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Mel Wolf, Founding Partner of Wolf-Gordon, Dies at 90

 4.15.14 | New York, NY | Melvin (Mel) Wolf, pioneer of the commercial wallcovering industry and founding partner of Wolf-Gordon, died peacefully at his home in Boynton Beach, FL, on Mar. 22. He was 90 years old.

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DIFFA/Chicago Believe 2014 Gala – The Crystal Ball – June 7

4.15.14 | Chicago, IL | DIFFA/Chicago is gearing up for its 26th annual black-tie fete, the Believe 2014 Gala – The Crystal Ball, scheduled for June 7.  Following the success of last year’s sold-out event, this year’s Gala will be held at one of Chicago’s iconic destinations - Navy Pier at the Grand Ballroom. The Crystal Ball intends to shine a light on what is possible and imagine a world without AIDS. Fourth in a series of six Believe Galas dedicated to DIFFA/Chicago grantees, this year's event will recognize organizations supporting education and advocacy.

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2ND AVE Lighting Wins “Most Interesting Lighting Products” People’s Choice Award

4.15.14 | Nashville, TN | 2ND AVE Lighting received the People’s Choice Award for “Most Interesting Light Products” at Hi Connect Design 2014. The award was determined via popular vote by attendees of the hospitality industry trade show, which was held Mar. 25-27 in Nashville.

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C&W: 1Q14 U.S. Office Market Occupancy Absorption Up 133% Year over Year

4.15.14 | San Francisco, CA | Cushman & Wakefield reported that first quarter occupancy gains in the U.S. office sector increased 133% percent year over year. “The big story for the first quarter is the market’s 9.7 million square feet in positive absorption, which compares to 4.2 million square feet of gains last year at this time,” said Maria T. Sicola, C&W's head of Research for the Americas. “Many markets with negative absorption at the start of 2013 turned around to positive gains to kick off 2014.”

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Knoll Reports Growth in Sales, Margins, and Operating Profit to Start the Year

4.17.14 | East Greenville, PA | Knoll, Inc. reported 2014 first quarter net sales of $229.3 million, an increase of 14.3% from first quarter of 2013. Organically, excluding the impact of HOLLY HUNT®, sales increased 5.7% when compared with 1Q13. Operating profit was $11.8 million, an increase of 14.6% when compared with $10.3 million in the first quarter of last year, and adjusted operating profit was $12.4 million. Net income was $8.2 million, an increase of 34.4% over 1Q13. Diluted EPS was $0.17 for the quarter compared to $0.13 in the prior year.

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HNI Corporation Increases Sales And Earnings For First Quarter Fiscal 2014

4.16.14 | Muscatine, IA | HNI Corp. reported first-quarter FY14 consolidated net sales of $452.2 million, a 2.2% increase over 1Q13. Sales in the company's Office Furniture segment decreased 2.0% to $358.4 million, while sales in its Hearth Products segment increased 22.7% to $93.8 million. Net income for the quarter was $11.1 million, or [[htmlareaTextareaContent]].24 per diluted share.

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Sina Pearson Textiles: Walking the High Line

4.15.14 | New York, NY | Sina Pearson Textiles introduced Walking the High Line. Designed by company owner Sina Pearson, the high-performance collection of four geometric patterns in 21 colorways was inspired by the High Line, the elevated park incorporated into 1930s railroad tracks on Manhattan's west side. Facade's irregular grid suggests modernist buildings as seen from a distance; Windows' jockeying squares depict tightly-crowded windows close by the park. Tracks, with its abstracted train tracks, pays homage to the High Line's original function as a railroad. Skyline is a larger-scale perspective on the urban horizon at night.

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Seeyond Installs Three Cellular Resin Wall Facings in Casino

4.15.14 | Minneapolis, MN | Seeyond® Architectural Solutions recently installed three cellular resin wall facings in a new casino space located in Coquitlam, BC, Canada. One of the facings features remote-controlled programmable LED lights inside each module, delivering a full spectrum of RGB colored light. The other two facings are both wrapped in wood-grain architectural film.

