11.17.14 | Fort Worth, TX | ECi Software Solutions released Red Falcon™ software, a business system for the office products industry that provides a combination of robust ERP and next-generation e-commerce at an affordable price. Red Falcon will serve independent dealers in office supplies, furniture and equipment that want to grow their businesses by continued expansion into e-commerce and other business verticals. For further wallet share increase and margin improvement, Red Falcon software can integrate with ECi’s Acsellerate, Profitability Manager, eautomate, and TeamDesign software systems.
11.19.14 | New York, NY | Spacesmith's Jill Hanson, AIA and architect Julia Gallagher, Associate AIA, are design advisors on Amar Bakshi's Shared Studios project. The first public installation, "A Portal Between Tehran & NYC: Open for Conversation," will be presented by the Lu Lab in New York and the M-40 Studio in Tehran. It will be open to visitors Dec. 5-19 at Lu Magnus Gallery in NYC. Described as "creating a wormhole throughout the world," Portals are shipping containers equipped with specialized audio-visual communications technology that allow individuals to enter one at a time and converse with a person in the other location as if in the same room.
11.19.14 | Grand Rapids, MI | Configura has published the videos, presentations, photos and additional content from its 7th annual CET Designer User Conference on its website. Highlights include Primo Orpilla's keynote presentation as well as Powerpoint presentations and videos of many of the educational seminars, plus the winning entries in the Best of CET Designer Awards.
11.19.14 | Grand Rapids, MI | Configura released CET Designer 5.2, with most updates based on user feedback. The latest software includes a new Material Pack Extension offering more than 600 materials; user-requested 2D Positions, which allows control of the layer in which 2D images, such as lines and revision clouds, will appear; and new wall transparency features.
11.20.14 | Zeeland, MI | Herman Miller, Inc. is once again part of a select group of businesses to receive a perfect score of 100% on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index. This index, now in its 13th year, is a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
11.17.14 | Hong Kong | M Moser Associates received an Honor Award – the highest annual award for interior architecture – from the AIA Hong Kong Chapter for Tencent’s recently completed campus in Guangzhou. The award was given for the Tencent campus’s sensitive approach to adaptive reuse of existing buildings, campus revitalization, distinctive design and high level of sustainability. The project was highlighted at the AIA HK’s annual Honors & Awards ceremony held in Hong Kong on Nov. 14.
11.17.14 | Chicago, IL | IIDA's 10th Annual Student Design Competition is now open for entries. The competition celebrates original design and rewards individuals and/or teams whose projects demonstrate innovative, functional design solutions that have a positive environmental and human impact. This year, it invites students to evolve the concept of the open office to offer employees a workplace that encourages health, well-being, collaboration, and productivity. Prizes are as follows: 1st prize - $2,500, 2nd prize - $1,500, 3rd prize - $750. The deadline for submitting projects is Friday, Jan. 16, 11:59 p.m. Central Time.
11.19.14 | Chicago, IL | IIDA will hold its first IIDA Milan Chapter event on Thursday, Dec. 11. A day-long roundtable, “The Business of Design: A Global Conversation” will be moderated by International President of IIDA Julio Braga, IIDA, LEED AP (Design Principal, IA Interior Architects) and IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA, LEED AP.
11.17.14 | New York, NY | Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics) and the Italian Trade Commission issued the call for entries for the 2015 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition. Now in its third decade, the annual awards program honors the work of North American architects and designers who create exceptional spaces using Italian ceramic and porcelain tile. North America-based architects and interior designers are invited to submit new or renovated, domestic and international projects in the institutional, residential, and commercial/hospitality categories that have been completed between January 2010 and January 2015. Each category winner, to be announced in April during Coverings in Orlando, FL, will receive a cash prize of $4,000 plus a 5-day trip to Bologna, Italy to explore the historic city and attend Cersaie—the world's largest exhibition for ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings. Deadline for entries is Jan. 16.
11.17.14 | New York, NY | The Robert Allen Group announced the results of its inaugural Interior Designer Color of the Year program. This new crowd-sourced initiative invited designers to vote for the “It” color of 2015, based on five options predicted by the color experts at Robert Allen. Calypso Blue was selected as the 2015 Interiors Color of the Year, winning with over 30% of the votes from nearly 1,500 designers and interior experts.
11.17.14 | Wheeling, IL | Brentano’s sixth annual color forecast singled out three base colors (charcoal, flax, and porcelain) and three accent colors (citrine, emerald, and gold) that will drive the design studio’s product development for 2015.
