3.27.15 | Albany, NY | Davies Office has once again earned level™ Sustainability Certification from BIFMA on all major panel lines it offers. In 2011, Davies was the first office furniture remanufacturer to earn BIFMA level™ Certification for remanufactured panels. At the time, they met the 2010 version of the standard. This time, products were validated against the BIFMA e3-2014e Furniture Sustainability Standard.
3.24.15 | New York, NY | The Robert Allen Group launched a new website that it says will reshape the way designers approach color and fabric selection online. A border of clickable Robert Allen swatches rests at the top of each page, allowing designers to seamlessly access the brand's broad range of proprietary colors. An innovative color search tool also serves as key aspect of the site; designers may search by color palette or upload a photo that is then matched with coordinating Robert Allen fabrics. Another new feature is the search function, redesigned with a system of sliders that allow users to refine a search in real time according to price, availability, usage, and yardage, among other criteria.
3.25.15 | Grand Rapids, MI | LOGICDATA introduced LOGICdrive, said to be the first intelligent drive unit for height adjustable office tables. Its control box is integrated into the drive component itself. All that is needed is one or more LOGICdrive actuator, a power supply, a connection cable (if using more than one actuator), and a switch.
3.24.15 | Grand Rapids, MI | Niclas Tilly, Configura Strategic Development Manager, was named the 2015 OFDAxml committee chair. The purpose of the OFDAxml (extensible markup language) initiative is to establish a common platform for receiving and sending content in the commercial office furniture industry. Mr. Tilly will host an OFDAxml planning meeting at Configura’s Grand Rapids office on Apr. 13.
3.26.15 | Warminster, PA | Remyi Cole joined Clestra Hauserman, Inc., a global leader in the design, manufacture, supply and installation office glass and relocatable wall systems, as Regional Manager, Southwest. Mr. Cole will be assisting global corporations, institutions, general contractors, developers, real estate professionals, and designers with their office fit-out needs. Services include design, workplace traffic flow analysis, delivery and installation, and after-sales service for both new office space and reconfigurations.
3.25.15 | New York, NY | Lisa D'Alessandro joined Lane Office as Project Administrator, and Janet Villeta joined Lane Office as Creative Technical Designer/CAD Specialist.
3.25.15 | New York, NY | Bill Corey joined New York-based architectural millwork firm Modworxx as Vice President of Sales. Mr. Corey has 26 years of experience in the construction industry. With a focus on architectural millwork management and estimating, he will oversee the transition of projects from sale to production and serve as a liaison with architects, designers and general contractors to establish design, materials, construction methods and preliminary budgeting.
3.23.15 | Toronto, ON | Egan Visual is now represented by Lyons Company in the states of Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska. Lyons Company has been representing products for the contract dealer and architectural design markets in corporate, healthcare, education, and hospitality in these states for 19 years.
3.23.15 | Chicago, IL | Zackery House was promoted to Chief Operating Officer of ESD (Environmental Systems Design, Inc.). ESD is an international leader in the design of high performance buildings, mission critical facilities, workplace solutions, and health, science and education environments. Mr. House, was also named an executive vice president, has 24 years of technology and construction industry experience. He joined ESD in 2013 as practice leader for the Technology Consulting Engineering Practice. Previously, he worked in various leadership roles for Wal-Mart Stores in the company’s Information Systems and Realty Construction Division.
3.23.15. | La Palma, CA | Arcadia promoted two key staff members. Laura Judson, an 18-year veteran with Arcadia, was promoted to Director of Client Fulfillment & Order Processing. Blanca Sauceda was promoted to the newly created position of Senior Marketing Coordinator.
3.25.15 | La Palma, CA | Arcadia expanded its Nios family of lounge, executive and bench seating, as well as occasional and meeting tables, with the introduction of its guest seating counterpart. Presented as arm and armless models, the Nios Guest chair features three base styles, ranging from metal and wood four-leg frames to the ever-popular swivel base - each available in a variety of standard and custom finishes to fulfill aesthetic preferences. It was designed by David Ritch and Mark Saffell of 5D Studio.
