, are relationship based — but if you're a relationship-driven salesperson, you understand the challenges that exist in building new relationships, especially over the past 15-plus months. You also know how important relationships are for your success.
  •   Upfront: 9to5 Seating Products Re-Certified BIFMA LEVEL 1 - This latest BIFMA assessment once again confirms 9to5 Seating's commitment to transparency and sustainability in manufacturing its products.
  •   Product Spotlight: Graypants Introduces Dash; Beautiful, High-Performance Lighting for Brighter Workplaces - Dash represents the studio's first entry into technical lighting, with a striking fixture that extends Graypants' signature Scraplight series into a modern and minimalist high-performance piece. The new fixture was created using environmentally low-impact manufacturing processes — handmade in the Seattle studio and limiting material waste — and assembled with zero-VOC adhesive.
  •   PLACES - Unity Offices – Seoul
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Loll Welcomes Plumstead / SPR Awards / IIDA Winners / HD Expo Awards / COE Distributing / NeoCon Jury
  •   FIRST LOOKS - narbutas' Acoustic Artwork / Patcraft Reverse / Brentano Wallcoverings
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - August 25, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Celebrating the Industry in Life and Death - A couple of industry friends left us recently, and their lives should be celebrated. We ran an obituary last week for Alan Heller, one of the true characters in the office furniture industry. The industry also lost Jorge Lagueruela, the president and founder of Trinity Furniture.
  •   SPR: Not just Wholesale, the Whole Package - The largest category SPR serves is office products, but the two fastest growing are its jan-san (janitorial and sanitation) and furniture. Furniture, however, is the company's fastest growing category. SPR has invested heavily in furniture with its Lorell brand leading the way.
  •   What Can Nap Pods and Bicycles Teach Us about the Future Showroom Experience? - Think about the "compelling why" a customer would want to come to your showroom in the first place. Showrooms should move from an internal push — 'Come and see our new product!' — to an external pull — what actually draws a client in?
  •   Material Bank Acquires Global Design Procurement Platform Clippings - Material Bank, an innovator in the design sector, expands its presence into the European market with this strategic acquisition.
  •   Survey Finds Hybrid Work Will Vary By City, Company Size And Job Type Post-Pandemic - When it comes to hybrid work, there's a disconnect between what managers prefer and what employees expect.
  •   Explosive Growth. Co-Opted Innovation. The Economics of Square Footage Prevailed. - Systems furniture enabled manufacturers' salespeople, office furniture dealers and facilities professionals to convince corporate customers that density of cubicles — workstations as they were more positively referenced — was an advantageous use of office space.
  •   Spacestor Hits Market with Verandas — Massive Design Choice, Flexibility, and Sustainability in a Pod - Verandas features a patented acoustic seal and a user-adjustable patent-pending ventilation system. The pods are tech ready, which includes a network to bring in third-party devices. Any kind of electrical need can be placed anywhere in the pod.
  •   AIS Named by Boston Business Journal as One of the Most Charitable Companies in Massachusetts - AIS's stewardship extended throughout Massachusetts and beyond, with the company giving back more than $3.5 million in cash, in-kind and service contributions locally and across the country.
  •   Stephen Says - "A Better Option to Outside Sales?" - by Stephen Viscusi - Before I tell you some of my favorite places to work, I want to remind you that in inside sales (retail or trade), you're definitely inside, meaning, working in close proximity to your co-workers, your boss, the assistants, everyone.
  •   Training & Development - "Why having a Mentor is Essential to your Career" - by Sid Meadows - The benefits of having a mentor are tremendous and ongoing, because they provide advice, connections and support when you need it the most. Mentors help with career planning, teach you how to network effectively or negotiate work conditions and provide timely emotional support when business (and life, in general) gets difficult.
  •   Upfront: Jorge Antonio Lagueruela, President and Founder of Trinity Furniture October 6, 1956 ~ August 11, 2021 - In 1984 he co-founded Trinity Furniture, where he has been the president for 37 years.
  •   Product Spotlight: DeskMakers Puts a New Twist on Casegoods with Ribbon - Inspired by the simplicity of a ribbon, the collection features a light appearance that maximizes the smaller footprints in today's office environments.
  •   PLACES - Bolloré Logistics Offices – Singapore
  •   FIRST LOOKS - ErgoCentric, Arcadia, H Contract, nanimarquina
  •   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 18, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Empire State of Mind - New York is an extremely important market for the office furniture industry for a variety of reasons. Because of its size and the huge number of important corporate headquarters there, a lot of office furniture is sold in the Big Apple. It is home to some of the world's largest dealers and design firms. Many furniture designers call New York home as well.
  •   Aiming to Revolutionize the Dealer Experience, SKG Broadens its Breadth Through Technology - SKG's geographical reach is coast-to-coast now, and it solves one-desk orders for home offices all the way up to helping universities receive back entire student bodies.
  •   ROOM Counts on Flexibility of its Products to Continue to Drive Growth in Phone Booth Segment - Need a ZOOM room? ROOM can help create it. Need a small meeting space for up to four people? You can create it with ROOM.
  •   Legrand | AV Brings Connected Spaces and Exceptional AV Experiences to CEDIA Expo 2021 - "We couldn't be more excited for the return of live events and are pulling out all the stops to mark the occasion," said Megan Knedler, director of marketing at Legrand | AV.
  •   Herman Miller Opens Experiential Retail Concept in Boston - Miller expands to Massachusetts, introducing a new way for Bostonians to experience performance seating and home office solutions.
  •   Nanimarquina Launches Contract Division and the FORMULA CONTRACT Collection - On the heels of its 35th anniversary, nanimarquina launched the Contract Division with the company's high-quality and locally sourced rugs to address the needs of the market with an enhanced focus on sustainability, durability and cleanability.
  •   Stephen Says - "The Employee's Market: Now is the Best Time to Get a Raise" - by Stephen Viscusi - It's an employee's market, whether you're at a dealer or a manufacturer. Ask for a minimum of 10% increase in your base but tell your employer that if you left you probably could get 20%.
  •   Upfront: Alan Jay Heller (1940 - 2021) - Alan founded Heller 50 years ago and all his life remained true to his vision of "Good design at affordable prices." With his rare combination of creativity and business acumen, he worked with some of the world's leading designers, including Massimo and Lella Vignelli, Vico Magistretti, Frank Gehry, and Philippe Starck, to make great design accessible through industrial production and technology.
  •   Exclaim Your Pointe: Introducing Pointe Mobile Glassboard Partition from Ghent - Pointe Mobile Glassboard Partition marries both collaboration and space division in a simple rolling partition. Featuring a powder-coated frame in a variety of colors, a curated palette of paint colors and introducing a variety of patterned glass, Pointe will fit into any space. With a glass writing surface and integrated connection system, the glassboard works equally on its own as a communication tool or as a divider by connecting multiple units together.
  •   PLACES - Taylor Wessing Offices – Liverpool
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Wolf-Gordon, Tarkett, Andreu World, Spacestor
  •   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 11, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Make Vaccines a Requirement to Attend NeoCon - If you still don't feel safe going to an event like NeoCon, by all means, you should stay home. But I urge organizers to keep the events on schedule and not buckle to the pressure of those who would have us lock down once again. Simply put, another lockdown would be a disaster. It would crush our industry and many others.
  •   Prata: How Carl Magnusson Strived to Design the Perfect Conference Room Chair for Allseating - As an aficionado of vintage luxury cars, Magnusson integrated many automobile-inspired features into Prata's design. Its polished aluminum seat frame houses the aluminum side levers for adjustment.
  •   Creating Digital Equity in a Hybrid Workforce - While studies show it is best for the employer and employee if some sense of structure and guidelines are in place, clarity on the reasoning behind those policies is also critical.
  •   Kimball International Posts Solid Year; Outlook Positive - Revenues and orders increased progressively throughout the fourth quarter, reflecting positive momentum that has continued into July.
  •   An Industry Built on Agility: Major Players. Major Impact. - Nearly all the larger corporations significantly changed their product focus as they perceived market opportunities and the innovation potential each of their companies brought to the industry.
  •   How Will We Design Anew? NeoCon Announces 2021 Programming - Keynotes and special programming will be presented onsite at NeoCon and also be available for viewing via livestream. Onsite attendance will have limited capacity, and programming registration is required. Live Streams will be available to all NeoCon registrants via NeoCon's new online platform, the NeoCon Hub (and do not require separate registration).
  •   Steven Bramson Named President of Innovative Ergonomic Solutions - Bramson will be responsible for growing IES's global footprint and overseeing the sales, product development and customer service functions across IES's constellation of brands, which include HAT Collective, Innovative Design Works, CompuCaddy and ErgoTech.
  •   Stephen Says - "Dealers a Necessary Evil? I Think Not" - by Stephen Viscusi - Get it right. Furniture dealers play an important role that all manufacturers need and should respect. They sell and service your product in a way you never could.
  •   Upfront: INDEAL University Provides Ongoing Industry Learning Through Reinvented Platform - The latest additions to the platform include an original collection of Fast Facts videos that address subjects ranging from industry basics, to sales strategies, to sustainability, and a new Perspectives series of candid interviews with people across the industry, sharing their unique viewpoints and experience.
  •   Product Spotlight: Magnuson Group Introduces SOLNA Family of Sanitization and PPE Stations - Magnuson Group has expanded its high design ancillary product line with SOLNA, a sophisticated family of sanitization and PPE stations compatible with VALUTA and SOTARE waste and recycling receptacles. Designed for a new normal prioritizing hygiene and cleanliness, SOLNA is an all-in-one solution for office entry points, health care waiting rooms, higher education spaces and other communal areas.
  •   PLACES - Lantmannen Unibake Offices – Copenhagen
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Trinity, Nevins, Springboard
  •   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 - August 2021

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: EVERYWHERE - I love driving. I love exploring. I love wilderness scenery. I love road trips. I also love photography and have been photographing landscapes across the United States for the past 20 years. It's my passion and my side hustle. But I also love my job here at Bellow Press, so I had to figure out a way to do both.
  •   7 IN 10 WORKERS STILL IMPROVISING AT-HOME WORKSPACE, 16 MONTHS LATER - Two out of three workers we surveyed (64%) say their body is less supported at home than it was at their office before the pandemic, 78% say they would use a more supportive chair if their employer paid for it, and 50% of remote workers say the physical pain of working at home is enough to make them long for a return to the office.
  •   HOW TO TAKE AN EFFECTIVE TECH BREAK - Boundaries with technology undoubtedly benefit our emotional and mental health. We owe it to ourselves to discover more ways to foster supportive habits. While technology is a hassle free way to connect, it will eventually wear down on your health. We hope you try to implement at least one of these TECHniques to feel more in control of your screen time and benefit emotion-ally and mentally along the way.
  •   IT'S TIME TO THINK ABOUT NEURODIVERSITY AND DESIGN - No formal definition of neurodiversity exists, with vigorous conversations debating exactly who fits the label. Broadly speaking, developmental disorders and learning disabilities fall under the term neurodiversity. If there's no standard way to design for neurodiversity, what is the practical takeaway for designers? Offer choice. Monolithic interiors that assume everyone works or behaves in the same manner are a kind of psychological cubicle.
  •   STUDY: YOUNG WORKERS NOW VALUE RESPECT OVER FUN PERKS IN THE WORKPLACE - Margaret Duffy, executive director of the Novak Leadership Institute believes employers risk losing younger employees if they don't make an effort to use respectful communication in the workplace. While previous studies have reported leaders and managers spend 70-90% of their time communicating, LaGree believes this study shows more emphasis needs to be placed on training leaders and managers on how to be effective communicators and convey respectful communication with their employees.
  •   ROBIN HOOD MEETS THE OFFICE: HOW CORPORATE MANAGERS TRY TO FIX WORKPLACE INJUSTICES BY GIVING EMPLOYEES SECRET PERKS - Managers with an especially strong moral code can consider it their duty to right the wrongs they see, and to compensate victims in hidden ways — out of view of the top brass. Middle managers are in an especially tricky position because they can't punish the transgressor — their boss — but they want to keep the workers beneath them feel they are treated fairly.
  •   TWICE AS NICE: SVIGALS + PARTNERS COMPLETES DUAL WORKPLACES FOR LEADING ED-TECH PROVIDER TECHNOLUTIONS - "Bringing this unique vision to life — not in one office, but in two simultaneously — was an exciting challenge," said Katherine Berger, Svigals + Partners' associate and director of interior design.
  •   CONEXUS STUDIO DESIGNS NU SKIN SOUTHEAST ASIA'S FUTURE FORWARD OFFICE - Designed with employee feedback on their working needs and preferences, the design supports the diverse ways Nu Skin employees like to work. The wide variety of work settings include a lifestyle café, hospitality-inspired lounge settings, private pods, phone booths and height-adjustable desks. To ensure a balance of vibrancy and privacy in the open layout, a progressive zoning approach was adopted, with social and focus work areas delineated with different materials.
  •   REVIEWS: BESTEK 300W POWER INVERTER - Before home offices became all the rage, the first "mobile" offices were our cars. In fact, our cars remain a part of our mobile offices. Whether traveling for business or vacation, a lot of us rely on our cars to get some work done.
  •   REVIEWS: APPLE WATCH SERIES 6 - I could use the watch to quickly check text messages and Snapchats. But beyond that, it is hard to see the point of shelling out hundreds of dollars for a watch that isn't particularly attractive on the wrist. Our phones are a pocket away (and they tell time, too). Why add another digital product to your wrist?

Business of Furniture - August 4, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Office Space Counts in Large Amounts During the Great Resignation - If the office you work in stinks, chances are you won't want to return. That means companies must create compelling spaces for its workers, or they will simply walk away and find a new job, one where the office design inspires their work and prompts them to come into the space everyday.
  •   Transform Your Business by Putting People First - I highly recommend a people-first review of your internal and external interactions. Identify how you can remove barriers, find the best tools for the job and automate repetitive work and processes.
  •   Looking Back to Look Ahead: What We Can Learn About the Industry Today by Examining the Past - The early iterations of the office, in its various forms, were furnished with furniture made primarily from wood. Areas like West Michigan capitalized on the juxtaposition of plentiful timber and sufficiently sizeable rivers conducive to logging to become centers for the design and production of wood furniture, for both residential and business application.
  •   HNI Reports Earnings for Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2021 - Second quarter 2021 revenue was up approximately nine percent from the second quarter of 2020, on an organic basis.
  •   Design, Sharing and Sustainability Awaits at Supersalone - The mix of digital and in-person presence will allow those unable to be physically present to observe the products on exhibit, visit the exhibitions virtually and attend the talks and lectures.
  •   CNN Looks at Workplace Revolution During 'Foreseeable Future' Event - The consensus was clear: The office moving forward will be changed forever by the pandemic. How that will look moving forward remains unclear, even to the tech industry leaders called together for the roundtable.
  •   Arden Studio Aims to Elevate Shared Environments New Design-Focused Custom Glass Solutions - Combining innovation, meticulous attention to quality, and a commitment to artful and sustainable design, Arden Studio incorporates environmental mindfulness into every design decision.
  •   Moroso at Casa Italia for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics - Moroso is participating as a technical partner in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with the Impossible Wood chairs designed by the Anglo-Indian duo Doshi Levien.
  •   Stephen Says - "Working on Planes, Trains, and in Automobiles" - by Stephen Viscusi - On planes, trains or in automobiles, you really need to be aware of your surroundings and what you are working on. I've noticed the exact same behavior on planes and trains, and in NYC I do not even understand how people can think talking business in elevators of office buildings is an acceptable practice.
  •   Training & Development - "Habits To Propel You To The Success You Want" - by Sid Meadows - As a high performance coach, I talk about habits with my clients each and every coaching session. We discuss the importance of habits, how to build them and which ones are important for them personally.
  •   Upfront: Special-T Awarded Group Purchasing Agreement with Premier - The new agreement allows Premier members to take advantage of special pricing and terms pre-negotiated by Premier for all Special-T products. It became effective July 1.
  •   Product Spotlight: Indiana Furniture Converges Traditional Styling and Modern Sensibility with Jefferson Enhancements - The enhancements broaden the line's ability to outfit more areas and applications across entire facilities and include options to better support personalization and overall productivity.
  •   PLACES - Maserati Offices – Shanghai
  •   FIRST LOOKS - 3form, Via Seating, Integra, Hushoffice
  •   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 28, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: MillerKnoll Branding Must Earn its own Legacy - We were introduced this past week to a "new" company in our industry, MillerKnoll. Of course, it is not a new company, but the renamed brand of the combined Herman Miller and Knoll.
  •   Yes, CIFF is Happening in Shanghai in September (but you still can't attend) - More than 2,000 exhibitors will be at CIFF Shanghai this year, occupying an area of 400,000 square meters, and more than 150,000 buyers, mainly from China due to the COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the Chinese government.
  •   Registration Opens for Orgatec 2022 - ORGATEC, which is hosted biannually in Cologne, has a strong focus on topical issues, it serves as a creative hotspot for networking, collaboration and new trends in interior design.
  •   12 Design Industry Podcasts You Should Be Listening To - Perhaps you haven't been listening to podcasts about design because you just didn't know where to find them.
  •   A New Design-Focused Manufacturer Specializing in Custom Glass Solutions to Elevate Shared Environments - With an initial soft launch in 2020, Arden Studio was established to create elegant and safer spaces in shared settings and workplaces.
  •   Versteel Introduces New Adjustable Height Option for the Maker Project - The electronic, height-adjustable table arrived mainly from customer demand. Versteel was quick to respond as it could easily accommodate that from its onsite manufacturing site in Jasper, Indiana.
  •   Jump in Bookings and Backlogs, Continued Optimism Evident in the Quarter's Market Outlook Report - Bookings are up 15.4%, surpassing dealer expectations of 6.1% from last quarter's survey.
  •   Stephen Says - "You Named Your Child What? MillerKnoll is Born!" - by Stephen Viscusi - I have friends and customers who seem to resent the new conglomerate's name. To be honest with you Stephen, I can't believe I'm even taking the time to write a letter to you about this, but it's all anyone can talk about this week. Like every new development in this epic merger, the industry is having to take the time to process each new change and react to the news.
  •   Upfront: IIDA NY Chapter Elects President for 2021-2022 Term - St. Léger boasts almost a decade of experience in health care design, having worked for New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Tobin | Parnes Design and NYU Langone Health. Her previous leadership in IIDA NY includes that of residential forum co-chair and health care forum co-chair.
  •   Product Spotlight: Kimball Announces the Newest Addition to their Diverse Seating Portfolio and Additional Product Enhancements - Kimball's newest seating offering, Melora, is flexible enough to handle today's active work environment and accommodate the future needs as workspaces change over time. Its fully coordinated offering includes task, half-back task, side chair and stools.
  •   PLACES - Vanke Offices – Guangzhou
  •   FIRST LOOKS - BuzziSpace, HAT Collective, Carnegie, 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 - July 21, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Catching Some Rays: The Case for Creating Office Furniture for the Great Outdoors - Outdoor furniture products can (and are) being used by people working outside — both at home and at the increasing number of corporate campuses adding outdoor work areas.
  •   Former Herman Miller CEO Brian Walker Joins ROOM's Board of Directors - During his tenure, Walker positioned Herman Miller as a premium lifestyle brand, serving consumers and contract customers across multiple channels.
  •   Herman Miller and Knoll Announce New Name for Combined Company: MillerKnoll - Guided by a shared vision, common values, and a steadfast commitment to design, MillerKnoll innovates and designs the future for all the places where life happens while contributing to a more equitable and sustainable future for all.
  •   IIDA Announces 2021 Leaders Virtual Event - The event will be Friday, Sept. 17 at 10 a.m. Central time via the Socio platform and feature regional programming from seven cities: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.
  •   Aura Seating Creates First Furniture Designed for Yoga Lifestyle - The ideals behind yoga are key to Aura Seating. Instead of forcing the user to adapt to a product, Aura believes the product should adapt to the users.
  •   Established & Sons at Maharam - Maharam and Established & Sons share a commitment to delivering new perspectives via material and technical innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration.
  •   North Carolina Takes Bold Action Adopting Nation's Most Holistic Design Practice Law - Prior to Bill S188, interior designers were not recognized as a distinct profession by the state of North Carolina. By codifying the rights and abilities of interior designers, North Carolina is also bolstering the safety of the built environment for its citizens.
  •   Inscape Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Financial Results - Sales in the fourth quarter and fiscal 2021 were 44.3% and 49.6% lower than the same periods of the previous year primarily related to the economic impact of COVID-19 pandemic.
  •   Stephen Says - "My Company Has Been Bought By A Private Equity Firm: Do I Stay Or Do I Go?" - by Stephen Viscusi - So far, I feel my job is safe, and they've kept the bones of the original company, but I'm just not sure I feel comfortable with the direction we're going in.
  •   Training & Development - "The Most Powerful Sales Tool You Need to Start Using Today " - by Sid Meadows - Cold calling is ineffective, if not dead completely. The success rate of true cold calls is less than 2%, and the success rate of cold emails is less than 3% — so simply put, only two to three people out of 100 will actually respond to these methods.
  •   Upfront: ergoCentric Opens showroom&store in the Square One Shopping Centre - Items available for sale include ergoCentric's industry-leading tCentric Hybrid high-performance task chair, electric, height-adjustable tables and ergonomic office accessories.
  •   Product Spotlight: HAT Collective Introduces the Elle Collection - As the workplace changes and continues to evolve, HAT Collection has introduced its new Elle collection, which offers flexibility to employers and workers to choose workspace solutions that best meet their needs.
  •   PLACES - Rosbank Headquarters – Moscow
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Designtex, National Office, Unika Vaev, Teknion, DuraCare
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Midpoint Magazine - Mid-July - Mid-August, 2021

 
  •   FREIGHT AND SHIPPING ACCOUNTING - LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL - "Freight in" is defined in the IRS Tax Guide for Small Business as "freight-in, express-in, and cartage-in on raw materials, supplies you use in production, and merchandise you purchase for sale, are all part of cost of goods sold."
  •   DUET RESOURCE GROUP EXPERIENCE CENTER SELECTED AS 2021 MILWAUKEE MAYOR'S DESIGN AWARD RECIPIENT - The Duet Resource Group Experience Center sits at the borders of The Third Ward, Walker's Point and Harbor District neighborhoods. The building was originally built and occupied by the Pawling and Harnischfeger machine pattern making facility.
  •   IN QUIRKY, HUGE ATLANTA MARKET, CWC OFFICE FURNITURE HAS SHINED FOR MORE THAN 90 YEARS - CWC Office Furniture has come out on top as the largest office furniture dealer in the Atlanta market. CWC knows that being the biggest in the market comes with a big responsibility. Along with its own installation crews and fleet of trucks, the company maintains a 175,000 square foot warehouse and has additional locations in Macon and Columbus, Georgia and Chattanooga, Tennessee.
  •   TANGRAM NAMED AMONG 'BEST PLACES TO WORK IN ORANGE COUNTY' FOR FIFTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR BY OC BUSINESS JOURNAL - Organizations from across the county entered via a two-part process. The first consisted of evaluating each employer's workplace policies, practices and demographics. The second consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience.
  •   RIEKE OFFICE INTERIORS HIRES BILL NICHOLSON AS DIRECTOR OF SALES - Nicholson, a Geneva resident, described his new role as providing continual process improvements to sales operations and business development. Additionally, he also provides training, development and support to the sales, design and project management teams.
  •   INDEAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE SET FOR DECEMBER IN SAN DIEGO - Speakers at the invitation-only event include Kay Sargent, senior principal and director of workplace at HOK, who will talk about the future of the workplace, and Dan Negroni, a leadership coach and expert on how younger generations are affecting the workplace. A third keynote is in the works and will be announced in the next few weeks.
  •   ALFRED WILLIAMS & CO. FINALIZES ACQUISITION OF WORKPLACE RESOURCE - Alfred Williams & Co., based in Raleigh and with a Triad showroom in Colfax, has finalized its acquisition of Workplace Resource, headquartered in Austin, Texas. The deal comes as employers around the country consider bringing workers back to the office amid the pandemic.
  •   GIBSON INTERIOR PRODUCTS WELCOMES TWO HIRES - Both come from the Bill Gross Agency where they have more than 20 years of experience combined in the contract furniture industry building relationships with dealers and A&D firms serving the New York community.
  •   RHUBOTTOM JOINS ARBEE ASSOCIATES AS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER - Rhubottom's previous experience includes a background in interior design and manufacturer representation in flooring and furniture with DatesWeiser, Mosaic Tile Company and AECOM.
  •   THE SMART CITY SANDBOX - The IBI Smart City Sandbox in Toronto creates a new environment that encourages idea incubation, development and acceleration to be shared by external partners and in-house technology developers.
  •   ATMOSPHERE COMPLETES ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY HEALTH FUTURES CENTER - Atmosphere and Arizona, ASU and DFDG Architecture worked diligently to create a state-of-the-art facility designed to maximize the amount of interdepartmental shared spaces to generate ongoing opportunities across the Mayo Clinic and ASU Alliance for Health Care.

Business of Furniture - July 14, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: The Most Iconic Office Furniture of All Time: What’s on Your List? - I recently read an article at vogue.com outlining the most iconic furniture of all time. Not surprisingly, more than a few pieces born of the office furniture industry made the list.
  •   Framery Responds to Shifting Office Vibes — Announcing a New Color Palette and Pod Enhancements - The new palette joins Framery's existing color options, including the highly sought-after Piglet Pink, 50s Blue and Lemon.
  •   Hackathons Aren't Just for Tech Companies: Accelerating Positive Disruption in the Interiors Industry - The SANDOW Design Group (SDG) Hackathon, led by ThinkLab, tackled a crucial topic for driving economic success: exploring business development in this increasingly digital era.
  •   Introducing Wildwood House: A Curated, Multifaceted Shop With Purposeful Solutions that Elevate Everyday Life at Work, Home & Play - People's home offices need to be designed with intention to ensure they can do their best work and be their best selves when they are working from home.
  •   Coworking Pioneer Venture X Partners with Vari to Elevate New U.S. Properties - "Venture X is a visionary, high-growth company, and we can't wait to watch them scale. We're excited to be there throughout the journey," said Jason McCann, chief executive officer and co-founder of Vari.
  •   Kimball International Launches Simplified, Multi-Branded Customer Experience - The company's sales and service organizational structure has migrated from branded selling teams to a more collaborative organization designed around a broad portfolio of brands and solutions.
  •   Encore's Latest Collection Puts a New Spin on Seating - Encore introduces Loupe, a spirited collection of rotating stools and accompanying tables that cultivate togetherness, foster creativity and add a level of whimsy wherever they go.
  •   Stephen Says - "My Boss is an Uber Racist! What Do I Do?" - by Stephen Viscusi - What a story. So you now know your boss selects her Uber car not by XL, pool or SUV, but by the race and gender of the driver. Wow.
  •   Upfront: Lesro Industries Launches LesroCreate - Users are able to configure product attributes such as upholstery and frame finish. Options such as casters, arm pads and swivel tablets are also configurable. Many of Lesro's most popular product lines are available on LesroCreate with more lines to follow soon.
  •   Product Spotlight: Teknion Elevates the Affordable Work Chair with Two Distinct New Offerings - Visio features everything required in a work chair with a level of refinement and comfort that's not typical of chairs at value price points under $350.
  •   PLACES - Yinson Offices – Kuala Lumpur
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Arc-Com, Fräsch, Encore
  •   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 7, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Get Back to the Office Now: Workers Who Refuse to Return to the Office Should be Fired - As companies dust off the cobwebs and return to the office, they are looking for guidance, experience and expertise from the office furniture industry. Our advice should begin with this: The only way for your workforce to be fully efficient is to bring all of your employees back to the office.
  •   NARBUTAS Celebrates its 30th Anniversary: Pandemic didn't Stop Business Growth - Since the start of 2020, NARBUTAS has launched or unveiled additions to 13 office furniture collections which reflect changes in office spaces.
  •   Perkins Eastman's New Downtown Studio Demonstrates New Ways of Working in a Hybrid World - Open workshop spaces lined with felt panels, magnetic whiteboards, and display monitors, provide ample opportunities for teams to scrum together with the design process on full display.
  •   Herman Miller Posts Strong Quarter; Adds Color to Knoll Acquisition in Letter to Investors - Consolidated net sales for the quarter of $621.5 million were up by 30.6% compared to last year and up 27.9% organically, which excludes the impact of foreign currency translation.
  •   WorkBetter Lab Reimagines the Workplace of the Future - The five distinct zones of the WorkBetter Lab offer employers the chance to explore and adapt environments that bring new thinking to life.
  •   Tech Helping Tech: Construction and Real Estate Trends Driving Firms to Different Workspaces and Locations - By leveraging quantitative and qualitative data to create a workplace that maximizes space utilization and balances every individual, their personality, workstyle and role, tech firms can create their own competitive advantage in recruiting and retaining top talent.
  •   The First Step Toward an Effective IT Strategy - IT accountability should sit with the leaders who are in the thick of it, who understand your people and processes and can evaluate technology from a business perspective rather than financial.
  •   Byrne Celebrates 50th Anniversary; Cements Future with New Batch of Interns - For Byrne students and employees alike, it's a culture of goodwill that often extends far beyond the length of the internship itself.
  •   Compusoft and 2020 to Combine in Merger of Equals - The merger of Compusoft and 2020 positions the combined company as a trusted provider whose suite of solutions supports designers, manufacturers and retailers.
  •   Mannington Commercial Acquiring AtlasMasland Assets - During the transition phase, AtlasMasland will continue to manufacture products for Mannington Commercial until the equipment assets are fully operational at rhe Calhoun facility.
  •   Priveq Becomes Growth Partner to ROL - The Hjelm family has been the driving force behind ROL's development since 1985 when the entrepreneur Kaj Hjelm took over the company, at that time a project management business.
  •   Stephen Says - "Dealer Salesperson Woes: I Haven't Made My Draw in Months!" - by Stephen Viscusi - Business is coming back again, but it's a slow process. The tone of your letter seems to let me know that you're committed to the industry, and I don't think you're ready to throw in the towel. But I do have some solid suggestions for you.
  •   Upfront: Legrand Announces Leadership Change - Legrand has moved Scott Bausch to vice president and general manager of the Pass & Seymour product line and welcomed Pung Chan to the electrical division as the vice president and general manager of Wiremold product line.
  •   Product Spotlight: Via Seating releases Moon Tables - The rhythm of the moon's phases has guided humanity for millennia. Moon Tables, the latest design by Diemmebi R&D, lets you match the same pairs of legs to the tabletop you prefer. They use a polyester powder finish, perfect for outdoor use and stack three high.
  •   PLACES - Sigdo Koppers Offices – Santiago
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Mohawk, Extremis, DuraCare, Carnegie
  •   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 2021

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: TANGERINE EATERY, PRICE, UTAH - Price is a small town, kind of in the middle of nowhere. Typically it is not a destination, but a place people pass through when going somewhere else. But if you ever find yourself in Eastern Utah and need to stop for a meal, the Tangerine Eatery is definitely a great choice.
  •   10 AMAZON ITEMS YOU DIDN'T KNOW YOU NEEDED FOR YOUR HOME OFFICE THIS SUMMER - This summer is already a little different from last, so whether you are working from the office, home, or any combination of the two, there will be something on this list that should help you out.
  •   HOW BRANDED ENVIRONMENTS SPARK CONVERSATION AND FOSTER CONNECTION - Designing a space that has brand clarity and conviction around a company's values and vision, while allowing those values and that vision to evolve and grow, invites conversation with its users.
  •   BURNOUT CRISIS AT WORK THREATENS POST-PANDEMIC WORKPLACES - Burnout leads to turnover, but that can be mitigated by intentional remote work policies and inclusive, empathic leadership. Effectively implemented, remote and flexible work options for employees ultimately help organizations have access to more talent and less turnover as well as increased innovation and productivity.
  •   69% OF WORKING MOTHERS HAVE NO INTENTION OF RETURNING TO THE WORKPLACE - If employers want to reap the benefits that come with having a gender-balanced organization, then they will need to commit to providing benefits and implementing programs that better accommodate and support mothers in the workplace.
  •   SURVEY REVEALS COMPANIES ARE STRUGGLING TO ACT ON THEIR GOOD INTENTIONS TO BRING DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION TO THEIR ORGANIZATIONS - Many respondents indicated while their organization intends for their DE&I leader to have access to senior leadership and financial resources, they are not yet there.
  •   ALLYSHIP IS KEY TO CREATING INCLUSIVE WORKPLACES - Allyship is necessary for psychological safety. Teams where workers feel psychologically safe bringing their views to the table, and where their relationships with other team members are strong enough to allow them to do so in an assertive yet constructive way, will be well-positioned to engage in productive friction — the ability to draw out conflict and learn from disagreements to generate new insights.
  •   TWO22 IN MINNEAPOLIS FILLED WITH AMENITIES - NELSON Worldwide used its building repositioning experience to upgrade the main entry, first floor and second floor atrium, tenant amenity lounge, conference center, building management office, elevator lobbies, fitness center, coffee shop, full service restaurant and bar, retail spaces, and marketing suite.
  •   55 YONGE RISES IN THE HEART OF TORONTO'S FINANCIAL DISTRICT - The ten floors of office space are designed for the contemporary worker in a post-Covid world, supported by efficient layouts and full use of the building's indoor and outdoor amenities.
  •   REVIEWS: ROCKETBOOK FUSION SMART REUSABLE NOTEBOOK - Rocketbooks are like normal notebooks, but allow the user to capture the pages digitally, making them easy to store and share. The Rocketbook Fusion comes in two sizes — the slightly smaller executive size, which is 6-by-8.8 inches and the larger letter size that is 8.5-by-11 inches.
  •   REVIEWS: GIGA LOUNGER - Depending on how casual your company is, one answer might be the GIGA Lounger, an inflatable lounge chair that packs away in a bag when not in use. Billed as the "world's first one-key automatic inflatable lounger," the GIGA Lounger is a playful, well-built, mobile lounger that would be fun to have in the right office.

Business of Furniture - June 30, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: How BoF Mines Normally Bland SEC Filings for Gold - In the past two weeks, Business of Furniture has presented two compelling stories about the Herman Miller acquisition of Knoll.
  •   Lorell Helps Dealers with Wide Range of Smartly Designed, Affordable Products - Lorell is owned by SP Richards but operates as an independent brand under its furniture category. It is open to the company's entire customer base and focuses on products that are affordably priced, high quality and readily available for next day delivery.
  •   Do Generations Matter in Workplace Strategy? The Answer May Surprise You - Perhaps generational preferences have a place in marketing, advertising and politics, but in workplace strategy, tvsdesign suggests they should be taken with a grain of salt.
  •   Turf Design Paints A Bigger Picture: New Scanlines Innovation Operates at the Intersection of Art, Architecture and Technology - Scanlines is a truly custom product for every customer, beginning with a conversation with the designer.
  •   Steelcase Posts Better Than Expected First Quarter Results - At the end of the first quarter, the company's backlog of customer orders was approximately $624 million, which was 20% lower than the prior year, but approximately $175 million, or 39% higher than at the end of the fourth quarter.
  •   Learning By Doing. Or NOT Doing - If we're not directly interacting with each other in the workplace, even and especially informally, we may not be as effective as we thought.
  •   HAT Collective Announces Happiness at Work CEU - The CEU is part of several new resources HAT Collective is making available to the design community.
  •   IIDA NY Chapter Announces Partnership with Equity Council - To assist organizations open to conversations about racial equity, Equity Council has established a cross-sector pledge tailored specifically to the architecture and design community.
  •   Stephen Says - "Desperate HR Manager: 'Tell Me The Secret! How Do We Attract the Best Candidates?'" - by Stephen Viscusi - I am happy to share some tips for manufacturers and dealers to recruit employees themselves, because the better we all do, the better the industry does. However, keep in mind recruiters are able to use different tips and secrets that can never be duplicated by a company which recruits directly.
  •   Training & Development - "In-Person Events Are Back, Now What? " - by Sid Meadows - The return of these events means the return of networking, and while not everyone is a fan of networking, it's a critical activity to grow your business, find a new job and develop meaningful relationships in business.
  •   Upfront: Prevolv and Inscape to Move to Fulton Market - The 12,000-square-foot showroom will display Inscape and Prevolv's extensive product portfolios for their growing clientele in Chicago and its surrounding areas. Designed to be a one-stop shop for contract furniture solutions, the space features an educational product lab to help clients complete the design and fulfillment process all under one roof.
  •   Product Spotlight: Indiana Furniture Takes Canvas and Gesso Casegoods To A New Level of Design - Indiana Furniture is beginning to take orders for new additions to the popular Canvas Laminate and Gesso Veneer casegoods. The enhancements expand the lines' design flexibility and amplify functionality within a broad range of working environments to better support personalization and overall productivity.
  •   PLACES - NIB Offices – Sao Paulo
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Source International, Moroso, BDI
  •   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 23, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: We are Living in a Hybrid World. Time to Embrace it. - The future of work is definitely hybrid. Sometimes people are going to work from home. Other times, they're going to exercise the choice to go into the office. And sometimes it's going to be somewhere in between.
  •   Internally Called NewCo, Deal to Combine Herman Miller and Knoll Coming Together Quicker Than Expected, Though Not Every Executive will be Around When Dust Settles - Several members of the Knoll team will leave the organization, including Andrew Cogan.
  •   AmTab Makes School More Fun, Colorful and Comfortable - AmTab has products that use vibrant colors, graphics with school mascots and inspirational words, wall decor and signage that brings lunch rooms alive and turns them into places where students enjoy going.
  •   Designing With Empathy — Handholding is a Meaningful Part of the Process - As the industry strives for human-centered design, empathy is emerging as one of the most important pillars to consider.
  •   Haworth Hotel Shows Versatility of Company's Portfolio of Products - With 48 guestrooms, including a brand-new suite and 14 conference spaces, the Haworth Hotel is a blend of residential and commercial products — durable enough to withstand years of accommodating guests and with a vibe that feels like home.
  •   Rescheduled High Point Market Makes Strong Showing - The high-end furniture sector has regained momentum in the COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 period, with decorators enjoying huge new business with remodeling and second (or third) home purchases by more affluent customers.
  •   Teknion Introduces Future Smart, an Optimistic Path Forward - Envisioning a future of informed optimism, Teknion shares ways to design for uncertainty.
  •   Stephen Says - "2021 is The Year of The Quit" - by Stephen Viscusi - People are leaving their jobs, and more than half say it has nothing to do with being required to come back to work but "it's just time for a change."
  •   Upfront: 2020 Global Inspiration Contest Winners Announced - There were nine categories designers were encouraged to submit to, and more than 445 submissions were received this year.
  •   Product Spotlight: Arc-Com Launches Angle and Hove - The palette for pattern Angle captures the colors of the rainbow and groups them into visually pleasing combinations. The newly released Hove wallcovering pattern is an organic woven netting textural design, highlighting the multi-dimensional layering of sheer netting woven fabric.
  •   PLACES - Scott.Weber Workspace Praga Office & Garden – Prague
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Via Seating, Carnegie, Allsteel, 3form, Leland
  •   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 16, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: It'll Cost You 25 Bucks to Attend NeoCon. Don't be a Cheapskate. - NeoCon isn't charging $25 as a revenue stream. They are charging the fee so they know how many people will actually be at the fall event.
  •   The Great Rehiring is Beginning - Employers are ready to welcome their workers back as restrictions lift and America prepares for the New Next while in real life connections resume.
  •   The Deal that Nearly Never Happened: SEC Filing Shows Knoll Faced Issuance of 'Going Concern Warning' Prior to Herman Miller Acquisition; Courted Other Suitors - Companies' auditors are required to include in their annual report a "going concern" qualification if they have substantial doubt about the entity's ability to continue as a going concern over the next 12 months.
  •   Zgo Technologies Bridges the Gap Between Furniture and Technology - Zgo brands itself not as an ergonomic company, nor as a monitor arm company, but a workspace technology company that focuses on how people use technology in their workstations.
  •   How One A&D Firm Made the Most of the Lost Year - Throughout the past year, curiosity about how things can be done virtually, experimenting with various technologies and platforms to provide the best user experience, and evolving its own hybrid working model has helped Eastlake to prepare as a firm for its next chapter.
  •   Vitra Introduces Club Office Concept - The Club Office is characterized by an open and inviting atmosphere. At the same time, its furnishings are functionally conceived so every spot can be used as a productive workspace.
  •   After Donating More than 600,000 Facemasks to Over 500 Organizations Nationwide, AIS Wraps Up Philanthropic Program - AIS was recognized in September 2020 on the floor of the House of Representatives by Massachusetts Rep. James McGovern for the Sew the Masks initiative.
  •   Stephen Says - "Are You A Superstitious Salesperson? I Sure Hope So (Knock on Wood)" - by Stephen Viscusi - By this point you might have a sense of how I feel about superstitions. I started my career in sales, and I must admit I consider myself superstitious. I am willing to do anything that might offer me a slight edge.
  •   Training & Development - "Is the Lunch-N-Learn Dead?" - by Sid Meadows - One of the most coveted meetings to get with an A&D firm has always been a "lunch and learn." To get on the calendar with the major firms, you have to schedule these events way in advance — sometimes starting in January, to ensure you get your spot.
  •   Upfront: HÅG Capisco Giveaway - You can win a customized HÅG Capisco in a contest that runs through June 27. Three winners will be announced June 28 on 9to5's social media.
  •   Product Spotlight: Via Seating Introduces Muir - Muir is Via Seating's newest lounge chair. It features a simple wire outer frame and comfortable, dense cushioning. With its deliberately low profile, Muir intuitively creates a casual sit with perfect seat and back angle positioning which work for a respite break from the workday or provide guests with an inviting, comfortable seat.
  •   PLACES - Saint-Gobain Offices – Hanoi
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Arcadia, Air Innovations, Trendway, Wolf-Gordon
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Midpoint Magazine - Mid-June, 2021

 
  •   WELLNESS IN THE WORKPLACE SPOTLIGHT: 5 WAYS THAT FOCUSING ON AUTONOMY CAN POSITIVELY IMPACT ORGANIZATIONAL WELL-BEING - Before us stands a time to rewrite our scripts and reinvent the quality and texture of how we spend our time accomplishing the full spectrum of daily goals that make up our lifestyles. Business models that ensure environments where employees flourish through the ability to exercise autonomy in daily work operations and healthy lifestyle choices ultimately enable well-being and engagement.
  •   HOW DESIGN CAN INCREASE WELLNESS - The WELL building standard has become the leading tool to improve human health in homes and offices across the world. Initially focused on the commercial office space, WELL has recently turned its attention to health care environments. Understanding the science behind promoting health outcomes through design is a key step toward improving patient safety, progress and quality of care.
  •   SUPPORT OUR WORK TOWARD A HEALTHY LIFE: TAKE THE INDEAL CARES EMPLOYEE WELLNESS SURVEY - The insights obtained from this year's survey will build on IDEAL's knowledge, provide a better understanding about employee wishes for returning to the workplace safely.
  •   ONE WORKPLACE BELIEVES A HEALTHY WORKFORCE LEADS TO HEALTHY BUSINESS - For nearly a decade, One Workplace has been named a top employer in the Bay Area — no small feat given the competition there. The work with its own employees has allowed One Workplace to help its customers as well. As the San Francisco Bay Area begins to open along with its other markets in the Pacific Northwest, One Workplace is helping its customers safely get back to work. One Workplace has always been about serving its customers in whatever way is needed. The roots of the company go back to a bookstore founded in the 1920s in downtown San Jose by the Lindsay family.
  •   KFI STUDIOS ROLLS OUT NEW WEBSITE - The new site, which includes easier access to product information and support materials like high-res images, brochures and symbols, also adds a new feature — "Build Your Own."
  •   INDEAL ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH HOPEWELL - Hopewell is taking its research platform directly to INDEAL dealer members, offering discounted licensing and partnership opportunities.
  •   HOPEWELL HELPS DEALERS MEASURE WX (WORK EXPERIENCE) - Designed by world-class consumer experience researchers, Hopewell's WX assessment elicits meaningful insights about how, when and where employees reach peak performance. "The future of the workplace will be data-driven and worker-centered," said Continental Office CEO Ira Sharfin. "Our designers know it, and now the Hopewell WX Assessment gives us a common language to help our clients discover it, too."
  •   WORKPLACE RESOURCE ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC ALLIANCE WITH CORPORATE SOURCE - Two leading dealers team up to transform Colorado's commercial furniture scene.
  •   AIS LAUNCHES RELATIONSHIP WITH SOCAL AIS - SoCal AIS combines the efforts of Ron Frantz, principal at Sculptural Spaces, and Ashlie Collins, principal at Bentwood Design in Los Angeles.
  •   WORKSCAPES CEO ELIZABETH DVORAK JOINS THE CEO COUNCIL OF TAMPA BAY - CEO Council membership offers access to collaborative focus groups who can get answers to pressing issues. It also offers rewarding and educational social experiences to help grow influence in non-traditional settings.