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Interface First Quarter 2014 Results Conference Call Apr. 24

4.15.14 | Atlanta, GA | Interface, Inc. plans to release its first quarter 2014 results on Wednesday, Apr. 23, after the close of the market, with a conference call webcast scheduled for Thursday, Apr. 24, 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Daniel T. Hendrix, Chairman and CEO, and Patrick C. Lynch, Senior Vice President and CFO, will host the call.

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Kimball International, Inc. Declares Quarterly Dividend

4.15.14 | Jasper, IN | Kimball International, Inc.'s Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of 5 cents per share on Class B Common Stock and 4.5 cents per share on Class A Common Stock. It is payable Jul. 15 to Share Owners of record on Jun. 25.

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Planning For the Climate of the Future - National Climate Assessment Webinar May 9

4.12.14 | Washington, DC | The Security and Sustainability Forum on May 9 will present a webinar to discuss new insights and implications from the third U.S. National Climate Assessment (NCA). The NCA is a climate status report authorized every four years under the Global Change Research Act of 1990. It is based on the best available science and written by hundreds of scientists and experts from academia, government, non-profits, and the private sector. The draft report was released for public comment nearly a year ago by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, which is scheduled to release the final report in the first week of May. The webinar will reconvene the leaders of the assessment in a panel discussion that will take questions from the audience.

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Textile Inspired Mosaics by Sara Baldwin for New Ravenna

4.10.14 | Exmore, VA | New Ravenna Mosaics presents textile-inspired mosaics designed by Sara Baldwin....

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KI Sets Sail with Miami A&D Community During "Gilligan's Island" Themed Cruise

4.11.14 | Green Bay, WI | KI, Pallas Textiles, and Patterson Pope recently hosted an evening of fun, food and adventure at KI’s “Gilligan’s-Island” A&D cruise in Miami.

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Two New Versatile Projectors for Optoma’s Business Range

4.9.14 | Hertfordshire, UK | Optoma has expanded its range of projectors targeted to businesses and educational institutions with the launch of two new high-specification projectors – the EH415 and W415.

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NYSID Lecture: Contemporary Art in Healthcare Environments Apr. 23

4.11.14 | New York, NY | NYSID will present a lecture, "Contemporary Art in Healthcare Environments" on Wednesday, Apr. 23, 6:30 p.m. Jennifer Finkel, curator, Cleveland Clinic Art Program, will speak about how Cleveland Clinic utilizes its contemporary art collection comprised of nearly 5,400 artworks and how the art program is an integral part of the patient experience. Diane Brown, founder and president, RxArt, a non-profit organization that transforms pediatric hospital facilities into comforting and engaging spaces through site-specific installations by contemporary artists, will speak about projects working with artists such as Jeff Koons, Rob Pruitt, Kenny Scharf, and many more.

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Invision Hosting "Objects Made" Exhibition in Boston May 1

4.10.14 | Dalton, GA | Objects Made, the traveling exhibit and presentation by designer Sarah Miller commissioned by Invision, will be in Boston May 1. Ms. Miller spent more than a year meeting with 21 craftspeople from various industries to discover how object makers approach the design process. In her presentation, she will share the results of this research, including 10 design themes and four color and materials palette trends. All 21 objects will be on display. The presentation is IDCEC accredited for 0.1 CEU.

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ROCKFON Stone Wool Acoustic Ceiling Solutions Earn GREENGUARD Gold Certification

4.10.14 | Chicago, IL | ROCKFON®’s North American portfolio of stone wool acoustic ceiling solutions has earned UL® Environment’s GREENGUARD Gold Certification for low-emitting products. To achieve certification, ROCKFON voluntarily submitted its North American stone wool product line of suspended and monolithic ceilings, clouds and baffles to a series of rigorous tests as determined by UL Environment. ROCKFON products are made from stone wool, which is produced from volcanic rock and recycled material. Its inherent properties provide superior performance characteristics including high sound absorption, dimensional stability, fire protection, and humidity resistance.