11.17.14 | New York, NY | Resource Furniture introduced a selection of colorful space-saving, multi-functional products: The Hexa table, crafted of solid wood with reversible laminate surfaces, is available in several heights. Giralot storage units, crafted of walnut or oak, swivel 180 degrees on a column that rests on the floor and is attached to the wall. Tiburon is a wall-mounted TV module that conceals the screen when not in use; the cover closes with a smooth guillotine mechanism. Pocket Chairs, crafted with a chromed steel frame, nestle together to hang on the wall and save space.
11.17.14 | Jasper, IN | JSI's iXY is now available to order. This comprehensive collection of casegoods and tables features kinetic elements such as pivoting and adjustable height tables that easily transform a private work setting to a shared environment without compromising workflow.
11.17.14 | Easthampton, MA | Treefrog introduced eleven new prefinished wood veneer laminates, including Treefrog Press, a collection with deep textures and carved surfaces, emulating the look and feel of aged wood. The designs add popular lighter wood species with blasted and washed effects. Available in 4x8and 4x10sheets. Wood is of certified origin.
11.18.14 | Sausalito, CA | clé introduced the Elements Collection, hand crafted by British ceramicist Boris Aldridge. It is comprised of two shapes of hand formed stoneware tiles (square and hex) in seven elemental colors inspired by nature. The 4" tiles are either solid ceramic or filled with crushed glass, either turquoise or recycled white, that has been melted and cooled, creating a crackled effect. Mr. Aldridge mixes his own glazes, brushing each tile with several layers of color to achieve a painterly effect of depth and complexity. The tiles can be installed indoors and out, on vertical and horizontal surfaces.
11.19.14 | Taunton, MA | ILEX's Space Array light by Mick Ricereto is an avant-garde pendant composed of aluminum "leaves" which can be easily snapped on and off and moved up or down. It is available in several sizes and in Matte White, Teal, Black, as well as hundreds of custom colors, textures and metallic effects.
11.17.14 | London, UK | Vitsoe's 621 Side Table was designed by Dieter Rams in 1962 and re-engineered in 2014. Injection-molded in Britain, it is a nesting table produced in two sizes and two colors (black and off-white) and can be used as a coffee table, bedside table, laptop table or the "anything you need it to be" table. Multiples can be combined to create larger surfaces, while turning a table on end allows it to slide over a sofa. The addition of adjustable feet to adapt to uneven surfaces satisfies Mr. Rams’ wish that was not fulfilled by the original table in the 1960s.
11.17.14 | Advance, NC | Beaufurn introduced two new statement-making seats - Kali and Sophie - and also updated its classic French Bistro collection with new weave options. Kali, suitable for both indoor and outdoor commercial use, is available as a side or arm chair and barstool. It features a flexible, perforated seat back of molded technopolymer in a wide range of colorways. The Sophie side chair features an elegantly curved Greek klismos back and generous seat, both plushly upholstered. It is primarily targeted for upscale dining in hotels, restaurants, and country clubs.
11.17.14 | Marlton, NJ | GLOBALcare introduced the Primacare Modular series for acute care and elder care settings. It is offered in three back heights, Patient High Back, Patient Medium Back and Low Back Guest chair; and two seat widths, Standard and Bariatric. Key features include a wall saver leg design, easy grip forward extending arm cap, metal mesh seat pan for drainage, and a cleanout around the seat pan for demanding 24/7 environments.
11.17.14 | Beijing, China | B&B Italia recently opened a new monobrand store in Beijing at Easyhome, one of the most exclusive furniture malls in the city. The store works up to an area of approx. 600 m² distributed over two floors and recalls the exhibition mood of B&B Italia’s headquarters showroom. It presents the international lifestyle of the B&B Italia and Maxalto collections with a selection of proposals for the living and night areas.
11.20.14 | Holland Landing, ON and Brooklyn, NY | Inscape Corp. and home furnishings retailer West Elm, a member of the Williams-Sonoma, Inc. portfolio of brands, entered an exclusive product development and distribution partnership. The two companies plan to launch more than 50 new products, designed by West Elm in collaboration with Inscape, in late Spring 2015 under the name West Elm Workspace. The new collections will span benching, systems, private office, tables, task, guest, occasional and lounge seating, storage and accessories.
11.17.14 | San Francisco, CA | Knoll's new San Francisco showroom, which opened earlier this year in the city's South of Market District, received LEED Gold certification from USGBC. The showroom, which highlights the range of Knoll designs for open plan, private offices, and Activity Spaces, was designed by the Knoll design team and Architecture Research Office. ARO is a fellow recipient of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award and recipient of a 2014 AIA Institute Award for the design of the Knoll New York showroom.