Business of Furniture - June 9, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Lean into the Curves - Over the course of a lifetime of riding, I've learned a few lessons about motorcycling that can be used in the office furniture industry. First, if you don't know what you are doing, both are dangerous pastimes for participants.
  •   Spring Breakout Wraps in Chicago with the First Live Office Interiors Event Since the Start of the Pandemic - Jim Ford, vice president of dealer development for Fellowes Contract Interiors said, "It was great to get out and meet the customers in-person."
  •   Economy Booms Causing Spike in Raw Materials Critical to Office Furniture Industry Like Lumber, Steel - The office furniture industry uses myriad materials in the construction of its products, but wood and steel are two key components worth watching. Short-term, prices are expected to stay high at the same time the supply is squeezed by skyrocketing demand.
  •   Words About Work - The COVID-19 pandemic has spawned an additional set of less-than-precise words and phrases. Early on, there arose references to virtual work, a virtual meeting or even virtual events.
  •   Support Our Work Toward a Healthy Life: Take the INDEAL Cares Employee Wellness Survey - The insights obtained from this year's IDEAL survey will build on its knowledge and provide a better understanding about employee wishes for returning to the workplace safely, identify new product needs and offer clarity on how to move forward productively and profitably as an industry.
  •   Supersalone – Work Now in Progress for the Special 2021 Salone del Mobile.Milano Event - Supersalone is a unique project in line with the exceptional times in which we live, geared not just to sectoral professionals and the international design community, but also to the general public, who will have access to the fairgrounds for the entire duration of the event.
  •   AIS Promotes Nick Haritos to President
  •   Meghan Sherwin Named Chief Marketing Officer at Keilhauer
  •   Kimball International Announces Achievement of the Well Health-Safety Rating for its Corporate Headquarters - Kimball International earned the WELL Health-Safety Rating by implementing processes and procedures such as cleaning and sanitization procedures, emergency preparedness programs, health and wellness programs and resources, air and water quality management and education.
  •   Stephen Says - "What Should My Resume Look Like These Days?" - by Stephen Viscusi - My first tip is the simplest, but people never seem to follow it: Put your complete home address on the resume. Yes — I mean your street address. If it's a sales job, the company wants to know exactly where you live in relation to the territory. Just putting your city or town is not good enough in our industry.
  •   Upfront: AIS Expands Quick Ship Offering with Calibrate Countdown - AIS has launched Calibrate Countdown, a quick-ship program for private offices. With a 15-day lead time, Calibrate Countdown offers one of the industry's fastest ways to furnish private offices.
  •   Product Spotlight: Okamura Introduces LW Pouf - LW Pouf is a rounded, soft stool that fits in various collaborative environments in the workplace. From reception to library and lounge, its casual style looks good in any work environment, serving as a spot for short meetings or to change the mood. The LW Pouf is available in four sizes, ranging from a single stool to a 47-inch diameter bench with different height options.
  •   PLACES - Dream Games Offices – Istanbul
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Pallas, Arper, Camira, Narbutas, Concertex, 3form, Scandinavian Spaces
  •   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 2, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: They're Just Suppliers, Right? Why the Jiecang/Logicdata Deal Rivals Herman Miller/Knoll in Importance - The Jiecang acquisition of Logicdata will rival Herman Miller's acquisition of Knoll in terms of long-term impact on the office furniture industry.
  •   The Long View on Work - When it comes to work and the workplace, there has been a rush to suggest how the pandemic will change arenas such as real estate planning and use, corporate organizational policies and procedures and space design configurations.
  •   Tips for Successfully Implementing a Hybrid Work Policy - Our industry does a great job of defining culture through physical space, but do we ever document our own business culture?
  •   Hopewell Takes the Guesswork Out of Office Occupancy and Data - Hopewell has big goals. Simply put, they want to be the leader in work experience data in the world.
  •   Join the Club — Going Into the Office Might Feel a Little More Exclusive - Ideally, thinking of work as a social club or hub, takes the guilt and dread out of going to the office.
  •   Jiecang Acquires Logicdata Creating $350 Million Powerhouse - The merger will create a leading, worldwide one-stop-shop linear motion components and systems supplier with about 2,500 employees worldwide and $350 million in annual revenues.
  •   2020 is Hosting a Virtual Event to Help Interior Designers, Retailers and Manufacturers Thrive - 2020 Connect is a free, four-day virtual event June 14-17 geared toward interior designers, retailers and manufacturers.
  •   Stephen Says - "Fit to be Tied: Business Is Back and So Are Ties for Men" - by Stephen Viscusi - My advice to those of you reading this is that men and women should have their own declaration in their business attire that they are back and ready to do business with their customers who are dressed up and ready to do the same.
  •   Upfront: Legrand Donates Vantage, QMotion, and Luxul Brand Solutions for R.I.S.E. Home Built by Wounded Warrior Project and Gary Sinise Foundation - "We are grateful for Legrand's support, which has been a tremendous gift for Sergeant Blank," said Blaine Christensen, co-owner of Advanced Integrated Systems. "The company's solutions have been instrumental in providing this American hero with a high-tech home that will forever change the trajectory of his life."
  •   Product Spotlight: Ghent Announces Reed Acoustic Panels - Constructed with a lightweight black wood base, black aluminum support frame, and an acoustic panel available in several colors, Reed can be effortlessly moved and adjusted. The crescent-shaped base allows the units to nest together to form an acoustic barrier.
  •   PLACES - Allnex Offices – Petaling Jaya
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Arc-Com, KFI Studios, Mannington, Freeform
  •   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 - June 2021

 
  •   WHY NURTURE IS NOT THE SECRET TO A HEALTHY (VIRTUAL) WORK ENVIRONMENT - Traditionally, leadership has turned to nurturing activities to address team health. These activities can certainly be valuable, but they cannot bridge the gap created when the daily work experience fails to meet basic neurological, psychological and physiological needs.
  •   NEW SURVEY PROVIDES SWEEPING OVERVIEW OF CURRENT STATE OF EMPLOYER-SPONSORED WELLBEING PROGRAMS - This survey highlights that a culture of well-being plays a far more critical role than any one benefit program to the long-term success of an organization.
  •   THE HYBRID RETURN TO THE OFFICE AND ENSURING A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD FOR REMOTE EMPLOYEES - In a hybrid set-up example, you might have four people in a meeting, two calling in remote from home and two calling in from the office conference room. In this situation, the two people in the office environment are minimized on camera and have in-person nonverbal cues that completely change the meeting dynamic.
  •   SDI ARCHITECTURE ATTRIBUTES MASS OFFICE MOVE-BACK TO ZOOM FATIGUE: BOSTON FIRM EXPERIENCES UPTICK IN DEMAND FOR MODIFICATIONS TO WORKPLACES AS COMPANIES PREPARE FOR THE RETURN OF THEIR WORKFORCES - People are starving for personal interaction. A host of factors are fueling employees moving back to the office, including the return to full-time, in-person learning for students, giving parents the option to work from an office as their role as home school teachers comes to an end.
  •   LATEST WORKFORCE HAPPINESS SURVEY SHOWS IMPORTANCE OF DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION IN WORKPLACE - Organizations have spent the past year helping their employees stay productive while working through a crisis, but now they have to pivot to create a new normal that ensures their workforce continues to be happy for the long-term, no matter where they are working.
  •   THE WORKPLACE IS CHANGING: THOMAS FRIEDMAN PREDICTS SEISMIC SHIFTS WILL OFFER OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE LEFT THE WORKFORCE IN DROVES - With many employers planning for a new work/life in a post-pandemic world, one of the big challenges they face is addressing significant setbacks unleashed by COVID-19.
  •   WORKPLACE CULTURE REPORT REVEALS KEY CAUSES OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION FAILURES IN COMPANIES - Just 43% of employees say they can consistently be their authentic selves at work.
  •   EMPLOYEES AND COMPANIES ARE FACING A BURNOUT CRISIS - At companies across America, employees are struggling, with more than two in five (41%) say they're experiencing burnout. As workers adjust to remote work during the pandemic, 40% of employees surveyed agree working remotely supports better work-life balance.
  •   19 IDEAS EXPANDS AND REMODELS HEADQUARTERS TO CREATE EXPERIENCE-DRIVEN HUB CENTERED ON EMPLOYEE WELLNESS - The renovation coincides with a rebrand effort in 19 Ideas' 10-year anniversary, including a new brand look with the same focus on people, partnership and community.
  •   NELSON WORLDWIDE WINDWARD ENGINEERS AND CONSULTANTS HARRISBURG DESIGN BRIEF - A key driver for both the NELSON design team and the Windward staff was employee well-being.
  •   R-GO TOOLS CAPARO 4 TWIN MONITOR ARM - The modularity not only allowed the box to be smaller but more importantly would make the monitor easier to repair if one of the components failed.
  •   ZELO DESKTOP STUDIO LIGHT - It is a good product that can help you turn a drab, lifeless office into a bright, well-lit space fit for a professional virtual meeting.

Business of Furniture - May 26, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Why aren't More Designers Back in the Office? Will They Come to NeoCon? - As the Spring Breakout roadshow makes its way across the country, it has been interesting to see how different each community is in its return to some sense of normalcy. The event began in Dallas, and it was slightly shocking to be in a city where it seemed as if the pandemic never happened. No one was wearing masks, inside or outside.
  •   OFS Believes Biophilia Belongs in the Workplace - When people think of green wall systems, they often think of the massive installations that can take extensive plumbing and lots of upkeep. OFS went with GrowUp Greenwalls because they can be put in just about any part of the office — a green wall that doesn't have to be a project.
  •   CEOs of West Michigan Office Furniture Majors Weigh in at Econ Club Event - Office spaces are going to be more important than ever, Andi Owen said, but those spaces are going to have to be better going forward. Just because you have an office doesn't mean your employees are going to use it if it isn't a great place to work.
  •   Using Technology to Find the Best Way - Generally, technology should be as simple as possible. When things start sounding complicated it's time to ask yourself why.
  •   Teknion Introduces Routes - Designed in partnership with PearsonLloyd, the collection is made up of desks, tables, chairs, soft seating, screens and accessories given fresh yet familiar forms that are easy to understand, assemble and use.
  •   NELSON Worldwide Integrates Swivel's 3D Visualization Technology - The partnership streamlines the touring and leasing process through immersive virtual experiences.
  •   Stephen Says - "If You Want A Paycheck, We Have a Very Reasonable Expectation...Come Back to Work!" - by Stephen Viscusi - My customers, manufacturers and dealers alike, tell me they want — no — they NEED their salespeople to be back in the office.
  •   Training & Development - "What I Learned Without Meaning To: Lessons From a 2021 Graduate's Dad" - by Sid Meadows - As I write this column, we are about halfway through Spring Breakout 2021. What a great event this roadshow has been for so many reasons. I've met amazing new people, developed meaningful relationships, eaten some great food, had some good laughs, interacted more than I have in the last 12 months combined, and had a bit of fun along the way.
  •   Upfront: Dauphin to host The Courage to Ask for Help Webinar - We all know our society values independence and admires that can-do attitude. This leaves many of us afraid we will appear weak or ignorant if we ask for help or admit we don't understand something.
  •   Product Spotlight: 9to5 Reinvents Stacking with Kip - Kip is a groundbreaking all-mesh stacking chair and stool collection from 9to5 Seating. The new line elevates the multipurpose space and combines style and convenience at an accessible price point. The collection's all-mesh construction comfortably relieves pressure points, while supporting up to 300 pounds. It's easy to clean and disinfect with a 10:1 water-to-bleach ratio.
  •   PLACES - Antik Dantel Offices – Istanbul
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Jasper Morrison, Wolf-Gordon, Studio TK, Concertex, Stylex
  •   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 - May 19, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Spring Breakout is First Post-COVID Event - Our timing couldn't have been better — down to the CDC's guidance that masks for people who have been vaccinated do not have to be worn inside or outside. The timing is good for exhibitors as well. The design communities of the cities where we have stopped so far are desperate to see new products, new ideas and new thinking.
  •   Carnegie Fabrics Announces New CEO - Gordon Boggis is eager to build upon the company's impressive track record to promote further growth.
  •   Not Another 'Future of the Workplace' Article - When it comes to rehumanizing the workplace, it has become clear simply designing for people isn't enough. We have to design for the individual.
  •   Colors are Changing the World, One Trend at a Time - When someone asks you the first color you think of when they say the words Coca-Cola, you instantly think of red. Businesses like Coca-Cola pay millions of dollars to create and protect the brands that are often built around a color.
  •   IIDA Announces Finalist of Two Prestigious Interior Design Competition - Finalists were chosen by a jury of design experts, including Katherine S. Ankerson, dean, College of Architecture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Barbara Bouza, president, Walt Disney Imagineering, business management, design and development; and Bill Grant, president and chief creative officer, Grant Design Collaborative.
  •   The Push - Furniture companies will need to create marketing systems that favor the long game while inspiring shoppers to act with retail incentives like seasonal promotions.
  •   Five Tips for Creating an Outdoor Office - Not only do we need to make sure we are standing and moving throughout our day, but we also need to stay organized for a productive work day.
  •   Announcing the Launch of the Living Well at Work Guide - INDEAL Cares is dedicated to improving wellness locally and globally, starting at work.
  •   Oklahoma House Bill 1147 Advances the Interior Design Profession - The bill improves practices for qualified interior designers by modifying several terms within the State Architectural and Registered Interior Designers Act related to agency name references, definitions and duties of the board.
  •   Stephen Says - "Don't Hold Your Breath Waiting for Salespeople from Herman Miller or Knoll" - by Stephen Viscusi - As far as where you should be putting your energy, instead of worrying about the Herman Miller and Knoll salespeople, I wish people like you would spend more time and money recruiting and training a more diverse salesforce from outside of our industry and simply invest the time it takes for them to develop relationships.
  •   Upfront: ESI Enters Multi-year Partnership with Canadian Group Purchasing Organization Kinetic GPO - The contract provides exclusive pricing and access to ESI furniture, installation and related products and services to public entities in Canada and helps these organizations reduce costs by leveraging group purchasing power and simplifying the overall procurement process.
  •   Product Spotlight: Allseating Reveals Switzerland-Inspired Textile Collection by Emanuela Frattini Magnusson - Allseating has launched Engadin, a proprietary textile collection designed by Emanuela Frattini Magnusson, a Milan-born architect and designer and president of EFM Design. Engadin features three patterns; Dots, Grid and Bauhaus, which are all based on geometric shapes, a linear grid, a loose dot pattern and rectilinear color fields.
  •   PLACES - Withersworldwide Offices – Hong Kong
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Division Twelve, Fräsch, 3form, Mohawk, Leland Furniture, Ergotech
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Midpoint Magazine - Mid-May, 2021

 
  •   JILL THOMAS | FROM FOLLOWERS TO FANS: BOOSTING YOUR BRAND WITH SOCIAL MEDIA - Posting on your social media channels is just the first step in establishing and maintaining your presence. The key is really to engage with your followers.
  •   STEFANIE INCE | ANNOUNCING THE LAUNCH OF THE LIVING WELL AT WORK GUIDE - The Living Well at Work Guide will include several modules focusing on our four pillars of health; active living, mental health, disease prevention and spine health, to support your teams in their journey toward better health and well-being. This new resource comes in time for Mental Health Awareness Month, which takes place in May each year.
  •   HOW JAZZ IMPROVISATION HELPS WB WOOD ADAPT TO EVER-CHANGING NYC BUSINESS LANDSCAPE AND WHY DEALERSHIP DECIDED TO MOVE FROM HERMAN MILLER TO HAWORTH - With customers like Calvin Klein, JP Morgan, Rolex, NYU Langone Health and Warner Media, WB Wood keeps very busy in the New York metro area, though the pandemic slowed business, as it has everywhere.
  •   KIMBALL SELECT PARTNER, OSTERMANCRON, EXPANDING INTO THE LOUISVILLE MARKET - In addition to Kimball, OstermanCron will represent the National and Etc. brands from Kimball International. With these three brands, OstermanCron will fully leverage the power of Kimball International in its expansion to Louisville.
  •   ARENSON COMPLETES SCARSDALE PUBLIC LIBRARY - Arenson provided the space with ancillary furniture for small breakout spaces, large meeting rooms and private offices for the library built in the 1950s. These products include reading chairs, coffee, laptop, side and end tables.
  •   ONE WORKPLACE HELPS STUDENTS LEARN BETTER OUTDOORS - This year many schools across the country took their desks, chairs, easels and their students outside. The pandemic created the need and opportunity, and the movement was organized and supported by the National COVID-19 Outdoor Learning Initiative, co-founded in our backyards by Green Schoolyards America; the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley; San Mateo County Office of Education and Ten Strands.
  •   SUPPORTING HEALTHCARE TODAY - A tenured expert in Pivot's Healthcare division, Sulae Cheung has partnered with Los Angeles institution Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for more than 20 years. Hospitals have specialized needs to support patients, practitioners and caregivers as well as infection controls, visitor tracking, flexibility to accommodate changing technology and so much more.
  •   DEALER SURVEY FINDS MOST EXECUTIVES SEE RETURN TO OFFICE OR HYBRID MODEL - Fewer than one out of five businesses (18.3%) have already reconfigured their spaces, and 21% are planning to make either modest or substantial adjustments to their spaces.
  •   INTERSCAPE RECEIVES THE 2021 TEKNION PLATINUM DEALER AWARD - Interscape was one of only four dealers in the country awarded this prestigious status within the Teknion dealer network.

Business of Furniture - May 12, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: What do Jazz and the Workplace Have in Common? - For most of us, work is our biggest daily performance. We want to nail it, and we feel bad when we fail. We also need skilled conductors — good leadership — to guide our flow and help us play our best, both as solo artists and as part of the band.
  •   Okamura Finora is Culmination of Decades of Design Harmony and Innovation - With Finora, Okamura had design help from a familiar group of friends. The chair was designed in collaboration with ITALDESIGN, an Italian design firm that has helped create some of the most beautiful and iconic high performance automotive designs.
  •   We Aren't There Yet - A 1985 article suggested mobility would be better supported if workers had technology that was the size of a cigarette pack and could fit in a shirt pocket.
  •   The Industry is Back! Spring Breakout Kicks Off in Dallas - There is an exuberance in getting back out in front of dealers, reps and customers that is palpable.
  •   Art Gensler, World-Renowned Architect, Dies At 85 - An architect and astute businessman who propelled a small practice into the largest and most admired firm in the industry, Art Gensler is widely credited with creating the blueprint for how many professional services firms organize and manage themselves today.
  •   AIA EVP/Chief Executive Officer Robert Ivy, FAIA, to retire in December 2021 - A vocal advocate for architects, and an architect himself, Robert also served as a convener and contributing board member, bringing together allied and related groups to address central questions facing the design and construction industry, globally and domestically.
  •   BIFMA Hosts Final 180° Navigating Now Webinar Series Focused on Hospitality - The hospitality panel was the final webinar in the BIFMA 180° series that also looked at health care, education and workplace trends over the last several months.
  •   Kimball International Office Sales Begin to Rebound; Strong Outlook for Coming Quarter - Consolidated net sales were $138.7 million, compared to $178.2 million in the prior year third quarter.
  •   DIRTT Posts Loss in Latest Financial Report - Revenue for the first quarter of 2021 was $29.5 million, a decline of $11.5 million or 28% from $41 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2020.
  •   Stephen Says - "I Hired Them to Sell, Not to Smell! Why You Should Go Back to Your Pre-Pandemic Persona" - by Stephen Viscusi - Believe it or not, I'm a big believer in uniforms. They're usually very convenient for employees in terms of deciding how to dress, but I know it's not practical or reasonable in a creative industry like interior furnishings where our individuality is a reflection of our creativity.
  •   Training & Development - "A New Business Development Strategy" - by Sid Meadows - Yes, your customers are on Clubhouse — at least some of them. This emerging platform is still in beta and only available to iPhone users at the moment, but every day, more and more people are joining the conversation.
  •   Upfront: Okamura creates WORK MILL magazine in collaboration with Forbes Japan - WORK MILL provides insights into new work styles and workplaces from around the globe to help create new values from a business strategy perspective.
  •   Product Spotlight: Allermuir Introduces CROP by Benjamin Hubert - A family of outdoor chairs and stools designed for Allermuir by Benjamin Hubert of LAYER, CROP takes its name from the enigmatic rolling fields of crops in the British countryside, which are represented in the flowing parallel wires of the seating forms.
  •   PLACES - Garmin Offices – Montreal
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Luxxbox, Flos, Icon Modern, Hightower
  •   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 - May 5, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Vaccine Passports Coming to an Office Near You? - As society tires of the pandemic, the pressure to create vaccine passports is certainly going to rise and will affect all aspects of our lives.
  •   British Furniture Maker Looks for Connection in North America - Connection uses its insights into the needs of modern commercial, educational and public-sector environments, which gives the company an understanding of the evolution of work.
  •   4 Ways Design May Reinvent Itself - As we rethink how design has been done in the past and move toward informed and experiential design, the success hinges on creating interaction.
  •   INDEAL Launches Pinpoint VIP Along With 3 Month Free Trial for Dealer Members - Pinpoint VIP, a Virtual Inspiration Platform and enhancement to INDEAL's Pinpoint Search tool, launched May 1 and is available to all INDEAL Dealer Members.
  •   Sedia Systems Opens Consolidated Manufacturing Operations in Asheboro, North Carolina - Asheboro Mayor David Smith said he's excited to welcome Sedia Systems to the town of 26,000 residents and noted the community has a long legacy of furniture and textile manufacturers.
  •   Predictions for Workplace and Lifestyle Habits in Summer 2021 - As vaccine roll-outs continue and scores of Americans are inoculated daily, life is slowly returning to normal.
  •   The Salone del Mobile 2021 Will Go Ahead - The 59th edition of the Salone del Mobile.Milano will be an innovative, iconic and unique edition. Scheduled for Sept. 5-10, the event will focus on promoting companies' latest products, technologies and projects.
  •   NeoCon Presents Designing in a Digital World - The four online sessions will address the innovations and challenges within the rapidly expanding digital sphere of design.
  •   Stephen Says - "Your Dog Died and Your Boss is Supposed to Care?" - by Stephen Viscusi - Losing a pet is a great reason to use PTO. Your friend happened to be a bachelor, and his life was his pet, but it's just as bad for families with children.
  •   Training & Development - "Lessons in Leadership from Ted Lasso" - by Sid Meadows - One of the most overlooked and underused aspects of leadership is simply kindness.
  •   Upfront: 2020 Announces Release of 2020 Office Software v2021 - This new release provides support for AutoCAD 2022 and an updated CAD engine for 2020 Cap Complete. 2020 Visual Impression v2021 brings new furniture movement capabilities, and all 2020 Office applications are updated to support these new capabilities.
  •   Product Spotlight: Via Seating's First All Mesh Chair Onda Launches - Onda is the Italian word for wave, and a wave is just what the chair from Via Seating's looks like with its striking back that curves up and crests into an arch. The all-mesh seat curves down to ensure efficient circulation and optimal support and comfort.
  •   PLACES - Qin Group Offices – Chengdu, China
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Tarkett, Versteel, Nevins, BodyBilt, Narbutas
  •   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 - May, 2021

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: YELLOWSTONE COFFEE & CANVAS - With an array of coffee and snack items on the menu, and several sitting places to choose from, Yellowstone Coffee & Canvas proved to be a delightful place to work.
  •   WORKPLACE WELLNESS - If we can design spaces for wellness, it will make it easier for all types of people to come back to the office while still maintaining flexibility for those who work at home. There are seven aspects to wellness we balance - physical, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, occupational, social, and environmental.
  •   EMPLOYER ACTIONS & EMPLOYEE PERCEPTIONS: GAUGING THE COVID-19 WORKPLACE EXPERIENCE - Organizations are still managing travel expenses conservatively and adjusting the way they do business to incorporate less travel, with 68% of organizations expecting the same level of business travel or less in 2021, as compared to 2020. Further, Sixty percent of organizations report they will not require employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine prior to returning to work, an indication organizations are opting to maintain a personal vs. professional line by not requiring the vaccine.
  •   AS ECONOMY REOPENS, THE TIME HAS COME FOR EMPLOYERS TO OPEN UP THEIR REAL ESTATE PROCUREMENT PROCESSES - With an economy working from home, it's become apparent the model is changing. Many are seeking hybrid solutions where employees come to the office half of the time or only for special team collaborations and client meetings.
  •   NEW LEGIONS OF REMOTE WORKERS PUTS GEOGRAPHIC PAY POLICIES IN THE SPOTLIGHT - With remote working requests continuing to emerge and surprise leaders, companies are reevaluating how to create cohesive, consistent and fair geographic pay policies as employees push to straddle multiple geographies. What used to only be an occasional issue is now a frequent request and savvy employers will need to respond with fair, transparent and attractive geographic pay policies for distributed workforces if they wish to remain competitive.
  •   SURVEY FINDS 58% OF PEOPLE WORKING REMOTELY WOULD QUIT THEIR JOBS IF REQUIRED TO RETURN TO OFFICE - Sixty-five percent would prefer to work remotely full-time post-pandemic, while 33% would like a combination of remote and in-office work (hybrid work arrangement). Just 2% would prefer to return to the traditional office on a full-time basis. While workers are most concerned about COVID-19 exposure/infection (49%), having less work flexibility (46%) and less work-life balance (43%) were other key apprehension points in returning to traditional workplaces.
  •   LOCAL OFFICE, GLOBAL VIEW: DYER BROWN-DESIGNED HEADQUARTERS UNIFIES U.S. OPERATIONS FOR TECH MEDIA GIANT - The idea from IDG leadership was to create a space that reflected their identity as a house of brands rather than a branded house.
  •   MOST EXECUTIVES EXPECT RETURN TO OFFICE OR HYBRID MODEL - The survey findings suggest many businesses may be underestimating the changes needed to optimize workplaces for health and safety and accommodate the evolving requirements of a hybrid work model in which employees blend working from different locations, including home, on the go or at the office.
  •   PREVIEWING THE FUTURE, SVIGALS + PARTNERS COMPLETES SECOND MAJOR WORKPLACE FOR BIOHAVEN PHARMACEUTICALS - Building on Svigals + Partners' longstanding commitment to prioritizing the well-being of the client group, the workplace harnesses daylight and outfits workers with sit-stand desks in a setting marked by natural materials, nontoxic finishes, premium air filtration and other benefits of an active workplace. The company's brand colors, green and blue, are complemented by a contrasting magenta proposed through a virtual-reality walkthrough.
  •   WHAT ARE PERFORMANCE FABRICS? - The definition of a performance fabric is as individualized as a performance car. Broadly speaking, it denotes above-average attributes compared to standard upholstery.
  •   PROJECT AIMS TO KEEP IT AUTHENTIC - Perkins&Will's design seamlessly reconciles two opposing forces — the desired focus on collaboration and the need to accommodate concentrated individual work.
  •   REVIEWS - Etc. Holden Pull Up Table / ZG1 Single Monitor Arm

Business of Furniture - April 28, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Fulton Market: Furniture's Future Chicago Home or Flash in the Pan? - It makes a lot more sense at this point for the small- and mid-size manufacturers at theMART to stay put.
  •   Herman Miller's New Chicago Flagship Seamlessly Blends Contract, Residential in Spectacular New Fulton Market Space - Though the Chicago showroom has only been open for a few weeks, the company is already noticing some surprising (and hopeful) patterns.
  •   De Vorm Introduces Soft Distancing With PET Felt Panels - All products within the AK series are fully customizable and can be easily incorporated into any existing interior.
  •   Teknion Plans Move to Chicago's Fulton Market - Until now, defectors to Fulton Market were limited to Knoll and Herman Miller, companies with strong retail segments. Teknion is the first purely commercial office furniture maker to head there.
  •   Byrne Believes Earth Day Should be Celebrated Every Day - The company's products are designed with materials that are 100% recyclable, and it works to reduce its waste stream by using plastic regrind and other recycled materials in its designs.
  •   Bill Wittland: The Survey Is Not The Solution - Designers with a passion for the power of place will always overpower a simplistic notion of survey-driven outcomes.
  •   The Pandemic did not Stop the Plans – Narbutas is Building a New Factory, Investing 25 million Euro - The new building will be equipped with technologies to make the production process more efficient, will secure higher production quality and allow the company to offer new office furniture, expanding the categories of seating, acoustic and non-standard furniture.
  •   IIDA Releases 2021 Interior Design Compensation Report - The average design professional reported an annual base salary of between $60,000 and $99,000, with higher reported salaries in the West and Northeast.
  •   Survey Finds 41.5% of Executives Planning a Full-Time Return to the Office - Fewer than one out of five businesses (18.3%) have already reconfigured their spaces, and 21% are planning to make either modest or substantial adjustments to their spaces.
  •   Luxor Workspaces Donates Hand Sanitizer to Local Schools, Police, Fire and Nonprofit Organizations - Now that supply has caught up with demand, Luxor decided to donate its inventory to where it can do the most good.
  •   Stephen Says - "If Herman Miller, Knoll and Haworth Expand Their Retail Subsidiaries, They'll be Having RH for Lunch!" - by Stephen Viscusi - It's fun to talk about exciting developments in our industry. But let's focus on getting everyone to NeoCon in October and getting employees that are still afraid to come back to work, back in the office.
  •   Upfront: Indiana Furniture's Plywood Facility Recognized for Ongoing Workplace Safety - In living up to one of its core values — Create a Safe and Healthy Work Environment — Indiana Furniture has again achieved Indiana Safety and Health Achievement Program (INSHARP) certification for its plywood manufacturing facility in Jasper, Indiana.
  •   Product Spotlight: Keilhauer Introduces the Epix Collection - Keilhauer's new Epix collection is rational, refined and modern. Its highly functional pieces seamlessly transition across various work, group and meeting tasks.
  •   PLACES - Gazprom Neft Offices – Saint Petersburg
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Samuelson, Turf Design, Nowy Styl
  •   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 - April 21, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: The Effort Behind the Pages - When an acquisition happens at a publicly traded company, it is a bit different than "normal" breaking news. Since both Herman Miller and Knoll are public companies, scoops almost never happen unless a journalist happens to hear about it early.
  •   Herman Miller is Acquiring Knoll in a Blockbuster $1.8 Billion Deal that Creates the Largest Office Furniture Company in the World - This transaction brings together two pioneering icons of design with strong businesses, attractive portfolios and long histories of innovation.
  •   Steelcase Taps Armbruster, the Company's First Woman CEO, as Keane Announces Retirement - Since joining the company in 2007, Armbruster, 50, has led corporate strategy and acquisition activities. She has additionally led multiple businesses at Steelcase, including Steelcase Education, Steelcase Health and PolyVision.
  •   Monumental Announcement of Herman Miller's Acquisition of Knoll Causes Stir Among Dealers - "I'm both a Herman Miller and Knoll dealer, for more than 15 years," said Larry Keller, owner of Design Warehouse in Santa Fe, New Mexico. "To have Knoll under the Herman Miller umbrella would just bring more products, more pleasure and more efficiency. I'm delighted in every way."
  •   Why I'm Obsessed with Clubhouse (And You Should be Too) - Even though residential designers are flocking to Clubhouse, adoption is not as fast just yet for the commercial side of the industry.
  •   The Craft of Installation - Installers today are often the eyes and the ears of project sites and are key players in the on-site massaging of product to meet space expectations with a pre-determined kit-of-parts from the manufacturer.
  •   Best of NeoCon Returns with Fresh Approach, Expanded Categories & New Content - Product submissions will open June 1 and close on Sept. 9. Exhibitors may enter any new products introduced to the U.S. market since NeoCon 2019.
  •   Stephen Says - "It's the BASE SALARY, Stupid" - by Stephen Viscusi - To get a highly qualified candidate to take a job — ANY job — sales, operations, design, you need to start with an attractive, higher than usual, base salary.
  •   Upfront: 2020 Global Inspiration Contest for Kitchen, Bathroom and Office Designers - 2020 has announced the first-ever 2020 Global Inspiration contest for kitchen, bathroom and office designers. The contest provides a platform for 2020 users across North America, the United Kingdom and France to be recognized among their peers for their functional and aesthetic design skills.
  •   Product Spotlight: 9to5 Seating Introduces Iconic HÅG Capisco and HÅG Capisco Puls to US Market - 9to5 Seating's HÅG Capisco and HÅG Capisco Puls feature versatility and unparalleled ergonomics that are right in step with the active seating movement popular in the U.S. market.
  •   PLACES - ManpowerGroup Offices – Tokyo
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Landscape Forms, Maharam
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Midpoint Magazine - Mid-April, 2021

 
  •   JIM HEILBORN | SHOWROOM DESIGN – IT'S ABOUT THE MESSAGE AND PLACEMENT. - Does your showroom answer the question. "Why buy?" If not, it may be time for a new approach.
  •   STEFANIE INCE | INSIGHTS FROM THE INDEAL AND INDEAL CARES RETURN TO WORK SURVEY - INDEAL Cares, together with INDEAL, recently conducted a short survey to ask the industry for its thoughts and feelings on returning to the workplace over a year after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  •   JULIA MACHADO | DEALER DESIGNER WORK HAS DRAMATICALLY CHANGED - The way dealer designers work has changed drastically. I am sure this is not the first time you have heard that. As dealer designers we have to be experts in the industry and in product knowledge.
  •   PMC COMMERCIAL INTERIORS USES NEW 'SUNDAY DRIVE' SHOWROOM TO GALVANIZE MESSAGE FOR ITS CAROLINA CUSTOMERS - To call PMC's Sunday Drive a showroom is an understatement. One of the drivers from the design side was to demonstrate to the marketplace that you can take an average building in this case and really change the interior to reflect something pretty dramatic.
  •   SKG CLIMBS RANKING OF FASTEST GROWING PRIVATE COMPANIES - SKG's revenue grew 86% from 2017 through 2019, the period used for the regional ranking. The company's 72 employees serve Austin, San Antonio, College Station and West Texas.
  •   THE EATON GROUP IS A MODEL FOR HOW REP GROUPS WORK BEST - Creating personal connections is key to Eaton's success. He organizes a group of about 20 dealers and manufacturers to visit Bandon Dunes Golf Resort on the southern coast of Oregon every February and has since the bucket list resort opened 20 years ago. Over the last four decades, Dave Eaton has worked as a rep in the furniture industry, so he has seen a few changes over the years.
  •   EZOBORD AND QUIET EARTH MOSS BECOME INDEAL'S NEWEST BRAND PARTNERS - EzoBord was an early pioneer in the field of design-driven acoustics, pushing the boundaries with a range of fully customizable acoustic products for ceiling, wall, division and furniture applications.
  •   COMMERCIAL FURNITURE DEALER EMPIRE OFFICE GROWS SALES LEADERSHIP IN NEW YORK AND SOUTH FLORIDA - Erica Cain and Elizabeth Irizarry have joined Empire Office, a provider of contract furniture solutions, in business development and sales leadership roles.
  •   FORBES RANKS FELLOWES BRANDS ONE OF AMERICA'S BEST MID-SIZED EMPLOYERS - "Our culture and this recognition is made possible by our devoted people who bring the spirit, care and positivity every day," said fourth-generation CEO John Fellowes.
  •   MC OFFICE FURNITURE PARTNERS WITH OFFICE FURNITURE HEAVEN - Marc Schwartzberg, OFH CEO, said, "Barry has a wonderful reputation in our industry. What has impressed me is his commitment to exceeding client expectations, no matter the size of the company. I'm eager to build on the outstanding foundation of excellence Barry and his team have provided to their clients over the years.
  •   MIEN CATALOG NOW AVAILABLE IN 2020 OFFICE SOFTWARE - MiEN Environments has a full product line for K-12 and higher education facilities, including tables, chairs, soft seating, whiteboards, mobile storage and more.