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NeoCon Launches New Website and iPhone App, Announces Keynote Speakers

4.10.14 | Chicago, IL | NeoCon® returns to the Merchandise Mart in Chicago June 9-11. The new NeoCon.com site is up and registration is open. New digital tools include MyNeoCon and an iPhone app to help visitors to navigate the show more effectively. The NeoCon 2014 seminar series features keynotes by Tom Eich of IDEO presented by Vornado/Merchandise Mart; Adrian D. Smith, of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) presented by AIA Chicago; Todd Bracher, of Todd Bracher Studio LLC presented by IIDA and 3M Architectural Markets; and Scott Barry Kaufman presented by ASID and OFS Brands. The newest must-attend event, Interior Design HIP at NeoCon, honors commercial industry pioneers and achievement in design solutions and product applications. Meanwhile, Contract Magazine is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Best of NeoCon Awards program, which will be enhanced for this milestone year.

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Spector Group Completes Interior Work for Capstone Executive Offices

4.10.14 | New York, NY | Spector Group completed its work as the prime interior architect for Capstone Executive Offices' (CEO) second executive business center in Manhattan. Situated on the 8th floor of 30 Wall Street, in the Financial District, the 8,000-sf co-working facility provides virtual, desk, office and suite space to both individuals and companies.

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Interface Receives Two Global Honors for Sustainability Efforts

4.10.14 | LaGrange, GA | Interface, which 20 years ago publicly issued a Mission Zero® promise to eliminate by 2020 any negative effect the manufacturing of its carpet tiles has on the environment, recently received two top sustainability honors. The Architizer A+ Awards cited Interface’s Net-Works™ initiative with its Popular Choice Award in the Products + Sustainability category, while the International Green Industry Hall of Fame (IGIHOF) named the company for induction.

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Wearbest/Bella-Dura® Appoints Stuart Schneider as Director of Sales

4.10.14 | New York, NY | Stuart Schneider is the new Director of Sales for Wearbest Sil-Tex Mills and its Bella-Dura® brand of high performance textiles. Mr. Schneider has more than 20 years of experience in the textile industry. He began his career at Quaker Fabrics, after which he moved to Chatham Mills, where he served as international sales manager. He was also Sales Director, North America for Enzo Degli Anguioni of Milan, Italy, and General Manager, International Sales for Covington. National sales reps for Wearbest/Bella-Dura®  will now report to Mr. Schneider, who will report to Ari Gasner, Executive Vice President.

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IFI Regional Design Symposium: Design + Economy = Our Future

4.9.14 | New York, NY | IFI's upcoming symposium, Design + Economy = Our Future, Apr. 22-23 at Steelcase WorkLife Center in NYC, aims to formulate a consensual design policy statement that can serve as a basis for governments, public sector agencies, and businesses. The think-tank format event will bring together key stakeholders, leaders, and experts in the private realm, public sector, business, and government. New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo will speak to the issue of garnering prosperity through design in the modern city, followed by noted CEOs and presidents of major global companies to further address business as it relates to design and the economy. Additional speakers include Ed Feiner, Director of Design Leadership Forum, Perkins+Will and former Chief Architect of the US GSA; David J. Burney, former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Design and Construction; Arlene Gould, Strategic Director for Ontario’s Design Industry Advisory Committee; and Chris Garvin, Partner at Terrapin Bright Green.

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Amy Azzarito: The History Behind the Trends, Apr. 16 at NSYID

4.10.14 | New York, NY | Amy Azzarito, managing editor of the popular blog Design*Sponge, will present "The History Behind the Trends" at NYSID Wednesday, Apr. 16, 6:30pm. She will talk about those pieces you see everywhere—from inlay furniture (currently all the rage at Anthropologie) to the Crate and Barrel standby, the Windsor chair—and delve into the history of these iconic design objects.