11.17.14 | Rockeville Centre, NY | Greg Burke, president of Lane Office, donated two state-of-the-art EKG machines to Mercy Medical Center in Rockeville Centre, NY. He presented the donation during a recent open house hosted by Aaron E. Glatt, MD, Mercy Medical Center's executive vice president and chief administrative officer.
11.21.14 | Randolph, VT | Kate Beal joined WallGoldfinger as Vice President of Sales. Ms. Beal studied architecture at Norwich University in Northfield, VT, where she completed her master's thesis on designing structures to withstand disasters. She worked at Wiemann Lamphere Architects in Colchester, VT, and then Maclay Architects in Waitsfield, VT, before joining Creative Office Pavilion in Burlington, VT, as a designer beginning in 2010. A chance meeting in a Chicago airport connected her with WallGoldfinger owner John Wall, also of Northfield. They had both attended the same NeoCon conference and struck up a conversation while waiting for an alternative to a cancelled flight home. That conversation morphed into an interview and soon a job offer.
11.19.14 | Grand Rapids, MI | Chris Peckham joined American Seating as its new sales representative for the New England region, covering Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and parts of Massachusetts. Ms. Peckham has more than 25 years of corporate furniture and design experience, including roles as a manufacturer and dealer representative, interior and facilities designer, and space planner.
11.18.14 | San Jose, CA and Mississauga, ON | Office Source Inc., based in Mississauga, ON, has agreed to be acquired by Vangard Concept Offices. VCO is one of Teknion’s key US dealers with offices in San Francisco, San Jose, and Pleasanton, CA, and Phoenix and Tucson, AZ. Office Source is also a key Teknion dealer, having served clients in greater Toronto, ON, and across Canada for over 22 years. The transaction is scheduled to close Dec. 31.
11.18.14 | New York, NY | Benhar Office Interiors was named one of Crain’s 2014 Best Places to Work in New York City based on employee feedback. Crain’s New York Business last month released the names of the top 100 in alphabetical order. The numerical rankings will be unveiled at a celebratory luncheon on Dec. 5 and appear in Crain’s Dec. 8 print edition.
11.17.14 | Lorton, VA | Miller’s Office Products, one of the Washington-Baltimore metro area’s leading independent office products dealers, acquired Blue Ridge Office Products in Lexington, VA. This represents the sixth such acquisition for Miller’s in the past few years and further extends the dealerships market coverage in Rockbridge County. Earlier this year, Miller’s acquired long-time fellow independent Augusta Office Products in Waynesboro, VA, which also served the Rockingham County market.
11.17.14 | Grand Haven, MI | Atlas Injury Prevention Solutions, or Atlas IPS, is the new name for Atlas Ergonomics. The name change reflects Atlas’ evolution and innovation in the field of injury prevention. Since its inception in 2002, Atlas has grown from primarily an ergonomics solutions provider to the most complete injury prevention and management solution provider in the country.
11.19.14 | Washington, DC | The American Institute of Architects reported the October Architecture Billings Index score was 53.7, down from a mark of 55.2 in September. This score still reflects an increase in design activity (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 62.7, following a mark of 64.8 the previous month. The score for design contracts in October was 56.4. Regionally, the strongest conditions were seen in the South (58.4), while the Northeast showed a sharp decline (47.0). “Though it has been slow in emerging, we’re finally seeing some momentum develop in design activity for nonprofits and municipal governments, and as such we’re seeing a new round of activity in the institutional sector,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “It will be interesting to see if and how the results of the mid-term Congressional and gubernatorial elections impact this developing momentum.”
11.18.14 | Essen, Germany | The 2015 Red Dot Award: Product Design competition is now open for entries. Early bird registration deadline is Friday, Dec. 5. One of the winners’ privileges is the presentation of winning products at Red Dot Online. In addition to providing a marketing and communication platform for Red Dot Award laureates, this digital exhibition is a research tool for designers, manufacturers, the public, and media around the world.
11.18.14 | San Diego, CA | KI healthcare experts and designers discussed market trends, shared insights and showcased new product inspirations at Healthcare Design 2014. Making headlines were new high-performance products from KI and Pallas Textiles: the Soltíce® Metal Collection and Valetudo Collection.
11.17.14 | San Diego, CA | Kimball Health, a new division of Kimball Office, launched at the Healthcare Design Conference with the unveiling of three new collections, as well as a sleeper chair, a treatment chair, and casegoods. With patients, families and staff in mind, Kimball Health, in conjunction with the vast Kimball Office product portfolio, now offers furniture solutions for nearly every interior application of the healthcare project.