3.23.15 | Monastier di Treviso (TV) Italy | Arper introduced Colina, a family of armchairs suited for offices and public spaces. Soft yet sculptural, Colina was originally created to complement the fluid architecture of the modular sofa system Loop. It is available in three sizes: Small, Medium, and Large - upholstered in leather or fabric. All are available in upholstered solid base, and Colina Medium is also available in cantilever, sled, and four-leg wood base.
3.27.15 | New York, NY | LAUNCH by Editor at Large on Tuesday, Apr. 14 will present a class, Business Branding Tactics, led by Christiane Lemieux, Founder of DwellStudio and Executive Creative Director of Wayfair. It is aimed at helping designers create an actionable to-do list to brand their business for success, and understand of where and how to focus their efforts for best results. Ms. Lemieux will outline the building blocks of an authentic brand; how to refine personal brand statements; how a niche market plays a role in focusing a brand; and more.
3.23.15 | New York, NY | LAUNCH by Editor at Large will present an online class, Client Contracts 1.0, on Monday, Apr. 13, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Eastern Time. In this workshop, David Adler, a Chicago-based lawyer who understands the ins and outs of the design industry, will share a basic client contract that participants can use and customize.
3.23.15 | The Center for Health Design will present a workshop, The Emergency Department - Considerations for Innovation & Strategic Design, June 18-19 at AIA in San Francisco.
3.23.15 | Toronto, ON | IIDEXCanada seminar topics are due on Wednesday, Apr. 1. Speakers have the opportunity to be exposed to the 30,000 attendees of The Buildings Show and the IIDEXCanada newsletter database of more than 160,000 subscribers. IIDEXCanada 2015 will take place Dec. 2-3 at Metro Toronto Convention Centre North. Also due Apr. 1 are entries for the ArchDaily + IIDEXCanada Virtual Spaces Competition. Submissions deadline for THINK:Material 2015 is Apr. 30. Prototypes for the IIDEX Woodshop are due May 1.
3.26.15 | Chicago, IL | IIDA Illinois Chapter's volunteer event, What Goes Around, will take place Saturday, Apr. 25 in Maywood, IL. Registration deadline is Thursday, Apr. 2.
3.23.15 | Milan, Italy | Domitalia will present new chairs, tables, occasional tables and a bookcase system at the Milano iSaloni 2015, Hall 12, stand A11-B16.
3.23.15 | Milan, Italy | Hub Design will showcase new products from its brands Baleri Italia and Skitsch at iSaloni 2015 in Milan, Apr. 14-19, Hall 16, stand E35.
3.23.15 | Milan, Italy | Passoni Nature will debut its Decanter chair at Salone del Mobile in Milan. Inspired by fine wines and wood, Decanter features a curved and enveloping wooden structure with an innovative dying technique.
3.23.15 | Milan, Italy | Moroso's Salone del Mobile introductions will include the Glider sofa by Ron Arad, upholstered in a Blur knitted fabric which transforms from red to purple; Float stool and Corners storage by Nendo; and St. Mark chair by Martino Gamper. Visitors will be able to see the newest products at the Moroso stand in the main fairgrounds and are also welcome to the store in downtown Milan to see Vis à Vis, an exhibition by gallery owner, publisher and designer Jörg Schellmann. Last year, Mr. Schellmann created a collection of furnishings for Moroso, and this year he will bring work from his gallery (including Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman and Gerhard Merz) as inspiration for an installation that draws art and Moroso design worlds closer together.
3.23.15 | Milan, Italy | Ford Motor Co., in collaboration with Salone del Mobile Milano, will present an innovative lighting installation curated by architect Attilio Stocchi in celebration of the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies. Titled “FAVILLA. To every light a voice”, the immersive, interactive installation unfolds inside two perception-altering large boxes amid a dazzling, reflective show of lights, much like the interior of a geode. Also at this year's Salone del Mobile Ford is displaying lifestyle pieces developed by its global design teams and will host a panel on future design trends exploring the concept of privacy and the role of “space.”