Business of Furniture - April 14, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: We Need to Rediscover Inspiration - If you are lacking inspiration, look around you. It's still there. And coming out of the pandemic, it needs to be cultivated and encouraged. After all, the world is counting on us to show it the way back to normal.
  •   Indoor Air Quality One Key to Return to Office - Poor indoor air quality can cause acute immediate effects and long-term chronic effects as well — everything from respiratory illness to issues around ability to focus.
  •   Reducing Anxiety and Creating Comfort in the Home — Experts in Corporate Design Share Tips - With all the challenges COVID has dolled out over the past year, it's a bitter Catch 22 that in order to handle the stress of doing everything at home now — living, working, parenting, schooling — we need stress-free homes.
  •   Latest BIFMA 180° Webinar Focuses on Healthcare - Digital wellness solutions are taking hold, much more so on the heels of the pandemic. Health care spaces in the future might not be physical health care spaces at all.
  •   CIFF in China Sees More Than 357,000 Visitors - During the Office Show, the leading brands of the sector showed countless innovative solutions for work environments capable of responding to the demands of companies in constant evolution with the objective of increasing performance and productivity, improving well-being and security and inspiring new ideas.
  •   Tarkett's New Corporate Social & Environmental Responsibility Report Shows Shift to Second Chapter in its Sustainability Strategy - Tarkett has partnered with Carbonfund to create the industry's broadest portfolio of third-party verified carbon neutral flooring solutions.
  •   Stephen Says - "Designer Says: RH = Real Headache! " - by Stephen Viscusi - OK, here is why I decided to write. I have seen you mention Restoration Hardware many times in your column, and they are all over the news with their stock value growth, surpassed only by Tesla. It's OK if Warren Buffet keeps getting richer, but my problem is RH is affecting my business.
  •   Training & Development - "What Did I Learn Today?" - by Sid Meadows - If you follow me, you know I'm an avid learner. I'm always exploring new ideas, ways to improve, new processes, new tools and resources. I learn in a variety of ways, including listening to podcasts, reading, taking online courses, attending seminars and joining in the conversations on Clubhouse.
  •   Upfront: Keilhauer Receives Four Awards for GOOD DESIGN - "This is the sixth consecutive year we have received the esteem of GOOD DESIGN," said President Mike Keilhauer. "We are very proud to see our contract designs be so well received."
  •   Product Spotlight: Trendway Introduces Elea - Trendway has launched Elea, an innovative task chair designed to kinetically move you. Its distinct aesthetic originates from a suspended seat pan that promotes micromovements and energetic motion, allowing users to continuously move while seated.
  •   PLACES - BMI Offices – Quito
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Concertex, Aracdia, Palmer Hamilton, Turf Design, Carnegie
  •   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 - April 7, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Of Super Deductions and 'Poisson D'Avril' - I recently came across an article from the U.K. about its new Super Deduction tax break, a program designed to spur on investment following low levels of business since the start of the pandemic. As part of the program, companies can claim 130% capital allowances on new office furniture purchases.
  •   A Guide to Post-COVID-19 Hybrid Work Policies - Two of the most overlooked factors of a hybrid work policy are its tax and legal ramifications. With remote work comes the benefit of being able to relocate.
  •   Speed and Space—Clear Design Launches New Product Sensitive to Both - To ensure BOOST Pro is at or above quality levels of other known brands, Clear Design uses industry-leading steel thicknesses in its steel products. Its power systems are developed and made in the U.S.
  •   NeoCon Presents Designing Well April 21-22 - All of the programs are complementary and have been submitted for accreditation.
  •   Furniture On Demand by Lectra: A Sought-after Solution for a Changing Market - Furniture on Demand by Lectra is a solution designed specifically to meet the needs of furniture manufacturers, regardless of their geographic location and business model.
  •   More Than 100,000 Fellowes AeraMax Air Purifiers Are Now In U.S. Schools - Beyond the classroom, schools are installing Fellowes air purifiers in other shared spaces, such as resource rooms, libraries, locker rooms, nurse's offices, conference spaces and media centers.
  •   Kimball International Announces Changes to its Board of Directors - Kimball International has appointed Valerie R. Love as an independent member of its board of directors. Love will also serve on the compensation and governance committee and stand for election at the company's 2021 annual meeting of shareholders.
  •   MC Office Furniture Partners with Office Furniture Heaven - The addition of MC Office Furniture will expand the market reach of OFH, which focuses on small and medium-size businesses with fewer than 250 employees.
  •   Stephen Says - "Internet Interviews" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Upfront: Woolpert Announces Strategic Investment by MSD Partners - Woolpert fits seamlessly with MSD Partners' strategy of partnering with talented management teams and investing in companies which are stable, well-positioned in attractive markets and poised for growth, said Kevin Brown, co-head of MSD Partners' Private Capital Group.
  •   Product Spotlight: Japanese Culture and Modern Design - Kiyumi is a Japanese word meaning "arch" and more specifically "arch of wood," the emblem of the indomitable force of the warrior, the assertion of the power of concentration and determination and one of the symbols of Japanese civilization.
  •   PLACES - More.tv Offices – Moscow
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Howe, BuzziSpace, Flos, Arc-Com
  •   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 - April, 2021

 
  •   HOW I'M WORKING: BY KIM MELKA - Working at the office doesn't necessarily mean working at a desk. Afternoon team building and socializing occurs more often than it used to.
  •   UNIQUE PLACES WORK HAPPENED IN 2020 (AND 2021) - The definition of the "third place" is an area or building that people can come and network, cowork, and escape from the home and office. It's usually a church, library, or most popular - coffee shop. Today it seems we work anywhere and everywhere because nearly 60% of the American population are still not at the office.
  •   NEW STUDY: MAJORITY OF WFH EMPLOYEES DON'T WANT TO RETURN TO THE POST-COVID WORKPLACE - Over half of employees say that working from home would give them a better quality of life and lead to greater job satisfaction. Research shows 40% of people would take a pay cut if it meant they could work from home.
  •   WHY YOUR WORKPLACE NEEDS TO STANDARDIZE AV TECHNOLOGY - Even if an organization is only managing a small campus or just one building, giving employees consistency will increase their satisfaction and productivity. When WeWork experienced a period of rapid global expansion, it was difficult to adhere to the AV standards at each location. Some of the issues that arose during this period underlined the importance of standardizing AV systems across countries for global organizations.
  •   OUR DISREGARD FOR CLEAN INDOOR AIR IS COSTING LIVES - We need to keep our people healthy, our buildings healthy and our communities healthy. Portable, professional-grade air cleaning systems are a powerful tool to help us achieve this. Although this pandemic is our most urgent crisis, if there's a silver lining, it's that we've gotten a lot smarter about why indoor air safety matters.
  •   THE BRAVE NEW WORLD OF WORK: WHAT EMPLOYERS CAN EXPECT IN THE POST-PANDEMIC WORLD - Research indicates that 80% of company leaders plan to permit remote work after the pandemic. The absolute best way to erase divides between groups, is to unite them in a common goal — and what better goal than a purpose-driven company? While the new world of work presents unique challenges to employers and employees, it also presents new opportunities to advance workforce trends that benefit both parties.
  •   WHAT A MULTI-GENERATIONAL STAFF TAUGHT ME ABOUT TEAM CULTURE - Getting your team on board starts with consistency. Values that are practiced as much as they're preached. Professional development that focuses on shared goals. Quarterly updates that hammer home the big wins and shared accomplishments. No matter their age, people lean in when they feel like they're being heard.
  •   SPACESMITH DEBUTS HEADQUARTERS DESIGN FOR NEW YORK LEGAL ASSISTANCE GROUP, LEADER IN ACCESS TO JUSTICE - NYLAG is the latest in Spacesmith's nationally recognized record of work for nonprofit and human service organizations. Flexibility in the office design also supports productivity. Examples include the conference room tables, which have access to power similar to a benching system and can be configured into work areas to accommodate the organization's annual influx of interns.
  •   OCCUPANCY DATA THAT COUNTS - The pandemic is forcing companies to pause and take a hard look at their portfolios. This is a moment to use people counting not only to improve occupant safety but migrate one step closer to smart buildings.
  •   REVIEWS - Etc. Bernadette Bean Bag / Sunlight Inside mySun Lamp / BlendJet2 Portable Blender

Business of Furniture - March 31, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: The Glass is Half Full (and Filling Up More by the Day) - As many of your customers return to their offices, they are going to find them lacking. They will need your products and your services to get back up and running.
  •   theMART is 'Ready to Get Back to It'; Preparing for Your Return in October - NeoCon 2021 will have a new no-contact registration system, a modified seventh floor exhibit hall layout with more room in the main aisles and one-way direction in the smaller aisles, encouraged use of the stairs and more use of the building's outdoor space.
  •   New Challenges Take Root as Working From Home Continues Into Another Year - Studies reveal anxiety, depression, substance misuse and muscle tension are the greatest of problems associated with WFH.
  •   NELSON Worldwide Establishes Workplace Innovation Sessions - The looming concept of "returning to work" provides organizations the opportunity to reexamine and reimagine who they are, how they work, and how they can evolve.
  •   Stephen Says - "What is CLUBHOUSE - and Does it Have Anything to Do With the Office Furniture Industry -- and Should I Be There?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Don't be part of the 80% — Stay the course" - by Sid Meadows
  •   Battered by COVID, Steelcase Reports Difficult Year; Better Days Ahead as Pandemic Eases - Beyond the first quarter, the company is targeting seasonally higher revenue in the second quarter, but a decline compared to the prior year, which benefited from a strong beginning backlog as a result of the government mandated shutdowns in the first quarter of fiscal 2021
  •   Upfront: ezoBord and Quiet Earth Moss Become INDEAL's Newest Brand Partners - Providing product to support biophilia and workplace wellness, Quiet Earth Moss are experts at bringing the outside in. The company offers organically preserved live moss wall frames, mosaics, custom designs and planters that feature natural sound dampening and absorption.
  •   Product Spotlight: Allsteel Announces Jetty:Mod - Allsteel's Jetty:Mod is a modular sofa with the flexibility to solve for the needs of today's modern spaces and the adaptability to accommodate new workplace, education, hospitality and health care considerations in the future.
  •   PLACES - Sarana Penida Offices – Jakarta
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Gunlocke, Samuelson, Acoufelt, Pophouse, Andreu World
  •   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 - March 24, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Work to Live, Not Live to Work - There are many aspects of the office and work that have changed because of the pandemic. Of course, we are rightly focused on how to help customers safely return to the office and the products and services that will help with that.
  •   Nassimi 'Believes in Better' and Continues to Innovate in World of Textiles with Supreen - Supreen has been several years in the making and was just recently launched. It is a total liquid barrier, but it has a lot of other benefits. It's bleach cleanable and stain repellent. It is also a soft, supple fabric.
  •   The Fallacy of Work-Life Balance - Many of us have realized a balanced and integrated life must include a more intense focus on the many other components that make life feel whole and meaningful and satisfying.
  •   Are You Well in Your Workplace? Pros Discuss the Health Cons of Inadequate Work-From-Home Setups - Studies show health problems have occurred because of the effects of working conditions in the home environment — including inadequate height of working surfaces, chairs reinforcing poor posture, computer screens too close or too high or too low, poor lighting or no natural light, and conditions creating sedentary behaviors.
  •   Materiality in a Post-COVID-19 World - Attention to detail in material selection is such an important part of the health and safety of a space.
  •   Better than Expected in a Particularly Bad Year: Haworth Sales Drop 19% in 2020 - Every Haworth region and business sector made prompt decisions and shared best practices across the entire organization to keep members safe while meeting customer needs.
  •   Herman Miller Retail Shows Strength; Contract Sees Positive Signs Emerging - "We plan to continue investing in diversifying our business and product portfolios, building a high-performing retail business, strengthening our omni-channel distribution network and growing our digital capabilities."
  •   Upfront: SKG Climbs Ranking of Fastest Growing Private Companies - SKG jumped nine spots on the Inc. 5000 Series: Texas list of the 250 fastest-growing private companies in the state, climbing to 147. It's the second straight appearance for the largest commercial furniture dealership in Central Texas. It ranked No. 156 on last year's inaugural list.
  •   Product Spotlight: Studio by Dekko Introduces Ashley Freestand - An addition to Studio by Dekko's Ashley 210 Series, Ashley Freestand is a personal charging device that sits on a surface and provides flexibility for the user to relocate where power is needed. This sleek power unit is available with a standard cord or a braided cord for added style, with two AC outlets and two USB-A ports providing 2.4 amps each.
  •   Stephen Says - "Be Smart On Your Social Media. It's Not Cancel Culture or Woke. It's Common Sense!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Locusview Offices – Herzliya
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Carnegie, Falcon, Luum
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Midpoint Magazine - Mid-March, 2021

 
  •   JIM HEILBORN | PLANNING FOR THE INEVITABLE - If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail! The question they asked me was, "When should I start succession planning?" My answer was, "The day you decided to own your business."
  •   STEFANIE INCE | GETTING YOUR WELLNESS PROGRAM STARTED - Make wellness something that your team will want to commit to. Consider offering tips, incentives like prizes for participation or a random draw, and weekly or monthly corporate challenges – anything you can do to support the team for showing up and making wellness a priority.
  •   ID+A IN LOUISVILLE PUTS THE SUCCESS IN SUCCESSION PLANNING - Throughout three decades, ID+A has retained its founding concepts and adapted to the changing demands for workplace design and products. What was true at their inception remains true today: Their unwavering client focus and exceeding their expectations.
  •   CUSTER'S EVOLUTION FUELS 40 YEARS OF GROWTH - Diversification — both geographically and economically — has helped the dealership tremendously.
  •   WHAT IS THE ELASTIC INTERIOR? - A survey of 2,000 office workers in 10 countries showed a majority want to work remotely over two days a week on average, double from before the pandemic, according to JLL's research.
  •   ALIANZA / LJ DUFFY FORM STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP - Alianza and LJ Duffy's teams have a long, successful history of project implementation for Herman Miller.
  •   CUSTER DRIVES MAJOR ENHANCEMENTS AT JW MARRIOTT IN THE MIDST OF A BOOMING ERA FOR GRAND RAPIDS HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY - To maintain its well-established standard of excellence in the area's hospitality industry, JW Marriott Grand Rapids worked closely with Custer's team of experts to update the hotel's high-traffic interior spaces.
  •   INTERVIEW WITH 2020 OFFICE RENEWAL SPECIALIST DANA SHWARTZMAN - 2020 has announced Dana Shwartzman has joined the 2020 Office team as an account manager.
  •   VS AMERICA'S CATALOGS AVAILABLE IN 2020 OFFICE - Focused on best practices for educational facilities, VS develops adaptable, ergonomic and sustainable furniture solutions for the creation of agile learning environments.
  •   BII OPENS NEW SHOWROOM IN SPOKANE, WASHINGTON - The new showroom in Spokane is open now and serves as a hub for client meetings and furniture project design and planning.
  •   ENROLLMENT FOR SOLOMON COYLE SPRING PM TRAINING SESSION NOW OPEN -- INTRODUCING A NEW TRACK FOR NON-ALIGNED DEALERS - Designed specifically for dealer staff, Solomon Coyle's PM Training program is delivered through 10 interactive webinars, individualized instructor attention, a wealth of field-proven work tools and supporting materials and a final exam to help measure student comprehension.
  •   LEGRAND | AV NAMES NUTECH GROUP AS NEW SALES REP FOR MID-ATLANTIC U.S. - The NuTech Group has earned a reputation as one of the most highly regarded manufacturer's reps in the country.
  •   PURE WORKPLACE SOLUTIONS ANNOUNCES ALIGNMENT WITH KNOLL FOR THE STATE OF KANSAS - PURE's new alignment includes access to the full Knoll portfolio of furniture, textiles, leather, architectural products and accessories.

Business of Furniture - March 17, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Furniture is Important for Return to Normal, Along with a Heavy Dose of Compassion and Inclusive Management - Returning to work after the pandemic is going to take more than plastic screens and social distancing. The process also includes serious management planning.
  •   With New Products and Designs, Versteel Wants You to Head Outside - The outdoor work revolution began before the pandemic as high-tech companies in sunny Silicon Valley started using outdoor space in courtyards, on roofs and between buildings as workspaces.
  •   At Byrne, St. Patrick's Day Reminds Employees that Surviving — and Thriving — is Sometimes About Making Your Own Luck - All Byrne employees, as well as many vendors and customers, are treated to a breakfast feast of authentic Celtic favorites like bangers and mash.
  •   A Place to Sit for Generations to Come - The recycled aluminum — Emeco's signature material — is light, strong, non-corrosive, fireproof, has a low carbon footprint and is impervious to today's disinfectants and anti-microbial cleaners, and all Za stools come with a lifetime guarantee.
  •   Employers In Many Markets Report Continued Improvements In Hiring Outlooks For Q2 - In the next six to 12 months, organizations expect 51% of employees to be back in the workplace most of the time.
  •   NeatCharge and NeatHub Join Humanscale's Suite of Organizational Desktop Solutions - NeatHub works on its own or in tandem with NeatTech, Humanscale's discreet, lightweight mesh basket that safely stores power strips and wayward cables securely underneath the desk.
  •   University Health Teams With Vari To Build Out New San Antonio Office Space - This was the largest commercial real estate transaction of the year in the San Antonio area, so we needed a highly customized plan for University Health," said Kevin Wierenga, senior vice president of sales at Vari.
  •   Cayke Selects 2020 Online Engagement Solutions to Provide a Seamless Shopping Experience - Thanks to 2020, Cayke is able to engage customers who are interested not only in the customization but the visualization of their space before they order — making them more confident in their furniture investment.
  •   Upfront: Commercial Furniture Dealer Empire Office Grows Sales Leadership in New York and South Florida - Based in Miami, Elizabeth Irizarry will be focused on forming close relationships throughout the local business, design, real estate and construction industries in South Florida. Based in New York, Erica Cain will be focused on leading new business efforts within the NYC-Metro area, leveraging her wealth of knowledge servicing the commercial furniture industry for over 13 years.
  •   Product Spotlight: Teknion Introduces Bonds, a Series of Modular Seating Solutions - Seeking a solution for balance between free form modularity and prescribed arrangements in collaborative workspaces, Bonds offers a degree of freedom for the end user to design various layouts with ease.
  •   Stephen Says - "A Glass of Wine the Night before an Interview? Don't do it!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Best Practices to Successfully Manage Remote Employees" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - BETA Investment Offices – Istanbul
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Patcraft, Studio TK, Spacestor, Artaic
  •   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 - March 10, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Spring Breakout is Breaking Out; Warm Weather Brings Opportunity to Work Outdoors - As the weather warms, take a few moments to get outside to work. It is my favorite office.
  •   AIS Reinforces Commitment to Dealers through Challenging Pandemic Year with Agile Programs and Products - AIS has relevantly expanded it's portfolio and now includes panel systems, beam and benching/desking systems, laminate casegoods and reception, tables and conferencing, storage, seating, screens, worktools and accessories.
  •   Latest Installment of BIFMA Virtual 180° Event Focuses on Education - The webinar panel dug into some of the emerging and long-term trends in educational design — design trends in education that will remain post-pandemic and ones that will be quickly abandoned after it.
  •   The Biggest Opportunity to Create Brand Loyalty with Young Designers - Young professionals are craving an opportunity to learn by example, especially in today's digital world.
  •   HNI Corporation Reports Earnings for Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2020 - Workplace Furnishings net sales decreased 18.6 percent from the prior-year quarter to $365.9 millio, however a Double-digit revenue and profit growth in Residential Building Products was reported.
  •   ASID Tackles Changing Industry Landscape with 2021 Outlook and State of Interior Design Report - The report finds that health and wellness, long pillars of the ASID mission, have become top priorities for individuals and institutions.
  •   Unispace Acquired by Multinational Private Equity Firm PAG, Reaffirms Commitment to Successful Growth Strategy - Unispace is primed for expansion into U.S. markets — including New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle and Boston — and new business areas, and this move is designed to accelerate growth domestically and abroad as owners and tenants continue to transition out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  •   Andreu World Furnishes Spanish Pavilion at World Exposition Dubai with Sustainable Design - Andreu World will provide more than 300 pieces of furniture for indoor and outdoor areas of the Spanish Pavilion at the Expo.
  •   Inscape Announces Third Quarter Fiscal 2021 Financial Results - Total sales for the nine months ended January 31, 2021 were $30.2 million, compared to $61.4 million for the same period of fiscal 2020.
  •   Upfront: theMART Announces 11 New Permanent Tenants and 19 Lease Renewals or Expansions Ahead of NeoCon 2021 - Byron Morton, vice president of showroom leasing at theMART, said, "Even with the setbacks of COVID-19, a showroom at theMART continues to play a pivotal role in the overall marketing and sales strategies of top brands."
  •   Product Spotlight: New RACKUP Seating Collection by United Chair - The collection features nesting models with a folding seat offering compact and quick storage for all types of reconfigurable workspaces. It also offers light task models and stools with a five-prong nylon base.
  •   Stephen Says - "The Telephone Interview: Common Courtesy vs. Multi-Tasking, You Decide" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Crowe Horwath First Trust Offices – Singapore
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Landscape Forms, Emeco and Naoto Fukasawa, ECA by Dekko, Buckley Redner, H Contract
  •   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 - March 3, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Announcing Spring Breakout: We are Bringing the Show to You - Spring Breakout is an office interiors roadshow that will travel the country with your new products, making stops to show them off to interior designers and decision makers in major cities in May 2021.
  •   Custer Celebrates 40 Successful Years Through Diversification - Custer has maintained strong connections to the communities it serves — partnering with architecture and design firms regionally to deliver the products that fit the vision of the client.
  •   Herman Miller Teams with Nissan on Work From Anywhere Vehicle - The Office Pod Concept is part of Nissan’s continuing work on concept vehicles, mostly using its NV350 van as a base for other activities such as fishing or camping.
  •   Sid Meadows: The Power of Intention - When setting intentions, leave any fears you have behind and hold yourself accountable for your planned intention. These are not like goals, they are simply used to help you change your mindset and switch from negative thinking to positive.
  •   NeoCon Announces New Spring Virtual Programming to Compliment Show Set for October - The programming will take a deep dive into the future of the office and of work itself — from exploring the new office ecosystem to examining how other design sectors might influence workplace design.
  •   The Secret to a Healthier 2021 May Be in How We Sit - While people certainly knew the difference between a dining chair and an office chair prior to the pandemic, they underestimated the value of ergonomic office furniture.
  •   Upfront: BIFMA Compliant Launches - BIFMA Compliant is an industry-wide registry of furniture products conforming to BIFMA safety and durability standards. Compliant provides clarity to the market by differentiating products that meet established industry standards.
  •   Product Spotlight: Loftwall Launches Tempo: The Simplest Baffle System - Tempo addresses the largest complaint in modern workspaces and classrooms — noise — in an approachable way for designers, dealers and end users. With limitless combinations of shapes, sizes and colors, it can re-define a space without bankrupting a project.
  •   Stephen Says - "How to Avoid Poaching?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "The Power of Intention" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Asharq News Offices – Dubai
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Studio TK, Andreu World, Extremis, Integra, Fräsch, SIXINCH
  •   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, 2021

 
  •   HOW I'M WORKING: ZOOMING TOWARD A BETTER MEETING SPACE - Since the pandemic hit, and everyone was forced to stay home, the virtual meeting platforms boomed. Last April, use of Zoom's software jumped 30-fold. At its peak, the firm counted more than 300 million daily participants in virtual meetings, while paying customers have more than tripled. When setting up a space for virtual meetings, there are a few important considerations, not all of them having to do with your workspace. Nothing can replace the connections we make at work — when we are physically in the same office together. But having the right virtual meeting setup can help you make the most of your time online. It doesn't take a lot of money or a bunch of new products to make that happen.
  •   MORE THAN HALF OF WORKERS SAY EMPLOYERS SHOULD OFFER VACCINE INCENTIVES - In terms of COVID testing, most (45%) say employers should cover the costs for any employer-mandated tests. Twenty-nine percent say the federal government should bear the costs, while 15% say insurance providers or state/local government (10%) should pay for required tests. Only two percent agree employees should pay. Regarding personal protective equipment, 71% are in agreement employers should encourage or require personal protective equipment at work. This is up from 64% from December 2020.
  •   KEEP COVID STRESS OUT OF YOUR CUSTOMER COMMUNICATION - This moment finds us with a different kind of anxiety. Pandemic-related stress is at an all-time high, and people are bringing it to work. It can show up in ugly ways, too. In a survey we conducted of 1,000 professionals, 38% said they experienced toxic workplace communication since shelter-in-place began. Yikes! Make healthy communication a thing in your company culture. Get on the same page with the other executives about the voice, tone and behavior norms you want to promote internally and externally. Then, make them stick by codifying them in your employee guidelines and brand style guide.
  •   THE SHOW MUST GO ON: CIFF RETURNS TO GUANGZHOU WITH GLIMPSE OF OFFICE OF THE FUTURE - CIFF has always combined business with the culture of good design. This year CIFF Guangzhou 2021 will offer more than 20 exhibitions and conferences involving companies, academies, schools and famous designers. CIFF not only brings high-quality distributors from Red Star Macalline, the largest furniture retailer in China, but also dealers, distributors, interior designers, real estate developers, government procurement groups and consumers. CIFM/interzum guangzhou 2021 will host hundreds of premium machinery and woodworking machinery, covering the entire industry of cutting-edge equipment, materials and technology needed for furniture manufacturing, such as hardware accessories, cabinet plates, edging and treatment of surfaces.
  •   THE NRP GROUP PROJECT 'ALWAYS GUIDED BY THE PRINCIPLES OF HOLISTIC DESIGN' - Gala Magriñá, founder and principal of Gala Magriñá Design, worked closely with Jonathan Gertman, vice president of development at The NRP Group, to define style, needs and color palette — all while keeping the firm's holistic interior design principles in mind. All within the limited available square footage, Magriñá designed an open office, meeting room, single personal office and a reception area, with a multifunctional kitchen encompassing the meeting space and private office. The office's layout allows for the open section to be viewed from the kitchen/meeting room/private office area.
  •   PRODUCT REVIEWS - Stylex Trim Laptop Table - One of the great changes that has come from the pandemic and work-from-home movement is our ability to pull up a table to the most comfortable sofa or chair in our living room or den and get to work. THINKERS Notebook - A notebook is a notebook, right? What can possibly make one better than another? Yet technology is changing the way we take notes, share them and use them to be more creative. The best example of this can be found in the new THINKERS Notebook.

Business of Furniture - February 24, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Fall NeoCon is Full Steam Ahead - NeoCon may even extend the hours and the length of the show if there is a need to balance attendee capacity and traffic flow. Show dates for NeoCon 2022 will revert to June (June 13-15, 2022). Fingers crossed, if everything continues to improve, we should have a very busy fall to look forward to.
  •   Three Ways Companies Have Shifted to Survive the Pandemic - When the entire world is facing the same challenge, any petty industry rivalries really do go out the window. It's about humanity now, and that is being reflected in the way many brands across many industries are working.
  •   Creating Safe Places — Designers Look to Younger Generations for Inspired Diversity - Intersectionality is key when building a diversity program in the company — not only in recruiting efforts but in tenet as well. A certain foundation needs to be laid before genuine diversity is achieved.
  •   A Digital Revolution — Mortarr + INDEAL - 2021 will be a big year for expanding INDEAL dealership and brand representation on Mortarr. At the beginning of the year, Mortarr and INDEAL announced a partnership to help digitally strengthen the connection between the commercial interiors industry and the A&D world.
  •   How to Hybrid: Steelcase Global Report Reveals New Employee Needs For the Future Work Experience - Leaders want people to be together, but their old office won't work for the new reality.
  •   HOLLY HUNT Recommits to Long-Term Leases at Vornado Realty Trust Properties - This year also marks the brand's 20th anniversary at the A&D Building in New York.
  •   USGBC Top 10 States for LEED in 2020 - While offices, education and health care projects accounted for a majority of certifications, warehouses, distribution centers, multifamily and retail projects represented almost 20%.
  •   Upfront: Emerald Acquires EDspaces - "It is increasingly clear that effective design of education spaces will be more important than ever post-COVID-19, and it is gratifying and exciting to play a role in developing next-generation solutions for the industry," said Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, senior vice president, the Design Group, Emerald.
  •   Product Spotlight: Legrand Introduces C2G Performance Series HDMI Line and HDBaseT - The C2G HDBaseT extenders support up to 4K video resolution at a 60Hz frame rate for up to 130 feet over a single Cat6a.
  •   Stephen Says - "The Pandemic Is A Lazy Salesperson's Dream -- an Excuse for Not Coming In To Work, And I Have Had It!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Aon Offices – Milan
  •   FIRST LOOKS - MLI, Teknion, Framery, Landscape Forms, Kirei
  •   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 - February 17, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: It's Time to Focus on Diversity — Both Markets and People - Many of you run manufacturing companies, dealerships or design firms that might be too small to have a dedicated, executive-level position focused on diversity and inclusion, but that doesn't mean you can't learn from larger competitors how focusing on these topics can make a better company more attractive to potential employees and customers.
  •   Cheryl Kern, Herman Miller's New Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Reflects on 'Energizing, Exciting, Exhausting' Year and How Grassroots Initiatives Work Best - Diversity and inclusivity work best when it comes from the grassroots level, not the leadership level. Where the best companies get it right is that they have engagement that starts from the grassroots level, that everybody in the organization knows that their voice matters equally to everyone else's voices.
  •   Start the Year with a Resolution That Keeps — Home Office Upgrades Equate Better Health - While people understood the difference between a dining chair and an office chair prior to the pandemic, they underestimated the value of ergonomic office furniture.
  •   Knoll Sales Sank Last Year Despite Boost from Residential, Brighter Days Appear Ahead - Fourth quarter net Sales decreased 15.8% to $312.9 million, but work from home and residential sales growth continues.
  •   New ergoIQ HOME Optimizes Work-from-Home Employee Experience for Agile Businesses - Following the ergoIQ HOME assessment, ergoIQ FIT offers users a quick tune-up, demonstrating how professionals can configure their workstations for optimal health and comfort.
  •   Power A Whole Work From Home Set-Up...With Just One Plug - Byrne's new Branching Kits are super-powered 2-in-1 (or 3-in-1) solutions that put access with smart accessories above the surface or utility power below — or both.
  •   SIXINCH USA Partners with Populous to Bolster Portfolio - Populous approaches projects from the macro scale — site selection, architecture, urban planning — all the way down to the micro scale of materials, finishes and furnishings, providing a unified experience and an interwoven story.
  •   Upfront: BIFMA Revises Desk and Table Products Standard - The BIFMA subcommittee for desk and table standards worked on revising this ANSI standard for three years. Several multi-stakeholder lab workshops were held in 2018 and 2019.
  •   Product Spotlight: Patcraft Introduces Linocut - The visual was inspired by artful experiments with block printing, a process that led to a distinctive geometric aesthetic. Combining artistic inspiration and market insights, the Linocut collection supports the use of shape and color to create emotive spaces.
  •   Stephen Says - "Manufacturers and Dealers Ask: I Keep Offering Candidates Great Jobs and They Keep Turning me Down! Why?!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Everyday Decisions, BIG Impact" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - CapitaLand "The Galen" Lobby – Singapore
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Arc-Com, Flos, Maharam, MojoDesk, OMT-Veyhl, Mannington
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Midpoint Magazine - Mid-February, 2021

 
  •   AOS INTERIOR ENVIRONMENTS: CONNECTING TO COMMUNITY IN THE BIG EASY - AOS has been outfitting New Orleans and the rest of southern Louisiana with great furniture for 45 years. The dealership has grown to be the largest in New Orleans by combining community pride with outstanding products and service. AOS also does things a little differently when it comes to the operations side of the business. The company does all the warehousing, delivery and installation functions largely in house, which is a rarity among dealers these days.
  •   A PERFECT PARTNERSHIP: TECHNOLOGY AND MANUAL LABOR - Without question, technology has long played a significant role in the design and construction of interior environments. Today, top‐tier installation companies are upping their technological prowess to keep the industry moving amid the worst market collapse in generations.
  •   WORKSCAPES HELPS TAMPA GENERAL HOSPITAL QUICKLY BUILD 17 ICU BAYS - Workscapes, an office interiors company in Tampa, Florida, recently completed a project with Tampa General Hospital.
  •   FROM THE EDITOR | WELCOME TO THE SECOND ISSUE OF MIDPOINT - This month we are focusing on installation, a major part of the sales process, especially at the dealer level.
  •   JIM HEILBORN | CHOOSING AN OUTSOURCE INSTALLATION COMPANY - Operational flexibility is one key to creating an operational profit center as opposed to just another cost center.
  •   STEFANIE INCE | THE CASE FOR SUPPORTING WORKPLACE WELLNESS AND EMPLOYEE WELL-BEING - INDEAL Cares' first annual employee health and wellness survey found 66% of respondents stated COVID-19 was taking a toll on their physical and emotional health.
  •   CHINA INTERNATIONAL FURNITURE FAIR REMAINS A CONSTANT, DESPITE LOCKDOWN IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD - With an area of more than 8 million square feet, the China Import and Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou is expected to host 4,000 exhibitors and 300,000 visitors.
  •   JC WHITE AWARDED BEST IN CLASS AGAIN - Haworth leadership announced JC White has been awarded 2021 Best In Class status.
  •   JK MOVING SERVICES HIRES MARK DINEEN AND ALYSON NASH: OFFICE FURNITURE VETERANS BRING SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTISE TO EXPANDING SERVICE - JK Moving Services has hired Mark Dineen and Alyson Nash to its commercial business division to expand the furniture and workplace installation service provided to clients.
  •   ARCADIA AND ENCORE APPOINTS ALLYN-RAE GROUP AS INDEPENDENT SALES REPRESENTATIVES FOR FLORIDA - The Allyn-Rae Group focuses on marketing and branding, not only for their own firm, but the manufacturers they represent.
  •   WHEN FURNITURE INSTALLATION IS LITERALLY A LIFE AND DEATH SITUATION - Commercial Furniture Transport was the one called recently for a project that is helping people survive the pandemic.

Business of Furniture - February 10, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: A Growing Confidence in the Economy is Great News for the Industry - Though we might have a few more rough months as the COVID bubble works its way through the system, there are brighter days on the horizon.
  •   Lectra Enters into a Memorandum of Understanding to Acquire Gerber Technology - By uniting, the two companies would become the ultimate Industry 4.0 for their customers.
  •   While Most of the World Remains Locked Down, China Prepares for CIFF Showtime - CIFF has always combined business with the culture of good design.
  •   Kimball Sales Strong in Healthcare; Workplace Shows Sequential Improvement - Second Quarter FY 2021 Highlights include: Net sales of $136.2 million, Gross margin of 33.4% with a Net loss of $0.8 million including $4.1 million of acquisition and restructuring charges.
  •   BIFMA Goes Virtual with 180° Event Focused on Workplace - The conference covered many topics, including technology, trends that are staying and those that are going, home office design, sustainability, returning to the office, ergonomics and keeping corporate culture intact.
  •   Introducing Supreen: A Revolutionary Performance Upholstery Fabric - Along with its performance capabilities, what sets Supreen apart is its plush hand for such a high-duty material, while retaining the softness of a woven fabric.
  •   How The Interiors Industry Can Transition Diversity and Equity from Words to Actions - An example of this education can be seen through programs like Design Museum Everywhere's Diversity in Action, where participants learn why diversity, equity and inclusion creates better design.
  •   Upfront: Solomon Coyle Releases 2020-Q4 Market Outlook Report — Pipeline Activity Positive in All Regions for First Time - For the first time since the launch of the Market Outlook Survey (2020-Q2), pipeline activity in all regions is positive. Expected bookings is up significantly for Q2, at 3.49%. This is very encouraging and may be an indication that things are starting to turn around for the industry.
  •   Product Spotlight: The HON Company Introduces Cliq Collaborative Task Seating - Light-scaled for a clean and modern look, Cliq is a stylish seating solution that fits the way you move, the way you sit and the way you stay productive. The design allows exceptional comfort, easy maneuvering and reliable support.
  •   Stephen Says - "When I Am Wrong, I Am Wrong!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Havas Group Offices – Sydney
  •   FIRST LOOKS - 3form, Frövi, Turf Design, Smith & Fong, Carl Hansen & Son
  •   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 - February 3, 2021

 
  •   KIRKBRIDE: Feast on This Smorgasbord - This week I'm going to try something a little different. Instead of filling your plate with one dish, I'm going to give you the smorgasbord, a whole heaping of bite-sized bits of news. I'm also going to give you a few sneak peaks at what we are working on for coming issues.
  •   Clear Office Connects Used Office Furniture Sellers to Buyers - Commercial furniture isn't like a Bic lighter that is purchased and thrown away. It is a valuable asset if the seller and buyer can connect. That's what Clear Office is designed to do.
  •   Feeling Slumpy with the Remote-Working Blues? Try These Tips. - Most companies have staff with young families and are balancing their jobs, homeschooling and daycare with their spouses, leaving even less free time. Things are different right now. Time management needs to adjust to accommodate the disruptions.
  •   Carnegie Announces Exclusive US Partnership with WOOD-SKIN - Carnegie continues to expand its finished product portfolio with new additions.
  •   Steelcase Earns Top Designation as Best Place to Work For LGBTQ Equality - Launched in 2002, the HRC Foundation's Corporate Equality Index has become a roadmap and benchmarking tool for U.S. businesses.
  •   Desk Tips from Room & Board - Room & Board Business Interiors is launching new desks in February. Nicole Gaynor with Room & Board Business Interiors offers tips for finding the perfect desk below.
  •   The Future of Sales - For the past week I've been involved in a conversation on LinkedIn and Clubhouse about the future of sales. It's been really interesting to hear the different perspectives from salespeople and sales leaders in a variety of industries, looking in on the current status of things from different vantage points.
  •   Upfront: INDEAL Releases Volume 6 of Inspiration at Work - The bi-annual publication can help dealers develop new client relationships by appealing to creative sensibilities, with each volume featuring a unique expression of art outside the commercial furniture industry.
  •   Product Spotlight: UF Chair by Sunon Released with a Clever Innovative Feature - Developed in cooperation with ITO Design, UF has a vertically movable backrest that is also sound-absorbing. If one moves the backrest upwards, the chair offers a high degree of privacy; if one leaves it down, it conveys a communicative openness.
  •   Stephen Says - "Au Courant or Ancient History: When Searching for a Job, How Long Should Companies be Held Responsible for Ethical Lapses -- Both Real and Perceived?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "The Future of Sales" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Vizor Interactive Offices – Minsk, Belarus
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Arc-Com, DuraCare Seating, KFI Studio, Scandinavian Spaces, GlasPro, Bosse, Camira
  •   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 - February, 2021

 
  •   HOW I'M WORKING: PUSHING AWAY FROM THE DESK - The desk has become ubiquitous with work. In the typical office, it is the personal hub for nearly all heads-down activities. So as the coronavirus forced us from the office to our homes, many of us found ourselves lacking this critical tool. Some displaced workers had home offices set up already, but many of us found ourselves trying to find the right tools to work from home.
  •   WHAT IF YOUR EMPLOYEES DON'T WANT TO COME BACK TO THE OFFICE - There are no two people who are the exact same, so creating a solution that is flexible and inclusive to anyone we employ is more important now that ever before.
  •   SHRM'S PARAGONLABS KICKS OFF NATIONAL COMPETITION IN SEARCH OF BEST WORKPLACE TECHNOLOGIES - In Chicago, the finalists will present to a panel of judges composed of HR and business leaders in front of an audience of investors, HR professionals, fellow innovators and leading media organizations. The winner of the Better Workplaces Challenge Cup will receive a cash prize of $50,000 and learn about investment opportunities to get their innovation off the ground and in workplaces.
  •   NATIONAL GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION, COGNIZANT US FOUNDATION LAUNCH WORKFORCE INNOVATION NETWORK TO SUPPORT A ROBUST, EQUITABLE RECOVERY - In advance of launching the network, NGA hosted more than 100 participants from 32 states for the Creating an Agenda for Workforce Recovery workshop series. The four-part series covered key topics such as how to expand access to essential services and advancing digital inclusion.
  •   RESEARCH FINDS FEMALE EMPLOYEES HARDEST HIT BY PANDEMIC AND WORKING FROM HOME - Prior research has shown in households where two partners are employed, women typically engage in household tasks more than men. And during national lockdowns and the closure of schools, the burden of household tasks tends to increase for couples with children as they become compelled to assist with children's virtual learning.
  •   WHAT WORKERS WANT: TIME OFF, FLEXIBILITY, PAID LEAVE - It's important to look holistically at a paid leave strategy. Companies should have a diverse portfolio of paid leave options to meet the needs of diverse employees.
  •   HINDSIGHT IS 2020: 5 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR HOME OFFICE MORE COMFORTABLE IN 2021 - Incorporating height-adjustable solutions into your workstation is essential for a balanced and healthy way of working. The benefits of sit/stand go beyond increasing our well-being and reducing the risk of injury. Research has shown standing for just 15 minutes every hour boosts circulation, takes pressure off the spine and balances muscle use.
  •   HOW TO KEEP YOUR CULTURE THRIVING OUTSIDE THE OFFICE DURING COVID - Each company has a unique culture, a reason why people like working there and why it's successful. The best companies are very intentional about their culture, and it's more important than ever.
  •   US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ISSUES STRONGER WORKPLACE GUIDANCE ON COVID-19 - The guidance details key measures for limiting coronavirus's spread, including ensuring infected or potentially infected people are not in the workplace, implementing and following physical distancing protocols and using surgical masks or cloth face coverings.
  •   NOTCH FOR CORPORATE WORKPLACE TEAMS - Teams that oversee workplace design and management at large companies can leverage Notch to outfit new locations and track assets and inventory across a portfolio of spaces. Notch can also be used as a tool to manage the setup and tracking of company-owned furniture, fixtures and equipment distributed to employees for home office setup.
  •   COLLABORATING FOR A CLOSE-UP: NEW ANGLE FILMS AND NELSON WORLDWIDE JOIN FORCES TO SUCCEED IN A WORLD RULED BY VIRTUAL VIDEO - In addition to developing a skillset that includes voice, diction, active listening and visual cues through their work with New Angle Films, the NELSON team also learned to control the things you can — like lighting and sound — so that when things that are out of your control go wrong — like a dog barking — you won't be as jarred and stressed out having to handle them.
  •   PRODUCT REVIEWS - Etc. Brutus Shelves - Regardless of whether we work at home or the office, one piece of furniture that can be found in both are shelves. Rush Charge Hinge - Few things are more irritating than your phone dying when you really need it.

