2.17.15 | Bentonville, AR | HFA, a national multi-disciplinary A/E firm, was honored by the City of Bentonville, AR, for the work it did for the 2004 Downtown Bentonville Master Plan. The city received an Achievement in Plan Implementation award from the Arkansas Chapter of the American Planning Association and wanted to recognize HFA’s contribution to that project. The award was presented to HFA on Feb. 10 during the Bentonville City Council meeting.
2.19.15 | Washington, D.C. | The Illinois Registered Design Practitioners Act, Illinois SB 1270 was introduced to the General Assembly by State Sen. Kimberly A. Lightford (D-4th District). The bill allows licensure for registered design practitioners to stamp and seal drawings for nonresidential projects and also establishes a Registered Design Practitioner Licensing Board. ASID is working closely with the Illinois Interior Design Coalition and the ASID Illinois chapter to push this bill through the legislature
2.17.15 | Chicago, IL | IIDA Illinois Chapter issued a Call to Action in support of the Illinois Design Practitioner Act. Professional interior designers are encouraged to write letters to their state senators, state representatives, or both.
2.16.15 | Chicago, IL | The Illinois Interior Design Coalition has scheduled its 2015 IIDC Capitol Day for Mar. 18, 8:00 a.m - 8:00 p.m. at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, IL.
2.18.15 | Concord, CA | The Center for Health Design will host CHD's 2014 Changemaker Award winner Avein Saaty-Tafoya, CEO of Adelante Healthcare, in a webinar Thursday, Feb. 26, 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time (2:00 p.m. Eastern Time). In this webinar - titled "The Future of Primary Care in the First LEED Platinum Community Health Center" - Ms. Saaty-Tafoya will share the journey that led to a 43,000sf state-of-the-art center in Mesa, AZ that is not only the first LEED Platinum certified community health center in the nation, but is also accredited as a Patient Centered Medical Home.
2.19.15 | New York, NY | The Center for Active Design acted as the expert content provider for the Urban Land Institute’s new toolkit for building professionals, Building Healthy Places Toolkit: Strategies for Enhancing the Built Environment. Funded by the Colorado Health Foundation and the estate of Melvin Simon, this toolkit is a practical guide for real estate developers that expands on the growing practice of using health evidence to inform design thinking.
2.20.15 | New York, NY | FXFOWLE released a new four-volume monograph - Reveal Filter Evolve Effect - with a related exhibition, REVEALing Architecture, now on view through May 3 at National Academy Museum & School. The monograph set adheres to shared bodies of ideas, and celebrates key concepts that define the firm’s creative philosophy and design methodology. The four terms of the Monograph crystallize the ideas that motivate FXFOWLE’s design work–from individual structures to city plans.
2.20.15 | New York, NY | Spector Group, in celebration of its 50th anniversary, announced several plans for 2015. The firm is increasing its commitment to charitable giving, a hallmark of Spector's business model since its inception in 1965, with a targeted year-round campaign. It has also launched a new tagline -- "designing forward" -- and a commemorative logo to go with it.
2.18.15 | New York, NY | MKDA was challenged with converting an old linoleum factory into a modern workspace, 700 Canal in Stamford, CT. MKDA Senior Designer Lisa Bauerle looked to Architectural Systems for a signature material that spoke to the building's pre-war past that would be memorable while pointing to the future in this adaptive reuse project. The choice was ASI Fusion Wood Panels, used on every floor of the building, which she said "really carries through our design intent."
2.20.15 | Jasper, IN | Community's new nesting chair, Kundek, is now available.
2.19.15 | Toronto, ON | Teknion Corp. introduced New Nomads, the latest collection by Teknion Textiles Creative Director Suzanne Tick. The collection consists of five new fabrics, all depicting texture, color and light as seen through the lens of today’s workforce on the move and celebrating the spirit of urban life in the digital age.
2.19.15 | New York, NY | Carnegie's vibrant new Roy G. Biv textile collection spans the full color spectrum with high performance upholstery and digitally printed wide width sheers.