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IIDA NY Announces 2014 Student Design Award Winners

4.9.14 | New York, NY | IIDA’s New York Chapter announced the winners of its 2014 Student Design Awards. Five students received first place awards of $3,000 and an IIDA Student Membership, and five received Honorable Mention awards of $1,000 and an IIDA Student Membership. They were honored at an awards ceremony Apr. 8 hosted by Steelcase.

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Humanscale Introduces Rise: The Sit/Stand Solution for Every Desk

4.8.14 | New York, NY | Humanscale unveiled Rise, a sit/stand solution that retrofits existing desks to allow the user to transition instantly between sitting and standing positions. Clamped like a monitor arm to any fixed-height work surface, Rise employs the same constant-force technology used in the company’s Float sit/stand table. Its central column holds a monitor and a platform for a keyboard, and can be adjusted to the desired height by simply moving the platform. It will be available in North America starting in late June.

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One Week to IFMA’s Facility Fusion in Washington, DC: “FM In Action”

4.8.14 | Houston, TX | IFMA's Facility Fusion Conference and Expo in Washington, DC, takes place Apr. 15-17 at National Harbor. The event includes workshops, training and discussions related to facility management (FM) with a customized track designed specifically to cater to the unique needs of those managing government-sector facilities.

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Armstrong Introduces New Adhesive for Quick Renovations

4.8.14 | Lancaster, PA | Armstrong Commercial Flooring introduced Flip™ Spray Adhesive for revenue-generating spaces that require a quick flooring renovation. Developed for use with Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT), Sheet and Vinyl Composition Tile (VCT), Flip™ offers a simple, one-step application process with no mixing required. “This 90% RH high-moisture adhesive solution means that the actual installation can begin sooner, less wait time for the concrete slab to dry for an effective bond,” said Product Manager Wendy Booker. “Once the flooring is installed, the equipment can be returned to the room immediately, rolling loads are no worry, and heat welding for aseptic areas can be done immediately.”

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CoreNet Global Announces Leadership Slate at Asia Pacific Global Summit

4.7.14 | Singapore | CoreNet Global introduced its newly-elected global Board of Directors to a record-setting audience of 600 business leaders at the opening session of the group's Asia Pacific Global Summit in Singapore. The new chair of CoreNet Global is Randall Smith, MCR, Vice President, Global Real Estate & Facilities, Oracle.

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Wilkhahn Reports Encouraging Start to 2014

4.7.14 | Bad Münder, Germany | German office furniture manufacturer Wilkhahn reported several major projects won or carried out in the first few months of 2014. These include major orders from the Pretoria Department of Environmental Affairs in South Africa and the Yale School of Management in the U.S. Wilkhahn CEO Michael Tritschel attributed the upswing in orders - encouraging after a difficult year for Germany's office furniture market in 2013 - to the company's successful international market strategy.

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Veryday Named Red Dot Design Team of the Year

4.8.14 | Milan, Italy | Stockholm-based design and innovation consultancy Veryday was named Red Dot Design Team of the Year for 2014. Red Dot Founder and President Peter Zec made the announcement in Milan at the opening of Salone Internazionale del Mobile. It is the first time that this prestigious title, awarded purely on merit at the discretion of Red Dot, has gone to a Swedish company.

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Green Building Initiative Seeking Applicants to Serve on Consensus Body

4.7.14 | Portland, OR | The Green Building Initiative is seeking applicants to serve as members of its consensus body, which is being formed to formally update its new construction assessment protocol ANSI/GBI 01-2010: Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings. The standard was originally completed in 2010 and must be updated every five years according to procedures established by the American National Standards Institute. Participation is open to any member of the public with appropriate expertise and experience. Membership in GBI is not required.

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Optoma Launches New Range of Business Projectors

4.7.14 | Hertfordshire, UK | Optoma launched a new range of business projectors designed for meeting rooms and offices. The new S316, DS311, DX346, and W300 projectors feature built in speakers, full 3D technology, HDMI connectivity, and optional wireless capabilities. They are also portable and easy to set-up for off-site customer meetings.