Business of Furniture - January 27, 2021

 
  •   Kirkbride: Our Environmental Responsibility for Furniture does not End with the Sale - We've done a great job sourcing recycled plastics and paints, using alternative veneers and staying away from poisonous chemicals but drop the ball when it comes to what happens to our furniture after it is no longer wanted or needed. As an industry, we need to redouble our efforts to keep our products from entering the landfill.
  •   Meet Arik Levy: Designer of Marien152 - The idea for Marien152 came from thinking about every time I bought a chair since I was born — there's always something added to it — a little cushion on top that makes it a little bit more comfortable or something that adapts (to) the person who bought it and so on. This makes sense in an environment where everybody does their own thing, but in the working environment it doesn't. So I thought, "How can we design a single product that fits the needs of many different people?"
  •   Chris Binnendyk Becomes the Majority Shareholder and CEO of Three H - Binnendyk will assume several key executive functions as CEO.
  •   How CEUs will Evolve in 2021 and Beyond - Architects and designers have always needed CEUs to keep their accreditations. But in today's world of digital prevalence, where information can be sourced from everywhere, it's elevating the expectations of CEUs from a content and a delivery perspective.
  •   Introducing Ark, New Strategic Consultancy Guiding Organizations through Uncertain Times - The company is excited to bring a new level of analytical rigor to the strategic level conversations about the future of work and organizational performance.
  •   Allsteel Partners with Swedish Acoustic Solutions Brand Zilenzio Building on a Comprehensive Workspace Portfolio - All Zilenzio products are influenced by Scandinavian design principles, and its portfolio includes designs from Norm Architects and Note Design studio.
  •   Sweeping Research Shows Workers Want Freedom Within a Framework Rather Than a Rigid Formal Policy - Working from home and working at the office doesn't work for everyone all the time. Regardless, research shows management is beginning to have its say as well.
  •   Upfront: Kimball International Launches Groundbreaking Health Furnishings Brand Interwoven - Interwoven provides purposeful solutions to the health care marketplace, enabling its clients to safely care for patients, families, staff and community.
  •   Product Spotlight: Jax, Sol and Mila Recognized with Good Design Awards - Jax, Sol and Mila from 9to5 Seating creatively address needs in the market while delivering on style.
  •   Stephen Says - "Is Your Email Address Costing You a Job?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - MediaWorks Offices – Auckland
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Allseating, Global, Designtex, Studio TK, 3form
  •   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 - January 20, 2021

 
  •   Kirkbride: The Shows Must Go On - Our industry needs live, in-person events, and they must restart as soon as is safely possible. If we lose the fall season of industry events, I'm not sure if they will ever recover. That's why it is so important to support them.
  •   Creating Spaces for Neurodiversity, HOK Aims for Seamless Solutions - Ways to support neurodiverse people with design include lighting, materiality, color and natural elements to make these spaces more humanized. Alternatively, designers need to create spaces where people can go and get that energy out of their body in an acceptable way.
  •   Introducing HAT Collective - HAT Collective will build upon the "easy-to-do-business-with" philosophy, a hallmark carried over from its legacy product line brands. The collection offers a "one-stop" simplified purchasing and ordering process for dealers.
  •   2021 Reset: Is Your Office Ready? - Hand-washing stations will probably be a permanent fixture in offices; plexiglas probably won't. Hands-free plumbing fixtures and better air handling and clean are permanent; temperature taking probably isn't.
  •   Leland Refocuses Brand on "The Good Life" - The new focus will be on human comfort and wellness and how the Leland story intersects with its customers.
  •   Brand New Design Event Workspace Show Launches in London - The show, which will offer free entry for trade visitors, will presentmore than 100 exhibitors and more than 70 product launches across the office, education and health care sectors from the world's leading brands.
  •   Upfront: Steelcase Named One of America's Most Responsible Companies by Newsweek - This year Steelcase announced it has achieved carbon neutrality for its own operations and set ambitious carbon goals validated by the Science Based Targets initiative.
  •   Product Spotlight: 9to5 Seating Launches Nautilus Card to Address Challenges of High-traffic Spaces - Aimed at filling a demand in the market for reliable textiles designed for high-traffic spaces, the Nautilus patterns all have 100,000 or more double-rub abrasion ratings.
  •   Product Spotlight: ESI Introduces Sena Monitor Arm Series and PowerHub Desktop Charging Station - The Sena series comes with a patent-pending, double-track slider with 11 inches of adjustability on an eight-inch slider, allowing the monitor to precisely fit the optimal ergonomic placement of each user.
  •   Stephen Says - "Why Am I Paying A Car Allowance if My Employees Are Not Driving for Sales Calls?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Your Greatest Gift: Staying Present, Choosing Focus & Where to Start" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - BE Meliorism Offices – Dubai
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Camira, Global
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Midpoint Magazine - Mid-January, 2021

 
  •   WELCOME TO THE FIRST ISSUE OF MIDPOINT - Magazines take a few issues to really get rolling. You may not have heard about Midpoint until now, and we don't blame you (we were in the depths of the pandemic when the magazine was announced). Midpoint will be 100% dealer/rep focused. That gives us a lot more latitude in what we publish. The magazine could not have happened without the help and encouragement from our friends at INDEAL, the dealer group that has grown from a purchasing group to the de facto dealer organization in the industry.
  •   THE PHYSICS OF SALES - By Jim Heilborn | Too many salespeople are busy but not productive. It is often because they have no real daily plan of action. It is critical for salespeople to stay in motion.
  •   STUDIO BY DEKKO'S LUNA SHINES IN EXPANDING GALAXY OF DEKKO DESIGNS AND PRODUCTS - Luna, unveiled last fall, stands alone as a striking statement piece while providing a powerful charging capability for all kinds of devices — smartphones, tablets, computers — and for settings that include homes, hotels, offices and hybrid spaces. Dekko collaborated with Gensler, serving as product design consultant, for Luna.
  •   'MOVING DESIGNERS' PROGRAM DESIGNED TO HELP DEALERS CONNECT TO CUSTOMERS AND HELP IN THE SALES PROCESS - The dealer designer is such a critical role, such an important role, and sometimes overlooked or forgotten in the sales process. The job is getting even more challenging since much is now done on Zoom calls, and technology is becoming more complex.
  •   OFFICE REVOLUTION ACCELERATES GROWTH WITH LOCATION IN RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA - The Raleigh location is the first outside of the Midwest market for Office Revolution, which is headquartered in Chicago and has locations in suburban Chicago and Columbus, Ohio. The company is one of the largest Teknion dealers in the country and has been recognized with Teknion's Orion Award for excellence in sales, service, community involvement and customer satisfaction.
  •   HAT CONTRACT / SIS ERGO DOES ITS 'HOMEWORK' - HomeWork does more than simply sell the product through an e-commerce website. The products are packaged properly for home delivery, installation services are offered and marketing support is provided. HomeWork helps HAT Contract/SiS Ergo maintain and strengthen its relationships with its dealers.
  •   FORWARD SPACE CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING OF NEW MILWAUKEE SHOWROOM - The new building is at 2020 South Street 4th Street, directly across the Kinnickinnic River from Michels Corporation's new headquarters. In addition to the new Milwaukee showroom, Forward Space has a newly renovated satellite office in Chicago's Merchandise Mart and in December had a ribbon cutting at its more than 100,000 square foot headquarters and warehouse in Wood Dale, Illinois.
  •   RESOLUTIONS FOR A HEALTHY NEW YOU - Sometimes, the resolutions that people choose are restrictive and unsustainable, leading most people to break their resolutions within a few weeks…resulting in people making the same resolutions year after year. This year try to make resolutions that can improve your health – and can be followed for life!
  •   FURNISHING INSPIRING SPACES - THREE NORTH AMERICAN FURNITURE DEALERS JOIN TOGETHER TO FORM ONE: 'THE COLLECTIVE' - This new furniture titan will become the largest Teknion furniture dealer in North America, positioning itself to manage furniture standards for its extensive portfolio of clients in the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean.
  •   SITONIT SEATING CONSOLIDATED CATALOG AVAILABLE IN 2020 OFFICE - The new catalog provides customers with a one-stop shop experience for products which previously were separated into three different catalogs.
  •   TAMPA DEALER WORKSCAPES SIGNS WAREHOUSE DEAL NEAR YBOR CITY, PLANS TO LEAVE WEWORK PLACE IN DOWNTOWN TAMPA - The new location will also serve as a last-mile fulfillment facility for Workscapes clients on the Gulf Coast, Founder and CEO Elizabeth Dvorak said. It will be home to 35 employees.

Business of Furniture - January 13, 2021

 
  •   Kirkbride: The World Needs a Personal Work Pod and We Should Design It - A semi-private, personal booth, smartly designed (that doesn't look like a cube) is sorely needed. I hope to see some examples of this when we all meet for NeoCon in October.
  •   A Workplace that Works for Everyone? Innovation Summit Explores the Future of Workplace Design - Health care is highly personal, of course, and what's true for one is not true for another, even if the diagnosis is the same.
  •   LOGICDATA, Herman Miller Team Up on DC-Powered Height-Adjustable Desk - The work between Herman Miller, LOGICDATA and VoltServer is leading the furniture maker into conversations about how to take the innovation and move it from a single customer to other projects.
  •   Experts Weigh In on Commercial Furniture M&A During COVID-19 - 2021 is expected to be a boom year for mergers and acquisitions.
  •   Manufacturer's Question: How Is BIFMA Helping my Company Workers Get the Vaccine? Maybe It's Time To Fire More People? - This, of course, is a state-by-state issue.
  •   Four Remote-Work Elements Employees Will Crave in an In-Person Office - There is no one-size-fits-all solution, but it's important to have a sufficient amount of space to enable de-densification, and therefore, providing a safe working environment is a key consideration.
  •   Upfront: Landscape Forms Named 2020 Michigan Manufacturer of the Year - From electronic assembly, to powdercoating and welding, all manufacturing roles at Landscape Forms are supported by robust internal training programs.
  •   Product Spotlight: Allseating's Levo and Innate Win 2020 GOOD DESIGN Awards - Levo is a task chair designed for optimal vertebrae support that suits the needs and aesthetics of the modern office.
  •   Stephen Says - "Manufacturer's Question: How Is BIFMA Helping my Company Workers Get the Vaccine? Maybe It's Time To Fire More People?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - BECI Offices – Brussels
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Arc-Com, Chief, Fräsch
  •   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 - January 6, 2021

 
  •   Kirkbride: 2021 Rings in a Welcome Reconnection and Celebration that will be as Fantastic as the Darkest Days of 2020 were Bleak - It has been a crippling year on so many levels. And yet we persist and survive.
  •   BREAKING NEWS: Claridge Products Announces New Partnership With Skylark Private Equity - Claridge has been owned by the Clavey family of Harrison, AR since its founding.
  •   Be Extraordinary: Incorporating Focus, Kindness, Imperfection, Connection and Joyfulness into Your Life - A lot of extraordinary people in the world don't realize they are extraordinary or living an extraordinary life, impacting people with their words, outlook, smile and encouragement.
  •   Exclusive Look at FCA's Research into the Future of Law Office Design - Moving forward, the survey shows the future of law office design will see reduced standardized footprints, efficient in purpose and appointments.
  •   Work From Home Safety Act Passes Congress Establishes National Flammability Standard - The new law instructs the Consumer Product Safety Commission to establish conformance with California TB-117-2013 as a national standard in the United States.
  •   Naturally Occurring Colors Provide the Groundwork for Diverse Interiors - Captivating and pleasing to the eye, these six distinct and tactile colors offer a usable palette for any interior.
  •   Furniture Maker Uhuru Introduces High-Design, Affordable Work-from-Home Office Brand—Propr - Propr is representative of Uhuru's distinguished designs, while incorporating a lighter, brighter and more colorful element that stays true to ITS New American Design roots.
  •   Upfront: INDEAL Announces Partnership With Mortarr - INDEAL has partnered with Mortarr, a marketing platform for the commercial furniture industry, providing program members with an opportunity to increase online visibility. The relationship expands INDEAL's offering of digital tools that help members connect with clients virtually.
  •   Product Spotlight: ESI Introduces the LotusRT Sit-Stand Workstation and Hana Work from Home Product Series - Designed to support the way people work wherever they work, the LotusRT comes with single and dual monitor options, and the Hana series offers a monitor riser, laptop support and foot support. All products are available in black and white with a designer wood veneer finish.
  •   Stephen Says - "Residential Is the New Contract and It's As Hot As Gender Neutral Restrooms" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Be Extraordinary: Incorporating Focus, Kindness, Imperfection, Connection and Joyfulness in Your Life" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - CBRE Offices – Helsinki
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Narbutas, AIS
  •   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 23 & 30, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: Quarterly Financial Reports Lack Context...Until Now - The problem is, these reports are written in a way that makes them tough to read if you aren't a financial wonk. And even if you are, you have to read between the lines to suss out what is really being said.
  •   Versteel History as Told by its Employees - In the early 1990s, Versteel patented a folding table mechanism that provided reliability and flexibility for customers and helped to launch the brand to the next level.
  •   Byrne Helps Make Employees' Dreams of US Citizenship a Reality - In 2020, six Byrne employees have celebrated their newly minted U.S. citizenship.
  •   Sourcing for Commercial-Grade Home Office Setups - If nothing else, COVID-19 has shown us future attraction and retention policies must now incorporate details surrounding home office stipends and the quantification of remote work.
  •   Steelcase Ekes Out a Small Profit Through Serious Belt-Tightening - "I'm proud of the dedication and agility of our employees, who helped us deliver a profit this quarter despite the challenges our business faced from the second wave of COVID cases and the temporary shutdown of our operations."
  •   Herman Miller Retail Skyrockets to Partially Buoy Slumping Contract Sales - The almost overnight shift to work from home caused by the pandemic has validated the notion not all work needs to be done in the office, and people can be productive working from a network of locations as long as they have the proper tools.
  •   Experts Discuss the Future of Design for Academia - Some of the fundamental questions being asked now is who really needs to be on campus to perform their job tasks.
  •   Upfront: Tampa Dealer Workscapes Signs Warehouse Deal near Ybor City, Plans to Leave WeWork Place in Downtown Tampa - Workscapes will lease 31,820 square feet in Tampa Fulfillment Center, a newly built warehouse at 101 S. 34th St. It will vacate its 7,700-square-foot storefront in WeWork Place at 501 E. Kennedy Blvd.
  •   Product Spotlight: BuzziSpace's New Workstations Erases Distractive Noise from Workplace - Designed to act as a freestanding room within a room, BuzziNest comes in two models: BuzziNest Booth and BuzziNest Pod.
  •   Stephen Says - "New Haworth Strategy? Instead of Poaching Individual Sales People, Poach the Whole Dealership!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Thank You, 2020!" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Sela Logistics Offices – Ashdod, Israel
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Camira, Martin Brattrud, Bentley, Turf Design, Arc-Com
  •   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 16, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: Would You Pay to Work in a Hotel Room? Me Neither - Though I miss spending a few nights in a hotel, I don't miss trying to work in my room. I think most business travelers feel the same way.
  •   AIS Defeats Desk Spaghetti — Calibrate Community for the Win - With a simple kit of parts, Community can be scaled from open plan environments to work walls creating naturally defined user spaces.
  •   Landscape Forms Acquires Loll Designs - The two companies focus on great design, are located in the Midwest and make all their products in the U.S. The partnership formed over the last few years and culminated in the announcement of the acquisition.
  •   LightCorp Enters Power Distribution Market with Introduction of Nik - LightCorp developed Nik in-house and is already in discussions with some of its OEM partners on adapting it for future use.
  •   Vari to Open Third VariSpace Location in Dallas-Ft. Worth - VariSpace Coppell, Leasing in 2021, will be the next Vari headquarters.
  •   US Hiring Outlooks Continue To Improve For Q1 - However, pre-pandemic hiring levels will take longer to return.
  •   'Energy, Clarity and Hope' Mixed with 'Solid and Dependable,' Pantone Reveals Color(s) of the Year 2021 - Ultimate Gray and Illuminating are a great combination to set the mood in any room in the home, adding a dose of sunshine and positivity.
  •   Inscape Sees Steep Sales Drop in Fiscal Q2 - Total sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2021 were $7.2 million, compared To $23.3 million for the same period of fiscal 2020.
  •   Virco Q3 Sales Fall 15.3% - Through summer, the Company noted a meaningful shift in demand toward individual student desks and chairs that could be more easily distanced within existing facilities.
  •   Upfront: Kimball International Announces Closing of Poppin Acquisition - This was a strategically compelling combination for both companies that has positioned us to gain share and successfully navigate a dynamic marketplace.
  •   Product Spotlight: Kebony Rolls Out Inaugural Line of Commercial Outdoor Furniture - Named after the northernmost region of Norway, North Cape features modern design and steel-framed construction with Kebony Clear grade slats.
  •   Stephen Says - "HR Director Asks: Why Does it Take Us So Long to Make a Hire?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Anteus Constructora Offices – Zapopan, Mexico
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Concertex, G&S Acoustics, Versteel
  •   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 9, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: Happy Weary Willie Day (and all the Other Holidays We Celebrate) - Weary Willie Day was named for the character made famous by Emmett Kelly, who was born on this day in 1898. Weary Willie Day celebrates the art of clowning and the impact it has had on our lives.
  •   Productivity, Less Stress, Better Health — It Starts with Sleep - Sleep is the body's most powerful way to restore, regenerate and reorganize itself.
  •   Uhuru Strengthens its Work from Home Offering - Though no one would hope for or could have predicted the COVID-19 pandemic, Uhuru's strategy is playing into the current work trends.
  •   Mentoring the Next Generation of Designers ... Remotely - To help bridge this interim gap, management must recognize some obvious limitations. For starters, millennials cannot learn if they don't have access to mentors.
  •   Workplace 2030 Launches World's First Epidemiologically-Guided Office of the Future - Prototype People are expecting to go back to a workplace that is more restrictive, but what about one that's more collaborative, welcoming, comfortable, while also advancing employee health and safety significantly?
  •   CBRE's Office Ready Simplifies Office Fit-Outs - By compressing the upfront planning process with pre-built design and materials options, Office Ready provides significant cost-savings and speed-to-market while also managing risk and suppliers for the client.
  •   Upfront: COVID-19 and the Built Environment Industry Impact Report - The 2020 impact report is the latest addition in a series of environmental scans undertaken by CIDA to forecast changes influencing interior design practice.
  •   Product Spotlight: LG Hausys Floors Introduces Atmosphere - Atmosphere is a new homogeneous sheet solution created to meet the rigorous health, safety and design requirements for health care environments. Featuring LG Hausys’s new, innovative chip design, Atmosphere combines best-in-class durability, anti-bacterial properties and ease-of-maintenance.
  •   Stephen Says - "I left Steelcase for RH and Never Looked Back; Is RH the Trader Joe's of Furniture?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Leaps and Bounds" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Autodesk Offices – Krakow, Poland
  •   FIRST LOOKS - KFI Studios, Ultrafabrics, Arconas, Dekko, Poltrona Frau and Directa Plus
  •   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 2, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: Emerge from Your Tryptophan-Induced Stupor with a New Focus on 2021 - Start making appointments with customers so you are ready when the shift happens. In the meantime, use the time between now and spring to whip your business into shape.
  •   NeoCon PPP: Legrand is the Power Behind Reconfigurable Offices - There are many brands under the Legrand umbrella, but the company operates four brands that work specifically in the contract interiors realm. Connectrac, Middle Atlantic Products, Chief and Wiremold Products. And all can help companies get facilities back on track following the pandemic with options from The Power to Change program.
  •   DeVorm's Signature Chair Debuts New Coat of Colors - Designed by Benjamin Hubert, founder of LAYER, Pod Privacy Chair was the first PET felt chair Dutch furniture brand De Vorm created — 600 PET bottles are recycled to produce one Pod, and the chair remains the biggest shape ever produced using this material.
  •   Salone del Mobile.Milano 2021 will be Held in September - President of the Salone del Mobile, Claudio Luti, had this to say: "Being able to hold the Salone next year is an absolute priority for all those of us whose lives revolve around design."
  •   JANUS et Cie Announces Interactive VR Experience for Beverly Boulevard Showroom - A destination in its own right, the new flagship's features mirror the company's service-driven culture. JANUS et Cie Beverly Boulevard is not only a source of visual inspiration and reference, but a place to meet with clients, grab a coffee and get to work with a dedicated team of specialists.
  •   Don't Leave Ergonomics at the Office - Knowing we can be just as productive and move just as little while working from home, it makes sense a lot of companies are planning on keeping some form of work from home flexibility moving forward, even after COVID-19 is gone.
  •   Product Spotlight: Wilsonart Launches Nine New Woodgrain Designs to Bring Unique Style to Commercial Spaces - Wilsonart has announced the release of nine new woodgrain styles that combine the best of nature with exceptional engineering. The collection of dimensional wood-textured laminate surfaces help cultivate an aesthetic appeal in commercial spaces. Matching Edgeband and TFL Panels are available.
  •   Stephen Says - "Sales Goals Are Too High? It's Groundhog's Day for Reps" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - MLT Aikins Offices – Saskatoon, Canada
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Hightower, Frövi, Flos
  •   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 - December, 2020 & January, 2021

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: BETTS, 2000 E 9TH ST., CLEVELAND - Casual and cozy with delicious food, Betts is a great place to grab a bite to eat and get a little work done. The small restaurant next to the Kimpton Schofield Hotel in downtown Cleveland is relatively new and features breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks centered around classic American dishes with an emphasis on freshness, quality and whole foods. All-in-all, Betts is a great place to grab a few hours of work when in downtown Cleveland.
  •   CORT BUSINESS SERVICES LAUNCHES 4SITE SENSOR TECHNOLOGY PLATFORM TO OPTIMIZE WORKSPACES AND ENHANCE EMPLOYEE SAFETY - CORT Business Services is launching a user analytics service called 4SITE to help businesses make informed decisions about the future of their office space prior to lease expiration, optimize their existing workspaces, reduce real estate costs and enhance employee safety measures. 4SITE technology is designed to deliver the data our customers need in order to effectively and efficiently understand if their office space is working for them. Understanding how employees are interacting with workspaces is even more important in these uncertain times.
  •   SURVEY OF REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS CONFIRMS OVERWHELMING EXPECTATION OF LONG-TERM COVID IMPACTS - The first global report to look at the impact of the Future of Work on real estate and cities over the next three to five years foresees a strong focus on flexibility, demanded by both workers and corporates, not only relating to the work activity but also the space and location. The majority of real estate professionals view that more than 60% of employees may be spending more than 40% of their time working remotely, in comparison to 20% of staff working 20% of their time remotely pre-COVID-19.
  •   SURVEY REVEALS 60% OF THE MOST PRODUCTIVE AND ENGAGED WORKERS ARE FREQUENTLY OFFERED VIRTUAL SOCIAL WORK EVENTS DURING COVID-19 - The findings provide insight into the productivity and engagement levels of those who have been working from home since the pandemic started and the challenges they've encountered. Additionally, the results reveal insights into how connected workers feel about colleagues while working remotely, what they need to be more successful in working from home and how working from home has positively impacted their lives.
  •   ENGAGEMENT IS KEY TO RETAIN WORKERS - For the 2020 report, Quantum Workplace data pulled from 1.2 million employee engagement surveys the company collected from more than 12,000 companies across 43 cities in 27 states. The company reveals how successful organizations maximize their talent throughout the employee life cycle. When employees witness professional growth and career development opportunities within their own organizations, they are 2.5x more likely to be highly engaged (89%) than those who do not (36%).
  •   WHEN YOUR WORKPLACE IS A SPORTS STADIUM AND ENTERTAINMENT SHOWPLACE - Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse recently underwent a $185 million renovation that transformed the publicly owned venue into a modernized world-class sports and entertainment showplace. The all-new building has been re-designed into a modernized, world-class attraction. It is the 27th busiest venue in the world and the 11th busiest in the country. One of the centerpieces of the renovation is the steel curtain created by Eventscape, an art and architecture fabrication company that undertook its largest architectural installation to date.
  •   THE OFFICE AS A DESTINATION - The office is a place for motivation, competition, and innovation. Employees miss the friendships, personal interaction, face time with the boss, hearing conversations, and spontaneous innovation that happens in the hallways. The largest work from home experiment in history has shown that many people can do their jobs from their living room. But the million-dollar question is determining who wants to return to the office. One thing is clear amid the turmoil – the expectations for office design have changed. It will take more than white walls and basic furniture to lure someone out of their sweatpants.
  •   PRODUCT REVIEWS - Humanscale Razer Ergonomic Mouse / AIRLIFT Height Adjustable Desk / Ankndo 3-in-1 Magnetic Charging Cable / AIS Laptop Table

Business of Furniture - November 25, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: Hold on a Little While Longer: Offices Will Emerge from Pandemic More Important Than Ever - One way or another, COVID-19 cases are going to drop, either through herd immunity or the successful rollout of one of the very promising vaccines, which should be available to the general public by spring.
  •   USGBC Readies the Green Building Industry for a LEED Positive Future During Greenbuild and Announces the 2020 Leadership Award Recipients - During education sessions and keynote addresses, USGBC outlined commitments and actions to help support a healthy, sustainable, resilient and equitable recovery.
  •   Yorgo Lykouria: From the Agile Office to the Resilient Workplace: Why the Post-Pandemic World Needs High-Level Thinking - The spaces we inhabit should be reinvented on every level to support progress and accommodate our needs.
  •   Season of Thanksgiving - What is a Season of Thanksgiving? Well, for me and my family, it's being actively committed to looking at all the things each of us are thankful for, day by day and all the things going well in our lives.
  •   Replace Design Assumptions with Fact in Today's Uncertain Environment - Sampling remains one of the most prominent concerns for designers across the board. With limited access (in many cases) to showrooms or their firm's personal libraries, designers struggle to get their hands on physical samples.
  •   KWK Architects Supports School of Medicine Mission Through Planning and Project Activities at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis - Gaining a thorough understanding of just how the school of medicine utilized its existing space was an important step in the process.
  •   Product Spotlight: National Office Furniture Launches Dynamic Products and Surface Material Solutions - The Tarver collection of tables, storage and mobile ancillary pieces unifies bold design, industrial beauty and the natural characteristics of wood and steel.
  •   Upfront: Lauren Rottet's New Introductions for Haworth Collections - Suitable for high-impression and social spaces in commercial and hospitality environments, the Lyda is available in a range of styles and a choice of sizes and forms.
  •   Stephen Says - "Can Scruff Get a Man Fired?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Season of Thanksgiving" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Schneider Electric Offices – Izmir, Turkey
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Arc-Com, Wilsonart, Arcadia
  •   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 18, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: No Vacation in Sight? Forget Work from Home. Try Work from Holiday Instead - All of us are working from home. So I reasoned, since we are all working virtually, why not work from somewhere a little more pleasant than the gray, rainy and dreary weather found in Grand Rapids in the late fall?
  •   What does the Rep Group of the Future Look Like? Check out CSG in Southeast Michigan - CSG is a good example of a rep group that hasn't stood still, even during a pandemic. Business does not have to stop if you have good ideas and are willing to innovate.
  •   Remote Working Means Making Homes Work - Work life balance has shifted, and many like working from home now. Could this be a negotiating factor in the future of recruiting, hiring and employee retention?
  •   Herman Miller Unveils Experiential Retail Locations in Los Angeles and New York City - Designed in-house by Herman Miller's creative design team, each 1,500 square-foot store features immersive vignettes that highlight the iconic products and innovative solutions for the home office.
  •   WB Wood Becomes a Haworth Dealer in the New York Metro Region - "Our new partnership with Haworth is a perfect strategic and cultural fit for our clients and employees alike," said Richard Mines, owner of WB Wood.
  •   Spotlight on Seating: Home Office Chairs — Ergonomic Options are Plentiful, But Experts Say Not All Are Necessary - A proper office chair is the foundation of a healthy ergonomic work environment.
  •   Solomon Coyle Q3 Dealer Report Reflects Cautiously Positive Outlook on Industry's Recovery - While the major manufacturers reported a decrease in sales against the quarter year-to-date, there was still an improvement over Q2.
  •   Product Spotlight: Medley Introduces Hank Monitor Desk Handcrafted from FSC-Certified Wood - As with all of Medley's products, the Hank Monitor Desk is made-to-order and handcrafted in the brand's Los Angeles workshop using old school techniques. In contrast to mass production, each piece can be customized to meet the client's exact needs.
  •   Upfront: Sedus Mourns Holger Jahnke - Holger Jahnke, supervisory board spokesperson and member of the management board responsible for marketing and sales of Sedus Stoll, died suddenly and unexpectedly on Nov. 10 at the age of 55.
  •   Cyberattack Shut Down Steelcase Order Management, Manufacturing and Distribution Systems and Operations for Nearly Two Weeks - Steelcase also has incurred modest incremental costs relating to remediating, restoring and reinforcing its systems.
  •   CDC Study Shows Employees Working in the Office Almost Double Their COVID-19 Risk - Adults who received positive test results for SARS-CoV-2 infection were more likely to report exclusively going to an office or school setting in the 2 weeks before illness onset, compared with those who tested negative, even among those working in a profession outside of the critical infrastructure.
  •   Stephen Says - "Spurned Job Candidate Asks: Should I Expect a Look from Company I Previously Interviewed With?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "15-Minutes of Fame?" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Olka Offices and Showroom – Istanbul
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest product introductions from: Scandinavian Spaces, Encore, 3form, Unika Vaev, Duvaltex
  •   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 11, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: Introducing Midpoint, a New Publication that will Serve the Dealer/Rep Community - Midpoint will be filled with information for and about dealers and reps. Think of best practices that can be shared, innovative projects and dealer involvement in them, charity and community work and columns on things like installation, succession planning, technology and more.
  •   What Are You Doing to Get People Back to Work? - Corporate America today is looking for a solution that will create a safe workplace now and into the future, regardless of what virus, bacteria or other airborne pollutants might be out there and no other industry is better positioned to provide that solution than we are.
  •   Falkbuilt Bolstered by Round of Financing - "This financing is validation of our vision and our revolutionary approach to interior construction," said Mogens Smed, CEO of Falkbuilt.
  •   Kimball International Acquires Poppin — "It Checks All the Boxes" - Poppin brings Kimball new products and new categories that Kimball can offer through its existing channels.
  •   Strategic Elements of Post-Pandemic Workplace Design - By recognizing that we must accommodate changes in terms of technology, and even future social distancing–related protocols, we can design a future that's promising and full of collaboration.
  •   Luxxbox Launches New Line of Patterned Acoustic Material - With remote working shaping up to be the new normal indefinitely for most office workers, Motif was designed for small spaces as well — with its clean, geometric angles and curves and small, repeating patterns.
  •   Kimball Navigates Market Softness; Business Remains Challenging - Consolidated net sales were $147.9 million, down 27% from $201.5 million in the year ago quarter. Gross margin expanded by 50 basis points to 35.4% driven by cost savings from the 2021 transformation program.
  •   Solutions Spotlight: Safe-T Workplace Products Announces Exciting New Partnerships with Surgically Clean Air, Air Purification Experts, and Clear2, Facility Entry and Access Control Solutions Provider - The partnerships are intended to support the mission of the Safe-T Workplace Products offering, a new line of solutions that brings people working in commercial and institutional spaces a new level of safety and security.
  •   Upfront: DIRTT Q3 2020 Sales Decline from Last Year - Revenue for the third quarter of 2020 was $46.2 million compared to $65.4 million reported in the third quarter of 2019.
  •   Stephen Says - "So You Have an Employee Telling You They Received a Call from a Headhunter? No Need To Give Then a Raise!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Game Freak Offices – Tokyo
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest product introductions from: Artopex, LDI Interiors, FluidStance, Shev Chair, LINAK, 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 - November 4, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: 'Let's Design with Plexiglas!' Said No Interior Designer. Ever. - The idea of screens and even panels between workers is something worth discussing. Panels are making a comeback, for good reason. It is unclear whether this is a temporary trend or if the cubicle will make a long-term return to the office.
  •   Fancher Chair Co. has Served the Furniture Industry Since Thomas Jefferson was President (You Read that Right) - Fancher Chair has succeeded because the company has always been willing to do what the customer wants and needs of them.
  •   Who is Right in DIRTT Squabble with Falkbuilt? Depends on Who You Ask - Smed denies the allegations lodged against him by DIRTT, which he said is simply hassling him for being a strong competitor. Smed said DIRTT has used $6.5 million "of shareholder money trying to harass us."
  •   The Changing Dynamics of the Workplace — What's Really Going to Matter in the Future? - In addition to obvious COVID-related safety measures that need to be in place, other aesthetics like acoustics, lighting, colors and biophilia are a priority in office design to institute a feeling of safety and good health.
  •   Solutions Spotlight: HON Education Solutions Support The Learning Renaissance - Substantial changes in education trends in recent years show every space has the potential to become a learning space. There is no longer the expectation that students sit in symmetrical rows day after day while facing the teacher writing on the chalkboard at the front of the room.
  •   Upfront: IIDA Announce Colorado Business and Community Leader Representative Tracy Kraft-Tharp as Legislator of the Year - Rep. Kraft-Tharp worked with IIDA and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) to advance interior design practice with the passage of Colorado HB1165, which went into effect on September 14. This critical piece of legislation acknowledges the impact of interior designers on life safety in the interior built environment.
  •   Stephen Says - "Pre-Pandemic Resume and LinkedIn Versus Now: What HR Professionals and Recruiters Really Care About" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Boon Rawd Brewery Headquarters – Bangkok
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest product introductions from: HON, Dauphin, Allseating, Patcraft, Concertex, Arcadia, Luna
  •   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 - November, 2020

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: LEAPS & BOUNDS CAFE, LODGE KOHLER, GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN, U.S. - Leaps & Bounds Cafe is a typical hotel cafe, busy with guests coming in and out of the space as they grab a bagel or a cup of coffee. It is comfortable and cozy and a very nice place to work when out of the office. The cafe featured strong internet and plenty of plugs for business travelers on the road who need to charge laptops and smartphones.
  •   THE END OF THE OPEN OFFICE - There are still a lot of unknowns. Some companies haven't gone back to in-person work, and even more have yet to make decisions on new office layouts and modifications, if those are needed.
  •   KASTLE AND GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY PARTNER TO GET BUSINESS BACK TO THE OFFICE SAFELY - Public health and medical experts recommend building owners, managers, operators and employers work to create a healthy workplace environment before resuming normal business operations.
  •   MORE THAN HALF OF WORKERS SAY THEIR COMPANY HAS FAILED AT CREATING A DIVERSE WORKPLACE, BUT NEW DATA SHOWS HOW DIVERSITY AFFECTS PEOPLE OF COLOR'S ABILITY TO SUCCEED AT WORK - Nearly two-thirds (61%) of people of color say the level of diversity at their company affects their ability to succeed. Roughly half that number of white people (32%) agreed.
  •   REMOTE WORK SET TO NEARLY TRIPLE IN THE POST-COVID WORLD, ACCORDING TO SURVEY ON EMPLOYER RESPONSE TO COVID-19 - There has been a clear need for more flexible work scheduling due to disruptions in childcare, schooling and other routines in daily life, and the survey shows most employers have tried to provide this flexibility to help their employees adjust to the new normal.
  •   POLITICS IN THE WORKPLACE: NEW REPORT FINDS MOST EMPLOYEES TALK POLITICS AT WORK; TWO-THIRDS HAVE CONSIDERED LOOKING FOR A NEW JOB DUE TO THE POLITICAL BELIEFS OF THE PEOPLE THEY WORK WITH - Talking politics also has an impact on organizations, as nearly half of those surveyed report their manager talks openly about supporting a specific candidate in the 2020 presidential election. The effect of this depends on whether their employees share similar beliefs.
  •   WANT TO MAKE SURE REMOTE WORKERS AREN'T SLACKING OFF? TRY TRUSTING THEM INSTEAD - The importance of trust plays out in research, which has found employees at high-trust organizations tend to be more productive and better collaborators than their peers at low-trust companies. Plus, they tend to stick around longer.
  •   10 TIPS TO STOP SCREEN-BASED HEADACHES - You may not be able to avoid screens altogether, but you can take steps to keep them from affecting your health. If you suspect your headaches are related to screen time, talk to your health care provider. Come up with a plan, protect your eyes, and get to the bottom of your headaches.
  •   A DESIRED DESTINATION: HOW TO LEVERAGE TECHNOLOGY IN THE WORKPLACE POST-COVID-19 TO ATTRACT AND RETAIN TOP TALENT - Brands will need to reevaluate their office portfolio and determine a plan to ensure their employees can take advantage of new technologies that make communicating, collaborating and connecting more seamless than ever before.
  •   UVC LIGHT – THE LATEST WEAPON AGAINST CORONAVIRUS - UVC fixtures from a reputable manufacturer could be a gamechanger in the battle against the immediate threat of the coronavirus and seasonal and regional outbreaks of infectious diseases. Devices are already cropping up more frequently in airports, classrooms, fitness centers, emergency housing, retail entrances and workplaces.
  •   UNISPACE CEO: OFFICE NEEDS POST-COVID EXPECTED TO DROP MORE THAN 20% - People want to return to work safely, but they want to return with some degree of flexibility to work from home or places like coffee shops outside the office. While much has been made about some tech companies allowing employees to permanently work from home, other companies feel the need to get back to work in the office.
  •   REVIEWS - Office Chair Mat for Hardwood Floors / Anker Nebula Capsule