2.17.15 | 3form's latest collection, Pattern+Color, is now available in Varia Ecoresin on top of glass. For interior applications, this customization system offers designers control and flexibility to achieve myriad looks with "infinite" possibilities in color, etch, scale, tone, style, and now, even shape and dimension. It adds pops of color and fun patterns while maintaining privacy where needed.
2.18.15 | FLOS released an innovative pendant light called Shade by young London-based designer Paul Cocksedge. Mr. Cocksedge created Shade as an unconventional solution to the clutter typically associated with connecting light fittings such as intrusive wires, cables and switches. The pendant itself has no bulb or electrical wires – it’s simply a shade, as the name states, with the light source, instead, coming from the floor below. An LED floor fitting housed in a small black aluminum box shines light upwards into the shade, which is in turn invisibly suspended from the ceiling by thin nylon wires.
2.17.15 | Farmingdale, NY | LaMar Lighting Co.'s new Shade decorative architectural luminaire offers the energy-saving benefits of occu-smart® bi-level lighting technology. Ideal for areas where full light levels are not required on a constant basis, Shade's highly sensitive ultrasonic sensor keeps lights low or off to save energy during unoccupied times and switches instantaneously to high light levels upon occupancy. It is available either with LED lamps or in a variety of fluorescent lamp and ballast combinations. Specially designed shade fabric is laminated to a flexible acrylic backer that will not yellow with use to ensure long product life, and customers can select from several fabric patterns.
2.16.15 | Sparks, NV | Swopper added the 3Dee Active Office Chair to its “motion seating” line. This ergonomic office chair promotes improved well-being and higher energy for those who have desk jobs, while also featuring a sleek, modern design. The new, patented 3D technology supports and encourages movements to the side, forward, backward and even vertical swinging. In addition, the semi-high back comes with individually adjustable lumbar support.
2.16.15 | High Point, NC | Sherri Higgins has accepted the role of Customer Service Supervisor for High Point Furniture Industries, and Pamela Fox joined the Customer Service team as a full time HPFI associate.
2.19.15 | Copenhagen, Denmark and New York, NY | BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group expanded its leadership with four new Partners and 17 Associates, and also moved the firm’s NYC headquarters to 61 Broadway in the Financial District. The four new partners are Beat Schenk, whose collaboration with BIG began with the company’s NYC office inception in 2011 and who is currently leading the work on the 800,000sf West 57 mixed-use building in NYC and the Vancouver House in Canada; Daniel Sundlin, who joined BIG Copenhagen in 2008 and has led the design efforts for Audemars Piguet Museum in Switzerland and the Paris Parc Incubator Facility at the Jussieu Campus in Paris; Jakob Sand, who joined BIG in 2011 and led the team for the prize-winning MECA Cultural Centre on Bordeaux’s waterfront as well as many other BIG projects in France; and Brian Yang, one of BIG’s leading designers since 2007 and a project leader on a number of competition winning proposals, including the new Amager Resource Center (ARC) Waste-to-Energy plant in Copenhagen that doubles as a ski slope and the new LEGO experience center in Denmark.
2.18.15 | Providence, RI | Rosanne Somerson was named the 17th president of Rhode Island School of Design. Her appointment comes after an extensive international search during which the acclaimed furniture designer and educator had been serving as interim president since Jan. 1, 2014. Prior to her appointment as interim president, Ms. Somerson served as provost from 2012–14, leading the effort to hone and rearticulate RISD’s academic vision. She was instrumental in the creation of the college’s current strategic plan, Critical Making | Making Critical, which articulates a comprehensive vision for educating and preparing artists and designers for a changing world in ways that respect RISD’s founding ideals and contemporary character.
2.16.15 | New York, NY | Suzanne Tron joined The Viscusi Group as Vice President, Residential, and Luxury Home & Architectural Building Products. Most recently, Ms. Tron was Executive Publisher of Metropolis magazine, where she was instrumental in reinvigorating the print magazine and expanding the brand’s digital and social channels. Prior to this, she was CRO of Architizer, Publisher of Architecture, Architectural Lighting, and I.D. magazines and Vice President, Villeneuve Associates, an executive search firm, where she conducted senior level searches, in the tech, design and hospitality markets.