3.23.15 | Milan, Italy | CSIL, Centre for Industrial Studies will present World Furniture Outlook 2015 during Salone del Mobile in Milan Apr. 15. During the seminar CSIL speakers will present findings and abstracts from two research reports: World Furniture Outlook, providing an overview of the world furniture industry with historical statistical data and furniture markets forecasts for 70 countries; and Office Furniture: World Market Outlook, an overview of the sector worldwide including a special in-depth analysis of acoustic solutions.
3.24.15 | New York, NY | Vitra will introduce new products by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Barber & Osgerby, and Hella Jongerius at this year’s furniture fair in Milan. There will be three guided tours per day by Anna Vartiainen, Head of Marketing and Communications on Apr. 14 and 15 at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. The theme of the booth will be Vitra + more, with the concept designed in cooperation with Jo Nagasaka, who leads Schemata architects. Vitra and G-Star RAW will also present the limited Prouvé RAW Office Edition, designed for Vitra by Jean Prouvé.
3.25.15 | New York, NY | Vitra opened its newly renovated 3,550-sf Los Angeles showroom on Mar. 19. Architects for the project were Tiziano Barachino, design and concept; and Oakes Architects, core and shell.
3.26.15 | Chicago, IL | Julio Braga, FIIDA, LEED AP; Stanford Hughes, FIIDA, FAIA, LEED AP; Susanne Molina, FIIDA, CID, LEED AP; and Joey Shimoda, FIIDA, FAIA are the 2015 inductees to IIDA's prestigious College of Fellows. This year’s honorees will be introduced and celebrated at the IIDA Annual Meeting to be held Jun. 14 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.
3.24.15 | Grand Rapids, MI | Steelcase Inc. reported fourth quarter revenue of $749.9 million and net income of $22.8 million, or diluted earnings per share of $0.18. Excluding restructuring costs, adjusted earnings were $0.21 per share. In the prior year, Steelcase reported $779.4 million of revenue, diluted earnings per share of $0.19 and adjusted earnings of $0.18 per share. Organic revenue growth over the prior year was 7% after adjusting for approximately $53.6 million from an extra week of shipments in the prior year, approximately $23.5 million of unfavorable currency translation effects and the impact of a small divestiture. The Steelcase Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.1125 per share, to be paid on or before Apr. 15, to shareholders of record as of Apr. 6. This represents an increase of 0.75 cents per share compared to the third quarter.
3.19.15 | Princeton, NJ | Michael Graves Architecture & Design announced that the memorial service for Michael Graves will be held at Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University on Apr. 12, 1:00 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Omaha, NE, one of the projects that Mr. Graves was most passionate about. Also in honor of Michael Graves, Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ will extend a large portion of the current Michael Graves exhibition, Past as Prologue, for the public to enjoy through Apr. 12. 25% of all admission fees collected at Grounds For Sculpture on April 12 will be donated to Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in his memory.
3.20.15 | Jasper, IN | Kimball Office added CF Stinson to its surfacing materials alliance program. The new partnership adds a wide range of CF Stinson seating patterns to the program, including popular styles designed by industry icons such as Robert A.M. Stern, Michael Graves, Clodagh, and Patty Madden. “The addition of CF Stinson to the Kimball Office surfacing materials alliance program helps us provide our customers with a broad range of design-oriented fabrics that can be specified using our standard ordering process, thereby eliminating the need for additional expense and efforts required for COMs,” said Mary Kay Perkins, surface materials manager for Kimball Office.
3.20.15 | Bensenville, IL | Gerflor, manufacturer of specialized resilient flooring for commercial environments, expanded its Gerflor USA sales team. With the addition of 14 new members, the sales team now covers the entire United States and provide additional reach in major markets.
3.17.15 | Medina, NY | Takeform's Moxie graphic panel system offers a direct print on a rigid, lightweight aluminum composite panel. The print is protected by a UV, chemical and scratch resistant overlay that preserves color and extends life.
3.17.15 | New York, NY | Vitra introduced a limited edition of its iconic Panton Chair in the color Summer Green. It will only be available from March until the end of July.