Business of Furniture - October 28, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: Finding the Right Balance is Key in the World of Publishing - Though we are digital, we do have space limitations and make decisions every week about what news to push ahead and what news to hold — or not run at all.
  •   NeoCon 2021 Moved to October - Registration for the delayed event will open in a few months, during which time show organizers will continue to meet with its key constituents and monitor the situation with the virus.
  •   Virtual CET Experience Brings Together More Than 900 Attendees - Held annually in the fall, CET Experience brings together those who use, create and invest in CET Designer, including dealers, developers, manufacturers, Configura employees and Implementation Partners in the commercial interiors, material handling and kitchen and bath industries.
  •   HNI Adjusts to Hit Solid Quarterly Financial Results - "Our members delivered another solid quarter in an environment that remains uniquely challenging," said Jeff Lorenger, chairman, president and CEO.
  •   Why COVID-19 Provides a Unique Opportunity to Elevate Women in the Workplace - Some of the leading factors that indicate Women may consider downshifting or leaving their job include lack of flexibility at work, the "always on" mentality and household burdens due to COVID-19.
  •   Longing for Connection — Vitra Summit Explores Workspace Challenges and Ideas for the Future - One way to ease back into the office would be to implement a hybrid model, where employees split their work hours between a remote location and the company's physical office.
  •   High Point Fall Market Review: Residential Furniture Continues Blistering Pace - Despite all the changes and oddities of this market cycle, the furniture industry has found a way to return to some semblance of normalcy and indeed prosperity.
  •   Knoll Plans to Cut 200 Positions; Shutter 5 Showrooms - Knoll did not outline which North American office showrooms would be closed.
  •   Product Spotlight: Visionect Introduces Hot-Desking Tech to Schedule and Manage Workplace Desk Spaces - The Joan Desk Booking app is a smart, hot-desking solution for the flexible workspace to help book, manage and streamline desk use through a slickly designed mobile phone and desktop app.
  •   UPFRONT: Steelcase Hit with Cyberattack - At this time, Steelcase is not aware of any data loss from its systems or any other loss of assets as a result of the attack.
  •   Stephen Says - "My New VP of Sales Wanted To Quit After 3 Months for Another Job! Why?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Selling on Social Media: Using The Power of 10 to Drive Engagement" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Kesko Headquarters – Helsinki
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest product introductions from: DuraCare, Allsteel, Gunlocke, Quinette Gallay, Magnuson Group, Smith & Fong, FluidStance, Acoufelt, Arper, Wolf-Gordon
  •   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 21, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: It's Not Time to Give Up. It's Time to Get Busy - It is well beyond time for our industry to act and lead. Snap out of the funk. Get out of your office, and help the world get back to work — when the time comes to safely do so.
  •   Hospitality Feel Plays Key Role in Interior Amenity Spaces at New Chicago Tower - NELSON Worldwide was tasked with infusing five-star hospitality elements throughout the Class A tower's amenity spaces, which feature a conference center for tenant use, a two-story, state-of-the art fitness center, a tenant lounge and multi-tenant floor elevator lobbies and circulation corridors.
  •   DIRTT Sues North Carolina Dealer that Switched to Falkbuilt - DIRTT contends it transfers confidential information to its dealers, and the contract with CBI and all its dealers outlines that confidentiality shall continue until the confidential information enters the public domain.
  •   A Year in the Making, Loftwall Launches Parallel - With highly recyclable materials, intuitive (and patent-pending) use of magnetics and its trademark obsession with flexibility, Loftwall is confident Parallel will mark a clear shift in how desks, tables and training rooms are utilized.
  •   Color Takes on a New Role in the Workplace, With Safety and Comfort at the Forefront - When the world experiences events that cause unrest, anxiety and grief, we tend to naturally gravitate toward compassionate colors.
  •   Bisley Introduces Belong, Flexible Furniture Collection - The Belong range comprises multiple collections to create a sanctuary wherever you are so you can focus and stay on top of your workload in comfort.
  •   Product Spotlight: Teknion Launches Kupp Café-Inspired Nesting Chairs - A fresh approach to nesting chair design, Kupp's horizontal nesting capability solves constraints and ensures employee safety, as chairs can be stored with minimal physical effort.
  •   UPFRONT: Wilsonart Expands TFL Capacity - Wilsonart Engineered Surfaces will increase its thermally fused laminate (TFL) capacity and footprint in North America with a new facility in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Construction has begun, and the plant is scheduled to open by July 2021.
  •   Stephen Says - "Social Media is No Replacement for Outside Sales" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Symantec Offices – Toronto
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest product introductions from: Landscape Forms, ErgoGenesis, Bentley, 3form, BuzziSpace, Akouo Acoustics, Designtex, Global
  •   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 14, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: Five Years and Counting with Bellow Press - It is hard to believe, but at Bellow Press we are celebrating our fifth anniversary. I believe anniversaries are a time for thanksgiving and reflection.
  •   Consulting, Customizing, Caring: Steelcase's studio b Helps Customers go Deeper - It is hard to describe studio b, because it is more than just an arm of Steelcase's product design department.
  •   AIS To Supply Facemasks for Every Poll Worker in Massachusetts - The effort was first initiated following an appeal to AIS from Leominster City Clerk Katelyn Huffman, who noted that financial hardships the city has experienced as a result of COVID-19.
  •   Debunking Common Cleanability Myths Surrounding Materiality - It's also important to do it right - First you clean, then you disinfect, then flush with water to remove the disinfectant.
  •   Groundbreaking Online Exhibit Dives Deep into Diversity - Now a part of the museum's permanent collection, We Design is available solely online and free to the public, especially aspiring designers. Seventeen new designer profiles are scheduled to launch in October.
  •   A Perfect Storm — Factors Are Piling up on Companies Trying to Balance the Right to Free Speech and Appropriate Workplace Conduct - Employers need to do what they can to understand the needs of their employees.
  •   Herman Miller Introduces Special Gaming Edition Sayl Chair - The Sayl frameless back uses less material in more inventive ways than classic gaming chairs.
  •   Product Spotlight: Arc-Com Launches Ensemble Collection - Composed of three patterns — two high performance polyurethanes (Arabesque and Cadence), and one privacy curtain (Harmony), the Ensemble collection offers designers a beautifully coordinated grouping of organic pattern and texture.
  •   UPFRONT: Narbutas Opens New York Showroom - The recent opening of first NARBUTAS showroom in New York has definitively consolidated the company's presence in the USA.
  •   Stephen Says - "I Lost My Job as a Designer and Changed Careers to Sales. I Landed a Job Fast...and Love It!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Frustrated? How to Change Your Perspective When You're Ready to Give Up" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Ovation Travel Group Offices – New York City
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest product introductions from: DARRAN, Teknion, Boss, H Contract, Dekko, Peter Pepper
  •   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 7, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: Hello, I'm Rob and I have a Furniture Flipping Fetish - Furniture flipping is a disease, to be sure, but one that I know others in the industry suffer from. I am not alone in my furniture flipping fetish. I know this because I've gone to dinner with friends in the industry I've caught flipping furniture, which always results in a good laugh.
  •   From Storage to Sensimilla, Spacesaver's Market is Sky High - Everything is made in the company's Wisconsin plant, which is a hands-on operation because a good portion of what the company does is customized products.
  •   Between Panic and Pandemic - When workers return to their places of work they will be asking themselves - can we trust the companies we work for and the environments they provide to be safe places?
  •   DARRAN Introduces Honey for Your Work Hive - Honey allows for open and closed collaborative zones, meeting spaces, lounge or desking in sitting, standing or height-adjustable positions.
  •   The Three Pillars of Workplace Health and Safety - Our opportunity as an industry — and more importantly, our responsibility — is to re-engineer ourselves, rapidly and comprehensively, to become a critical resource for the organizations we serve.
  •   CIFF Shanghai Held in China - Undoubtedly an unusual edition, the 46th CIFF Shanghai 2020 maintained safety thanks to the absolute commitment and strict pandemic prevention protocols adopted, the scrupulous services dedicated to visitors, and the digitization of some exhibitions.
  •   Knoll Takes Actions to Support More Inclusive and Diverse Communities - Knoll's policies and practices will evolve as they continue to focus on creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace.
  •   Product Spotlight: Special-T Launches Safe-T Workplace Products, to Provide New Levels of Safety and Security in a Post-Pandemic Environment - Initial products in the line include specially designed screens, space dividers and workplace barriers that support social distancing efforts in the workplace.
  •   UPFRONT: ORIOR Introduces First Rug Collection - Comprised of three vivid, geometric styles, the offering combines patterns from Katie McGuigan’s latest womenswear collection inspired by the Irish countryside with the luxurious, handcrafted aesthetic found in Orior’s furniture pieces.
  •   Stephen Says - "Millennial Mayhem" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Lufthansa Offices – São Paulo
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest product introductions from: Coalesse, Mohawk, Luxxbox, Concertex, Luum, Spacestor, Artopex, Steelcase
  •   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 - October, 2020

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: EMILY CLINGMAN - LONGMONT, COLORADO - With COVID-related business closures, travel restrictions and social-distancing protocol, it's been hard for us remote workers to pop into our favorite coffee shop for a few hours or enjoy a change of scenery away from our home offices.
  •   MOST US EMPLOYEES SEE THEMSELVES WORKING WITH TECHNOLOGY RATHER THAN BEING REPLACED BY IT, ACCORDING TO A RECENT SURVEY ON THE FUTURE OF WORK - Four out of five U.S. workers believe technology will change the way they do their job over the next three years.
  •   KAI EXPERTS SAY COVID-19 PANDEMIC CAUSING MAJOR SHIFT IN TRADITIONAL OFFICE DESIGN AND FUNCTION - Technology will be the enabler to successfully implementing these new design practices and creating a business environment that fosters safe, healthy and intelligent interactions.
  •   FOUR TIPS FOR PEOPLE WHO STRUGGLE TO UNPLUG, TAKE BREAKS, RECHARGE, OR DECOMPRESS AT THE END OF THE WORKDAY - Millions of workers are working from home, and companies as large as Twitter have already announced employees never have to return to the office. It's important to manage your energy and keep yourself from burning out from too much uninterrupted work.
  •   STUDY SHOWS BASIC MINDFULNESS CAN BE A KEY TO SOLVING WORKPLACE CONFLICT - Everyone wants to work in a place where everybody gets along, but in reality, workplaces are fraught with conflict. However, certain kinds of workplace conflict are positive, because they involve new ways of approaching a project or a problem, which can lead to innovation and better outcomes.
  •   SMART SEARCH ENABLES WFH EFFICIENCIES - "We expect the best from our teams, So we should offer them the best tools to do their jobs. That starts with strong search so they can get the information they need to do their jobs when they need it."
  •   KAI ENGINEERS RECOMMEND HVAC UPGRADES TO HELP COMBAT COVID-19 INSIDE COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS - Controlling the airflow between zones in a building is a viable way to protect building occupants from airborne pathogens. This can be achieved by re-evaluating the positioning of supply and exhaust air diffusers.
  •   NELSON WORLDWIDE CONDUCTS STRATEGY SURVEY TO UNDERSTAND EVOLVING WORKFORCE EXPECTATIONS - The first key finding in the survey is employees are longing for purposeful and visible changes to increase safety measures in the office and ensure re-entry in the workplace is safe.
  •   HAPPINESS NOW MORE THAN EVER: A PRIMER ON HAPPINESS BY DESIGN, AND WHY IT MATTERS - Architecture firms are always seeking new and innovative ways to better the industry and elevate employee well-being within the office. The design industry knows almost too well just how much a space can impact mood, productivity and focus.
  •   RENEWAL ROOMS FOR NURSES - In order for nurses to provide quality care, they need to be able to provide their own care. But imagine finally getting a lunch break and the only space to sit is where everyone else goes. When you've gone through hours of patient care, you need time away to regroup before returning to the floor. A food-focused break room isn't always the right environment for nurses to refresh their spirits. The antidote is a renewal room.
  •   WORKPLACE ROMANCE IN THE AGE OF COVID - Now that so many employees are working from home and may be doing so for a while longer or even permanently, it's the ideal time for organizations to revisit the subject to meet the demands of the current landscape. If an office romance has developed, additional complications are that human resource managers aren't seeing employees interacting with each other.
  •   PRODUCT REVIEWS - We review the Delta Finn Table and Chair Set and the Spacestor KIT Desk.

Business of Furniture - September 30, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: Business Travel in the COVID World is Definitely Weird - If you haven't been on the road yet for a business trip, let me describe it with one word: Weird. Everything about it is strange. My first stop took me to Chicago, and since all of you have been there for NeoCon, I'll use my time in the city to describe how working on the road has changed.
  •   Committed to Craftsmanship — Ethnicraft Launches Fall Collection, Aims for Timelessness - Ethnicraft's fall launch features a range of solutions for offices either at work or at home — a collection of desks, meeting tables and drawer units, inspired by the company's popular Bok chair designed by Alain van Havre.
  •   Why Planning for Generic Collaboration No Longer Works - While collaboration will be a core focal point for workplace design in a COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 world, it cannot be the only reason people come to work.
  •   It's Time to Start Acting Like Your People Really Are Your Most Important Resource - In the company of the future, employee wellness must become the new focus and the key driver of office design and work styles.
  •   Steelcase Reports Better than Expected Second Quarter Profitability - Significant cost reductions drove strong EPS of $0.47 despite 18% drop in revenue and $15.6 million of restructuring costs.
  •   The Workplace Productivity Report 2020: Battling Digital Overload, Over Half of U.S. Remote Workers Report Increased Reliance on Analog Tools - The report contributes to research on the long-term impact of remote work and helps companies understand their workers' evolving needs.
  •   UPFRONT: Indiana Furniture's Rockstar Task Seating Brings Standout Comfort to a Diverse Range of Users - Rockstar features clean lines, ergonomic contours with lumbar support, well-balanced proportions and options to create all-day, standout comfort.
  •   Product Spotlight: Modular Lighting Instruments — Launches Pista Extensions in North America - New to the North American market, the Minude spotlight features a small, cylindrical form, with high-quality, low-glare illumination.
  •   Stephen Says - "Social Media, Politics and Work" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Building a Dynamic Leadership Team" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Asta Parking Offices – Fort Lauderdale
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest product introductions from: Framery, Ligne Roset, Arc-Com, Scandinavian Spaces, 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 - September 23, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: Focus on Work from Home Package and International Business to Better Ride Out COVID Crisis - If you are a small or growing office furniture maker, there are some things that can be learned from Herman Miller's relative success in the pandemic. It is not too late for you to get in on the work-from-home trend. In fact, it is critical that you do.
  •   UX Principles at Work - As we better understand user behavior and experience, the fields of UX and interaction design offer a new foundation for the built environment — both physical and virtual. There are many lists of UX principles which can offer new insights for traditional built environments and help build an emerging design vocabulary — the UX of Work.
  •   Photography Organization Incorporates Pixel Theme in HQ Renovation - Some of the larger goals for the project included the addition of alternative workspaces and communal gathering areas. Corner office real estate was reallocated to these shared staff spaces to ensure a companywide focus was always at the forefront.
  •   Herman Miller North American Contract Sales Tumble as International, Retail Soars - Strong retail performance and improving global trends helped offset near-term demand pressures in North America. Also, the quarterly cash dividend program was re-established at $0.1875 per share.
  •   Back to the Future: Hiring Intentions Begin to Recover for Q4 Yet Employers Plan to Shift to New Work Models for the Long-Term - However, Employers believe labor market recovery will take longer than anticipated.
  •   EDspaces Goes Digital - Complete with virtual meeting rooms to demo new products.
  •   NCARB Launches New Campaign to Encourage Student Designers - The resource is designed for anyone considering a career in architecture or guiding students through the college application process.
  •   UPFRONT: Miller to Retire from BIFMA After Decades of Service to Industry - Miller is looking forward to spending time with his family and will remain active on community boards and advisory groups in his many areas of interests, including consulting for BIFMA.
  •   Product Spotlight: Tayco Reimagines Casegoods with Halifax Launch - The line, designed in collaboration with Toronto industrial design studio Fig40, achieves industry-leading ergonomics.
  •   Stephen Says - "Our Customers Are Starting to Come Back into the Showroom; Getting My Salespeople Back in is Another Story" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Crocs Offices – Broomfield, Colorado
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest product introductions from: LG Hausys, Artopex, Hightower, Falcon, Arc-Com, Studio TK
  •   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 16, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: Actions Speak Louder than Words - Since we are disconnected due to the COVID crisis, it is more important than ever to be clear in our language.
  •   ootBox Launches a Shareable, Use-It-As-You-Need-It Workspace in a Box - OotBox has been used as development leasing offices, private and reservable spaces for restaurant dining, construction site offices, a neighborhood co-op, mini drive-up medical labs and coffee shops for patrons to take business calls or client meetings.
  •   Working in a Changed World: Understanding Health and Well-being in the Commercial Furniture Industry - The focus of the INDEAL Cares Employee Survey was to provide an evaluation of the self-reported health and well-being of individuals working in a variety of roles within our industry.
  •   The Pandemic-Driven Workplace Shifts That Are Here to Stay - We have a unique opportunity to swiftly shift our workplace culture at a time when change is the new norm.
  •   Haworth and Interphase to Open Design Center in Grand Rapids - The new building will help Interphase collaborate closely with its customers on designing the most creative spaces possible.
  •   Dauphin Announces Retirement of Gary Chin and Appointment of New President Matthew Negron - Thanks to Chin’s vision and leadership, Dauphin North America continues to grow and is now Dauphin Americas, serving the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Central America and South America.
  •   Pininfarina Aims to Launch Customizable Kit for Remote Office Portability - Simply named Smart Working Kit, the product consists of modular elements that, combined, form a piece of furniture able to decorate the house but at the same time compact enough to be taken on business trips.
  •   UPFRONT: INDEAL Leadership Conference To Provide Essential Resources for Dealer Management - Attendees can expect keynotes from nationally recognized speakers, the latest industry insight, virtual networking and strategy sessions.
  •   Product Spotlight: Trendway Introduces Line of Air Purifiers as Indoor Air Quality becomes Critical Issue for Businesses - AeraMax Pro is being expanded into Fellowes Contract Interiors division, through Trendway, to address the need for improved indoor air quality in the contract market.
  •   Stephen Says - "I Just Started a New Job: How Do I Get to Meet My Coworkers" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Understanding and Preventing Burnout" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Avito Offices – Saint Petersburg, Russia
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest product introductions from: Howe, Shelby Williams, Versteel
  •   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 9, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: Time for the Industry to Ease Up on the Virtual Seminar Schedule - After nearly 30 years in the news gathering business, I've learned a bit about content.
  •   The Difference of a Decade - While dealers and manufacturers have made the most visible adjustments, installation teams have exercised great agility and are now partners at the decision-making roundtable.
  •   Kimball International Launches New Brand Etc. - Released in fashion-inspired collections, Etc. allows you to crush on evolving trends and update your space as quickly as styles change.
  •   AIS Continues to Strengthen Its Product Portfolio - Auburn Conference and Executive Chair, LB Lounge Backless Seating and PET Screens are now available.
  •   Allsteel Launches New Partnership with Corral - One of the things that attracted Allsteel to Corral was the notion two companies can come together and listen to clients together.
  •   New Series of Special Edition Herman Miller Gaming Chairs Launching - This is the first time Aeron has been sold with an all matte black finish, including the Pellicle material that supports the sitter's body.
  •   Blaming COVID Slowdown, Steelcase Cutting Salaried Workforce - Order patterns in the Americas continued to reflect significant year-over-year declines, averaging approximately 35% during the second quarter, while order declines in EMEA and Asia Pacific moderated to approximately 20%.
  •   Work, Reimagined: Research Reveals What Workers Want Post COVID-19 - When economic outlooks are uncertain, employability matters most to workers, with 9 in 10 workers saying simply keeping their job is most important.
  •   Power for Everything and Everyone: Byrne has the Power to Work from Home - Byrne's Twine and Hydra plug-and-play kits are two of the easiest ways to solve big power needs.
  •   Product Spotlight - 3form's Newest Design, Veil, Introduces Airy Linen and Color to Cleanable Surfaces - Veil was developed for designers looking to add color and texture to a space simultaneously, while leveraging the advantages of Varia.
  •   Stephen Says - "Seeing Through Glassdoors" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - College Futures Foundation Offices – Oakland
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest product introductions from: ErgoGenesis / BodyBilt, G&S Acoustics, Nowy Styl, Arcadia
  •   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 - September, 2020

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: TODD HARDY - COEUR D'ALENE RESORT - I'm fortunate enough to live in a beautiful area surrounded by mountains which are filled with lakes, rivers and streams. I'm less than 15 minutes from the famous Lake Coeur d'Alene and the four-star Coeur d'Alene Resort. Locals believe the only reason it is not a five-star is because some of the rooms overlook the parking garage. The resort has the world's longest floating boardwalk. It's pet friendly, and many people had their dogs with them.
  •   60% OF COMPANIES HAVE HIRED EMPLOYEES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC DESPITE ECONOMIC DOWNTURN - Nearly half of companies (46%) have hired 10 or more employees since the pandemic's start — a surprising phenomenon in the new era of remote work and virtual onboarding. While group onboarding can feel impersonal, companies can use multiple communication channels to build connections, such as video calls with new hires. As companies continue hiring during the remote work age, they can employ creative tactics to effectively onboard new employees.
  •   BACK TO SCHOOL BLUES: WORK PRODUCTIVITY EXPECTED TO DECLINE AS MORE SCHOOLS SWITCH TO REMOTE LEARNING - While school this fall will undoubtedly look different in every situation, the largest portion of parents are still uncertain about sending their children to a traditional classroom. Surprisingly, a quarter (26%) report they are not sending their kids back to school at all, while 40% said it will depend on the school district's plans. Working parents aren't the only ones who will be impacted by remote learning this fall. Non-parent co-workers report they are feeling the disruption even now before the return to school.
  •   FREQUENT TRAVELERS CITE PRIORITIES FOR HOTEL STAYS - Face coverings for employees (87% a lot/some impact) and guests (85%), suspending daily housekeeping of rooms (86%) and using technology to reduce direct contact (85%) are the top priorities among frequent travelers staying in hotels during this pandemic. However, the pandemic has decimated the hotel industry as travel has slowed significantly throughout the last few months.
  •   NEW STUDY OUTLINES HOW WORK FROM HOME COULD ADAPT TO CONTINUE EFFECTIVELY - Overall, the new way of working had a near equal mix of positive and negative implications for team collaboration, particularly in terms of knowledge sharing, virtual meetings and networking.
  •   THE HIDDEN IMPACT OF REMOTE WORK DURING THE PANDEMIC: NATIONAL STUDY UNCOVERS GENERATIONAL DIVIDE ON LEADERSHIP, TRUST AND RETURNING TO THE OFFICE - Most shockingly, a majority (53%) of Americans do not want to work remotely even part-time after the pandemic ends. Additionally, 42% of Americans do not have the tools they need to successfully work remotely.
  •   YES, YOUR COWORKERS ARE JUDGING YOU FOR YOUR BAD IDEAS - When it comes to speaking up in the workplace, new research suggests the quality of employees' suggestions — or "voice quality" — can affect how they are perceived by coworkers, which can then lead employees with poor voice quality to be ostracized by those coworkers.
  •   INDIESIGNS DEVELOPS LINE OF SAFETY MESSAGING PRODUCTS TO EASE THE STRESS OF GATHERING AGAIN - This idea of beautiful COVID messaging is a natural extension from Grazi's original inspiration for Indiewalls, which he started about eight years ago in response to what he saw in the commercial real estate sector at the time.
  •   SIX WAYS THE PANDEMIC IS TRANSFORMING RESTROOM DESIGN - Companies, educational institutions and municipalities are all evaluating new procedures and products for their restroom facilities. While there are a number of infection control measures on the horizon, it's still important to keep six feet of distance between people, wash hands with soap and water, dry hands completely, wear masks and limit crowding in restroom areas.
  •   PRODUCT REVIEWS - Who would believe germ-killing UVC lights and digital forehead thermometers would be office tools? This month, we look at a couple of products that could make heading to the office a little bit safer for employees.

Business of Furniture - September 2, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: Virginia First to Legislate Safe Return to Office (They won't be the Last) - Virginia's new safety requirements are based on an employee's risk of exposure to the coronavirus while on the job. Employers will have to take different steps depending on the employee's risk. While it is the first state to outline what should and shouldn't be done to reopen offices, it certainly won't be the last. Not much has come out of Washington, D.C., regarding the safe return to the office, and federal law has been silent on safety standards concerning the coronavirus in the employment setting.
  •   Raiders New Las Vegas Stadium Features Sensory Nooks - For those with special needs, a place like Allegiant Stadium can be overwhelming on game day, causing sensory overload, anxiety, personal crisis situations and ultimately meltdown. The Ford Sensory Nooks are mobile, acoustically quiet huddle pods — similar in shape and size to their office cousins — that provide a haven of tranquility and relaxation for neurodiverse individuals.
  •   Why Planning for Workforce, Not Workplace, Is the Wave of the Future - "When we look at a space and try to just move around a few desks and put up some plexiglass partitions, we're not going to see real change for our workforce. We have a unique opportunity to fix what was broken before COVID-19." Perhaps the pandemic has given us a unique opportunity to take the time to look at our workplace with a fresh lens, understanding what has worked and what hasn't worked for so long.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: New Products Available from HAY - From a lounge chair that swivels to a task chair that can double for dining, there's always something from HAY for the home and office.
  •   Survey Finds Work from Home does not Solve Employee Burnout Problem - 56% went so far as to say their HR departments did not encourage conversations about burnout.
  •   My Employee Went Directly From a Company Zoom Call to a Zoom Interview Call - Because employees are working from home, it is easier than ever to work and interview at the same time.
  •   The Biggest Hiring Mistake - I've spent countless hours over the past several months working with and coaching a lot of people who have been displaced due to the economic environment.
  •   Stephen Says - "My Employee Went Directly From a Company Zoom Call to a Zoom Interview Call" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "The Biggest Hiring Mistake" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Foody Offices – Ho Chi Minh City
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest product introductions from: Global, Versteel, KFI Studios, AGATI, Kirei, MergeWorks
  •   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 26, 2020 - 77 Pages

 
  •   Kirkbride: There's Room for Your Furniture in the $138 Billion Gaming Market - Gaming furniture is a segment of the market that still has plenty of room for growth. If you aren't in it yet, it is worth looking at.
  •   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: SnapCab Keeps Focus on Flexibility - That is precisely why SnapCab is a company more and more customers are turning to for spaces providing connection, communication, collaboration and comfort. Its products make spaces more flexible, especially during a time when changes to an office, health care setting or school need to happen quickly and easily.
  •   Premium Coverings for the Contract Furnishings Industry - CGT is currently working on a new surface innovation targeted towards the furnishing industry, including their CleanTec premium cover stock antimicrobial treated surface technology.
  •   Designtex Partners with West Elm and Crypton to Launch an Easy to Clean Woven Textile Line - The new styles feature Crypton chemistry, a bonded fabric system that renders the textiles durable and easy to clean and disinfect while maintaining the fabric's feel and beauty.
  •   Special-T Preps for Post-COVID Workplace and Learning Environments, Launches New Safe-T Screens and Barriers Product Line - The new product line features an array of screens and barriers with a variety of applications that provide increased protection as people return to work.
  •   Converted Hotel Rooms Are Emerging as New Opportunities for Quiet Workspaces - Hotels are looking to make up for lost revenue by providing spaces that can fit one or multiple employees for a day, all while following CDC guidelines.
  •   Stephen Says - "Boomerang Employees: The People You Re-Rehire May Be Fooling Yous" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Agoda International Offices – Kuala Lumpur
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest product introductions from 9to5 Seating, Wolf-Gordon, Concertex, Humanscale, Bendheim, Móz.
  •   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 19, 2020

 
  •   Kirkbride: Take a Moment to Enjoy Some Good News - Despite the problems happening around the world, there is still much to celebrate. I believe the world is essentially a good place with good people, though the bad stuff often clogs up the news sites.
  •   Upfront: Announcing 2020 Connect: A Virtual Event - This free, three-day online event will feature more than 60 sessions on a vast array of topics.
  •   Selling the Value of Professional A&D Services in a Pandemic-Driven Economy - As a result of the current pandemic, public and private spaces — including hospitality, workplace, residential, education and health care — are experiencing extreme scrutiny regarding their health and safety practices.
  •   Katz Architecture Imagines a New Concept for Live/Work Lifestyle - Katz Architecture in New York explored what a prototype for a new live/work unit could look like, designing a building that includes ground floor storefronts, apartments and separate offices for residents.
  •   More than Designing a Chair: An Interview with Konstantin Grcic - Affordable, versatile and responsible: with Bell Chair, Konstantin Grcic and Magis have developed a contemporary monobloc chair made entirely from recycled polypropylene.
  •   Groupe Lacasse Introduces New LUTI Freestanding Screens - LUTI will be part of the quick delivery program.
  •   Product Spotlight: Okamura Introduces Finora - A statement of style and identity. Introducing Finora: dreamed by Italdesign, a company that excels in mastering the complexity of automotive design, and engineered by Okamura.
  •   Herman Miller Goes After Websites it Accuses of Selling Fakes - Online retailers are knocking off its products.
  •   Kirei Announces Partnership With Akuart - Acoustic art pairs with Kirei's EchoPanel.
  •   60% of Companies Will Require Masks in the Office - Companies are actively creating guidelines.
  •   Stephen Says - "If You Keep Hiring the Wrong People, Look for These Red Flags (Even with Candidates that Look Great) During Your Next Hiring Process" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - " P.I.V.O.T: A Different Perspective" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Vanco Offices – Bloomington, Minnesota
  •   FIRST LOOKS - OLEV, HPFi, OMT-Veyhl, Frovi, Poltrona Frau, LDI Interiors, AMQ, Wolf-Gordon, Patcraft, Fil Doux 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 12, 2020 - 75 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: SitOnIt Goes Beyond Seating to Help Customers in COVID-Confused World - SitOnIt Seating has built a strong reputation in task seating, but has added lounge products, screens and tables. The company has found a formula for producing high-quality products at a pace no one can match, and the office furniture industry has taken note.
  •   Kirkbride: Our Columnists Help All of Us Navigate this Oft-Crazy Industry - We are committed to providing a platform for everyone in the industry, especially those who have been marginalized in the past.
  •   Black Interior Designers are Not Mythical Creatures Like Unicorns by Nicole Rivers Moore - Organizations such as the Black Artists Guild and the Black Interior Designers Network are proof there are hundreds, if not thousands of Black designers and makers in our industry who are ignored and overlooked.
  •   Via Seating Hosts ViaCon, Adding to Growing Number of Companies and Organizations Holding Virtual Programs - Held on Zoom, ViaCon felt the most like a tour of Via's showroom and new products that we've seen.
  •   The Workplace of the Future: A New Address and Approach for Perkins Eastman's Pittsburgh Studio - Perkins Eastman is one of many companies adapting offices to new working environments, and Young believes the Pittsburgh studio can serve as a testing ground to inform future designs.
  •   Rieke Office Interiors Helps Schools Re-Open With SafeSpace PPE Line - Companies such as Rieke Office Interiors (ROI) in Elgin, Illinois, believe businesses and schools across the country should provide safe and healthy environments to help mitigate the risk of COVID-19.
  •   Home Office Furniture Rentals Increase 300% for Next-Gen Brand, Fernish - Founded in 2017 by Barlow and Lucas Dickey, Fernish was born out of frustration. The two had collectively moved every other year and were fed up with the hassle that came with buying, moving, selling, storing and generally owning furniture.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: 9to5 Seating Teams with Momentum Textiles on Performance 3.0 Card - The selection features a range of bleach-cleanable performance textiles in 10 patterns and 70 colors, including EPU polyurethanes, silicones and recycled polyesters with Crypton finishes
  •   Mohawk Industries and Interface Both Report Q2 Results - Both companies experienced sales decreases due to COVID-19.
  •   Stephen Says - "Viscusi's Rules to Interview Follow-ups: They Must Be Sent Within 24 Hours" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - New Silk Road Offices – Xi'an, China
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Camira, Rainlight, Nevins, Unika Vaev, Spacestor, Fritz Hansen
  •   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 5, 2020

 
  •   When We Look Back, Will You Be the Blockbuster or the Netflix of the Office Furniture Industry? - We are living through a time that will reward the bold and innovative and severely punish those who remain stagnant.
  •   Kimball International Announces New Organizational Structure - The new organization will be comprised of four market-centric business units: Workplace, Health, Hospitality and eBusiness.
  •   Is 6 Feet Really Enough Distance to Keep Offices Safe? Not Even Close, According to Expert - There is no way to pandemic-proof the office, but scientists know office design can help slow the spread.
  •   Trends Point to More Focus on Natural Light as an Architectural Element - New design trends are using lighting as a tool to create ambiance in built experiential environments and, it is key in supporting new brands and concepts.
  •   Leveraging Data & Design to Drive Confidence in Returning to the Workplace - Without a doubt, returning to a physical workspace — for those fortunate enough to enjoy the benefit of working from home — will remain a personal decision and one that must be aided by a hybrid team of HR and design members.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: Arc-Com Releases Paragon - The Arc-Com Design Studio's latest pattern Paragon was inspired by classic architectural form. Its angular geometry is the perfect vehicle for extensive color exploration and play.
  •   Ford Announces Jim Hackett to Retire as President and CEO - Hackett was CEO of Steelcase from 1994-2014.
  •   Kimball Reports Fourth Quarter Net Sales Decrease of 20% - Consolidated net sales were $156.1 million.
  •   Landscape Forms Expands Collaborations with Loll Designs, Introduces Three New Products - Landscape Forms is introducing two new products — the Americana chair and Glide bench — and is expanding the Harvest line to include a standing-height bench in its collaboration with Duluth, Minnesota-based Loll Designs.
  •   Room & Board Business Interiors Debuts Fall 2020 Collection - "Fall 2020 is a counterpoint to the clean and masculine look and celebrates the feminine, softer side of design, without being fussy," explained Jenon Bailie, Room & Board's merchandising and design director.
  •   Stephen Says - "Some Manufacturers Make it Easy for 'Do-it-Yourself' Recruiting" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "What Zone Are You In?" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Kiva Offices – San Francisco
  •   FIRST LOOKS - 9to5 Seating, Hightower, 3form, Quinette Gallay, BuzziSpace, Stylex, Scandinavian Spaces, HBF Textiles, Source International, Narbutas
  •   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 - August, 2020

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: BELLOW PRESS GRAND RAPIDS EDITORIAL OFFICE - Dartboard. Small golf putting green. Mini basketball hoop. Jukebox. Classic arcade game. While this might sound like the contents of a local Chuck E. Cheese, it is just a few of the "necessary amenities" at the Bellow Press Grand Rapids Editorial Office.
  •   EXECUTIVES FEEL EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT IS IMPORTANT, BUT COMMITMENT TO STRATEGY IS LACKING - Quantum Workplace has released a survey report, A Winning Approach to Employee Success, produced by Harvard Business Review (HBR) Analytic Services.
  •   BUSINESS CREATIVITY DURING STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS - Humans are known for their ability to adapt. Will-power and mindset are powerful tools and, if used correctly, can make the most terrible situations tolerable or even enjoyable.
  •   HOW WE FEEL ABOUT RETURNING TO WORK - Whether you're ready or not, your employer may soon ask you to return to the office as the nation attempts to resume business amidst the Coronavirus pandemic.
  •   SMALL BUSINESS RECOVERY SPUTTERS - Amid growing concerns about a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the small business recovery sputtered in recent weeks, according to a new poll of small business owners.
  •   AMENITIES ARE STILL A PRIORITY, BUT THE FOCUS HAS SHIFTED - When it comes to workplace amenities, things have certainly come a long way over the years.
  •   SUSTAINABLE FURNITURE – IT'S STILL IMPORTANT - The conversation about sustainability hasn't been diminished by world events in 2020.
  •   WHAT WORKERS WANT: THE DOS AND DON'TS OF NON-SALARY NEGOTIATION - Whether it's for a new job or a potential upgrade on your current position, negotiating salary is rarely an enjoyable experience.
  •   DESKMAKERS RESPONDS TO COVID CRISIS WITH NEW COLLECTION - Designed by the DeskMakers Rapid Response Team, ReFit is comprised of three categories: Above Surface Solutions, Mobile Space Division and Adaptable Division.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - There are very few office products that put a smile on our face when we use them.

Business of Furniture - July 29, 2020 - 89 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: Bush Business Furniture: The Work from Home Experts™ - Bush Business Furniture can safely claim the title of the work-from-home experts. For nearly 20 years, the company has helped people work from home with products built to contract specifications, scaled properly for the home office and designed with a blend of functionality and style.
  •   NeoCon PPP: ERGOBOND Focuses on Movement with its Innovative Furniture - ERGOBOND was all set to show off its innovative products designed to help workers move at this year's NeoCon. The annual show was supposed to be a launchpad for the company's new brand, and then the virus hit, and the company's plans were put on hold.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: Okamura Introduces Drape - Drape is a new, privacy and acoustic solution by Okamura. It creates quiet, private work pods perfect for touchdown work or making phone calls.
  •   The Best Laptop Stand? An Overbed Hospital Table (and Other Unusual Office Products to Help You Work from Home) - This week, I want to chat a bit about a few products that make it much easier for me to work from my sofa or favorite recliner.
  •   Against All Odds - As the last line of defense in the furniture chain of custody, installation teams are trying to save the day while protecting their bottom line. How are they handling the pressure to perform despite a worldwide pandemic?
  •   New High-Performance Office Products Offer Solutions for Safer Workplaces - As a result of COVID-19, consumers and businesses alike are searching for solutions to help protect against the rapid spread of viruses. Below are 13 new, high-performance products that cater to the growing need for hygienic, protective and easy-to-clean solutions, especially in high-traffic areas like restaurants, hotels, offices, health care facilities and public bathrooms.
  •   HNI Posts Profit Workplace Segment Profit Despite 25% Dip in Sales - The Corporation delivered solid profits and increased second quarter operating cash flows by $20 million or 49% versus the prior year, despite pandemic related top-line pressures.
  •   Boston Business Journal Names Leominster's AIS Among the Most Charitable Companies in Massachusetts - The Business Journal annually publishes this list to showcase companies that promote and prioritize giving back to their communities.
  •   What types of jobs will experience a large permanent increase in remote working? - Interestingly, office and administrative jobs were rarely done primarily from home. Even in 2018, work-from-home rates in these occupations were well below those in professional office-related jobs.
  •   Stephen Says - "Guilty of Being Judgmental of your Co-workers Home on Zoom?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - MHA MacIntyre Hudson Offices – London
  •   FIRST LOOKS - 9to5 Seating, Hy-Lite, LightArt, Studio TK, BDI, Gunlocke, KFI Studios, Camria, Ultrafabrics, Stylex
  •   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 22, 2020 - 95 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: OE Electrics is Ready to Jolt Industry with Plug-and-Play Products - OE Electrics wants to make powering your office, airport, health care facility or school easy. If you can plug it into a wall at home, why not have the same simplicity in the office? It is a world OE Electrics is working toward.
  •   NeoCon PPP: Claridge Products Continues Evolution While Keeping its Roots Firmly Planted - Claridge Products was set to have its best NeoCon ever in 2020. It lined up a lot of cool new products to show, and it was ready to unveil its new state-of-the-art website, full of new features. And then the virus hit.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: Keilhauer Introduces Hatch an Elegant Soft Textile - The upholstery option features an embossed, cross hatch pattern. It complements the clean lines and forms that are a signature of Keilhauer and modern design.
  •   Since We're Working from Home, Why Not Work Outdoors? - A lot has been made of the importance of the home office recently and for good reason. Most of us are working from them. But there is nothing in the Home Office Rulebook that says you must work inside.
  •   Just 4% of Employees Want to Return To The Office Full Time, Down From 33% in April - The results are based on responses from more than 100 global enterprises representing every major industry.
  •   Residence Hall Design Trends to Change in Response to COVID-19 - Social spaces, such as floor lounges and studies, will be sized and organized to allow for social distancing with distinct stations at appropriate intervals.
  •   Pandemic and BLM Protests Negatively Impacting Corporate Workplace Culture, According to Newly Released Data - This is one of the number-one indicators of overall workplace health, and to see that drop is a red flag.
  •   4 Design Trends of a Post-COVID Workplace - To contextualize some of these uplifting actions, we sat down with leading experts from both the manufacturing and design communities to get a better understanding of what our world will look like as we begin to transition back to the office.
  •   During the Workweek, 69% of Employees Spend More Than an Hour in Meetings - Structured agendas can help keep people accountable. Before any meeting, employees and managers should figure out the true purpose of the meeting and the results they are targeting.
  •   Stephen Says - "Drive-Through Interviewing and Other Alternatives Take Root to Foster Meaningful Interviews" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Esprit Offices – Shanghai
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Artaic, Encore, Unika Vaev, BodyBilt, Raydoor, Fritz Hansen, Maharam, Artopex, Morbern, DARRAN, Landscape Forms
  •   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 15, 2020 - 65 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: Listening Leads to Success at Via Seating - Via Seating believes its key to success and creating long-term partnerships with its customers comes from being a solutions-driven company. Its seating products are not a commodity, and the company refuses to be pulled into the race for the bottom in the category.
  •   SPOTLIGHT: Allseating Launches the L1 Task Chair - L1 lives up to its namesake by providing the end user with back support and comfort for the entire day.
  •   Want to End the Race to the Bottom? Focus on Branding - The race to the bottom, if it actually IS going on, is a direct result of a general lack of branding and brand recognition in our industry.
  •   Returning to Work Comes with Challenges, But Also Opportunities - Employees might be facing issues with childcare availability, reduced public transportation services, the need to care for others, or increased risk due to health conditions, for instance.
  •   Networking the New Way: How Professional Relationships have Changed and How to Make them Work for You - When you research statistics about job searching, you find a whopping 85% of jobs are filled through networking.
  •   The Workplace Redefined; Preparing For The New Normal - The way you work is changing every day, and you're most likely still figuring out your perfect set up.
  •   Steelcase Recognized as One of the 50 Most Community-Minded Companies in the United States - Steelcase's social innovation efforts prioritize furthering inclusive and equitable quality education, reducing inequalities and creating sustainable communities and cities.
  •   Stephen Says - "I'm Over Used and Under Appreciated" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Networking the New Way: How Professional Relationships have Changed and How to Make them Work for You" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Sony DADC Offices – Mumbai
  •   FIRST LOOKS - BuzziSpace, Spacestor, Source International, Maharam, Pair, Unika Vaev, Gebrüder Thonet Vienna, Narbutas, Smith & Fong
  •   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 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

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 - 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

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

Workplaces Magazine - June, 2020

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING... MY HOME, POST FALLS, IDAHO - I have been working from home for a couple of years, so the COVID-19 pandemic has not changed much for me.
  •   DIGITAL TOOLS ARRIVE TO GET FRONTLINE EMPLOYEES BACK TO WORK SAFELY - Safety By Prospr allows employers to prep their employees for their post-COVID employer safety guidelines within the Prospr phone app before returning to work and at any time on demand ongoing.
  •   SURVEY REVEALS EMPLOYEE ATTITUDES ON REMOTE WORK AND THE FUTURE OF OFFICE SPACE - Many in America's workforce are wary about returning to a traditional workplace setting and hope recent changes, like working remotely, will become part of the new normal.
  •   THE CONTACTLESS OFFICE - COVID-19 will forever alter the way we think about disease transmission in the workplace.
  •   HOW WE USE THE OFFICE MAY CHANGE, THE WORKPLACE IS HERE TO STAY - The A+D community is looking for an immediate and logical response to help clients solve for the near term return to the office.
  •   THE WORKPLACE AS A SOCIAL ORGANISM - While working from home certainly has merits, the long view is that organizations prosper from the hard-won social capital of connections among people.
  •   FURNITURE INDUSTRY INSIGHTS FOR THE WORLD OF WORK POST COVID-19 - LOGICDATA leadership recently weighed in on how the global furniture industry will likely adapt to the seismic shift in working.
  •   EMBRACING A NEW REALITY. WORKPLACE STRATEGY INSIGHTS FOR COVID AND BEYOND - If you are like most Herman Miller customers, you're likely beginning to formulate plans for re-opening your physical workplaces.
  •   ADJUSTING OFFICE SPACES FOR A POST-PANDEMIC WORKPLACE - There is a greater need for wellness initiatives today, especially in light of new challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic.
  •   CHICAGO'S FULTON EAST IS NATION'S FIRST OFFICE BUILDING DESIGNED TO DELIVER HEALTH-FOCUSED OPERATING SOLUTIONS FOR POST-COVID-19 BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT - Fulton East will be the first multi-story office building to employ airPHX ("air fix") non-thermal, plasma technology throughout the entire building to help reduce cross-contamination risks and provide employees with cleaner air and work surfaces.
  •   IIDA'S COLLECTIVE D(ESIGN) SERIES FOCUSES ON ADAPTABILITY AND CHANGE IN THE WORKPLACE - As the design world navigates the new normal landscape of COVID-19, it has become more important than ever for communication and ideas surrounding best practices in keeping clients, employees and the vulnerable safe from an invisible predator.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - Products to keep you safe at work.