2.17.15 | New York, NY | SANDOW announced leadership changes at Interior Design. Longtime Interior Design President and Publisher Mark Strauss will become President Emeritus of the brand. As part of this transition, Mr. Strauss will launch a separate entity, Design Ventures, which will develop and execute initiatives, in partnership with SANDOW, that leverage and further strengthen the power of the design industry. Carol Cisco, who has been at Interior Design for over 15 years, most recently as Associate Publisher, has been named Publisher, and will manage the brand's day-to-day advertising and business operations. Interior Design Editor in Chief Cindy Allen was given the additional title of Chief Design Officer of SANDOW. Her responsibilities will include providing topline strategic perspective and leadership support for various design-related partnerships, projects and opportunities that the company may pursue.
2.19.15 | New York, NY | Ted Moudis Associates was honored by the New York City Chapter of IFMA with several awards. In recognition of its participation in Chapter events, TMA received the Award for Excellence for Distinguished Associate Corporation. In recognition of innovative design, TMA, along with J.T. Magen & Company and WB Engineers+Consultants, received the Design & Construction of a New Facility (under 100,000sf) award for the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) New York City Campus project. Additionally, GIA won for LEED Certified Project. Two of TMA’s key workplace strategy projects - Credit Suisse and IPG Mediabrand’s Initiative - were honored for the Workplace Innovation Award. For each company, TMA designed a non-territorial state-of-the-art workplace that empowers team members to choose where and how to work based on personal preferences and changing daily needs.
2.18.15 | Frisco, TX | METROCON15 presentation submissions are due Friday, Feb. 27, 5:00 p.m. Central Time. Sessions can be applicable to the corporate, healthcare, multifamily, residential, hospitality, institutional, and/or education design fields. Topics can range from material advancements, installation techniques, building codes, and evolving regulations to client relations, business technologies, emerging research, global trends, etc. METROCON15 Expo & Conference will take place at Dallas Market Hall in Dallas, TX, Aug. 13-14.
2.18.15 | Chicago, IL | IIDA announced the winners of the 10th annual Student Design Competition. For the 2014 competition, “Achieving Workplace Well-Being through the Evolution of the Open Office,” IIDA challenged students to design an office that encourages health, well-being, collaboration, and productivity while staying true to the original premise of the open office design and mitigating its negative effects. Amanda Heineman, Student IIDA, University of Texas at Austin, won first prize honors and $2,500 for her project, Spark.
2.19.15 | New York, NY | IIDA New York Chapter issued the call for entries for its 2015 Student Design Awards. Any student who is currently enrolled as a junior, senior, or graduate student in an Interior Design program at an accredited New York State college or university may submit an original individual design project. Deadline for entry is Apr. 14.
2.18.15 | Jasper, IN | Kimball International, Inc. promoted Kathy Sigler as the Kimball Office Vice President of Operations and Michael Roch as the National Office Furniture Vice President of Sales. Ms. Sigler, who has served in areas of increasing leadership capacities within Kimball International for more than 25 years, most recently served as the Director of Operations at the Kimball Office Jasper manufacturing facilities. Mr. Roch, who most recently served as Nation's Director of Sales, West, has 15 years of experience in the office furniture industry and more than nine years with National.
2.19.15 | Calhoun, GA | Mohawk Industries, Inc. reported 2014 fourth quarter net earnings of $147 million and diluted earnings per share of $2.00. Excluding unusual charges, net earnings were $167 million and EPS was $2.27, a 27% increase over last year's fourth quarter adjusted EPS and the highest Q4 adjusted EPS in the company's history. Net sales for the fourth quarter of 2014 were $1.95 billion, an increase of 1.4% versus the prior year's fourth quarter or approximately 5% on a constant exchange basis.
2.18.15 | Atlanta, GA | Interface, Inc. announced results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended Dec. 28, 2014. Sales for quarter were $272.1 million, an increase of 8.1% from sales of $251.7 million in 4Q13. For the full year 2014, sales were $1,003.9 million, compared with $960.0 million in 2013, an increase of 4.6%. "The fourth quarter was a strong finish to the year, as improving demand and manufacturing efficiency, along with our cost cutting initiatives, made for a speedy and robust recovery after the challenges we faced in the third quarter," said Daniel T. Hendrix, Chairman and CEO.