3.17.15 | Atlanta, GA | Sandler Seating unveiled Dunas. a collection of upholstered seating created by renowned French designer Christophe Pillet. Dunas is produced in both high back and medium back versions and offered on a swivel or fixed tubular steel base. The geometric shape of Dunas and the varied density of upholstered panels are designed to ensure superlative comfort and aesthetics.
3.16.15 | London, UK | Benoy completed the pro bono design for the new head office for Maggie’s Centres. The organization, which provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their families and friends, had no room to grow at its previous location in West London. The new space is located in an old church which had been empty for several years. When the lease was signed, the owner was in the process of taking the building to shell and core completion. With a huge amount of ‘can do’ from all parties, Maggie’s overlapped the fit-out with the landlord’s work. Benoy Associate Director Martina McMahon worked ahead of constant deadlines to finish this project.
3.18.15 | Washington, DC | The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) launched a virtual community to answer questions and share strategies for the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®). The new ARE 4.0 Community on Google Plus helps exam candidates get advice from experts and each other. Community members have access to a variety of useful tools to help them navigate the exam, including video tutorials on all seven divisions of the ARE. Candidates can also learn how the test vignettes are scored and self-evaluate their knowledge with sample questions.
3.18.15 | Chicago, IL | NeoCon 2015, June 15-17 at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, has finalized its seminar schedule, and registration is now open. Organizers have selected a small sampling of the more than 100 educational "hot topics" to be presented by industry leaders at this year's show, now in its 47th edition....
3.18.15 | Chicago, IL | NeoCon East 2015 organizers issued the final call for presentations. Industry professionals have until Apr. 1 to submit program proposals. NeoCon East will take place Oct. 28-29 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
3.18.15 | Grand Rapids, MI | BIFMA's second Chemicals Summit will be held Apr. 21-22 at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. The event focuses on the future direction for chemical responsibility in the furniture industry. Keynote presenters include Michelle Moore of The WELL Building Institute, Cheryl Durst of IIDA, Paula McEvoy of Perkins+Will, and Brendan Owens of USGBC.
3.16.15 | Los Angeles, CA | The LA Mart Design Center's Designer Week, Mar. 29 through Apr. 3, will be the first of a bi-annual event featuring showcases of the latest designs, sample sales, and CEU seminars for interior designers.
3.17.15 | New York, NY | The IIDA New York Chapter is an Association Partner of the New York DISRUPT CRE Conference, Thursday, Mar. 26 in NYC. It will be held at Convene at 32 Old Slip, Noon - 7:00 p.m. In a series of panel discussions, industry leaders will share how technology is changing the dynamics of commercial real estate.
3.16.15 | Concord, CA | The Center for Health Design and Healthcare Design magazine issued a call for submissions for the 15th annual Healthcare Design Showcase. All accepted U.S. and international acute care projects will be published in the September print and digital magazine issues. For projects receiving an Award of Merit, the submitting firm will receive two complimentary registrations to the Healthcare Design Conference in November and will be recognized at a special awards ceremony.
3.16.15 | Chicago, IL | IIDA Illinois Chapter's RED People's Choice Award is open for voting through Mar. 31, 5:00 p.m. Central Time. Voting will be determined via "likes" on Facebook. Winners will be announced at the third annual RED Awards ceremony Apr. 2 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.
3.16.15 | Chicago, IL | IIDA Illinois Chapter launched a design competition for its commemorative 20th anniversary pin. Deadline for entries, posted to Instagram with the hashtag #IIDAILturns20 and tagged on the account @IIDAIL, is Apr. 15. The chapter's official 20th anniversary is Aug. 24.
3.16.15 | Dallas, TX | Concept Surfaces introduced the Sangria tile collection, a back-painted glass series in a variety of size, color and shape options. It is designed for both residential and commercial applications and can be installed on accent walls and backsplashes in both interior and exterior spaces.