Business of Furniture - May 27, 2020

 
  •   Here's What it's Like in our Neck of the Woods - Whenever I speak to folks in the industry from around the country and across the globe, we always seem to have the same question for each other: How is it where you are?
  •   Why Soft Leadership Skills Will Rise to the Top During Times of Crisis - ThinkLab research indicated 60% of West Coast survey respondents' (comprised of both A&D and manufacturers/dealers) bid activity has slowed or stopped.
  •   Workplace Reimagined: COVID-19 to Reshape the Modern Office Experience - The wholesale move to remote working in response to the crisis has quickly changed habits, exposed weaknesses and opened new opportunities for the work environment.
  •   A Sign of Hope: Orgatec is On for October - To be sure, the 2020 version of Orgatec will be more lightly attended and with fewer exhibitors, according to organizers who held a virtual town hall meeting last week.
  •   Knoll, Herman Miller Cut Jobs to Cope with COVID Crisis - As part of a restructuring, Knoll expects to reduce its workforce by approximately 275 positions. Meanwhile, Herman Miller eliminated approximately 300 full-time positions throughout the company as of May 14.
  •   Industry Bulletin Board - Information during the Coronavirus outbreak is at a premium. Business of Furniture is dedicated to getting you the latest industry information.
  •   3form Creates Line of Desk Partitions - The translucent desk partition uses Varia, a durable, architectural-grade resin.
  •   Stephen Says - "Any Suggestions for My Designer Clients and Friends that have Recently Lost Their Jobs?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Stop Playing Small: Do You Have What it Takes to Make it Happen?" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Obscura Digital Offices – San Francisco
  •   FIRST LOOKS - HAT Contract and SiS Ergo, Boss, KFI Studios, Hightower
  •   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 - May 20, 2020

 
  •   COVID Crisis Causes Shift in Way We Talk about the Office - Offices across the country are preparing to reopen. How that will look remains to be seen, but offices will be less dense and workers more separate.
  •   Killing "The Way We've Always Done It" - With less face-to-face meetings, accessibility and ease of scheduling will become an X-factor.
  •   All Hands on Deck, USGBC Says Green Building Ratings Still Relevant - Under the new strategy, the USGBC will update current LEED strategies in LEED v4.1 that support indoor environmental quality, cleaning, occupant comfort, operations, better materials and risk management.
  •   AIS Launches Sew the Masks Campaign to Support First Responders and Others at High Risk from COVID-19 - AIS masks are already helping protect health care workers at UMass Medical Center and Brigham and Women's Hospital, as well as first responders around Massachusetts and others.
  •   Nearly Half of Employees Now Working from Home Want to Stay Remote, Study Finds - Clearly, employee work preferences still differ and working from home is not for everyone — either because employees simply cannot do their jobs remotely or would prefer not to.
  •   Industry Bulletin Board - Information during the Coronavirus outbreak is at a premium. Business of Furniture is dedicated to getting you the latest industry information.
  •   Knoll Announces June 2020 Free Virtual Knoll Design Days Lineup - "We're here to help organizations adjust to a new normal and give people confidence in their work environments."
  •   Humanscale Chief Sustainability Officer Jane Abernethy Recognized as Living Hero - The Living Future Institute developed the Hero award to acknowledge exceptional work of individuals who are going above and beyond in their approach to creating a Living Future.
  •   Stephen Says - "Help! My WFH Salespeople are Becoming Unfocused" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - The Max Barney Estate Offices – London
  •   FIRST LOOKS - 9to5 Seating, H Contract, R-Go, Bisley
  •   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 - May 13, 2020

 
  •   Office Design Post-COVID: Have We Gone Through a Weird Time Warp Back to the '80s? - Trying to conform to guidelines about office safety is like trying to hit a moving target.
  •   Be Certain, Things Will Change, but One Group Will be Loyal Through and Through - "From a transportation standpoint, you have to ensure driver safety coming in and out of facilities, that you're not spreading any diseases."
  •   Three Predictions on How Remote Work Will Shift the Product Specification Process - ThinkLab research suggests that specification takes between 20–39% of a designer's time.
  •   Industry Bulletin Board - Information during the Coronavirus outbreak is at a premium. Business of Furniture is dedicated to getting you the latest industry information.
  •   Architects Work with Manufacturers to Help People WFH Effectively - A huge amount of speculation in workplace architecture and design about the future of the office, return to work protocols and the new norm is occurring.
  •   Kimball Posts Strong Quarter, Despite Impact of Virus - "It is difficult to predict the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our customers, our suppliers and our business."
  •   DIRTT Releases Q1 2020 Financial Results - Revenues for the first quarter of 2020 were $41 million compared to $65.1 million reported in the first quarter of 2019.
  •   Could Copper Help Reopen Offices? - Many scientific studies are demonstrating copper kills bacteria, and De Castelli has set up an experiment to develop working methods that ensure this property is preserved.
  •   Stephen Says - "Don't Worry. College Grads Still Have Great Prospects." - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "We're All In This Together" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Milkman Offices – Verona
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Luxxbox, Falcon, Nowy Styl Group, JSI
  •   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 - May 6, 2020

 
  •   Industry Bulletin Board - Information during the Coronavirus outbreak is at a premium. Business of Furniture is dedicated to getting you the latest industry information.
  •   Allseating Stays the Course With Updated LEVO and a New Collection of Chairs for Remote Workers - Levo builds on the methodology of the award-winning, proprietary design of the You family, providing a more affordable ergonomic option that adapts to users movements.
  •   Question: How to Safely Return to Work? - Whether you are a manufacturer, dealer or designer, you are fielding calls from customers about how they can safely return to work.
  •   Designing for Overcapacity Presents Opportunities to Prepare for the Future - With a lack of beds at the forefront of the pandemic's impact on health care, CRTKL is exploring ideas like repositioning hotels from luxury to healing spaces designed to accommodate more infected patients at once.
  •   Economist Predicts 'Short, Sharp' Recession During BIFMA Virtual Presentation - Just what the long term effects on the office are remains to be seen.
  •   Measuring the Impact of COVID-19 on the Design Industry - Best case scenario for recovery is a "V" recovery (think sharp decline, quick bounce back), however, it's important for the design industry to remember our category lags, and especially in this case with phased "back-to-work" scenarios.
  •   Twilight Zone or the Jetsons: What Will Going Back to Work Really Look Like? - Never before have you been able to buy so many room dividers, desk partitions and iterations of acrylic space division. It seems that overnight, the industry has made two fairly seismic declarations.
  •   Herman Miller Sues Website but can't Find 'DOE 1' Behind It - Herman Miller and DWR contend that Interior Icons is engaged in a dramatic and brazen scheme to undermine Herman Miller's intellectual property rights and trade on the goodwill of Herman Miller.
  •   Best of British: Bisley and Deadgood Announce Exclusive Partnership in North America - In a move that celebrates the "Best of British," both Bisley and Deadgood fly the flag for the "designed in Britain, made in Britain" model.
  •   Stephen Says - "Is This a Bad Time To Change Jobs? Am I Crazy?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Krispy Kreme Offices – Charlotte
  •   FIRST LOOKS - HBF, Designtex, Focal Point
  •   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 - May, 2020

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: MY HOUSE, GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN - We are living in extraordinary times, I will tell you about where I'm working as I shelter-in-place at home. It is a nontraditional setup, even by home office standards.
  •   SURVEY FINDS WEAK HOME INTERNET PREVENTING PEOPLE FROM WORKING - Millions of us are now reliant on our home internet plans to work and study — plans which may not be able to support our changing needs.
  •   WORKING REMOTELY IS HERE TO STAY - With employees working virtually from remote locations around the country or around the world, getting team members on the same page is not nearly as easy as it used to be.
  •   WORK AFTER COVID-19: KEEPING YOUR CULTURE SAFE - At the onset of COVID-19 — and as the required work-from-home and social distancing guidelines went into effect — dialogue as to how companies were planning their successful return to the office escalated.
  •   DEEP CLEANING IS THE NEW CLEANING - There is a difference between the word "sanitize" and "disinfect." It's a common mistake to use these terms interchangeably, but there's a critical difference.
  •   HYGIENE BECOMING MORE IMPORTANT IN THE WORKPLACE, SURVEY SHOWS - If there is some good news in the age of coronavirus, research from the Healthy hand-washing Survey shows during the past 11 years an increasing number of Americans are heeding the message about washing their hands to protect themselves from flu outbreaks.
  •   WILL SOCIAL DISTANCING MAKE WAY FOR WORKPLACE DISTANCING? - With an eye on the health, safety and welfare of their teams, and the need for distancing in mind, many businesses are likely to rethink their real estate and workplace strategies.
  •   FOCUSING ON NEEDS FOR THE NEW OFFICE 'NORMAL' - Open floor plans have been the preferred layout for office spaces in recent years, but the global health crisis has caused companies to reconsider the way workstations and collaboration areas are organized.
  •   OFFICE LIFE AFTER CORONAVIRUS WILL BE DRIVEN BY PROPINQUITY, OUR NATURAL HUMAN TENDENCY TO DEVELOP TIGHT INTERPERSONAL BONDS - The world of work we will return to after the Novel Coronavirus will be distinctly different from the one we recently left behind.
  •   SEVEN UNEXPECTED WAYS TO MAKE YOUR ONLINE MEETING MORE ENGAGING - It's not easy to keep participants engaged in meetings, even when you're sitting across the table from them.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - This month we look at two products that help make working at home better and more productive.

Business of Furniture - April 29, 2020

 
  •   Industry Bulletin Board - Information during the Coronavirus outbreak is at a premium. Business of Furniture is dedicated to getting you the latest industry information.
  •   What I'm Hearing from the Industry - Employment is a cause for concern as the industry continues to implement layoffs, furloughs and pay cuts at a growing rate.
  •   What's the Future of Height Adjustable Tables? SiS Ergo, the Company Credited with the First-Ever Product, Has Some Answers - For the company that pioneered the first height-adjustable table 50 years ago, the future looks just as promising today as it did then.
  •   Bringing Elements of Home into the Workplace - Like it or not, says the folks at Coalesse, this is the time of the mandatory, if temporary, home office.
  •   As the Design Industry Faces the Pandemic, Learnings from Previous Recessions Still Apply - In terms of the physical work we do both now and in the future, adaptation and flexibility will be key.
  •   HNI Posts Loss in Latest Quarter as Virus Cuts into Finances - HNI Corp. announced sales for the first quarter ending March 28 of $468.7 million and a net loss of $23.9 million.
  •   Stephen Says - "The Boss is Paying, So I'm Praying: Working for a Privately Owned Company" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "High Performance Hacks" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - PhotoShelter Offices – New York City
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Zonez, MASHstudios
  •   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 - April 22, 2020

 
  •   Have Faith, the Industry will Emerge Stronger Than Ever - We can't control a virus, and it is frustrating. I always feel better when I'm active; doing something to improve myself. There are things I can control.
  •   Industry Bulletin Board - Information during the Coronavirus outbreak is at a premium. Business of Furniture is dedicated to getting you the latest industry information.
  •   FUNC Hits the Market with Fresh Products Because "Blah Is So Tiresome" - FUNC makes privacy screens, desking screens, space dividers, mobile marker surfaces, integrated lighting and other ancillary products — taking a simplistic, "almost Japanese approach."
  •   Byrne Creates 'Powerful Connections' to Help People Hospitalized, Loved Ones Stay Connected - The virtual visits, made possible through donated iPads and technical assistance from Byrne, have lifted the spirits of family members separated by illness during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  •   Industry Shifts to Support COVID-19 Efforts - The automotive and apparel industries aren't alone in these efforts. The contract furniture industry has rallied together to come up with innovative ways to contribute, keep their people at work and push us to be hopeful for a world beyond the virus.
  •   Innovative Office Products is 3D Printing PPEs - Through the use of one of its two 3D printers, the company is producing the headband component for face shields.
  •   Stephen Says - "Do Emoji's Have a Place in a Business Email?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "The Power of Conversations" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Zogenix Offices – Emeryville
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Welltek, 9to5, EKO, VIA Seating, Arcadia
  •   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 - April 15, 2020

 
  •   How VariDesk Became Vari: An Interview with CEO Jason McCann - Varidesk started working with experts that worked with other companies on transitioning their branding, including one which helped Federal Express go to FedEx.
  •   Loftwall Is Thriving on Incredible Ideas and American Grit - Loftwall provides privacy — specializing in space division with products like room dividers, counter shields and sound control panels.
  •   Industry Bulletin Board - Information during the Coronavirus outbreak is at a premium. Business of Furniture is dedicated to getting you the latest industry information.
  •   Whatever it Takes - As an industry, when facing the prospect of annihilation, the only adequate response is to do whatever it takes to prevent it.
  •   The Interiors Industry Leans on One Another to Connect Amidst C-19 Chaos - People in the interiors industry today seem to fall into two categories: Those who remember the downturn of 2008 and those who don't.
  •   Arper's Farewell to its Founder Luigi Feltrin - Feltrin founded Arper in Monastier di Treviso in 1989, together with his sons Claudio, Arper president, and Mauro.
  •   Stephen Says - "The 35th Annual Interior Design Hall of Fame Gala was Held in December 2019 at the River Pavilion, Javits Center NYC, and Now it is a COVID-19 Hospital. That is Surreal!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "April 2020: How Will This Month Define You?" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - SAP Offices – Istanbul
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Studio TK, OM, Concertex
  •   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 - April 8, 2020

 
  •   Industry Bulletin Board - Information during the Coronavirus outbreak is at a premium. Business of Furniture is dedicated to getting you the latest industry information.
  •   You Take Care of Sales, Design, Avanto Streamlines the Process - Avanto helps streamline your back office processes through accounting, order management and merchant processing.
  •   Two Ways to Keep You Connected - Bellow Press is not immune to the business upheaval. So, we have spent weeks trying to figure out a plan for how to help our readers and advertisers stay connected through this unprecedented time.
  •   Orgatec is On for October ... at Least for Now - Koelnmesse, which stages the fair, said it is keeping a close eye on developments as it presses ahead with preparations for ORGATEC 2020 in seven months.
  •   Utility Company Connects its Brand to New HQ Architecture - Corix chose a 22,000-square-foot space on the 36th floor in a downtown Chicago high-rise as its new headquarters and brought on Nelson Worldwide to complete the build out.
  •   Dauphin Takes up 100 Million Mask Challenge - Inspired by the 100 Million Mask Challenge, office furniture manufacturer Dauphin quickly pivoted to the production of face masks for health care facilities close to its Northern New Jersey factory.
  •   Stephen Says - "If You Own a Business: Apply for the Paycheck Protection Program. Here is how!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "5X Connection: Developing and Increasing Meaningful Connections in a Time of Crisis" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Publicis Sapient Offices – London
  •   FIRST LOOKS - 9to5 Seating, Encore, Arc-Com
  •   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 - April, 2020

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: MY COOL LOFT APARTMENT NEAR BOULDER, COLORADO - For the past five years working with Bellow Press, I have written hundreds of stories about workspace design. I realized that my home offices over the years, while functional, were poorly designed and lacked the essential fundamentals a workspace needs.
  •   REMOTE WORKING: REPORT SHOWS WORK IS CHANGING BEFORE OUR EYES (AND LIKELY WON'T CHANGE BACK) - In a tracking survey of global corporate real estate professionals at large corporations conducted by CoreNet Global, the amount of respondents who say they now support a corporate mandate for remote work has nearly doubled in two weeks to 97 percent from 56 percent two weeks ago.
  •   FOR MANY, THE HOME IS NOW THE OFFICE - For the first time, many are leaving offices to work from home, and it can be a jarring experience trying to balance work with home.
  •   WORKING FROM HOME - "Working from Home" has never been more prominent in our vocabulary. Whether you are directed, volunteered or simply chose a full- or part-time at home work environment, not everyone is fully prepared for working outside the more traditional work spaces.
  •   WHEN WORKING FROM HOME, PHYSICAL TRANSITION IS JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG - We began 2020 with the same unbridled optimism with which most new years start. Then our world was unexpectedly turned upside down by coronavirus. In a matter of weeks, we went from a thriving economy, and record low unemployment and vacancy rates in the U.S., to a world nearly shut down by a global pandemic.
  •   IN UNCERTAIN TIMES, EASE YOUR EMOTIONS AT WORK AND AT HOME - Living in Spain and being hundreds of miles away from my family has made it harder, especially after they imposed the national lockdown.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - A review of some products that help make working at home a bit easier and more productive.
  •   INSIGHTS FROM 140+ REMOTE TEAMS AND COMPANIES ON HOW TO INTEGRATE, MANAGE AND COMMUNICATE REMOTELY - To help contain the spread of COVID-19, remote work has been advised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and companies worldwide across all industries and sizes have implemented working from home as a temporary workplace policy.

Business of Furniture - April 1, 2020

 
  •   Building a Dream — Gebesa Sets Sights on Growing Its US Market - The company specialized in kitchen cabinets at first, eventually adding more products and finishes to its offerings.
  •   COVID-19 Industry Bulletin Board - New on page 8 - Business of Furniture is dedicated to getting you the latest industry information.
  •   The Brandywine Experience - The Brandywine Experience (Bex) is a co-working and meeting space created exclusively for tenants within Brandywine Realty Trust's office buildings.
  •   Remote Work Tips for the A&D Industry - As an industry that thrives on creative inspiration and human interaction, we've been forced almost overnight to transition to a near-complete remote existence.
  •   "So the Company and its Employees can Come Through This Crisis Together" - A certain sense of helplessness comes from being quarantined.
  •   Steelcase Combats COVID-19 Global Pandemic; Commits to Supply Critical Medical PPE Equipment Needs - Steelcase Friday reported it has already started and continues to manufacture and deploy critical equipment supplies for healthcare providers on the frontlines of the battle against the COVID-19 global pandemic.
  •   Note from CIFF: The Show is Rescheduled for Late July - Salone del Mobile.Milano Now Cancelled; Event to Take Place Next April
  •   Stephen Says - "The Perfect On Line Job Interview (and How to Have Better Internet Meetings for Anything)" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Global Asset Management Company – Amsterdam
  •   FIRST LOOKS - 3form, Luna, SurfaceWorks, Source, Concertex
  •   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 - March 25, 2020

 
  •   NeoCon 2020 Cancelled - For the first time in 52 years, there will be no NeoCon.
  •   Our Commitment to You: Providing the Most Useful and Up-to-Date Information - A lot is going on, and things are changing quickly.
  •   The Viscusi Group Now TVG Recruiters - The company's tag — "excellence in search" — remains. It is there to emphasize TVG's ongoing commitment to what it says will never change — a brand ethos which has been built on trust, credibility and industry knowledge.
  •   Career Builder Catches Up With Its Culture in New HQ - Career Builder's previous setup was compartmentalized over three floors, and the employees rarely interacted with each other.
  •   Kimball Announces Next Chapter of David Edward Brand - Kimball has announced the next chapter of David Edward, introducing a refreshed brand identity and product structure within the Kimball family.
  •   Corporate Real Estate Professionals Report Continuing Increase in Revised Workplace Strategies Based on Coronavirus - 78% of end users surveyed think expanded use of virtual meetings (e.g., versus face-to-face meetings) will last beyond the current crisis.
  •   Herman Miller 'Focused...On What We Could Control' in Latest Quarter - The company delivered adjusted earnings per share that exceeded the expectations that were established at the start of the quarter.
  •   Stephen Says - "What Is Going To Happen To My Job After the COVID-19 Pandemic?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Lead with Gratitude" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Artjail Offices – Toronto
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Encore, Global, Source International
  •   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 - March 18, 2020

 
  •   Breaking News: NeoCon 2020 Postponed - Due to the escalating Coronavirus outbreak and the need for social distancing, theMART, along with key industry stakeholders, have made the decision to postpone NeoCon 2020.
  •   Coronavirus Won't Crush Industry Optimism - In the short term, our industry — along with the world — is going to feel a lot of pain. Bellow Press, the publishers of this publication and "Workplaces" magazine, is working on a plan to help with alternative marketing opportunities now that NeoCon is postponed.
  •   TÜV Rheinland Furniture Test Lab Opens in West Michigan - The new testing facility comes at an important time for the industry.
  •   ROOM with A View - A Sustainable Solution Provider of Soundproofing Booths Aims to Solve Modern Workplace Challenges The concept of how ROOM came about was rooted in the personal experiences.
  •   The Future of Hackability Is Here: 5 Tips to Keep You Ahead of the Game - Flexible work is the top of every employee's bucket list as the lines between work and play continue to blur.
  •   The HON Company and Unika Vaev Announce Partnership Agreement - HON and its nationwide network of trade partners will market and sell some of Unika Vaev's decorative acoustic products.
  •   Versteel Debuts its Elly Chair - The Elly line features an integrated family of seats and small tables that can be configured in countless ways.
  •   Stephen Says - "More LinkedIn Advice To Create to Best Profile in the World" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "How to Become Recognized as a Leader in Your Company" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Zovio Headquarters – Chandler
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Bisley + Vetrospace, Muzo, BrighterBooth
  •   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 - March 11, 2020

 
  •   NeoCon, High Point Market are a Go, but Mart Watching Spread of Coronavirus Carefully - The office furniture industry is bracing for the economic effects of the coronavirus on the North American economy.
  •   Teknion Weighs in on Neurodiversity, Taking its Cues From the Classroom - Teknion has taken neurodiversity into consideration by expanding its product portfolio to cater to a variety of workspace environments.
  •   Office Design Trends for 2020 & beyond - from Coalesse - With the large generational gap in today's workforce, it is important for offices to be designed for a multi-generational workforce, and diverse spaces support a diverse workforce.
  •   AIS Unveils Renovated and Expanded Headquarters Showroom - The 6,000-square-foot space within AIS's headquarters features the latest AIS products in a vibrant working environment surrounded by windows that overlook a forest.
  •   Haworth Sales Reach $2.25 Billion in 2019; Up 5% Over Last Year - "Haworth experienced a good year of profitable growth across our commercial interiors and lifestyle design businesses," said Franco Bianchi.
  •   New Trendway opens Los Angeles Showroom - Utilizing Trendway's full architectural wall line, the space is delineated into hospitality, private and open office zones.
  •   Spacestor Expands Global Presence with NY Flagship Designed by Gensler - The company tapped Gensler to design an inviting and versatile space for the brand.
  •   Stephen Says - "My Cool Company Was Bought By One of the Big Guys: Now What?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   From Where I Sit - "The Office 2030 – A Few Things We Will Rarely See" - by Michael A. Dunlap
  •   PLACES - Lacoste Offices – Hong Kong
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Camira and Sonneman
  •   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 - March 4, 2020

 
  •   Compartment | A Launches Sustainable, Industrial-Inspired Furniture Brand - Compartment | A, founded by furniture entrepreneur John Keogh and designer Kurt Loubaton, has launched with industrial-inspired furniture and fixtures that emphasize sustainability in office, home and hospitality.
  •   Using Design to Express the Humanistic Elements of a Brand - As younger generations enter the workforce, expectations of the workplace have changed, including assumptions about remote work and the belief the workplace should be more than a place to do the physical job.
  •   A Letter from China: The Coronavirus and How it is (and Could) Affect the Office Furniture Industry - CIFF, the world's largest office furniture fair, is postponed until further notice.
  •   VARIDESK Undergoes Major Rebrand - The company that was formerly known worldwide as VariDesk announced it is now Vari – a workspace innovation company.
  •   Herman Miller and Logitech G Join Forces to Create High-Performance Furniture for Gamers - Herman Miller Heads into a new product and marketing lane where contract hasn't gone before.
  •   Costin Named CEO of Bisley - Bisley has strengthened its executive board team with the appointment of Richard Costin, its former commercial director, to the position of CEO following the departure of John Atkin in February.
  •   Stephen Says - "What Is the Best Time of Day to Ask My Boss for a Raise?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "3 Keys to being a Great Leader" - by Sid Meadows, founder and principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Full Node Coworking Offices – Berlin
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Bisley and LEVEL 4 DESIGNS
  •   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, 2020

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: Engine Shed, Station Approach, Temple Meads, Bristol, U.K. - Engine Shed is one of the most dynamic coworking centers we've ever set foot in. It is buzzing with activity and creativity rarely found in coworking locations nowadays. It acts in precisely the way a coworking facility should — by serendipitously connecting people, leading to potential business growth and expansion.
  •   30% OF MEETINGS NEVER HAPPEN, AND IT'S COSTING BUSINESS BIG - New research by Norwegian meetings tech provider Synergy SKY reveals regularly missed meetings are costing employers huge sums of cash globally due to the sheer number of meeting rooms being booked by workers that no one turns up to use.
  •   GENSLER CHICAGO OFFICE SPARKS SOME OF WORLD'S MOST CREATIVE PROJECTS - The global design firm creates many workplaces for its customers around the world, which locally include the revamp of the Willis Tower and Old Chicago Post Office, to name just a couple.
  •   "THE GUYS MISSED OUT" — DESIGN PROFESSIONALS WEIGH IN ON GENDER EQUALITY - Women in the design industry are continuing to rise in rank and not just for the sake of improving statistics or one-upping the men, but because they are pushing themselves to be better, more confident and heard.
  •   HOME IS WHERE THE WORK IS: THE BLURRING OF THE WORKPLACE AND THE HOUSEHOLD - The purposeful melding of the household and the office, if employed correctly, enables us to enjoy the rewards of both.
  •   FIVE AMENITIES THAT WILL IMPRESS TENANTS - Commercial building amenities in the 21st century are wildly different than the sundry shop and a shoeshine stand of yesteryear.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - Poked, prodded and tested products for you and your workplace.
  •   FIVE ESSENTIALS FOR THE PERFECT WORKSTATION - For decades, office furniture was designed to be stationary and people were required to adjust their physical positions around the tools in their workstation. Ergonomists now know it's important for people to be able to move freely throughout the day to be healthy, comfortable and focused.
  •   NEARLY A QUARTER OF EMPLOYED AMERICANS SAY THEIR ORGANIZATION HAS ENOUGH TALENT, BUT IT DOESN'T ENABLE THEM TO DO THEIR JOB AS WELL AS THEY'D LIKE - College grads are more likely to feel their organization has the most talented people in the industry than those with some college.

Business of Furniture - February 26, 2020

 
  •   Special-T, the Fastest Growing Table Manufacturer in US, Rebuilds the Lives of Recovering Alcoholics and Addicts - For those trying to get clean and sober, past addiction to drugs or alcohol can prevent them from finding steady, meaningful work.
  •   Herman Miller Joins WELL Portfolio Program, the First Furniture Manufacturer on the List - We spend about 90% of our lives indoors, so our building management practices have a really big impact on people in our society.
  •   Surface Design Show 2020 Inspired with the Best in Surface Innovations - The 2020 edition of the Surface Design Show at London's Business Design Centre Feb. 11-13 featured its biggest showing ever of surface material and architectural lighting designs.
  •   Registration Now Open for NeoCon and Four Keynote Speakers Announced - Registration is open for NeoCon 2020. The show will celebrate its 52nd edition June 8-10 with the latest ideas, products and experiences in the furniture industry.
  •   Haworth Inn and Conference Center Undergoing Complete Renovation - Hope College's Haworth Inn and Conference Center near downtown Holland, is undergoing a complete renovation that will debut in a few months.
  •   Knoll Posts Record Year-end Results that Fall Short of Wall Street Expectations - Full year growth was driven by both Office and Lifestyle segments.
  •   HNI Corporation Reports Strong Profitability for 2019 - Office furniture net sales decreased $8.9 million or 0.5% from the prior year to $1.697 billion.
  •   Stephen Says - "Love Me or Hate Me, You're Gonna Need Me" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Booking.com Offices – New York City
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Clear Design, ESI, Kirei, Tayco, Louis Poulsen, Designtex, Pallas and Arcadia
  •   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 - February 19, 2020

 
  •   Students Need Flexibility and Ownership at School, which Begins With Furniture - Flexibility, comfort, posture support and fidgeting features are considered essential elements to be included in student furniture design for the updated classroom.
  •   Innovative Office Products Acquires SiS Ergo - Founded and headquartered in Denmark, SiS Ergo is a manufacturing pioneer of height-adjustable tables.
  •   Reps Learn Nook is More than a Typical Pod at UK Event - A group of top independent reps gathered in the U.K. last week to learn about Nook. Nook was designed by company founder David O'Coimin to create an oasis of calm in the din of the open office, classroom or other space where a bit of privacy is needed, but not the complete isolation found in other products.
  •   Industry Inspiration: An Assessment of Disruption in the Residential Real Estate Industry - Across the residential industry, real estate brokerage firms are looking for creative ways to continue to capture market share.
  •   Over 550 Dismissed in Wayfair Layoffs - Recently, the eCommerce retailer has entered the contract furnishings arena, offering an assortment of furniture from the likes of Turnstone and Steelcase along with several no-name Chinese sourced products.
  •   Stephen Says - "Stuck in the Sales Rep Rut: How Do I Get to be a Sales Manager?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Suhrkamp Verlag Offices – Berlin
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Room & Board, Workrite, Unika Vaev, Dekko, Davis, Hightower, Scandinavian Spaces
  •   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 - February 12, 2020

 
  •   INDEAL Holds Supplier Council in NOLA - INDEAL is the largest purchasing organization of its kind in North America and the only one focused exclusively on the needs of the aligned contract dealer.
  •   IMM Cologne: A Review - While outdoor furniture may typically be thought of as purely practical, launches in Cologne proved style and comfort could be factored in too.
  •   Plumen x Batchworks Lampshades Debut, Highlighting Sustainability - London-based design companies Batchworks and Plumen have partnered on a collection of five 3-D printed lampshades using plastic recycled from water bottles and other sources of plastic pollution.
  •   Designing for Icons: EQ Office Owns and Manages Some of the Most Renowned Buildings in the World - Today, the workplace is focused on the humans who use the space and the generation of ideas, which is a seismic shift.
  •   New Bill Proposed in New York is For the Birds, Really - Associate the word safety with a big city and one might be concerned about their own safety or human safety in general, but do you ever think about bird safety?
  •   Kimball Sales Decline on Brand Realignment - All verticals reported orders growth in the quarter with hospitality leading at 31%. The growth within the hospitality vertical was attributed to the robust Las Vegas market.
  •   USM Joins the Billionaire Boys Club - USM has been chosen to create the structure and provide furniture to display The Billionaires Boys Club (BBC) designs at a pop-up shop in the newly opened Galeries Lafayette in Paris.
  •   Stephen Says - "The Outside Sales Rep I Hired Has Turned Into a Glorified Messenger Service" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Creating Massive Momentum: Three Simple Actions You can Take to Make 2020 Your Best Year Yet" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Fontworks Offices – Tokyo
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Bendheim, Luum, Frövi, Bisley, Workrite, BDI, ErgoGenesis, Humanscale, DeskMakers 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 - February 5, 2020

 
  •   Organizers Postpone CIFF Guangzhou Over Coronavirus Outbreak - China International Furniture Fair (CIFF), the largest office furniture show in the world, is being postponed by organizers as the country continues to deal with the spread of the coronavirus.
  •   Do the Math: Wyatt is Confident its Seating Products Add Up - If you are an office furniture dealer, Wyatt Seating wants you to do a little math. Compare its seating with its competitors, figure out your margin and add in a little cost savings for your customers.
  •   The Perfect Workplace for Every Type of Worker - Francis Cauffman Architects (FCA) recently designed the new Liberty Property Trust headquarters, an office geared to fit a variety of workstyles.
  •   Maximizing the Impact of Design in an Ecosystem of Shrinking Leases - Since 2015, the volume of commercial real estate transactions has been on a steady decline. Metrics suggest that, other than the pre–real estate bubble burst of 2006, 2015 marked the peak of commercial transactional spend.
  •   LightCorp Acquires California Design Brand Most Modest - LightCorp's acquisition of Most Modest provides a major growth opportunity to cross over from the contract office environment into residential and direct-to-consumer markets with lighting and technology solutions.
  •   West Coast's Largest Interior Solutions Firm Brings a Focus on Workplace as a Driver of Culture and Performance - One Workplace has relaunched the company as One Workplace Sacramento.
  •   Landscape Forms Honored with Two IDA Awards - Landscape Forms' Generation 50 and Upfit received top honors at this year's International Design Awards Awards Competition.
  •   Stephen Says - "Do Your Employees Have EQ?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Home Base International Offices – Shanghai
  •   FIRST LOOKS - MergeWorks, Kimball, Okamura
  •   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 - February, 2020

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: RITZ-CARLTON ORLANDO GRANDE LAKES - Is it possible for a workplace to be less-than-stellar when staying at a place as nice as the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando, Florida, and when the weather is miserable at home? Indeed it is. Chalk it up to another stay at a hotel that does little to help the business traveler.
  •   OFFICE ETIQUETTE SURVEY: BAD LANGUAGE, PETS, POLITICAL DÉCOR REMAIN BIGGEST OFFENSES - New research from global staffing firm Accountemps reveals some do's and don'ts for today's workplace. Staff shouldn't feel like they're walking on eggshells at work, but it's important to be respectful of others and ensure your actions don't cause a distraction or compromise your professional reputation.
  •   WORKPLACES COME ALIVE WITH SAGEGREENLIFE - Sagegreenlife is making it easy for offices and public spaces to go green by using technology that takes the guesswork out of watering and lighting. Sagegreenlife is making it easy for offices and public spaces to go green by using technology that takes the guesswork out of watering and lighting. The Chicago company's products aren't just designed to pretty up an office either.
  •   THE RISE OF MAKERSPACES - Makerspaces are unique because they foster skills in a diverse array of disciplines. They cater to everyone from casual hobbyists and weekend warriors to retired trades workers and budding entrepreneurs. Education is also a cornerstone, with everything from robotics classes for school kids to adult lessons on leatherworking.
  •   MANPOWERGROUP ON THE MOVE: PRESIDENT BECKY FRANKIEWICZ TALKS WORKPLACE EVOLUTION AND THE ART OF RETAINING TALENT - With a career touching on all aspects of leading several top-level companies, including PepsiCo/Quaker, Deloitte and Andersen Consulting, Becky Frankiewicz has seen the workplace change in a myriad of ways.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - Poked, prodded and tested products for you.

Business of Furniture - January 29, 2020

 
  •   Industry Leaders Examine Every Direction at BIFMA 360° Conference - The three-day leadership conference revolves around the speakers that each present for about an hour, followed by a question-and-answer session.
  •   KI Contributes to New School Building for Homeless Children - KI often works on projects that involve sensitive situations, such as children's hospitals or the Salvation Army, so it seemed a natural fit to get involved with the Positive Tomorrows project.
  •   Tom Reardon, the Industry 'Standard,' Reflects on Two Decades as BIFMA Executive Director Reardon is retiring from his full-time position as executive director. - For more than two decades, Reardon has been the steady rudder at BIFMA, the not-for-profit trade association for business and institutional furniture manufacturers.
  •   No Phone Zone — The Offline Chair Provides a Quiet Space Without Screen Time - The key amenity to the chair — in addition to its soft seat cushion and cozy upholstery — is a special pocket for mobile phones that blocks mobile and Wi-Fi signals.
  •   Configura Expands into Japan with Launch of Kokuyo's CET Designer Extension - Kokuyo will call its CET Designer Extension "GRIP" — Graphically Integrated Platform.
  •   Stephen Says - "Furniture Folk Are Good Folk!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - JCJ Architecture Offices – Hartford
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Kimball and Global
  •   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 - January 22, 2020

 
  •   Industry to Organize Around City of Hope in Major Charitable Push - The office products industry started small, raising about $50,000. Last year, the industry raised $15.5 million for City of Hope and the target for 2020 is $17.5 million.
  •   Framery Debuts a New Pod Relevant for the Future - The O VCR is a one-person booth featuring video call technology without the technology. Instead, the O VCR offers space in the booth for a 24-inch screen of the customer’s choice.
  •   How the Application of Neuroscience in Design Can Separate Us from Artificial Intelligence - Why do some spaces appeal to our senses better than others?
  •   Knoll Mothballs Grand Rapids Plant, 210 Jobs Affected - Under the restructuring plan, most of the Grand Rapids manufacturing operations are expected to be closed by the end of the second quarter of 2020.
  •   Novacap Portfolio Company Bestar Acquires Bush Industries - The two companies have more than 130 years of combined history in the RTA furniture industry and consolidated sales of approximately $200 million.
  •   Innovative Office Products Acquires CompuCaddy, Opens Up Healthcare Market - CompuCaddy is a manufacturer of medical computer carts, medical cart workstations and other complementary products for medical and health care facilities.
  •   Teknion Experience Centre Opens in Heart of Dubai Design District - The Teknion Experience Centre officially opened in the heart of the d3 Dubai Design District during the recent Dubai Design Week.
  •   Stephen Says - "Why is the Search to find the President of our Company Taking so Long?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   From Where I Sit - "A Gender Revolution in Jasper, Indiana" - by Michael A. Dunlap
  •   PLACES - Flight Centre Offices – Toronto
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Ferco Seating and 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 - January 15, 2020

 
  •   Innovakote Creating 'Full Circle' Powder Coat Recycling Process - A new company, Innovakote, is cleaning, sorting and preparing industry waste for a new life. It is trying to close the loop on a major problem for the office furniture industry and others who use powder coating.
  •   Trend Marketing Announces Passing of Founder and Principal, Fred Goff - Fred was more than the boss or industry rep, he was a friend and mentor to those on his team and to those he worked with.
  •   There Are New Giant TV Screens on The Market — Make Some Room For Massive Marketing Technology - Colossal-sized screens might be the next big thing.
  •   The Future is Bright with LED Lighting Possibilities - Diode light is more efficient powerwise than incandescent, halogen and compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs. LED lights are not filament bulbs, but little semiconductors.
  •   BuzziSpace Opens New Showroom at Design Post Cologne - BuzziSpace, the global brand behind acoustic lighting and furniture solutions for healthy workspaces, opened its Cologne, Germany, showroom at Design Post during IMM 2020.
  •   Stephen Says - "Please Stop Forwarding Me Articles You Read Online, I Already Saw Them" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "The Importance of Reading: Every Book Gives You the Opportunity to Learn and Grow" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Urban Spaces Coworking Offices – Stuttgart
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Ghent and 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 - January 8, 2020

 
  •   Steelcase Superdealer One Workplace Acquires OpenSquare - For One Workplace, the deal is another example of how it continues to evolve and transition the business. Last year, the company's sales were $500 million, a figure that dwarfs most office furniture manufacturers. It also accounts for nearly 14% of Steelcase's sales. And now it's even bigger.
  •   HAT Contract: The Future Is Certain, According To Its Latest Research - HAT Contract recently introduced "The Office of 2025, Six Trends Driving the Future of Office Design," a white paper on the future of office spaces.
  •   Experts Explain How User-Centric Design Will Play Out in 2020 - Expanding beyond meditation, many companies are making their definition of wellness more inclusive.
  •   Perkins&Will Transforms Former Austin Bar into HQ for Disruptive eCommerce Retailer Spreetail - Spanning three levels, the Spreetail office features bold and branded design highlights complemented by state-of-the-art amenities.
  •   Inscape's RockIt Bench Honored with GOOD DESIGN Award - The light scale bench is designed to utilize natural materials to create diverse environments, including resimercial, industrial chic and mid-century modern.
  •   Stephen Says - "I Sell My Furniture Through Independent Reps and I'm Worried About the Future" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Workplace Tech - "Technology's Role in Making Space Relevant" - by Steven Lang, President & CEO of dancker
  •   PLACES - Dimension Data Offices – Johannesburg
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Landscape Forms, Mohawk, Wolf-Gordon, Workrite and Mannington
  •   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 - January 1, 2020

 
  •   EDITS Promises to Sell Modern Design Direct for Less - Though the furniture industry has been slow to adapt to the internet model, it appears as if the digital age is rapidly taking shape in this industry.
  •   It Starts With Furniture — TPG Designer Weighs In On The Timing Of Project Elements - As more flexibility is needed in the workspace, it's less about needing the perfect space and more about creating an agile space that can be reconfigured at any point to accommodate growth and change.
  •   Ware Malcomb Announces Construction Complete on Sam Clar Corporate Office and Showroom - Construction began in 2018 on the renovation of the company's 18,922-square-foot facility, which was severely damaged in a warehouse fire on Thanksgiving Day in 2015.
  •   Steelcase Q3 Earnings and Revenues Top Estimates - Revenue increased 6% in the third quarter compared to the prior year, reflecting strong growth in the Americas and the Other category. The growth in the Americas benefited from favorable timing of shipments compared to recent trends.
  •   Herman Miller Reports Decrease in New Orders for Latest Quarter - New orders in the second quarter of $674.9 million were 4.2% below the prior year level, causing Herman Miller shares to dive.
  •   Stephen Says - "You're Cursing At Work? Are you F&@#$ng Kidding Me?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - RigUp Offices – Austin
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Landscape Forms, KFI Studios, Wilkhahn, Maharam 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 - December 18 & 25, 2019

 
  •   INDEAL U Learning Platform Celebrates Major Milestone - INDEAL University, which offers a curriculum of learning modules for dealers, marked its first year in November.
  •   LogicData Holds Open House at New Grand Rapids HQ - The company's success brought with it growing pains — like getting too big for its Grand Rapids office, the hub of its North American operations.
  •   Coronado DC Designs Its New Headquarters - Known for its specialization in selecting, designing, procuring, ordering and installing furniture in commercial spaces, Coronado DC focuses mainly on government contracts.
  •   Service West Is Turning 40 and Ramping Up for Its Next Level - Founder and CEO Mark Vignoles said it's not necessarily a rebrand as it is an effort to enhance a brand that already exists with the company principles of H.E.A.R.T. — humility, execution, accountability, respect and trust.
  •   Simplify the Client Experience Through Furniture Price-Per-Square-Foot - CBRE Furniture Advisory Services has been quoting in cost-per-square-foot terms for furniture from the start.
  •   Herman Miller Appoints Debbie Propst as New President of Retail - Propst joined Herman Miller from Bed, Bath & Beyond, where she served most recently as president of One Kings Lane.
  •   Stephen Says - "Another Regional Manager Quit in NYC...Again!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "'I'm a Great Multitasker': Debunking the Myth that You Can Effectively do More Than One Thing at a Time" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Slack Headquarters – San Francisco
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from National Office, Coalesse, H Contract, Versteel and Wolf-Gordon
  •   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 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

Workplaces Magazine - December, 2019 / January, 2020

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: STAN'S DONUTS & COFFEE, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - Doughnuts and coffee are the fuel that keep the workplace humming. When a box of doughnuts arrives in the office, all the well-meaning healthy workplace mandates go out the window.
  •   FLEXIBLE WORKSPACES AND COWORKING COULD CONTRIBUTE OVER $127 BILLION TO LOCAL ECONOMIES IN THE US IN THE NEXT DECADE - The increasing migration of flexible office space and coworking locations to areas outside of major metropolitan cities globally is creating a flex economy that could contribute more than $127 billion to U.S. local communities in the next decade.
  •   39% OF COWORKING EMPLOYEES WORK AT WEWORK, LOCAL SPACES MAY GROW AS WEWORK DRAMA CONTINUE - WeWork is the most popular coworking space, but smaller, local coworking spaces are catching up, according to a new survey from Clutch, the leading B2B ratings and reviews platform.
  •   FERRARA CANDY MAKES SWEET MOVE INTO CHICAGO'S OLD POST OFFICE - For Ferrara Candy, the new office is a stark departure from the 60,000-square-foot former headquarters in suburban Oakbrook Terrace.
  •   WALLS THAT WOW - Branded interiors are more than splashing your company colors everywhere.
  •   HOW LIGHTING ALTERS OUR MOOD IN THE WORKPLACE - The inconspicuous nature of lighting and its advantageous nature in modern society is oftentimes taken for granted.
  •   THE RIVETER SUMMIT: WOMEN BUILD THE FUTURE BY REDEFINING THE WORKPLACE - The one-and-a-half day event focused on women building the future with programming that featured sessions on key workplace topics.
  •   TECH SECTOR STILL SEEING LOW NUMBERS OF WOMEN AND OFFICE DESIGN PLAYS A FACTOR - Workspace and work style issues are key factors in supporting gender equity, but there is little data or guidance on how to implement such designs.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - Poked, prodded and tested products for you.
  •   STUDY SHOWS MALE ALLIES CAN COMBAT SEXISM — OR CONTRIBUTE TO IT IN WORKPLACE - Male allies can play a powerful role in combating chauvinistic behavior toward women but they can also unintentionally contribute to sexism, according to a new study.
  •   WHEN GRIEF GETS IN THE WAY AT WORK - Organizations are implementing measures to improve employee engagement and create a positive work culture.