11.14.14 | Washington, DC | The Smithsonian Institution announced plans to give its buildings and gardens a face-lift, adding new entrances and refurbishing the Smithsonian Castle along the south side of the Washington Mall. “It’s a great honor and a humbling challenge to reimagine one of the most significant American institutions on the front lawn of the nation’s capital,” said Bjarke Ingels, the founding partner at BIG and the architect of the Master Plan. “Together with the Smithsonian—with whom we have worked closely over the last year and a half—we have conceived a Master Plan for the South Mall campus as an example of radical reinterpretation. To resolve the contradictions between old and new, and to find freedom within the boundaries of strict regulation and historical preservation, we have chosen to carefully reinterpret the elements that are already present in the campus.”
11.14.14 | Philadelphia, PA | Collab’s 22nd Annual Student Design Competition awards will be announced on Monday, Nov. 17, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The event is being held in conjunction with the Museum’s Vitra—Design, Architecture, Communication exhibition, which explores the story of the family-owned Swiss furniture company and its American roots. The exhibition is on view in the Museum’s Collab Gallery from Nov. 22 to Apr. 26, 2015.
11.11.14 | Washington, DC | The Urban Land Institute announced the call for applications in the 13th Annual ULI Hines Competition. The ideas competition allows multidisciplinary graduate student teams the opportunity to devise an urban development vision and compete to win $50,000. Teams of five students representing at least three disciplines have two weeks to develop solutions that include drawings, site plans, tables, and market-feasible financial data. Deadline to apply as a team is Dec. 8, and competition dates are Jan. 12-27, 2015.
11.13.14 | Holland, MI | Haworth, Inc.’s global marketing and innovation leader Mabel Casey, mindSHIFT principal Rex Miller, and Balfour Beatty Construction's Chief of Enterprise Development Mark Konchar are co-authors of a new book, Change Your Space, Change Your Culture: How Engaging Workspaces Lead to Transformation and Growth.
11.10.14 | Toronto, ON | KiSP, Inc. announced a new partnership with Artcobell to support their entire product catalog portfolio on The KITS collaborator™. Unveiled recently at the Ed-Spaces 2014 Conference and Exhibition, Artcobell field sales personnel will now have instant access to find, visualize and quote products on the iPad tablet device when working directly with dealers and customers.
11.10.14 | Holland Landing, ON | Inscape Corp., which last month announced the development of F.I.R.E. (Fully Integrated Resource for Enterprise management), provided more details on the collaboration. F.I.R.E. is a customer-centric solution for designers, dealers, and end users that will streamline the envisioning, specification, ordering, and follow-up process. It is scheduled to be available for Inscape’s product collection in June 2015. Last month, Inscape announced two of its technology partners in this venture - KiSP Inc. and Configura - and now it has revealed the identity of its third partner, ECi TeamDesign, provider of project management software for contract office furniture dealers.
11.12.14 | Austin, TX | Ergoprise developed the UpriseDesk, a new sit/stand desk designed for speed, stability, quiet operation, and affordable price point. It is available as a base only or with a number of tabletop options including bamboo and other fine hardwood tops.
11.12.14 | Dalton, GA | Invision’s newest modular plank product, Inception, resonates with chromatic highlights amongst neutral backdrops. Its design was inspired by an intuitive reflection on the origin of light and its ability to come and go without ever having a truly finite end. The goal was to provide an impactful yet quiet aesthetic that never repeats itself. Within an open geometry of tonal bases, bright flares of color surge and dissipate along the 18” x 36” planks achieving a sense of movement in both horizontal and vertical directions. Seven neutral colors anchor the collection, and each neutral has two companion accent options that can stand alone in an installation or can be used in tandem. Inception is created with 100% bleach-resistant fiber using Invision's proprietary ColorLoc Plus Stain Resistant Technology.
11.11.14 | New York, NY | Knoll Luxe announced its latest fashion collaboration, a collection with Chilean-American designer Maria Cornejo. This is the fourth collaboration between a fashion house and Knoll Luxe. “I have been an admirer of Maria’s work for so long, and it was an honor to create this collection with her,” said KnollTextiles creative director Dorothy Cosonas. The new collection includes four upholsteries and two draperies. Using a mix of modern, urban, and international influences, Ms. Cornejo worked towards the goal of creating a collection that would stand the test of time. The emphasis was warm, fresh color palettes and lush textures.
11.5.14 | New York, NY | Knoll introduced the Totes & Travel Collection of totes and travel bags, pairing 100% merino wool FilzFelt with premium aniline-dyed Spinneybeck leather accents. Handmade in New Hampshire, the collection consists of five designs – Slim Tote, Backpack Tote, Classic Tote, Duffle Bag, and Weekender.