3.20.15 | New York, NY | Workwell Partners on Mar. 18 hosted an event in their Midtown NYC office to celebrate intelligent furniture company Stir’s newest offering, the Stir Kinetic Desk M1. This height-adjustable sit/stand desk uses a set of proprietary algorithms and custom interfaces to allow it to sense, learn and adapt to the needs of each individual user. Software accessed through the desk’s built-in touchscreen incorporates customizable settings to help log movement and calories burned throughout the day. The wellness-conscious desk gently notifies the user without interrupting work, suggesting when it’s time to stand up or move around.
3.16.15 | New York, NY | Tim Forton joined the Workwell Partners sales team. Mr. Forton has more than 17 years of sales management experience, most recently as district sales manager for CORT Furniture Rental in the greater New York City area. In his new role, he will assist in expanding and mentoring Workwell Partners’ roster of sales professionals to better focus on new markets and networking.
3.19.15 | Cartersville, GA | Reesie Duncan, Creative Director of Shaw Contract Group, was named a recipient of the Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Award by the The Manufacturing Institute. The STEP Awards honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers and represent all levels of the manufacturing industry. They are part of the larger STEP Ahead initiative launched in 2012 to promote the role of women in manufacturing.
3.19.15 | New York, NY | HBF and HBF Textiles are showcasing at Dining By Design with a space honoring DIFFA's mission designed by Ghislaine Viñas. The statement piece of the tablescape is an oversized arrow covered in HBF Textiles Smooth fabric, which runs the walls of the space and points to a giant "Zero" to signify the goal of a future world with no AIDS/HIV infections. Viñas' signature bold and graphic aesthetic combines with the tribute to DIFFA to create an engaging and thought-provoking space.
3.19.15 | Boston, MA | Furniture Consultants Inc. on Mar. 12 hosted 250 guests for the grand opening of its new 6,800-sf Boston showroom. Located at 255 State Street (also the future home of the new Teknion showroom) the new showroom highlights FCi's partnership with Adtech Systems — a leading AV systems integration company. Area architects and interior designers can see how office furniture, lighting, sound masking/mass notification, laboratory furniture, glass office fronts, and demountable walls can work together with video and collaboration technologies.
3.18.15 | Holland, MI | Haworth Inc.'s Santa Monica showroom will move to a space in downtown Los Angeles. The new showroom will be in the financial district at 444 South Flower and is scheduled to open in June. The design of the new L.A. Haworth showroom is led by Perkins+Will in coordination with the Haworth design team and themed around “whole spaces” to provide the foundation for a sense of well-being. It is a pilot project for the Well Building Standard, a performance-focused system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features of the built environment to promote health and wellness.
3.18.15 | Holland, MI | Haworth Inc.'s Houston showroom received USGBC LEED Gold certification for the green design, construction, and operation of the space. Houston is the latest Haworth showroom to achieve LEED status – a total of 20 Haworth spaces are now certified or recertified.
3.18.15 | Zeeland, MI | Herman Miller, Inc. reported net sales for its fiscal 2015 third quarter ended Feb. 28 of $516.4 million, an increase of 13.3% from the same quarter last fiscal year. New orders in the third quarter of $500.5 million were 7.9% above the prior year level. On an organic basis, which adjusts for acquisitions, divestitures, and foreign currency translation, sales in the third quarter increased 4.3% from the same quarter last fiscal year. Third quarter net earnings were $0.35 per share on a diluted basis compared to diluted EPS of $0.33 in 3Q14. Excluding restructuring expenses recognized in the current period, 3Q15 adjusted diluted EPS totaled $0.37, an amount equaling the high end of the company's earnings guidance for the quarter. This compares to adjusted diluted earnings of $0.34 per share in 3Q14.
3.17.15 | Washington, DC | ASID reported that U.S. interior design firms ended 2014 with continued but slowed business improvement, with the ASID Interior Design Billings Index registering 52.3 at the end of the fourth quarter. This compares to the IDBI of 60.5 registered at the end of the third quarter. The index has now remained above 50 – the baseline score indicating growth – for eight consecutive quarters. Both large and small firms reported year-end billings increases as 2014 drew to a close. Sole practitioners, however, scored below 50 (47.7) for the second consecutive month. Residential billings outpaced commercial sector.