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Adele Paula Royce Joins Innovant

4.8.14 | New York, NY | Adele Paula Royce joined Innovant as a New York-based Senior Account Executive. Ms. Royce has more than a decade of experience in the commercial real estate and construction industry, with degrees in fine art from the School of Visual Arts and the City University System. She is the former Vice President of Business Development at Donnelly Mechanical Corp, where she developed the organization's strategic business alliances and maintained communication with existing clientele. Prior to that, Adele worked in the Global Accounts Division of Haworth, where she cultivated global strategic business alliances to generate new business opportunities.

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General Shale Appoints Charles Smith to Top Executive Post

4.7.14 | Johnson City, TN | Charles Smith, a 22-year veteran of General Shale, has assumed the role of CEO for the Johnson City, TN-based company. Mr. Smith succeeds longtime CEO Richard L. (Dick) Green, who retired Apr. 1.

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ICFF Miami, Sep. 16-17

4.7.14 | Miami, FL | ICFF Miami will take place Sep. 16-17 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. It will run alongside the regional hospitality design conference and expo HD Americas, offering an opportunity for direct one-on-one engagement between exhibiting companies and pre-selected and qualified attendees: interior designers, architects, retailers, representatives, distributors, facility managers, developers, manufacturers, store designers, and visual merchandisers from Southeast U.S., Central and South America, and Caribbean.

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Kieron Bux Joins Teknion

4.5.14 | Toronto, ON | Kieron Bux joined Teknion as Global Account Manager. Reporting to David Quinn, Director, Global Accounts, Mr. Bux will be responsible for managing and developing select global accounts in the northeast. He has diverse experience and successes on both the manufacturer and the dealer sides of the business, including experience with Milo by Design, Herman Miller, and Gunlocke in the Northern California, New York and the Mid-Atlantic markets.

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3M Architectural Markets Preview + SO-IL at Wallpaper* Handmade

4.4.14 | Milan, Italy | 3M Architectural Markets teamed with Brooklyn-based design firm SO-IL to create a stunning kite from 3M™ Dichroic Glass Finishes. Inspired by the glimmering, color-shifting properties of the material, SO-IL transformed the films into an ethereal kite. The art piece will be unveiled at the Wallpaper* Handmade exhibit at Leclettico during Milan Design Week 2014.

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"Work Anywhere with Free Stand" Contest Open to Architects & Designers in U.S. and Canada

4.4.14 | Grand Rapids, MI | Coalesse launched a contest to the A&D community to promote its Free Stand portable/foldable work surface designed by Stephan Copeland. The contest, "Work Anywhere with Free Stand" challenges architects and designers to take Free Stand (provided on loan by request) to their most creative place and submit a photo. The winner (by popular vote) will receive a $500 gift card toward any Coalesse product and other prizes. Second and third place winners will receive a Free Stand.

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Camira Releases New Blazer Quilt Fabrics

4.4.14 | West Yorkshire, UK | Camira's new Blazer Quilt fabrics “Channel” and “Hourglass” feature a soft, cushioned texture and detailed stitching. The company notes that these patterns are ideal for lounge seating or vertical surface applications and are easy to upholster. A subtle palette offers eight contemporary shades that can be used alone or in combination with Blazer. The fabrics are made from 100% Laneve wool, traceable to the source in New Zealand. Foam backing and padding form the density of the quilted patterns.

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MaxLite Named 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year

4.3.14 | West Caldwell, NJ | MaxLite was named 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA is recognizing MaxLite for the second time in five years as a Partner of the Year for demonstrating exemplary commitment and dedication to energy efficiency through the development and education of energy-efficient lighting solutions. The award will be formally presented Apr. 29 to MaxLite CEO and President Yon Sung at an awards ceremony in Washington, DC.

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ArtPrize Celebrates Five Years

4.4.14 | Grand Rapids, MI | ArtPrize will celebrate its five-year history Wednesday, Apr. 23 at its 2014 Premier Event. In addition to a party with dancing and singing, highlights of the event will include launch of the ArtPrize 2014 poster, debut of the new ArtPrize commemorative book, and announcements of 2014 jurors and new artist programming.