11.12.14 | East Greenville, PA | Christopher G. Kennedy joined the Knoll, Inc. Board of Directors. Mr. Kennedy is the Founder and Chairman of Top Box Foods, a Chicago-based non-profit, hunger-relief organization. He serves as Chairman of Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises, Inc., responsible for the development of the Kennedy family's real estate holdings in Chicago known as Wolf Point. In addition, Mr. Kennedy serves on the Board of Directors of Interface, Inc. and is a member of the Audit and Governance Committees for Ariel Investments Mutual Fund. He also serves as Chairman of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees; is a member of the executive committee and chairs the Finance Committee for The Chicago Community Trust; and serves as the Treasurer of The Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation.
11.12.14 | Kalamazoo, MI | Marjorie K. Simmons joined the Board of Directors of Landscape Forms. The privately owned company headquartered in Kalamazoo, MI, is now in its 46th year and has 350 employees worldwide. Ms. Simmons is a business executive with more than 25 years of successful experience leading businesses at all stages of maturity. She is currently a Stantec Vice President and Business Leader for U.S. Buildings. "Marjorie has a very strong record of leading successful business growth and shares our people and design oriented values,” said Landscape Forms Board Chairman Bill Main.
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11.13.14 | Grand Rapids, MI | Jessica Rohloff joined the BIFMA staff as Marketing Manager. Ms. Rohloff has nearly 10 years of professional experience in marketing - both online and offline - and community management experience. Noteworthy achievements include launching the Yelp.com community in New Orleans in 2010 and founding the New Orleans chapter of NetSquared (Net2NO). At BIFMA, she will oversee communications and marketing activities promoting the organization and its services.
11.13.14 | Jasper, IN | Aneetha McLellan joined Kimball Health as its Healthcare Specialist for the West. Ms. McLellan, who will be based in Omaha, began her new role on Friday, Nov. 14. Kimball Health is making its debut at the 2014 Healthcare Design Conference, Oct. 15-18 in San Diego. Prior to joining Kimball Health, Ms. McLellan spent the past 18 years as Director of Interior Architecture for HDR Architecture and has been honored with numerous awards, including recognition for the past five consecutive years as a healthcare category IIDA Design Award winner.
11.11.14 | Seattle, WA | Ken Howell joined Callison as Associate Principal in the Dallas office. Mr. Howell has more than 30 years of master planning, urban design, landscape architecture, and managerial experience across domestic and international markets. Most recently he held various leadership positions over a 12-year period at The HOK Planning Group, including Vice President and Director of Landscape Architecture for its Hong Kong and Asia Pacific offices. Prior to that, he served as Director at Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLC and Carter & Burgess Inc., as well as HOK’s Houston office.
11.10.14 | New York, NY | Barbara Savage joined FCi, Furniture Consultants Inc. as Senior Vice President for the Miami office. In addition to seven years of experience as an Associate Principal at ADD Inc (now a Stantec Company), Ms. Savage is also a licensed Interior Designer in the State of Florida as well as a LEED Accredited Professional.
11.12.14 | Boonton, NJ | Carol Wickoren, formerly Midwest Regional Business Manager, was promoted to Vice President of Commercial Sales at Dauphin North America. Ms. Wickoren has held various positions during her career, helping designers, dealers and end users meet the changing needs in today¹s commercial, educational, healthcare, and hospitality marketplaces.
11.13.14 | Muscatine, IA | Brooke Julien joined Allsteel Inc. as a business development manager in the Midwest region. She will be responsible for generating sales opportunities within the higher education, state, and local markets. Prior to joining Allsteel, she was a business development manager at Izzy+.
11.13.14 | Muscatine, IA | Sarah Joslin joined Allsteel Inc. as a market manager in the Midwest region. Based out of the Detroit area, she is responsible for working with the Allsteel regional team to support and grow business with Allsteel’s dealer network through training, team selling, and business development. Prior to joining Allsteel, she worked in business development at Integrated Design Solutions, LLC.
11.12.14 | Jamestown, NY | Bush Industries, Inc. a manufacturer of case goods and ready-to-assemble furniture designed for office and home applications has completed a management buyout in which a group of senior executives have acquired 100% ownership in the company. The management group includes Jim Garde, the company’s CEO, Neil Frederick CFO, Mike Evans EVP Business Development, and Steve Phelan EVP Sales.
11.11.14 | Toronto, ON | Jane Henley, CEO of the World Green Building Council, will step down from the role in March, and WorldGBC will be seeking a new CEO. Ms Henley was appointed CEO in February 2010. She was previously the founding CEO of the New Zealand Green Building Council, which she helped establish in 2005. “Jane has been instrumental in growing the green building council network into a global movement that now boasts GBCs in 100 countries around the globe,” said WorldGBC Chair Bruce Kerswill.