2.18.15 | Atlanta, GA | Interface, Inc.'s Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.04 per share. It is payable Mar. 20 to shareholders of record as of Mar. 6.
2.18.15 | Muscatine, IA | HNI Corp.'s Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of 25 cents per share on its common stock. The dividend will be payable on Mar. 9 to shareholders of record at the close of business on Mar. 2.
2.17.15 | Jasper, IN | Kimball International, Inc.'s Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of 5 cents per share for all outstanding shares of both Class A and Class B Common Stock. The dividend is payable Apr. 15 to Share Owners of record on Mar. 25.
2.16.15 | La Palma, CA | Arcadia's new Spot mobile bench series designed by David Dahl is sized to fit under a standard work surface, providing added seating for impromptu moments. Its semi-soft tread casters allow it to easily move across various floor surface types. A built-in cubby is ideal for storing personal items such as purses, backpacks, and electronic items, and it is offered with or without a rotating tablet. It may be mixed with other lounge groupings to create multi-functional environments, and can be grouped together to form compact collaborative settings.
2.16.15 | Chicago, IL | Lamin-Art introduced 30 solid color laminates with its new Solid Colors Collection. Ranging from cool blues and lively grays to muted neutrals and zesty warm colors, the new laminates are available in two new finishes: Diamond, a polished, high-gloss finish, and Vellum, a parchment-like, matte finish that is soft to the touch.
2.12.15 | Kalamazoo, MI | Landscape Forms donated $25,000 to the American Society of Landscape Architects to support the creation of a world-class Center for Landscape Architecture. The architect for the transformation of ASLA's national headquarters facility, a three-story building in Washington, DC, that it has occupied since 1997, is Gensler, in consultation with the award-winning landscape architecture firm Oehme van Sweden. The new Center will feature flexible meeting, event and exhibit space on the first floor that will accommodate larger groups and present a welcoming face to the street. The second and third floors will provide an updated working environment with greater access to natural light and more spaces for small group work. Landscape architecture will be expressed in green spaces within the building and act as a conductor to a series of “complete streets” in the adjacent area, a scheme on which ASLA is currently working with the city.
2.15.15 | Norcross, GA | Scott Simpson joined Greenway Group as Senior Principal. Greenway Group is a leading business strategy consulting firm for the architecture, design and engineering professions; it convenes the Design Futures Council and publishes Design Intelligence. A nationally recognized thought leader, Mr. Simpson has published more than 150 articles on issues relating to innovation in the A/E/C industry and has co-authored two books with Jim Cramer, Chairman and Founder of Greenway Group: How Firms Succeed-A Field Guide to Design Management and The Next Architect-A New Twist on the Future of Design. He is a member of the Executive Board of the Design Futures Council and is a frequent speaker at national conferences and symposia. He is also Editor-at-Large of Design Intelligence. Prior to joining Greenway he was a Principal at Jacobs Global Buildings, President and CEO of the Stubbins Associates, CEO at Flad Architects, and Senior Vice President at Cannon Design.
2.12.15 | Chicago, IL | Douglas A. Smith, AIA, AICP, joined the Chicago office of Perkins+Will as a Managing Principal. With more than 30 years of experience in architecture, design and planning, Mr. Smith brings special expertise in urban mixed-used development and master planning on office, hotel, retail, and transportation facilities projects in the U.S., Middle East and Asia. Most recently, he was Managing Principal of AECOM's architecture practice in Chicago. Many of his projects have won both local and national design awards from the AIA, ASLA, APA, and Congress for the New Urbanism.
2.10.15 | New York, NY | David Mourning, AIA, FIIDA, founder of IA Interior Architects, was honored by Contract magazine with the prestigious Legend Award. Announced during the Interiors Awards Breakfast at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York, the Legend Award celebrates Mr. Mourning’s leadership of the firm and the entrepreneurial spirit that has helped IA blossom and grow into what it is today, 30 years after its founding. Previous Legend Award winners include Michael Graves (2013), Carl Magnusson (2012), Art Gensler (2010), and Moira Moser (2008).