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Entangled Light by Suzanne Tick and Mary Wallis

4.4.14 | Milan, Italy | Entangled Light, a collaboration between textile designer Suzanne Tick and lighting designer Mary Wallis, will be on display at the Wallpaper* Handmade exhibit during Milan Design Week 2014. The neon piece is an interwoven light fixture that has a dynamic interaction of subtle color shift, using a striation of three color temperatures. The tubes were hand woven into place, using a new technique developed by Ms. Tick and Ms. Wallis that incorporated their strengths: Ms. Tick's weaving expertise and Ms. Wallis' lighting skills.

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MCX at Salone del Mobile, Apr. 8-13

4.4.14 | Material ConneXion's booth at Salone del Mobile 2014 - entrance of pavilion 9-11 - will display more than 100 innovative materials and a new Material Box. Also, at Materials Village, Triennale Museum, Viale Alemagna 6, nine houses in the gardens of the museum will display advanced materials and processes.

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Knoll, Inc. to Announce 2014 First Quarter Results

4.4.14 | East Greenville, PA | Knoll, Inc. plans to report financial results for the first quarter of 2014 on Thursday, Apr. 17, prior to the opening of the market, with a conference call scheduled the same day, 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time.

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Mohawk Industries, Inc. Invites You to Join the First Quarter 2014 Conference Call on the Web

4.3.14 | Calhoun, GA | Mohawk Industries, Inc. will issue its first quarter 2014 earnings release on Thursday, May 1, with a conference call webcast scheduled for Friday, May 2, 11:00 am Eastern Time.

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Carl Knutson Returns to Perkins+Will

4.3.14 | Washington, DC | Carl Knutson, AIA, LEED AP, has returned to Perkins+Will to serve as architectural Design Director and a Principal of the Washington, DC, office. Mr. Knutson had been working with Goettsch Partners since 2012, leading hospitality and mixed-use projects including the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Bogota, Colombia, and the Zhengzhou Mixed-Use Development in Zhengzhou, China. Prior to Goettsch Partners, he spent eight years as an Associate Principal and Senior Project Designer at Perkins+Will in Chicago. In his new role, he will lead design efforts for Perkins+Will in the Washington metropolitan area and focus on client engagement, innovation, project delivery and staff development.

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Richard Trautwein Joins BFI - Parsippany

4.4.14 | Elizabeth, NJ | Rich Trautwein joined bfi's Parsippany sales team. Mr. Trautwein has an extensive background in architecture working with such firms as Mancini Duffy, Space Design, Nelson, RSA, and most recently DMR.

In the Loop: News From Guilford of Maine

3.31.14 | Grand Rapids, MI | Guilford of Maine introduced Tracery, a new upholstery pattern available in 10 colors, and added a number of new colors to its upholstery patterns Dibley, Revival, and Shiraz. The company also posted a new case study showcasing its Anchorage pattern used on acoustic panels for a project at Case Western Reserve University.

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UK Survey: Less Than 25% of Workers Happy With Office Temperatures

4.1.14| Wolverhampton, UK | Andrews-Sykes, a UK provider of pumping, heating, and cooling solutions, reported that less than a quarter of office workers find the temperature in their work space comfortable. The company commissioned One Poll, which surveyed 2,000 UK office workers to determine the impact of temperature on workplace efficiency. According to the survey, approximately 2% of office hours are wasted due to temperature alone. The survey also found a significant difference between men and women when it comes to comfort with the office temperature.

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Wecora Launches Online Interior Design Collaboration and Presentation Solution

4.2.14 | Charlotte, NC | Wecora at Wecora.com is an online design platform for interior designers. A visualization tool system allows professional designers to create impactful electronic visualizations of their client’s projects (called Wecora boards; similar to tangible design or inspiration boards) that virtually communicate the designer’s vision within minutes.

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