11.14.14 | New York, NY | Delaval Hugh Astley, 64, Senior Vice President of Lane Office, died Monday, Nov. 10 in Norwalk, CT. Mr. Astley, born Feb. 2, 1950 in Norfolk, England, and educated in Switzerland, worked and traveled across the globe. He is survived by his wife Denise Renaud Astley, five children, and six grandchildren. “Hugh was not only my friend, he was an integral part of the team we built here at Lane Office,” said Lane Office Principal Gregory F. Burke. “We will miss his leadership and wit.”
11.13.14 | Toronto, ON | Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) launched a new program for emerging interior designers called PROpel: What’s Your Amazing? The program aims to connect the next generation of interior designers with industry professionals, including suppliers at a conference May 28-30, 2015, in Montreal.
11.13.14 | Toronto, ON | Teknion Corp. was named 2014 Category Leader in the Furnishings category by GreenWizard. GreenWizard is a leading software provider for managing green and sustainable construction projects. It presented Teknion with the award at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, held Oct. 22-24 in New Orleans.
11.12.14 | Grand Rapids, MI | Steelcase Inc. released its 2014 Corporate Sustainability Report, which recounts the company’s sustainability promise and the resulting social, environmental and economic global performance indicators. Additionally, the company has been recognized by additional third-party organizations to celebrate its achievements in promoting sustainable business practices and fostering a workplace of inclusion.
11.12.14 | La Grange, GA | The Resilient Floor Covering Institute has expanded membership, adding four manufacturers and three suppliers to its roster. Resilient flooring manufacturers Shaw Resilient, Novalis Innovative Flooring, Mohawk, and EarthWerks have joined the industry association, as well as suppliers PLI PAK-LITE and SELIT, both providers of flooring underlayment, and HPS Schonox, makers of primers and moisture mitigation materials. RFCI membership represents more than 95% of all resilient flooring marketed throughout North America.
11.10.14 | New York, NY | Iris Dunbar, president of the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI), reported that IFI members "have once again supported IFI’s directive to represent Interiors at the highest level." Ms. Dunbar had issued a call for comments last month regarding the plan by International Council of Graphic Design Associations (ICOGRADA) to change its name to International Design Council. "Your feedback has re-iterated the need to advocate for interiors within the design and architecture communities," she said. "With a majority of member’s input and help, we were able to send a response for IFI to take a stance against an existing specialty design discipline to transform themselves into an all design representative organization."
11.11.14 | New York, NY | Cushman & Wakefield released its 2015-2016 Global Office Forecast. The report tracks current and anticipated Class A office market trends in The Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe. "From a global perspective, 2014 was a stronger year for the office real estate sector, with many markets heading into 2015 on solid footing," noted Maria T. Sicola, who heads Cushman & Wakefield's Research for the Americas group. "Of course, some markets in or near areas of political instability and those with stalled economic growth continue to struggle; but overall, things are in better shape than they were 12 months ago."
11.7.14 | Baltimore, MD | NeoCon East 2014 organizers, in their post-show report, said that both exhibitors and attendees noticed an upbeat, productive environment, with attendance up overall. "Government was back in business and back walking the show floor, which was abuzz with steady order filling and networking."
11.6.14 | Salt Lake City, UT | A stunning and intricate gown featuring laser cut triangles made of Chemetal laminate and Treefrog wood veneer won Best of Show at the IIDA Fashion Remix in Salt Lake City. The dress, which also won the People’s Choice award, was created by EDA Architects in Salt Lake City.
11.7.14 | Philadelphia, PA | The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) selected architecture programs at Parsons The New School for Design in NYC and Clemson University in Clemson, SC, as recipients of the 2014 NCARB Awards. Announced during the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Administrators Conference, Clemson was awarded $30,000, and Parsons will receive $20,232.50. The NCARB Award was created to support initiatives at architectural schools that will have a long-term impact on students, faculty, and curriculum. "The award honors innovative ways for weaving practice and academy together to address real-world architecture challenges," says NCARB CEO Michael J. Armstrong. "The winning proposals for 2014 explore new paradigms of practice and move students from the theoretical to applied practices working with licensed practitioners."
11.5.14 | Houston, TX | Rice School of Architecture was named the most-admired undergraduate architecture program in the nation in a survey of 78 architecture deans and department heads by DesignIntelligence and the Design Futures Council. The annual ranking also named RSA Dean Sarah Whiting one of the 30 most-admired educators for 2015, as chosen by DesignIntelligence staff "with extensive input from thousands of design professionals, academic department heads and students."