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

Workplaces Magazine - November, 2019

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: MERCY HEALTH ST. MARY'S HOSPITAL ORTHOPEDIC FLOOR, GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN - Business travel takes me to many far-flung places, but rarely has it left me with a more frustrating and frightening "souvenir" than it did after a recent trip to China.
  •   FLEXJOBS SURVEY FINDS WANTING TO TRAVEL A SURPRISINGLY POPULAR MOTIVATOR FOR WHY MILLENNIALS WORK - According to a July 2019 FlexJobs survey, which included more than 1,600 millennials, travel is a surprisingly popular motivator for why millennials work.
  •   SMART FURNITURE – THE FUTURE IS HERE - Internet-connected furnishings tackle two common challenges in the workplace: employee productivity and well-being.
  •   WANT TO IMPROVE YOUR WORKPLACE? CREATE PLACES WHERE WORKERS CAN CONNECT FACE-TO-FACE - Gensler's recent research shows connecting face-to-face builds good relationships, speeds the flow of ideas, raises awareness between departments and bolsters information sharing.
  •   TEKNION'S HUB ALLOWS CLIENTS TO TEST DIFFERENT SETTINGS - The open office has led to many debates — and numerous studies which point out the strengths and weaknesses of it.
  •   GETTING COMFORTABLE -- COMPANIES COMBINE FORCES TO BRING NEXT GENERATION INTELLIGENCE INTO THE WORKPLACE - Comfy is a user-facing software platform that delivers enterprise-grade analytics on space utilization and building operations.
  •   VOCON COMPLETES DESIGN OF DROGA5'S NEW YORK HEADQUARTERS - Vocon has completed the design of three floors for Droga5, a New York City-based advertising agency.
  •   TO PROVE IT WORKS, ARCHITECT STUDIO MA BUILDS SUPER-GREEN HQ IN PHOENIX - "We believe in social equity, regenerative bioclimatic design and an ethos of architecture for everyone."
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - Poked, prodded and tested products for you.
  •   NEW GLOBAL WORKPLACE STUDY - Today's technology allows for space to be used more flexibly and for employees to work remotely.
  •   6 GUIDELINES FOR CREATING REAL CULTURE CHANGE - For many organizations, a cultural transformation is what they need to make the leap from good to great.
  •   HOW WOMEN CAN HELP CLOSE THE GENDER PAY GAP IN THEIR RESPECTIVE FIELDS - Even though women in professional fields make up the majority of the workforce, men occupy most of the leadership positions.

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

Workplaces Magazine - October, 2019

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: PUBLICUS LAS VEGAS - Las Vegas is known for gambling, shows and the night life. It also is known for huge and elaborate casinos with convention centers that bring in countless business travelers to attend shows and conventions.
  •   PRODUCTIVITY LOWERED BY BAD BEHAVIOR AT WORK, STUDY FINDS - The study, which surveyed adults ages 18 and over who are employed full or part time, examined how many workplace do's and don'ts are not always followed and how this affects workers' attitudes, their connectivity with colleagues and their work environment.
  •   CIFF SHANGHAI AND THE EAST DESIGN SHOW ASK THE QUESTION, DO WE STILL NEED A NEW CHAIR? - It has been said that a designer must design a chair in his or her lifetime.
  •   SPACESMITH COMPLETES HEADQUARTERS FOR GLOBAL FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGY LEADER, MARKETAXESS, AT HUDSON YARDS - Reflecting the innovation and stature of MarketAxess, an international financial technology company, the 83,000-square-foot workplace in Manhattan supports a major rebranding for Spacesmith as it creates new, high performance workplaces designed for open communication, collaborative interaction and a launch pad for new product development.
  •   NEW REPORT FROM THE U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL SHOWS THAT CLIMATE ACTION REQUIRES PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST - The research suggests the simplest way to connect with others on the importance of the environment is to frame the conversation around people and the health, safety and well-being of their friends and families.
  •   ARTAIC TAKES OVER THE MOSAIC ART MARKET WITH BREAKTHROUGH ROBOTIC TECHNOLOGY - While travelling in Europe, Ted Acworth was charmed by ancient mosaic art he saw at museums and archaeological sites.
  •   PEACEFUL LIGHTING IMPROVES PATIENT OUTCOMES - New and old hospitals alike face the conundrum of providing equal access to light, observes David Navarrete, director of research initiatives for the manufacturer Sky Factory.
  •   SAMUELSON FURNITURE INTRODUCES FORWARD-THINKING HOSPITALITY PIECES - "We are focusing on fresh designs."
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - Poked, prodded and tested products for you.

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

Workplaces Magazine - September, 2019

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN, LONDON - Getting work done on the road isn't easy, especially in an extremely busy London train station. On a recent business trip between London and Amsterdam, I needed to work while waiting for my Eurostar train. Sometimes you have to grab work time when and where you can. In this instance, it was Le Pain Quotidien, a bakery-restaurant group founded in Brussels in 1990 that has grown worldwide.
  •   JUST PROGRAM MEASURES SOCIAL EQUITY - Corporate social responsibility has always been a slippery term. It looks great on a mission statement, but companies often lack a way to measure the impact of this belief. Enter JUST, a disclosure tool offered by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). The voluntary transparency program helps businesses disclose and optimize policies that improve social equity and enhance employee engagement.
  •   A NEW COWORKING SPACE IN MINNEAPOLIS IS PROVIDING A SAFE AND INSPIRING ENVIRONMENT FOR WOMEN, NON-BINARY AND TRANS PEOPLE - When people walk into The Coven, whether it's for the first time or every morning when they come to work, they finally feel like they can be themselves. "Whether you're dressed to the nines, you're in your workout clothes, you're experimenting with your personality, this is a safe and welcoming space," said Erinn Farrell, chief creative officer at The Coven. "We welcome all versions of yourselves."
  •   PRIVACY UNDONE: MY REVOLT AGAINST THE 'OPEN OFFICE ENLIGHTENMENT' - The open office project was doomed from the start, beginning with the misguided assumptions being made about the generic office worker.
  •   HAPPINESS IS IN THE HUDDLE — EXPERTS WEIGH IN ON WHAT PRIVACY MEANS IN THE OFFICE THESE DAYS - Is there a privacy crisis in the office? Not necessarily, according to some experts. And is privacy even the right word? Maybe not. "Just like the phrase open layout, and its variations, it's an old term," said Samu Hällfors, cofounder of Framery in Finland. "It doesn't necessarily encompass exactly what we mean all the time. Same with work privacy — yes, we need spaces to speak in private, but it's more about the need to concentrate or the need for personal space. So, privacy is sort of a narrow term."
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - Poked, prodded and tested products for you.

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

Workplaces Magazine - August, 2019

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: DINER BETWEEN THE DAMS, CROTON, MICHIGAN - We used to talk about working vacations if that was somehow an anomaly; the rare occasion when we took a few days off and brought our laptops with us to work. Today, working vacations are the norm.
  •   WORKPLACE LIFE - A survey from CareerBuilder, a pioneer in talent acquisition media, technology and services, shows employees are split on how they feel about their current job.
  •   THE NEXT LEVEL OF EXECUTIVE OFFICES - Picture a stereotypical corner office. Especially in the movies, executive offices come in two flavors — traditional with wood paneling and dark leather or ultra-modern with chrome and glass. Both are always in a skyscraper with a million-dollar city view.
  •   HOW COWORKING CRACKED THE INDIAN MARKET - It began when Umang Sood decided he needed a nice place to work. As an investment banker, he'd been to some of the most dismal workplaces in India, where efficiency took precedence over employee well-being.
  •   CAPITAL ONE WORKPLACE SURVEY RESULTS - Work is hard and takes a toll on employees. That's why Capital One's Work Environment Survey shows that 87 percent of employees agree it's important that employers create spaces and programs to support mental health & wellbeing.
  •   COLOR TRENDS HAVE A COMPLEX LIFECYCLE AND THEIR ORIGIN MIGHT SURPRISE YOU - Color plays a huge role in the workplace. It influences our moods, our inspiration and our productivity.
  •   MUSIC AND THE WORKPLACE: HOW MUZAK, HEADPHONES AND NEUROSCIENTISTS AFFECT HOW YOU WORK - Despite Muzak Holding's convictions, Muzak lost its market momentum in the 1980s, and the unscientific methodology of its research was heavily criticized.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - Poked, prodded and tested products for you.
  •   THE LINK HOTEL & HUB CATERS TO MODERN BUSINESS TRAVELLER; REDEFINES THE FUTURE OF HOSPITALITY - The LINK Hotel caters to the future of hospitality with the introduction of self-service technology and a dedicated hub offering coworking spaces, a kitchen, a bar and entertainment.

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

Workplaces Magazine - July, 2019

 
  •   MORE PEOPLE ARE WORKING REMOTELY, AND IT'S TRANSFORMING OFFICE DESIGN - Working remotely is the new normal — and the increasing numbers of employees who work from home are, paradoxically, changing the nature of office design.
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: HOLIDAY INN PARIS - NOTRE DAME IN THE LATIN QUARTER - I have been to France a few times for business, but never for pleasure. Although I have flown through Charles de Gaulle Airport on the way to somewhere else, I have never been able to spend any time visiting the City of Light. If you ever find yourself in Paris, or if you are close enough to jump on a train and spend a day or two there, do it and stay at the Holiday Inn at Notre Dame. You may just get a little work done while taking in the sights.
  •   CBRE PLANTS DEEP ROOTS IN THE CORE, ITS NEW AMSTERDAM HUB - Plants are everywhere, more than 900 of them throughout the space to give the open building a natural feel and to make the work-life connection for the staff, which is mostly young (the average age of a CBRE Amsterdam employee is 32 years old). The Core is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification for its sustainability efforts. Insights from CBRE's Healthy Offices research, which was conducted in collaboration with the University of Twente, were applied to create a healthy working environment.
  •   HIT THE ROOF - Need more space for employees but don't have room to expand? Head to the roof. Working outdoors allows employees to refresh and recharge without having to go offsite. But adding a relaxing patio or picnic area isn't always feasible, especially if your property is in a dense urban area or historic downtown. The only option is to go up. Here's a look at how some companies are transforming their roofs into an al fresco workspace.
  •   DESIGNING IN COMPLICATED TIMES: LIZ OGBU CALLS ON DESIGNERS TO CONSIDER CIVIC PROJECTS - A designer, urbanist, and social innovator, Ogbu is an expert on sustainable design and spatial innovation in challenged urban environments globally. She is founder and principal of Studio O, in San Francisco — a multidisciplinary innovation practice that uses the power of design to catalyze sustained social impact.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - Poked, prodded and tested products for you.
  •   CIFF SHANGHAI BRINGS RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL DESIGN TOGETHER - CIFF happens twice a year with the fall edition combining both commercial and residential in one massive show. As we have seen in recent years, and as was evident at the latest NeoCon, the lines between the office and home furnishings are continuing to blur. Combining both of these markets in one show helps us see what is offered and how these markets can work together.

Business of Furniture - June 26, 2019

 
  •   Steelcase and Anker Join Forces to Bring Mobile Power to the Workplace - Flex Mobile Power, the vision of the future from Steelcase, brings mobility to power so teams can work anywhere.
  •   Lectra Lays Out the Future of Cutting Rooms - Earlier this month furniture upholstery experts from around the world came to France to see the latest in cutting room solutions from Lectra. Some of the largest changes and challenges facing the upholstery market and the furniture market as a whole are the shifts to a want-it-now mindset.
  •   Trendway Makes Buying from them a 'Snap' - At a recent meeting of the company's leadership team when the Express program was being discussed, the conversation led to Trendway's latest idea to improve Snap, the customer experience and dealer program.
  •   Steelcase Reports Stronger First Quarter Sales, Profits, but Misses Wall Street Targets - Steelcase sales increased 9 percent in the first quarter compared to the prior year, or 6 percent on an organic basis, reflecting growth across all segments.
  •   CIFF Shanghai Sets Stage for Blend of Residential, Office - CIFF Shanghai combines both office and residential furniture in a massive show with more than 1,500 exhibitors.
  •   Stephen Says - "My Kid Just Graduated From College. What's Next? Where is that First Job and What Will it Pay?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Increase Your Productivity" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   Industry Thinking - "Is The Swivel Office Chair an Endangered Species?" - by Mike Dunlap
  •   PLACES - Hayball Studio – Sydney
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Coalesse, MergeWorks and HBF
  •   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 19, 2019

 
  •   NeoCon Highlighted Different Strategies, New Ideas - A definite move toward simplicity was seen at NeoCon this year. Products that are easy to use, self adjust and forgo the usual design frippery were everywhere.
  •   What We Liked (and a Few Things We didn't) at NeoCon 2019 - Steelcase sure knows how to think about every little detail before launching a product. The company's Flex system is a good example.
  •   Ligne Roset Hosts a Design Dialogue with IIDA, HOK Leadership - Julia Monk and Tom Polucci, two HOK senior principals, discussed industry challenges and global design insights with an audience of more than 85 architects and designers.
  •   BIFMA Launches Conformance Program; Provides Year in Review at Annual Breakfast - The industry learned more details about a new conformance program to help specifiers separate true commercial furnishing from the imposters at the BIFMA annual meeting.
  •   NeoConfused? You Are Not Alone - Over the past few years, the rise in ancillary furniture forced new thinking, ranging from wildly different product offerings to new business and distribution models.
  •   Moving Beyond the Foundation of Furniture, NeoCon Showcases New Ideas and Products to Cover and Accessorize Commercial Furnishings and Design - Designtex previewed a selection of textiles from its new line, The Bauhaus Project.
  •   Industry Loses Rising Star: Shannon Bloch 1993-2019 - Dr. Shannon Bloch, who died far too early on June 4, was a columnist for this publication and wrote a wonderful collection of articles about how to help us keep healthy at work.
  •   Stephen Says - "Should a Dealer Sales Manager be Selling Accounts? No!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Eddyfi Offices – Quebec City
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Inscape, OM, KI and FLOS
  •   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 12, 2019

 
  •   NeoCon Starts Strong, Despite Herman Miller's Decision to Leave theMART - Herman Miller is leaving theMART after 51 years as an anchor and about 80 years total in the building. The company is leaving for 1100 W. Fulton St. in Chicago's Fulton Market neighborhood, a year after Knoll did the same.
  •   Maars Headquarters, Factory is Out of This World - Since entering the North American market a few short years ago, Maars has made a name for itself by creating demountable walls of the highest quality and design.
  •   Bureau Enters Contract Furniture Category With Millennial-Focused Offering - Run by three millennials from varied real estate backgrounds, Bureau was developed to simplify the process of furnishing offices for small occupiers, from specification, to delivery and setup, to haul away.
  •   HLW's Los Angeles Studio Honored at SoCal IIDA Calibre Design Awards - HLW, has been honored with a 2019 Calibre Design Award by the International Interior Design Association Southern California Chapter (IIDA SoCal) for its work for Procore Technologies.
  •   Steelcase Announces New Relationship with Moooi in North America - Steelcase will offer designs from Moooi and Moooi Carpets to customers throughout North America.
  •   BIFMA to Launch Branded Conformance Program in 2020 - "This conformance program has been developed to respond to a market need for more clarity."
  •   Wilkhahn and Teknion to Collaborate on Seating - Wilkhahn will be able to target the ranges at more customers on the North American continent. Teknion also will be able to use them to strengthen its portfolio.
  •   Stephen Says - "NeoCon Is Almost Over: Fire Them, You Know You Want To" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - AstraZeneca Offices – Macclesfield
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Allseating, Inscape, HON, Dekko, LINAK, KI, LOGICDATA, HPFi and KnollTextiles
  •   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 - NeoCon Special 2019

 
  •   COME BELLOW WITH US - Meet with the team behind The Business of Furniture and Workplaces Magazine. NeoCon 2019 - Seventh Floor; Booth: 7-5111
  •   FLOOR PLANS - Find your way around NeoCon this year.
  •   THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST PRODUCTS DEBUTING DURING NEOCON - The editors of The Business of Furniture have looked high and low to bring you what we believe are the biggest introductions being presented this year at NeoCon.
  •   WELCOME TO NEOCON 2019 - The commercial interiors industry is a friendly fraternity and no where is that more clear than at NeoCon. Yes, we come to Chicago each year for new products, new ideas and new business, but we also come for the friendships we have cultivated over the years. If you agree with my premise, than you can't help but like NeoCon.
    If you don't like NeoCon, you're simply not doing it right.
    I get it. It is a lot of work. We are away from our families, our friends and our routines. We are living and working out of hotel rooms. We are eating food we don't normally eat and speaking with a lot more people than we normally interact with. It can be tiring.
    But NeoCon is our industry's chance to shine. It is the one show where we explain to the world why this industry matters. For many of you readers, Chicago is also the place where your ideas are presented to the world. You are giving rise to creativity and innovation. Let me be the first to thank you. Without you, there would be no NeoCon.
    Thanks to fine folks at theMART as well. The team of 14 people that work to fill the showrooms and temporary floor for NeoCon do a stellar job to help this industry shine. They often get the blame when elevator lines are long, but rarely get the praise they deserve for putting on a truly world-class event for 55,000 visitors.
  •   BELLOW PRESS WISHES YOU SAFE TRAVELS TO CHICAGO - We'll see you at the show - VISIT US - 7th Floor, Booth 5111

Business of Furniture - June 5, 2019

 
  •   Herman Miller Group Presents All Together Now - At NeoCon 2019, Herman Miller will present All Together Now, an exhibition exploring the expanding design possibilities of Herman Miller Group's global family of brands.
  •   Ready or Not, NeoCon is Next Week - There's going to be a lot for you to see. Try to look for innovation and ask specifically for it. Challenge manufacturers who tell you they have innovative new products. Business of Furniture will be at the show in force, covering every aspect of it for you, from keynotes to trends to new products.
  •   CBRE Furniture Forum Sparks Launch of Two Industry Disruptors - Nearly two years ago commercial real estate company CBRE embarked on a yearlong journey to uncomplicate the process behind furniture buying. The question was simple: What can we do better?
  •   PeopleSpace Might be Model for Dealer of the Future - PeopleSpace began changing the model by placing the customer experience at the center of its new operations. It also implemented a technology-based process and dedicated project teams to streamline and integrate short- and long-term planning, design and purchasing.
  •   BoF's Saturday NeoCon Preview Special - Look for it on Saturday, June 8, as we preview all of the new products and solutions you'll see at NeoCon this year!
  •   Stephen Says - "Stephen, Can You Clarify 'Glassdoor'?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Balyasny Asset Management Offices – Chicago
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Alea, Acoufelt and Kirei
  •   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 4, 2019 - CIFF Special Edition

 
  •   THE 44TH CHINA INTERNATIONAL FURNITURE FAIR SHANGHAI - September 8-11, 2019 - Young, and with a strong desire to grow, able to provide large spaces: the National Exhibition & Convention Centre in Hongqiao is the world's largest exhibition complex. The opportunities provided by the availability of this enormous space has made it possible to host all the sectors for the furnishing industry and develop unique events which every year enchants visitors wishing to discover the potential of the quality Chinese product, the value of emerging designers and the new market trends. With the theme of "A Paradigm for Global Living", the next edition of CIFF Shanghai will attract over 1,500 exhibitors and more than 140,000 professional operators are expected from more than 200 countries and regions.
  •   WELCOME TO CHINA INTERNATIONAL FURNITURE FAIR! - Founded in 1998, CIFF (Guangzhou/Shanghai) has been successfully held for 43 sessions and creates the world's most preferred one-stop trading platform for product launch, domestic sales and export trade in the furnishing industry.
  •   CHINA IS DEFINITELY A CRUCIAL MARKET - China is increasingly more open to trade and to collaboration agreements, particularly with Europe and the United States. An unusual market, certainly complex, but fascinating and unique, where companies grow very quickly and where consumer taste and choices increase at the same rate as consumer purchasing power. Today more than ever before, CIFF and its exhibitors are ready for a new phase, no longer marked simply by price, but by factors related to the service.
  •   BETTER LIFE BETTER WORK - Better Life Better Work is not a slogan or a mantra, but rather a leitmotiv affirmed and pursued by CIFF. In effect, people, and people alone, are in the spotlight. People formed by needs, people who must be stimulated, but who are capable of great and fabulous things. This explains the attentiveness in terms of choosing decor that is high-performance and beautiful, but that can also furnish and allow people to live well. Quality furniture incorporating high-level ergonomics and comfort, together with colors and finishing details, and that therefore infuses life with style.

Workplaces Magazine - June, 2019

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: PASSENGER SEAT, 2019 MINI COOPER COUNTRYMAN - There's working "while" on the road and then there is working "on" the road — literally working while you are a passenger in a car. I found myself in that situation recently after attending a funeral in Port Huron, Michigan, a city about three hours from my home in Grand Rapids.
  •   STUDY SHOWS CULTURE MATTERS AT WORK - Speakap's latest study, "The Culture Factor: Improving Employee Loyalty & Relationships," found nearly 60 percent of the employees it surveyed would take a job at another company in exchange for a better company culture. The objective of the study was to understand elements impacting perception of culture within organizations, how companies communicate culture and change, and the impacts on employee satisfaction and retention.
  •   NOURISH EMPLOYEE INTERACTION WITH SNACK STATIONS - Looking for new ways to encourage your employees to mingle? Food-based amenities that go beyond free coffee and vending machines may be the answer. The resimercial trend of adding homey touches around the office is also placing new emphasis on kitchens and break rooms. You don't have to provide full catering to satisfy your workforce — a dedicated snack station can boost employee morale and spark new connections.
  •   HLW CREATES 'THE WORKSHOP' AS ITS LONDON HUB - Global architecture, interiors and design firm HLW has built a different kind of workshop in the heart of London that holds onto the historical vision of a space where work, collaboration and "tools" are used, but without all the grease and grime. Its London hub, The Workshop at Lonsdale Square between Angel and Islington, is a marvel of adaptive space reuse and a hive of energy and creativity.
  •   PRODUCT INTRODUCTIONS FOR NEOCON 2019 - A first look at some of the major new products that will be introduced during NeoCon 2019 in Chicago this month. When you hear the word "NeoCon," it might not mean anything to you other than a shortened version of "neoconservative." But to those in the office interiors industry, it has a whole different meaning. It is the industry's major event, held in Chicago each June at the Merchandise Mart, and it is a place where many new products that will change the way you work are introduced.
  •   THE COMMERCIAL DESIGN INDUSTRY IS CHANGING. WHY CAN'T THE STAFFING PROCESS TOO? - Job posting is an outdated process. The resume needs improving. Interviews must be more efficient. Whether you're searching for a job or recruiting talent, the process is changing at every level. Traditional strategies are evolving with technology, and brand building — among job seekers and employers — is more important than ever. These insights are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to staffing these days, according to Bryan Lake, associate partner with Sales Consultants of Grand Rapids in West Michigan.

Business of Furniture - May 29, 2019

 
  •   NeoCon Extends Outdoors: Unveils Experiential Outdoor Environment, The NeoCon Plaza - Designed by Gensler Chicago and brought to life in collaboration with Forward Fruit Branded Environments.
  •   Versati Debuts as Best Portable Bars' Newest Product - The bars are ideal for any place that hosts big or small events and need the aesthetics of a fresh, sleek, professional looking bar.
  •   ASID + DIFFA Join Forces on Design Impacts Life Fund - The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has donated $375,000 to Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) to create the new Design Impacts Life Fund.
  •   Are Cubicles Coming Back? Design Trends from CDW in London - Privacy continues to be addressed by furniture makers around the world, and the onslaught of pods continues, some with smartly designed twists.
  •   ASID Releases 1st Quarter Interior Design Billings Index Report - The six month outlook shows stronger business conditions are expected. Survey results showed interior design firms ended the first quarter on a level not seen in the previous 12 months.
  •   Stephen Says - "Is NeoCon A Trade Show for New Product? Or Has It Turned Into a Job Fair For My Sales People?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Alternative technology client, Silicon Valley, California
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from BDI, Morbern and Creoworks
  •   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 - May 22, 2019

 
  •   ICFF, NYCxDesign Take Over the Most Important Furniture Market in the World - The show hosts 900 exhibitors from across the globe who showcase the newest frontier of "what's best and what's next for luxury interior design."
  •   BoF Exclusive: An Interview with Herman Miller President and CEO Andi Owen - Owen spent most of her first nine months meeting with employees and customers around the world. She became a student of the industry, immersing herself in research. She also resettled her family in Grand Rapids.
  •   Friend or Foe? Why the Future of Design Depends on Strengthened Relationships Between Designers and Dealers - The sheer number of manufacturers each dealer works with is growing.
  •   MADA / OFI Trends Survey for April 2019 - Across-the-board declines occurred in all 10 index values of the furniture industry measured by the April 2019 Quarterly MADA/OFI Trends Survey conducted by Michael A. Dunlap & Associates, LLC.
  •   Lockers Should Not Be An Afterthought: How One Company's Attention to Detail is Dominating the Industry - Travis Hollman has become an expert in transforming what's basically a box into a meaningful object people sometimes pay $10,000 or more for.
  •   Clerkenwell Opens - While few outside London knew Clerkenwell in its early years, it has grown to one of the most interesting events in Europe, with increasingly more visitors and exhibitors coming from North America.
  •   Steelcase's Dabbs Tells GVSU World Trade Conference that Design Thinking Can Transform a Company - Dabbs was the keynote speaker at the conference, which was held in partnership with the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
  •   Stephen Says - "Trade Show Etiquette 101 for Reps and Execs" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "The One Thing You Can Count On" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Patreon Offices – San Francisco
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from HON, Luum Textiles, Quinette Gallay and Crossville
  •   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 - May 15, 2019

 
  •   5th Element Design Founded by Former KI Exec - Shawn Green has worked for some of the largest office furniture makers in marketing and design since 1991, most recently as vice president of design and product marketing for KI. Along the way he's learned a few things about what makes the industry tick. He also has learned what products sell.
  •   NeoCon Launch Planned for Hightower's New Showroom - Hightower has expanded its North American showrooms by 3,500 square feet at Chicago's theMART. An official opening is planned for June 10-12 during NeoCon.
  •   NeoCon News - Indiana Furniture has entered a new strategic partnership with Edge Design, a UK-based company.
  •   Munson Business Interiors Ushers in New Generation, From Mother to Daughter - MBI is primarily a Kimball dealer with about 30 employees and sits around $12 million. Munson is preparing to retire, ushering in her daughter Elly Faulkner to take over.
  •   ICFF, NYCxDesign Starts Next Week in the Big Apple - As contract has turned decidedly residential in recent years, ICFF has more than doubled in the past three editions and become more international in composition.
  •   DIRTT Announces First Quarter 2019 Results - 6.9 percent first quarter revenue growth was largely driven by increased penetration into the healthcare market.
  •   Meadows Workflow, a Project Management Solution Designed Specifically for Contract Furniture Dealerships - With Meadows Workflow, projects stay on track, documentation is enhanced, margins are improved, and client expectations are exceeded.
  •   Stephen Says - "First Impressions are Important: But What Criteria Should I Use to Judge?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   From the Editor - Important Content Returning to Business of Furniture
  •   PLACES - Gensler Offices – San Francisco
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from ergoCentric, Wilkhahn, Springboard, Arcadia, NanaWall, G&S Acoustics and Designtex
  •   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 - May 8, 2019

 
  •   AIS Donates Nearly $700,000 in Furniture to Make-A-Wish - AIS hopes that having a newly furnished office space will enhance the organization's mission to provide life-changing wishes to children with critical illnesses.
  •   Technology and Information without Context is Nearly Useless - Teknion is not only working on the technology of today, but also gathering knowledge about the technology of tomorrow.
  •   Krenke Named KI CEO; Resch Remains as Executive Chairman and Chairmain of the Board - Krenke will take over for Dick Resch, who has served as KI CEO since 1983 and is a 55-year veteran of the company. Krenke joined KI in 1991 as a sales engineer and has held various senior leadership roles at the company, including serving as the company's president since 2010.
  •   Pre-NeoCon Walkthrough: Expect Expanded Show and More of "The Mart Shuffle" - If you expect NeoCon to experience a post-50th anniversary hangover, think again. The building is going through the annual "Merchandise Mart Shuffle" as old showrooms change hands, existing showrooms are expanded and nearly all of them are getting spruced up.
  •   Muzo's New Stash Line is Music to Students' Ears - Music inspires Muzo's team members. They take the emotion and passion from music and put it into their designs and the relationships they build with customers.
  •   Kimball Reports 3rd Quarter 2019 Results - Orders received during the quarter increased 16 percent from the prior year, including a 2 percent contribution from our David Edward acquisition in 2018.
  •   Stephen Says - "How Do I Hire the Best People for the New "Resimercial" Market?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "We All Have a Story" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   Workplace Wellness - "Migraines Affecting Your Productivity at Work? You're Not Alone" - by Shannon Bloch
  •   PLACES - Shaw Create Centre Offices – Cartersville
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Boss Design, Dekko, Encore, OFGO and Narbutas
  •   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 - May, 2019

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: SPENDID HOTEL & SPA, HOAN KIEM DISTRICT, HANOI, VIETNAM - My computer was open in the small breakfast room of the Splendid Hotel & Spa in Hanoi, Vietnam, but I was distracted by the warm breeze coming through the open window and the views of Hoàn Kiem Lake in the heart of the city.
  •   NEW RESEARCH SHOWS THAT FLEXIBLE WORKING IS NOW A TOP CONSIDERATION IN THE WAR FOR TALENT - Research conducted by IWG, a flexible workspace provider, shows 80 percent of workers in the U.S. would choose a job offering flexible working over a job that didn't offer it, and 30 percent of people value being able to choose their work location over an increase in vacation time.
  •   STAYING ACTIVE IN THE WORKPLACE: A LOOK AT HOW IT HAPPENS - Staying active in the workplace depends a lot on the workplace itself. If you happen to be an NBA referee, for example, staying active probably isn’t that difficult. Activity depends a lot on the job you do and the “office” you work in, no matter how non-traditional.
  •   THE THREE COMPONENTS OF SUCCESSFULLY USING HUMOR IN THE WORKPLACE - Fifty-two percent of Americans are unsatisfied with their jobs and more than three-quarters say they would relocate if it meant better vibes at work. What most people don’t realize is using humor in workplace is an individual choice you make every single day. You are responsible for your own job satisfaction. And if you choose humor, you will be more productive, less stressed and happier.
  •   REIMAGINE YOUR LOBBY - Lobby design goes beyond specific furniture or lighting. It is the cumulative effect conveyed by finishes, colors, branded elements and even art. First impression and last impression — lobbies are the gatekeeper of your company image.
  •   A WHIMSICAL AND HEALTHY RENOVATION AT SIGHTBOX HEADQUARTERS - A design with a more holistic integrated approach, with the end-user experience in mind, was what inspired her to move her career into designing healthy and sustainable facilities.
  •   SHAW CREATE CENTRE SETS NEW STANDARD FOR WORKPLACE DESIGN - With a focus on current and future employees, plus clients and industry partners, the Create Centre boasts a concept strategically designed with productivity and well-being in mind.
  •   DEALING WITH ANGER IN THE WORKPLACE - We've all had bad days in the workplace. After all, we're only human. Whether it's frustration on a project with fellow team members, a client or career advancement, feelings of anger can emerge. How each employee and management handles these emotions is critical to every individual's and organization's long-term success.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - Poked, prodded and tested products for you.
  •   CIFF CONTINUES TO INCREASE IN SIZE AND RELEVANCE - In the contract furniture industry a few shows stand out in scope and importance. Each requires the industry to take notice, each fits in its own niche, and each is important for the industry, albeit for different reasons. Manufacturers such as Merryfair, UE Chairs, USENA and Sunon are only a few of the manufacturers showing at CIFF who produce comfortable, high quality, originally designed and affordable task chairs. These chairs would be welcomed into any office around the globe. (By the way, Merryfair is showing at NeoCon this year).

Business of Furniture - May 1, 2019

 
  •   Teknion Talks Technology - Companies have dabbled in creating tech forward products, but most tend to be agnostic toward computers, screens and apps, arguing it doesn't make sense to try to keep up with the breakneck pace of change.
  •   Pair Finds Balance Among the Extremes in the Complex World of Design - The company is a venture of premier Steelcase dealer One Workplace, and offers designers flexible and unique alternatives to standard office furnishings.
  •   ROOM Releases New Edition of Flagship Office Phone Booth - Among the product's new features is a motion sensor that automatically turns on and off the LED light and ventilation fans when someone enters or exits the booth.
  •   Gibson Celebrates Opening of New Big Apple Showroom - Gibson Interior Products raised the bar for reps last week in New York with the opening of its impressive 11,500-square-foot showroom in the NoMad neighborhood, named for being North of Madison Square Garden.
  •   Interface Reports First Quarter 2019 Results - First quarter net sales were $298 million, up 24 percent versus $241 million in the prior year period. Organic sales were up 2 percent year-over-year.
  •   Knoll Reports Strong Start to 2019 - Net sales for the Office segment were $202.2 million during the first quarter of 2019, an increase of $17.1 million, or 9.2 percent compared to the first quarter of 2018.
  •   Meadows Workflow, a Project Management Solution Designed Specifically for Contract Furniture Dealerships - With Meadows Workflow, projects stay on track, documentation is enhanced, margins are improved, and client expectations are exceeded.
  •   Stephen Says - "What's the Deal with Co-Presidents?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   The Biz - "Let's Make a Deal" - by Kevin Budelmann, President of Peopledesign
  •   PLACES - Narrative Science Offices – Chicago
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Arcadia, Audience Systems and Claridge
  •   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 - April 24, 2019

 
  •   INDEAL Holds Champion Conference in San Antonio - INDEAL began as a purchasing organization that added value to both non-aligned and aligned office furniture dealers and suppliers in the office furniture industry. It has grown and morphed into the industry's premier, de facto dealer organization.
  •   Steelcase Roam, Flex Designed to let Workers Hack Space - Steelcase and Microsoft revealed their new products last week at the Steelcase WorkLife Center in New York City.
  •   Blackburn Furniture Moves Forward with New Generation Ownership and Forward Thinking Design - Located in Bellingham, Washington, Blackburn started out in 1945 as a typewriter and office machine store.
  •   Vitra Introduces New Chair by Antonio Citterio - Grand Relax is a luxurious reclining lounge chair from Vitra combining outstanding comfort with compact dimensions and a classic understated aesthetic.
  •   Salone Shines Spotlight on Innovative International Design - The 386,236 attendees over the six days from 181 different countries made for a 12 percent increase over the 2017 edition, which also featured Euroluce and Workplace3.0.
  •   HNI Corporation Reports Sales Fell 5.1 Percent in First Quarter Fiscal Year 2019 - First quarter office furniture net sales decreased $27.4 million or 7.2 percent from the prior year quarter to $353.5 million.
  •   Environments for Aging Expo & Conference Held in Salt Lake City - The Environments for Aging Expo & Conference offered the latest strategies and ideas for creating functional and attractive living environments for an aging population.
  •   Stephen Says - "Boss and Mentor Fired: Do I Follow Her to New Job?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "What Do You Sell?" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Bespokify Offices – Da Nang
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Global 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 - April 17, 2019

 
  •   Pack Up the Lat File, Pick Up a Pouf: Lessons from Salone that Apply to Our Industry - Salone isn't a single show held at the Rho fairgrounds, though that remains a big part of the design week in Milan. It also includes Fuorisalone, the "other" fair taking place throughout the city at the same time.
  •   Tangram Studio to Become Independent Entity Named Studio Other, as Nationwide Growth Continues - Since 1996, Studio Other has built a reputation as a premier creator of innovative custom furnishings for a wide range of commercial interiors.
  •   Cynthia Milota Joins Ware Malcomb and is Focusing on Moments that Matter - Milota, who is based out of Ware Malcomb's Oak Brook, Illinois, office, said face-to-face experiences are in high demand, even for an increasingly mobile workforce.
  •   From Toys to Task Chairs, Humanscale's David Wong Sees Similarities - David Wong, who spent 18 years at toy maker Fisher-Price, believes both industries need products where safety comes first, robust engineering is important and building in design features is critical.
  •   Design Holdings Makes Salone del Mobile Debut with Huge Stand - Last week Design Holding, the new furniture and lighting group made up of B&B Italia, Flos and Louis Poulsen, marked its first show at Salone del Mobile by presenting the biggest stand the Milan fair has seen in decades.
  •   Stephen Says - "Political Blues: Partisan Views Make Coworkers See Red" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Workplace Wellness - "Why Your Office Job Can Literally be a Pain in Your Back" - by Shannon Bloch
  •   PLACES - Hinshaw & Culbertson Offices – Chicago
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Ultrafabrics, ICF and Artaic
  •   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 - April 10, 2019

 
  •   AIS Announces Sales Reach $200 Million in 2018 - The company in 2018 also added nearly 20 people to the sales department, including new vice presidents, territory managers and sales team members who work across North America.
  •   INDEAL Launches Expansive Training Program: INDEAL U - The spark for INDEAL U came a couple years ago when founders Dave Gatherum and Dave Bloch started to have a dialog with dealers in the network.
  •   KEM STUDIO and MASHstudios Debut New Furniture for Focus - What is it that really distracts people at work in an open environment? Is it the noise? The awkward close proximity to coworkers? The lack of privacy?
  •   Knoll Ready With its Own Not NeoCon - The new Chicago showroom will host "Knoll Design Days," June 10-12, the same time, but not the same place as NeoCon.
  •   Bene Achieved Major Growth in Sales and Earnings in 2018 - In a very competitive global environment, the Bene Group prevailed in the past financial year in numerous international deals and could increase its sales to 151.4 million euros.
  •   Are You Ready for the Cloud? - This year 2020 has deployed the 2020 Content Downloader, a solution that allows customers to acquire all available manufacturers in a single download.
  •   Meadows Workflow, a Project Management Solution Designed Specifically for Contract Furniture Dealerships - With Meadows Workflow, projects stay on track, documentation is enhanced, margins are improved, and client expectations are exceeded.
  •   Configura Chairman Sune Rydqvist Leaves Behind Legacy of Innovation - As co-founder and co-owner of Configura, Rydqvist had many different roles, but the company's development, culture and growth were always at the center.
  •   Stephen Says - "Stephen: What's Your Opinion on Employees Participating in the Interview Process?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "It's Time to Color Outside the Lines" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Novo Nordisk Offices – Mississauga
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Global, Boss Design, ICF and Arc-Com
  •   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 - April 3, 2019

 
  •   CIFF in Guangzhou Bigger, Better Than Ever - The Asian manufacturers are following Western trends in office design more rapidly. The four-day fair in Guangzhou, China, was expecting 200,000 visitors, including 30,000 foreign attendees. Based on the massive crowds the first day of the event, that might be an underestimation of the actual throng that arrived.
  •   Trend-Setting Salone Set to Start in Milan - Where NeoCon and Orgatec are about business and building relationships, Salone is the artist of the family, more focused on big picture concepts and ideas. Showing furniture that might actually sell? Who cares?
  •   WRK Lab Debuts as South Florida's Premiere Herman Miller Dealer - Garcia and his business partner Doug Fisher bought Workscapes' Miami office in January and rebranded it as WRK Lab. The new owners are aiming to create a different experience for clients when they walk into WRK Lab's showroom. Lots of touches and feels, with some VR technology experiences, too.
  •   Studio TK's Cesto Receives Green Good Design Award - Studio TK's Cesto collection of interactive seating and table elements have earned a 2019 Green Good Design Award.
  •   Stephen Says - "Unemployed and Over 50? No Problem!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Workplace Wellness - "Designing the Ideal Home Office" - by Shannon Bloch
  •   PLACES - Mapbox Offices – San Francisco
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Coalesse, Kirei, JSI and 9to5 Seating
  •   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 - April, 2019

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: J.CO DONUTS & COFFEE, HONG KONG - Space is at a premium in Hong Kong, to say the least. I've stayed in hotel rooms in the city where there literally is enough room for a single suitcase and the queen-sized bed. That's it. So when you get a little room here to spread out and work, it is welcome, to say the least.
  •   STUDY FINDS TEXTING REPLACES VOICEMAILS IN THE OFFICE - Much like the telephone transformed the way people communicated, texting is rewriting rules and creating its own etiquette as the communication method of choice for the modern age.
  •   WHAT DOES 'ACTIVE' REALLY MEAN IN THE WORKPLACE - Defining what makes a workplace "active" is nearly as difficult as defining work itself. The squishy concept means different things to different people. We can begin to get to a definition if we start by outlining the term "active workplace" in general terms and figuring out what it is not.
  •   STRESS AND ANXIETY LEAD TO BAD DECISIONS, AVOID THIS BY RELYING ON YOUR TEAM - The symptoms of burnout include medically diagnosed stress, anxiety, bad decisions, isolation and self-reported fatigue that have been studied extensively.
  •   CREATE QUIET ZONES WITH FURNITURE - The open office has become both a symbol of workplace progressivism and scornful disdain.
  •   AGEISM IS PREVALENT IN THE WORKPLACE, BUT ONE GROUP HAS A SURPRISING ADVANTAGE - According to a recent analysis conducted by ProPublica and the Urban Institute, employment becomes increasingly precarious as workers age.
  •   HEALTHY INTERNAL CULTURE: A TOOL FOR SOCIAL AND MORAL INCENTIVES - The idea of integrating fitness into the workplace is not a new concept. The image of the cubicle-oriented office is shifting, and what we're seeing is likely just the beginning of systemic change.
  •   UPDATING OUR WORK ENVIRONMENTS MEANS OUR SAFETY TRAINING TECHNIQUES - As we see the infusion of residential living spaces into the workplace, it seems the lessons learned regarding ergonomics from years past are being ignored.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - Poked, prodded and tested products for you.
  •   WHO WAS MILTON MOSKOWITZ AND WHY SHOULD YOU CARE? - Moskowitz is the co-creator of the list "Best Places to Work." According to his obituary in the New York Times, he and his colleague, Robert Levering, spent more than a year traveling the country and interviewing hundreds of workers in dozens of cities to compile their results in the 1984 bestselling book "The 100 Best Companies to Work for in America."