11.6.14 | New York, NY | LMNOP NYC will hold is 2014 Annual Meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the Allsteel showroom, 79 Madison Avenue, 14th Floor, 6:30-8:00 p.m. The design community organization is preparing for its 7th year serving designers and architects by hosting IDCEC workshops, mixers, and volunteer events.
11.5.14 | Chicago, IL | IIDA has joined in a new national partnership with Designs for Dignity (D4D), an organization that provides pro bono design services to nonprofits that work with marginalized or at-risk communities. This partnership will expand D4D’s national programs throughout the United States and give IIDA Members opportunities to engage in pro bono design revitalization projects in their local communities. D4D is currently hosting volunteers in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, and Pittsburgh. IIDA members, vendors, and manufacturers will be able to provide in-kind donations and corporate support to D4D’s growing national efforts.
11.5.14 | Green Bay, WI | KI earned the designation of “Green Master,” the highest tier in the Green Masters Program established by the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council. The special designation recognizes KI’s dedication to integrating principles of sustainability into its operations while pursuing business excellence. As a Green Master, KI has performed actions in each of the nine sustainability areas—Energy, Climate, Water, Waste Management, Transportation, Supply Chain, Workforce, Governance, and Community and Educational Outreach—and has scored in the top 20% of all participating companies.
11.6.14 | Toronto, ON | Teknion Corp. introduced Tech Couture – the latest collection by Suzanne Tick, Creative Director of Teknion Textiles. The collection features upholstery and vertical fabrics inspired by artisanal techniques long associated with couture fashion. Although created using the latest technologies, the new textiles are designed to provide warmth, comfort, and a tactile experience in direct contrast to the cold, hard, glossy touch of cellphones and tablets. “The design tools of technology have made it possible to create couture looks and techniques, formerly only made by hand with acute attention to detail,” said Ms. Tick. “Cutting, quilting, embossing and stitch work once done by hand are now seamlessly accomplished through CAD work, lasers and computerized machinery. A feeling of grandeur can now be imparted on more modest materials and objects of all scales.”
11.6.14 | New York, NY | Designtex re-introduced two extreme performance textile collections, Hardwear and Sportswear, both developed in collaboration with textile designer Nancy Giesberger. Hardwear is a performance wallcovering first introduced in 1994 using PVC-coated polyester yarns in the weft that were originally used in geotextiles. Sportswear, introduced five years later, was developed specifically for indoor and outdoor stadium seating, features PVC-coated polyester yarns for both the warp and the weft in a dense weave. Both textiles have been re-engineered to replace the phthalates with an FDA-approved softening agent, and new yarns were also re-designed to create finer threads, allowing for greater subtleties in weave construction and color range. The new Hardwear wallcovering (Armour) and four new Sportswear upholsteries (Bit, Bolt, Rivet, and Rivet Pearl) utilize a variety of weave techniques to create subtle and sophisticated patterns.
11.3.14 | Wheeling, IL | The Brentano Design Studio introduced three new polyurethane faux leathers - Ravenswood, Sauganash, and Uptown - featuring ink|SAFE, a chemically bonded stain shield. They are part of Brentano's fall Affinity collection, which also includes series of fire retardant draperies, acoustical wall panel fabrics, and performance fabrics.
11.4.14 | Exmore, VA | New Ravenna's new Aurora Collection designed by Sara Baldwin consists of 24 mosaic designs hand crafted in natural stone, 24k gold glass, jewel glass, and shell. Each mosaic consists of hundreds of small individual pieces that have been hand cut and assembled by artisans on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Aurora was inspired by Sara Baldwin's travels to cities steeped in gilded history where architecture is punctuated by flashes of brilliant gold.
11.5.14 | Milan, Italy | Domitalia's new product introductions at High Point Market included Auckland, a table featuring a solid oak top arranged on two anthracite lacquered steel columns; new Traffic stacking chairs featuring a colored metal body; and much more...
11.5.14 | Philadelphia, PA | Haworth, Inc. opened its newest showroom in Philadelphia, PA. Located at 1700 Market St., Suite 600, in the famous financial district, the 4,600sf space features cutting edge technology and an integrated collection of furniture for various workspaces, living environments and residential settings.
11.4.14 | Chicago, IL | The Design Center at the Merchandise Mart announced upcoming events including A Celebration on 6, taking place on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2:00-6:00 p.m.
11.4.14 | Chicago, IL | IIDA Illinois Chapter's Portfolio Review Night will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at the Mohawk Group showroom, 377 Merchandise Mart.