Business of Furniture - March 27, 2019

 
  •   CIFF Starts Tomorrow in Guangzhou - The show also has become a design event, which may come as a surprise to visitors who think China "borrows" designs and does not come up with its own.
  •   The Little Unicorn That Could - SpringHaus is Nudging Northern Colorado Toward a Little More Sparkle - The Northern Colorado commercial design market is interesting, leaning more toward function and being less focused on design trends.
  •   Brexit is (Could Be?) Days Away: How British Office Furniture Makers will be Affected - Markets hate uncertainty. And the fear of the unknown certainly has been hard on Britain's office furniture makers.
  •   Configura Holds Partner Meeting in Grand Rapids - Before the attendees gathered for breakout sessions on how to make Configura better, the company's leadership team outlined where the company is today and where it wants to be in the future.
  •   Magis is Proud to Be at the Table with STUDIOS Architecture and Herman Miller - Seating from Magis was selected by STUDIOS Architecture and Herman Miller Collection for its installation at Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids Dining By Design event.
  •   Financial News - Herman Miller Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2019 Sales Rose 7 Percent / DIRTT Announces 2018 Annual Results
  •   Stephen Says - "Unblock Your Calls or Get Blocked from the Job" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Let's Get Social" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - McDonald's Headquarters – Chicago
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from HBF Textiles, Narbutas, KFI 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

Business of Furniture - March 20, 2019

 
  •   The Private Office is Not Dead, But it is Evolving - Is the private office on its way out? Who still wants and needs them?
  •   Dewey Collection Next to Hit Market - The Dewey product line, first introduced under Fixtures Furniture by izzy+, is back and now available through SurfaceWorks.
  •   The Gensler Institute Finds an Intersection of Factors Makes a Great Workplace - Mostly open environments deliver best on performance and experience, the rising scores driven by high levels of choice, variety and balance.
  •   NYC Rep Ken Gibson Leaves Design Center for New Showroom - Gibson specializes in smartly designed furniture and ancillary products.
  •   Meadows Workflow - Designed with the dealership in mind, Meadows Workflow makes it simple to access project files from anywhere, assign tasks and monitor completion status.
  •   Steelcase Reports Strong Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2019 Results - Revenue increased 18 percent in the fourth quarter compared to the prior year, or 15 percent on an organic basis, reflecting double-digit growth across all segments driven by strong project business from large customers.
  •   Stephen Says - "What Do You Do When a Top Producer Quits?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Workplace Wellness - "How to Identify the Warning Signs of a Workplace Injury" - by Shannon Bloch
  •   PLACES - Total Media Offices – London
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from H Contract, Hightower, Unika Vaev, Keilhauer, Carnegie and LEVEL 4
  •   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 - March 14, 2019 - CIFF Special Edition

 
  •   THE 43RD CHINA INTERNATIONAL FURNITURE FAIR GUANGZHOU - Phase Two: March 28-31, 2019 - Without a doubt, excitement and innovation are the key words of the next edition of CIFF Guangzhou, whose constant commitment offers a global platform that best launches exhibitors' innovations, taking great care to welcome sector professionals, including the growing number of foreigners among them.
  •   THE OFFICE SHOW - The CIFF Office Show, that covers 220,000 sqm in Area A, Area B and Area E of the China Import & Export Fair Complex, is dedicated to office furniture and seating, hotel furnishings, metal furniture, furnishings for public spaces and waiting areas, as well as accessories, materials, and machinery for the furniture industry, comprehensively addressing the theme of the Smart Office and establishing the sector devoted to furniture for healthcare facilities and seniors.
  •   THE SMART OFFICE MAKES WORK MORE ENJOYABLE - In China, the constant expansion of work environments, the consequent growth of the internal market for office furniture, and the development of corporate culture by managers and employees are provoking profound reflection on what future work methods and environments should be like. How can work be made more enjoyable and engaging? What kind of environment can make workers more productive? Why are some company employees more likely to work overtime? What kind of company is appreciated and desirable? The CIFF Office Show 2019 intends to answer all of these questions, helping to outline environments where the possibility of working comfortably and happily is no longer just a dream.
  •   LEADING COMPANIES AND NEW BRANDS - The CIFF Office Show is the most prominent business platform and the largest office furniture fair in Asia, serving as the true benchmark in the sector in China, bringing together leading companies and new brands and attracting professionals from all the major world markets. The 43rd CIFF Guangzhou - Office Show will host leading office furniture manufacturers; companies such as Sunon, Victory, Haitian, Quama, Zhongrui, Jongtay, Tiantan, Saosen, Kinwai, Liming, Merryfair, Kuoching, UE, Bosen, Boyi, Allbest, Lijiang, Hongsheng, Hongji, Erqing, Huabao, and Dechang will present new concepts and systems for the workplace; other brands, like Merryfair, Kuoching, UE, Bosen, Boyi, and Allbest will offer ergonomic and comfortable seating with an attractive design.

Business of Furniture - March 13, 2019

 
  •   Poppin Debuts Redesigned Showroom - Poppin's newly redesigned New York City headquarters embodies the brands evolution, demonstrating its maturation from start-up office furnishings and solution purveyor to a dedicated one-stop-shop and resource for brand's of all sizes and scales.
  •   Furniture Advocates Takes Brand Agnostic Approach to Selling Furniture in NY - It is neither an office furniture dealership, nor an independent rep group.
  •   Mike Wagner Leaving Kimball to Pursue 'Entrepreneurial Adventure' - While Kimball searches to fill Wagner's position, Don Van Winkle, president and chief operating officer, will be the interim president of the Kimball brand.
  •   Varidesk Adds Two New Desks to its Education Line - The Sit-Stand SchoolDesk, equipped with a patent-pending air piston-assisted lift, lets students raise and lower their desks to fit their ideal height.
  •   Versteel Keeps Moving Forward Under Leadership of President Scott Schwinghammer - Before there was Versteel — which is located in Jasper, Indiana — there was Ditto Sales Incorporated, a furniture manufacturer rep company Schwinghammer and his father ran together until his father died in 1976.
  •   Q&A: Inside the Munich Coalesse Design Studio - Design is a democratic and empathic process with an ongoing exchange.
  •   Stephen Says - "Porn Has No Place in the Workplace" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   The Biz - "Furniture as Technology" - by Kevin Budelmann, President of Peopledesign
  •   PLACES - Element AI Offices – Montreal
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from HBF, ICF, Vioski, Encore 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 - March 6, 2019

 
  •   Knoll Shift Toward Lifestyle Outlined in Investor Presentation, Annual Report - Maximizing the sales growth and profitability of its office segment — Knoll's largest segment — has been a continuing priority, the report noted.
  •   MG West Transitions to Preferred Haworth Dealer and Aims to Develop a New Global Vibe - MG West started out 110 years ago as a safe and bank vault company founded by Monroe George West.
  •   Smart Offices: Be Aware of the Risks - Today, it seems no complicated operations need to be planned to gain access to company-sensitive information.
  •   Steelcase Defends Connected Office from 20,000 Unsuccessful Attacks in Single Month - Does Steelcase communicate with customers about possible threats of IoT solutions in furniture?
  •   Inscape Unveils New Toronto Showroom - Inscape has opened its flagship showroom and Engagement Centre in the heart of Toronto's Financial district.
  •   Inscape Sales Climb 29% in Latest Quarter - Sales of the base business (excluding sales from an exited business unit) increased by 29% for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 compared to the prior year.
  •   Stephen Says - "Interviewing While Pregnant? Why Not?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Ditch Your Pitch, Tell Your Story" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Willis Towers Watson Offices – London
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Designtex, National Office, Global, Brentano and Coalesse
  •   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, 2019

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: THE TEA LOUNGE, BRISTOL MARRIOTT ROYAL HOTEL - Most hotels don't make it easy for you to work. It's their job to give you a comfortable room, not a comfortable work environment. So when you find one that actually seems to care about the business traveler, it is worth noting and celebrating.
  •   NEARLY 15 PERCENT OF JOB SEEKERS USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO LAND A NEW JOB - Some social media platforms, including Facebook, are launching their own recruiting platforms for businesses. Recruiters can gather job applications, conduct interviews and even extend offers without leaving the platform. Online job boards have effectively replaced traditional job postings in newspapers.
  •   HOW THE RIGHT PRODUCTS AND SIMPLE ROUTINES CAN KEEP US ACTIVE IN OUR WORKSPACE - The modern workplace is a study in tensions. The majority of white collar workplaces require employees to be indoors, seated, and engaging with a laptop, desktop, or tablet for much of the day. The result is arguably an era of unprecedented “productivity,” but one that denies or diminishes the attendant health costs of a sedentary and all but immobile workforce.
  •   GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR DESIGNING INNOVATION SPACE - The contemporary manifestation of the quintessential “garage” spaces of early Silicon Valley lore means some early stage businesses or project divisions of larger organizations need to work in flexible and cost-effective settings where work activities are heavily focused on early stage development, proof-of-concept testing or prototyping. Organizational innovation doesn't always happen at breakthrough scale. It can often happen in small, incremental steps embedded in everyday workflow. A growing number of organizations adopt agile workflow methodologies in which tasks are divided into smaller work sprints and where teams are sometimes reorganized to align with workflow changes.
  •   EISNERAMPER AND FRANCIS CAUFFMAN ARCHITECTS TRANSFORM A HEADS-DOWN OFFICE INTO A COLLABORATIVE ONE - The FCA team kept its focus on an overall design to enable success in EisnerAmper's culture shift, with collaboration at the forefront. In an industry where most heads are down and focused on their screens, EisnerAmper — a full-service advisory and accounting firm — wanted a culture shift in its San Francisco headquarters office, so it hired Francis Cauffman Architects (FCA) to design a new office to facilitate rigorous collaboration within the company.
  •   6 TIPS FOR COWORKING FURNITURE - Coworking spaces shouldn't copy the same design as corporate settings. Uncomfortable furniture is a creativity killer in coworking spaces. Members are looking for a work environment that will spark their productivity. No one wants to tolerate furniture that causes aches and pains. Here are six tips to specify furnishings that are ergonomic and functional.
  •   THE OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY TURNS 90 AND IS CELEBRATING BY APPEALING FOR A COLLECTION OF WORDS AND PHRASES USED AT WORK - The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is celebrating 90 years since the completion of its first edition. As part of this celebration, it has put out an appeal for various words related to things such as regions in the U.S., youth slang, hobbies and words at work.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - Poked, prodded and tested products for you.

Business of Furniture - February 27, 2019

 
  •   Davis Furniture Celebrates 75 Years in Business - New ideas and innovative products have steadily propelled Davis Furniture forward for more than seven decades, and the same family has been behind that energy from its inception.
  •   Office Section of iSalone to be Spread Throughout Show - Workplace3.0 is a biennial celebration of the best office furniture from around the world. Where does work end and home begin? It is an important question for the office furniture industry, which is responding to more and more inquiries about how to make the workplace feel like home.
  •   ASID Releases 2019 Outlook and State of Interior Design Report - The report begins with an overview of key issues in the U.S. economy, including content necessary to navigate through uncertainties expected to impact both businesses and individuals from 2019 onward.
  •   Sedia Systems Expanding Global Reach - Sedia Systems is building on its success in North America by expanding its presence and distribution globally.
  •   BIFMA Sustainability Standard Strengthened - The standard was developed with NSF International and has been recognized for its vision and market penetration over the last decade.
  •   Stephen Says - "Manufacturer Struggles Over Age-Old Question: Independent Reps or Direct Salesforce" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Workplace Wellness - "How To Create Healthy and Effective Habits in the Workplace" - by Shannon Bloch
  •   PLACES - EarthCam Offices – Upper Saddle River
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Office Blueprint, Davis, Keilhauer, Unika Vaev 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 - February 20, 2019

 
  •   A Benchmark for Success: HON's New Height-Adjustable Element Brings its Empower Collection to a New Level - The height-adjustability is compatible with HON's unique wire management system that routes power neatly beneath the surface through troughs and vertebra casing.
  •   Bandon Boondoggle Anything But - Without getting into all the details, it is a three-day golf outing organized by Eaton and held at the beginning of February with 20 industry friends at one of the best golf resorts in the country, if not the world, Bandon Dunes.
  •   InsideSource Goal to Become Global Office Furniture Dealer - The furniture world is rapidly changing, and the world needs a dealership that can bring together an industry that is tightly structured domestically, but fragmented when it comes to dealing with international customers.
  •   BOS Holdings Announces Addition of Florida Business Interiors – Tampa Bay - The newest addition to BOS Holdings is Florida Business Interiors (FBI), in Tampa Bay, Florida.
  •   Workers Prioritize Work-Life Flexibility Over the Latest Office Design Trends — But Employers Aren't Keeping Up - Flexibility is not the only thing workers want their employers to offer when it comes to work-life integration.
  •   Captivating Conversations Underscore NeoCon's Role as a Thought Leader in Design - NeoCon has added an extra day of programming with presentations this year beginning on Sunday, June 9.
  •   Stephen Says - "SOMEONE WON'T CONNECT ON LinkedIn? YES, IT IS PERSONAL!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "What Your Clients Care About — In Case You've Forgotten" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Two Sigma Collision Lab Offices – New York City
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Allsteel, Designtex / Coalesse Design Studio, Maharam, Pallas Textiles and Regency
  •   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 - February 13, 2019

 
  •   Candace Nelson is Taking Intereum to a New Level, and There's no Reason to be Scared - Nelson studied interior design and has 23 years of experience in the contract furnishings industry, beginning her career as a Herman Miller dealer salesperson for facility systems.
  •   Interior Office Solutions Adds Haworth as an Investor, Rebrands as PeopleSpace - Amplified by its affiliation with Haworth, the new entity will encompass all of IOS' existing business lines.
  •   Camira Unveils New Partnership with Jens Risom Design - The original fabrics were designed and produced by Jens Risom in the 1960s to complement the pioneering modern furniture designs for which he is widely renowned.
  •   The ROOM One debuts as a high-quality, Low-priced Sound Booth – Make Room for Solutions and Happiness - As with any new invention, ROOM's flagship product, the ROOM One soundproof phone booth, had its initial challenges, but excellence was worth the wait.
  •   Knoll Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results - Net sales for the Office segment were $212.0 million during the fourth quarter of 2018, an increase of $1.9 million, or 0.9% compared to the fourth quarter of 2017.
  •   Stephen Says - "Can I Really Get Fired Over the Background of My Phone?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   The Biz - "Second Cities" - by Kevin Budelmann, President of Peopledesign
  •   PLACES - BPX Energy Offices – Denver
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Fritz Hansen, HBF, ICF, Studio TK and Luum 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 - February 6, 2019

 
  •   BIFMA 360˚ Leadership Conference Succeeds Because of its Mix of Speakers, Attendees - It continues to be one of the best industry events of the year.
  •   Economist Lays Out Forecast for BIFMA 360 Attendees - The economy is also experiencing quantitative tightening, a reversal of the quantitative easing that brought us out of the last recession.
  •   Kimball Reports Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2019 Results - Revenue growth of 13%, or 11% on an organic basis, led by double-digit growth in commercial, healthcare, and hospitality verticals.
  •   10 Tips for Creating High-Quality Interior Renderings - Using some rendering best practices will ensure your renderings "wow" your clients and effectively communicate your vision.
  •   KiSP Launches KITS collaborator XRPro Edition - KiSP believes in a core product and services philosophy where customers should experience a significant innovation component in each of its products.
  •   Camira Inspires Fresh Wonder and New Insights with 2019/2020 Trend Report, 'Why not...' - Camira's Trend Report for 2019/2020 provides fresh insight into the colors, textures and aesthetics the company's product designers predict will hold sway in the coming year.
  •   Stephen Says - "Yes Topcat68@aol.com, Your Email Address is Making You Look Like an Idiot" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Workplace Wellness - "How To Prevent Repetitive Stress Injuries At The Office" - by Shannon Bloch
  •   PLACES - Mintel Singapore Offices – Singapore
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Artopex, Fritz Hansen, Obex 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

Workplaces Magazine - February, 2019

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: WORKSHOP 17, CAPE TOWN SOUTH AFRICA - Think coworking is just for the expected major markets? Think again. Today I'm working in a hip coworking space in a less-than-expected location: Cape Town, South Africa.
  •   FLEXJOBS SURVEY FINDS OLDER WORKERS MORE LIKELY TO FREELANCE THAN MILLENNIALS - Based on this survey, the profile of the average worker who freelances as their sole source of income is a female Gen Xer working in the writing, marketing, editing and creative career fields, primarily for small companies and individuals, juggling two to three gigs at a time.
  •   THE FUTURE OF COWORKING - Blueprint Collaborative is an industry specific coworking space for construction, real estate, and design professionals. We sat down and talked with the founder and president, Brent Gibson, to get the inside scoop on the history of Blueprint and future of workspace design.
  •   BRITISH ENERGY COMPANY TURNS TO NOOK TO REDUCE FORMAL MEETING SPACES - When one of the largest energy companies in the world contacted Nook founder David O'Coimin to install some of his products in the company's massive campus outside of London, O'Coimin jumped at the chance.
  •   COWORKING FINDS NEW NICHE HOMES - Coworking is projected to grow globally to 5.1 million members in 2022, according to studies conducted by Small Business Labs.
  •   CO-CREATING WITH CUSTOMERS - Companies that operate in B2C markets have adopted a variety of spatial typologies to engage with customers and end users to develop products and a range of value chain solutions.
  •   NOISE PERSISTS AS TOP COWORKING DISTRACTION - Coworking spaces come in all sizes and types, but there's one common thread among them all: etiquette offenses. One would assume that adults — especially entrepreneurial adults, independent and responsible enough to work unsupervised and remotely — would know how to behave in a shared working environment. Yet, certain unruly behaviors persist in coworking spaces.
  •   A SPOTLIGHT ON ACOUSTIC LIGHTING - Noise and poor lighting are two of the most pervasive problems in the workplace. Both issues can drive workers to distraction on a daily basis.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - Poked, prodded and tested products for you.
  •   PAWTERNITY, NAP ROOMS, INTERNATIONAL RETREATS...THESE ARE THE EXOTIC NEW PERKS COMPANIES WILL BE OFFERING TO LURE CANDIDATES - Businesses are realizing if they want to keep employees, they have to offer people something they can use right now.
  •   FENG SHUI TIPS TO IMPROVE WORKPLACE - We spend so much time at our desk and in our office, it's important it is optimized for productivity and creativity.

Business of Furniture - January 30, 2019

 
  •   Enwork Introduces its Most Comprehensive Product Collection Yet - At Enwork, product development begins with a deep understanding of the customer and how their spaces are used.
  •   Florence Knoll Bassett, Design Pioneer and Guiding Light of Knoll, Dies at 101 - It is hard to imagine the office furniture industry without Florence Knoll Bassett.
  •   January Furniture Survey Improves Again - The survey showed the most frequently cited perceived threats to the industry's success are tariffs, travel, transportation and logistics costs.
  •   Integra Seating Expands Headquarters Which Includes New Showroom - Integra is a designer and manufacturer of high-quality lounge/soft seating and tables for the health care and education industries, specializing in high-volume use settings.
  •   2019 BIFMA Leadership Conference - The annual conference kicked off Monday in Scottsdale, Ariz. with two fascinating keynote speakers and the annual "speed dining" event to get the group of 200 or so industry executives mingling.
  •   Egan Visual Acquires Exact Furniture - Exact will continue to serve customers through its nationwide network of Pro AV Integrators.
  •   Rainlight Storms Ahead in its First Year of Business - Led by Susan Grossinger and Yorgo Lykouria, Rainlight enters 2019 in a strong position by making products that enhance the way people live and work.
  •   Stephen Says - "When is it Time to Sell Your Company to a Private Equity Firm, and How do You go about doing it?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Experience Doesn't Matter" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - MatchesFashion.com Offices – London
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Kimball, Maharam, Bush Business Furniture, HBF, Scandinavian Spaces, Unika Vaev and Claridge
  •   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 - January 23, 2019

 
  •   INDEAL Launches Major Rebranding - INDEAL has launched a major rebranding initiative reflective of the company's evolution into an all-encompassing, full-service solutions provider for dealers in the commercial interiors industry.
  •   The Suddath Companies Acquires Perdue - "Clients can expect to experience the best of both companies – a total solution for all of the planning, furniture and moving needs a business has when contemplating re-engineering or relocating its workplace."
  •   Steelcase Bets Big on Hyderabad - The company is going to invest more in Hyderabad, putting more people and products in this market in the coming years.
  •   Loctek Debuts Smart Components - Marketed in the U.S. as FlexiSpot, the company offers various versions of standing desk converters, full standing desks, desk bikes and workstation accessories.
  •   The Making of a Nook: A Tour of the Company's Bristol Manufacturing - Nook creates an oasis for office workers increasingly besieged by noise and distraction and becomes a quick meeting destination for workers who don't want or need a formal conference room.
  •   Overcommunication Helps Create Head-Turning Office Space - The 127-year-old, fifth-generation-owned concrete company reached a milestone last year when it brought six departments together under one roof for the first time in its history.
  •   Stephen Says - "My Annual Review doesn't Get Me the Raise and Promotion I Want. WHY?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Steelhead Productions Offices – Playa Vista
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Allsteel and Kartell
  •   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 - January 16, 2019

 
  •   ASID Sponsors Inaugural DesignWell Conference - The event theme is wellness architecture—how nature, materials, and design come together to benefit humans within the built environment.
  •   Unika Vaev Announces Partnership with De Ploeg - Unika Vaev has announced their new partnership as the exclusive North American Distributor of the upholstery collection of European Textile Manufacturer, De Ploeg.
  •   One Workplace Launches New Commercial Interior Construction Company - Vantis begins operation with about $33 million of business that has been assigned by the dealership.
  •   INDEAL Evolves Beyond Buying Group to Serve the Dealer Community - The growth of INDEAL comes from a vacuum in the industry. INDEAL has morphed from a buying group, which is all about return on investment, to an organization focused on the plight of the dealer, where the dealer is going to be and what the dealer needs to do.
  •   New Standing Desk Comes with a View - Using a glass surface did raise some questions about safety at first, but in the end it was the perfect view.
  •   5 Nightingale Products Win Prestigious Good Design Awards - 'Good Design' is the oldest and most prestigious design awards program in North America.
  •   Stephen Says - "Why Do Manager's Over-Think Hiring Salespeople?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Stop Networking, Start Connecting" - by Sid Meadows, Founder and Principal of embark cct
  •   The Biz - "Next Wave Furniture Innovation" - by Kevin Budelmann, President of Peopledesign
  •   Workplace Wellness - 4 Stretches You Should Be Sharing with Customers Who Have Desk Jobs
  •   PLACES - Innovative Commercial Environments Offices and Showroom – San Diego
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Allseating and HBF 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 - January 9, 2019

 
  •   USM Reflects its Versatility and Personality with Showroom Relaunch - USM, renowned Swiss manufacturer of modular furniture, has totally revamped its Clerkenwell showroom to create a modern, natural and compelling space to reflect the company's beauty, versatility and history.
  •   'The Mother of All Demos' and Herman Miller's Role in Computing History Celebrated in Silicon Valley - The 50th anniversary of the event was celebrated recently in Silicon Valley, London and Tokyo. In the 1960s, Herman Miller was developing furniture for a new kind of office. Employing a cadre of psychologists, architects, designers and other specialists, the company had been closely examining the infrastructure and spaces needed by the modern office worker.
  •   How to Do Business in Turkey Amid Swirl of Politics; Crushing Economics - Navigating through the political and economic quicksand in Turkey isn't easy, and a quick scan of the news proves the point. The headlines coming out of Turkey, though better than a year ago, don't create confidence in the country's economic stability. Imagine being an office furniture maker operating in such an economy.
  •   Humanscale Showcases User-Centric IT Solutions at CES, Including New M/Connect 3 - So, how does an office furniture maker fit into the world of technology?
  •   Stephen Says - "A Free Business Plan on an Interview? Yes or No?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Design Theory - "Today's Library is Tomorrow's Workplace" - by Elliot Felix
  •   PLACES - Newmark Knight Frank Offices – Minneapolis
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Ghent and Chief
  •   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 - January 2, 2019

 
  •   Herman Miller Posts Single Digit Revenue Increase for the Latest Quarter - "Strong demand was a clear highlight of our results as we finished the quarter setting all-time records for quarterly net sales and order levels for our Company."
  •   Mobile Car Care Debuts in the Workplace - Zippity's clients include about 50 large companies and hundreds of smaller ones, adding up to about 55,000 individual customers.
  •   Award-winning Attitude Lands Designer in the Spotlight - Gilbert Olds is an interior designer with Alfred Williams & Company in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was nominated for the award by his peers at work.
  •   CIFF Prepares for Your March Arrival in Guangzhou - This year CIFF will be promoted with a single image integrating the content of the entire furniture industry supply chain represented at CIFF. The trade in office furniture between the two countries is very much alive and growing as evidenced by the number of North American buyers who head half way around the world for the massive event that takes place in two phases.
  •   Nienkämper Honored with Four Prestigious 2018 GOOD DESIGN Awards - Nienkämper has been recognized with the 2018 Good Design Award for four products from its table and seating collections.
  •   Stephen Says - "How To Deal With A Newly Unemployed Friend When You Are Still Working" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Developmentk - "New Year, New Heights" - by Sid Meadows, founder and principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Mitie Offices – London
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from JSI and Indiana Furniture
  •   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 19 & 26, 2018

 
  •   ICF Mood Tube Chair Wins Award - ICF's Mood Tube chair has won the German Design Award Special Mention for Excellence in Product Design.
  •   U.S. Hiring Intentions at 12 Year High as Demand for Workers is Set to Grow in 2019 - The competition for skilled talent is set to rise in the first quarter of 2019. All 13 industry sectors forecast optimistic hiring plans with the strongest hiring outlook in transportation and utilities as consumer expectations for on-demand delivery grows.
  •   Hurricane Topples School; KI Furniture Holds Up the Roof - In October, Hurricane Michael, the strongest storm on record to hit the Florida Panhandle, mostly destroyed Robert F. Munroe Day School, in the Panhandle city of Quincy.
  •   Coalesse Turns 10 and Continues to Turn Heads - Coalesse still lives by its founding belief it can be internationally relevant by creating great, live-work spaces and partnering with world-class designers.
  •   3form Gym and Clinic Reduce Healthcare Costs; Change Lives - As health care costs continue to be a major issue for Americans, many are left asking themselves how to improve the country's health care system and its economic toll on families.
  •   Steelcase Reports Double Digit Sales Gain for Third Quarter - The Americas posted 16 percent revenue growth, or 12 percent on an organic basis, driven by strong project business from both large and small customers.
  •   Stephen Says - "We Are a Medium Manufacture: How Do I Keep From Losing My Employees to the Big Guys?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Productivity - "What Time of Day Are We Most Productive At Work?" - by Shannon Bloch
  •   PLACES - KCI Group Headquarters – Kaohsiung
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from ESI, Wilkhahn, Scandinavian Spaces, KFI and Poliform
  •   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 12, 2018

 
  •   Groupe Lacasse Acquires Via Seating to Further Expand its Presence in the U.S. - This acquisition is of strategic importance for both companies to share expertise and manufacturing capability and supports Groupe Lacasse's growth strategy in the commercial seating market segment. Both parties will use their collective talents and knowledge on a larger scale to grow at a faster pace.
  •   Designtex and Crypton Team Up to Celebrate 25 years of Design and Innovation - In celebration of Crypton's 25th anniversary and its foundational partnership with Designtex, the two innovators have teamed up to introduce a special collection that pays homage to art, design, technology, performance and two pioneering leaders in the contract textile industry.
  •   Assmann Invests in Frem - Assmann is in the progress of expanding its product portfolio to keep up with the changes in the world of office furniture.
  •   'Help, I Broke My Space!' Kirei Keeps Things Quiet - Kirei is focused completely on architectural products and not interested in going in the furniture direction (i.e. BuzziSpace).
  •   BSE Global Scores with New Industry City Headquarters Designed by TPG Architecture - When you enter the new headquarters of BSE Global, formerly Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, the energetic buzz of the space is practically tangible.
  •   Stephen Says - "Viscusi's New Guide for Hiring and Retaining the Best Talent" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Developmentk - "Summon Your Courage! It's Time to Change Your Life" - by Sid Meadows, founder and principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - SHP Offices – Cincinnati
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Allseating, Global and JSI
  •   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 5, 2018

 
  •   Baker Manufacturing Company to be Sold - Baker Manufacturing Company, which distributes and manufactures its height-adjustable furniture products under the JRB Studio brand, has announced its shareholders have decided to sell the company.
  •   Design Thinking Helps Make Sense of a Complex World - Design thinking has long been a major theme in the office furniture world because creating work environments is essentially about shaping experiences. After graduating from MIT, Ela Ben-Ur went to work for the renowned innovation firm IDEO, helping companies design products. These days, she is teaching the ways design thinking can apply to people's lives — whether planning a graduation, a conference or a curriculum.
  •   Claridge Adds to the 'MIX' - Over the last few years, while maintaining its reputation for quality and service, Claridge added beautiful design to its new products with the help of Qdesign. The embrace of design is a huge move for Claridge, which is a family owned business.
  •   ASID 3rd Quarter 2018 Interior Design Billings Index 'subpar'; Future Looks Brighter - Third quarter billings remain "sub-par," but inquiries are picking up, according to the index. The good news is the six-month outlook shows stronger business conditions are expected.
  •   Seattle Dealer Founder, Rep Craig Haskell Dies at 76 - Amy Haskell (daughter), Megan Gasperetti (granddaughter), along with Piper Dickens (longtime colleague and friend) are carrying on his legacy at The Haskell Group.
  •   ASID Shares Research Findings as Part of Impact of Design Series - Located on Alfred DuPont's 300-acre estate, the hospital is set amid a beautiful, parklike setting of oaks and green lawns.
  •   Stephen Says - "You're Cursing At Work? Are you F&@#$ng Kidding Me?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - JPMorgan Chase Regional Headquarters – Plano
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Teknion, BDI, Unika Vaev and Wolf-Gordon
  •   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 - December, 2018 & January, 2019

 
  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: CHOO CHOO GRILL, GRAND RAPIDS - The Choo Choo Grill definitely bucks the trend found in major metro areas around the country where some restaurants are doing double duty as coworking spaces during the day before switching to serve diners at night.
  •   WORKSPACE OF THE FUTURE - The way business gets done is changing — the pace of technological innovation coupled with societal change is redefining enterprise technologies, architecture and processes. By 2020, 50 percent of the total Global workforce will be millennials; 40 percent of information will be stored or processed by cloud computing; and IoT will lead to more than 20 billion connected devices globally.
  •   WHY YOUR WORKPLACE NEEDS A WALKING PATH - One of most accessible and cost-effective forms of exercise to incorporate into the workplace is walking. Inactivity spanning our professional and personal lives is a leading culprit of many preventable health conditions. Embracing workplace wellness has benefits beyond lower insurance premiums though, such as fostering collaboration, creativity, and productivity.
  •   AGILE WORKFLOW INNOVATION AND THE SPACE THAT SUPPORTS IT - The word "agile" is heavily used in the practice of workplace design. Sometimes it's interchangeably used with terms like "flexible" and "mobile." Architects and designers use these words in their discussions around how to create workspace that responds to continuously shifting business needs.
  •   A GUIDE TO WORKING FROM HOME - If it seems like more people are working from home, it's because they are. Thanks to telecommuting technology and research from experts like Cornell University's Nicholas Bloom, companies are becoming more lax about location requirements. One of the best parts about working from home is the opportunity to create a comfortable and motivational workspace. But with great power comes great responsibility.
  •   CANCER DOESN'T MEAN THE END OF EMPLOYMENT - Working after a cancer diagnosis has a wide range of challenges. From choosing whether or not to disclose it to working out accommodations with an employer or experiencing discrimination, the fear of being treated differently is real and causes a lot of stress. According to statistics Cancer + Careers compiled through its research, 1.68 million people in the U.S are diagnosed with cancer each year. There are 15.5 million survivors currently, and with the advancement of technology and medicine, that number will continue to grow.
  •   PRODUCT MATTER - Poked, prodded and tested products for you.
  •   CIFF RE-INVENTED FOR 2019 - Once primarily for Chinese professionals, the platform has come to include a growing number of international attendees and buyers. Out of CIFF's 200,000 visitors and professionals, 30,000 come from outside of China, which is more than any other Chinese fair or show. The very best in Chinese design and quality and the most sought after products will be on display.

Business of Furniture - November 28, 2018

 
  •   Arconas Wins 2018 Mississauga Board of Trade International Trade Award - The award honors a business in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, for its dedication in pursuing and exporting to global markets and providing diversification, revenues and jobs within the Mississauga economy.
  •   Wayfair Professional is Coming to a Bid Near You - It is a place Wayfair is happy to be and a segment of the business that is exploding with growth. Wayfair has grown from $380 million in sales in 2010 to $4.7 billion in 2017. Even though a relatively small portion of that comes from office furniture sales, it is growing.
  •   Newly Appointed Kimball International CEO Kristie Juster Speaks to Process Change in the Industry - Juster said her path to return from her professional break was a choice she didn’t take lightly. Juster served more than 23 years at Newell Brands, working in several business units and under the guidance of seven different CEOs during her tenure.
  •   PlasProtect Makes Sure Your Furniture Arrives in One Piece - PlasProtect has invested in the tooling for the plastic corner protectors, and since it is the company’s focus, it is able to spread the cost over the long term.
  •   Stephen Says - "Birthday Fundraiser on Facebook? Cut it Out. We are Sick of it." - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Developmentk - "Start Your Goal Setting Process by Asking These 3 Questions" - by Sid Meadows, founder and principal of embark cct
  •   Ergonomics - "Ergonomic Considerations for Older vs. Younger Generations in the Workplace" - by Shannon Bloch
  •   PLACES - The Center for Research Interdisciplinarity (CRI) Offices – Paris
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Designtex, Arc-Com, Carnegie and Ligne Roset
  •   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 21, 2018

 
  •   Inscape Opens Washington, DC Showroom - Located on the eleventh floor at 1090 Vermont Avenue NW, the showroom is flooded with natural light offering views of the historic downtown.
  •   EDspaces Shows Off Latest in Educational Design - EDspaces, a conference about the future of learning environments, got bigger and better this year. More than 60 CEU sessions, interactive classroom designs, tours, new products and a number of informative presentations were featured at the conference.
  •   Steelcase Educates Greenbuild Attendees on Emotional Wellbeing at Work - Workplace stress costs the economy a staggering $300 billion a year. Just 11 percent of workers are engaged in their jobs. Both are reasons why creating a physically healthy workplace is incredibly important.
  •   BDNY Show Focused on Hospitality - Boutique Design New York (BDNY) is an annual trade fair that covers what's happening now in hospitality and leisure design.
  •   Greenbuild: Does Anyone from the Industry Care? - Did the office furniture industry abandon Greenbuild or did Greenbuild abandon the industry?
  •   Powerful Presentation Tools From 2020 You Can Use to Showcase Your Designs - Whether you're pitching to a client or getting ready for a talk, the key to a successful presentation largely depends on its creativity and its ability to keep your audience engaged.
  •   Stephen Says - "Who Gets Co-Workers Gifts Anymore?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   The Biz - "The Landscape of Furniture and Workn" - by Kevin Budelmann, President of Peopledesign
  •   PLACES - Rios Clementi Hale Studios Offices – Los Angeles
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Coalesse, Arc-Com and Shaw Contract
  •   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 14, 2018

 
  •   UPFRONT: SurfaceWorks Opens Additional Manufacturing Facility: Penny table first out of the gate - SurfaceWorks, a manufacturer of tables for the contract furniture industry, plans to open a second manufacturing location in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
  •   October Furniture Survey Remains Solid - The most frequently cited perceived threats to the industry's success are tariffs, transportation and logistics costs, steel prices, and general material costs.
  •   BIFMA Prepares for 360 Conference (and So Should You) - The 200 or so attendees of the annual 2019 BIFMA Leadership Conference scheduled this for Jan. 28-30 in Scottsdale, Ariz. have come to expect an exceptional programming.
  •   Humanscale's Jane Abernethy Wins Women in Sustainability Leadership Award - Abernethy has won the 2018 Women in Sustainability Leadership Award (WSLA), which was established to encourage awareness, advancement and support for women in sustainability leadership. The award comes on the heels of Humanscale announcing Abernethy's promotion in September.
  •   SKG Among Austin's Fastest-Growing Private Companies - SKG is competing in a market filled with fast growing companies. Many of those companies in Austin are customers of SKG, which reported an annual average growth of more than 34 percent from 2015 to 2017.
  •   Stephen Says - "My Coworker Stinks! Literally and Figuratively. What Can I Do About It?" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "What do You Need to do to be Successful?" - by Sid Meadows, founder and principal of embark cct
  •   PLACES - Landsec Offices – London
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Allseating, Scandinavian Spaces, IOA, RightAngle and National
  •   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 7, 2018

 
  •   Configura's 11th CET Designer User and Developer Conference Draws Global Audience - This year's annual Configura Designer User and Developer conference saw record-breaking attendance, drawing 527 people from various industries and around the globe to Grand Rapids, Michigan, in October.
  •   A Conversation with Designer and Artist Jaime Hayon - If you want to get into the head of artist and designer Jaime Hayon, follow his Instagram feed. It is an explosion of colors he finds during a travel schedule that would make Phileas Fogg tired.
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