11.6.14 | Concord, CA | The Center for Health Design will host Kirk Hamilton, and Jan Stichler, co-editors of the Health Environments Research & Design (HERD) Journal at its booth on Sunday, Nov. 16, during the Healthcare Design Conference. Mr. Hamilton and Ms. Stichler will be on hand 11:40 a.m.-Noon and 1:20-1:40 p.m. to answer questions about what types of papers are accepted for publication and how to submit an article or paper to the HERD Journal.
11.3.14 | New Windsor, NY | USAI Lighting introduced Color Select, a proprietary technology said to be the first architectural LED downlighting fixture offering independent control of both color temperature and intensity. Users are able to tune white light over the broadest possible color temperature range — from candlelightlike 2200K to 6000K that’s comparable to daylight, and control intensity from 100% down to 0.1% using either standard roomside dimmers or programmable control systems.
11.3.14 | Holland, MI | Michael A. Dunlap & Associates, LLC, in the 41st edition of its quarterly MADA/OFI Trends Survey, reported the October 2014 Overall Survey Index was 57.58, the best since July 2007 (58.49). This index is designed to measure the current business activity of the commercial furniture industry and its suppliers; the October survey was sent to more than 750 individuals involved with office furniture manufacturing and suppliers worldwide from companies ranging from more than $1 billion in sales to less than $10 million in sales.
11.6.14 | London, UK | The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) reported that UK businesses could be losing out on savings of nearly £1 billion as a result of their failure to adopt a more effective approach to facilities management. According to a recent survey commissioned by RICS, about 26% of organizations in the UK are still not taking a strategic approach when it comes to FM – a business discipline that involves the co-ordination of space, people, resources, and property within an organization. It suggests that those organizations using FM in a strategic capacity could be saving themselves as much as £120,000 on average.
Mancini•Duffy Survey Indicates More Than Three-Quarters of Workload Takes Place Without Face-to-Face Interactions
11.4.14 | New York, NY | Mancini•Duffy's most recent findings from The Coordinate, its periodic survey on workplace trends, indicate that less than one-quarter of the work performed in a single day requires a face-to-face interaction. With the rise of technology, much of the workday – even the most productive morning hours – is spent corresponding via email or conference call. The survey also points to generational differences in where employees work within the office.
Mancini•Duffy Provides Architectural Services for Normandy Real Estate Partners’ 25th Street Property
10.28.14 | New York, NY | Mancini•Duffy was commissioned by Normandy Real Estate Partners to provide full architectural design services for the renovation and modernization of Normandy’s 125 West 25th Street. Initial plans call for prime ground-floor retail and expanded retail storage in the lower level of the 12-story, 140,000sf loft office building located in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. In addition to the retail component, the top ten floors will offer new office space with a fresh, modern infrastructure.
11.5.14 | London, UK | World Interiors News held its Annual Awards ceremony Oct. 30 at the Saatchi Gallery in London. Guests from across the globe joined writer, broadcaster and design critic Tom Dyckhoff to celebrate the designs that made the biggest impact on the cultural landscape over the past year. In Workspace Interiors, winner of the greater than 10,000 square meters category was Federal Center South Building 1202 in Seattle, by ZGF Architects; and T2 Headquarters in Melbourne, Australia, by Landini Associates was the winner in the less than 10,000 square meters category.
11.6.14 | Jasper, IN | Kimball International, Inc. announced net sales of $348.2 million and net income of $8.0 million, or $0.21 per Class B diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal year 2015 which ended Sep. 30. Excluding incremental after-tax costs related to the spin-off of the company's EMS segment of $1.5 million ($0.04 per Class B diluted share), the adjusted net income 1Q15 was $9.5 million, or $0.25 per Class B diluted share. Net sales in the Furniture segment were $144.4 million, a 2% increase compared to the prior year. Net sales in the EMS segment were $203.8 million, a 16% increase over last year. As the spin-off of the EMS segment took place on Oct. 31, this segment's results are included in the company's results even though it is now no longer part of the company. A Form 8-K filed on Nov. 6, 2014 discloses the pro forma financial statements of Kimball International, showing the financial results as if the spin-off had occurred at the beginning of the periods presented.
11.6.14 | Calgary, AB | DIRTT Environmental Solutions Ltd. reported its financial results for the three and nine months ended Sep. 30. In Canadian dollars, revenue increased by $9.9 million, or 27.1%, to $46.7 million compared with Q3 2013 and by $23.8 million, or 22.5%, to $129.4 million compared with the first nine months of 2013. Net income was $0.02 per share for Q3 2014 compared with a loss of $0.01 per share in the third quarter last year.