5.14.15 | Washington, DC | The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) reported a record number of new architect candidates in 2014. Offering a first glimpse of the 2015 NCARB by the Numbers report to be released in July, NCARB reported that 37,178 aspiring architects were actively reporting experience hours through the Intern Development Program (IDP) and/or actively testing for the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) in 2014—the most ever recorded. Also during 2014, nearly 10,000 new candidates started the path to licensure, up 4% from 2013; 3,543 licensure candidates completed the IDP, up 85% from 2013; 3,719 candidates completed the ARE, up 17%; and 107,581 licensed architects were reported by U.S. licensing boards—another record high and the third consecutive year of increased growth in the profession.
5.18.15 | Atlanta, GA | The winners of the Atlanta Bridgescape Competition were announced May 15 at the AIA National Convention. Two winning designs – one for the 10th Street Bridge in Midtown and one for the Courtland/McGill Bridge in Downtown – were selected blindly by a panel of design professionals who are considered experts in their respective fields. The winners are sin(uosity), designed by Max Neiswander and Luke Kvasnicka of Atlanta, GA; and Organic Canopy, designed by Roger DeWeese, AIA, with Peachtree Architects of Atlanta, GA.
IIDA Announces Best of Competition Winner for the 2015 Best Interiors of Latin America & the Caribbean Competition
5.18.15 | Chicago, IL | IIDA named Cadena + Asoc. Concept Design the Best of Competition Winner of the 3rd annual Best Interiors of Latin America & the Caribbean Competition for its Hueso restaurant project in Guadalajara, Mexico. A special awards reception was held May 15 at MAISON&OBJET AMERICAS in Miami Beach, FL.
5.18.15 | New York, NY | Design Memorabilia, founded by design entrepreneur George M. Beylerian, was awarded “Best Accessory Collection 2015” at the 27th annual ICFF for its inaugural table top collection DESIGN MEMORABILIA ITALY: De Gustibus. Already for pre-order on MoMA Design Store’s website and in-store on July 1, the De Gustibus table top collection consists of 32 distinguished Italian product designers––including Mario Bellini, Cini Boeri, Andrea Branzi, Achille Castiglioni, Piero Lissoni, Michele de Lucchi, Vico Magistretti, Alberto Meda, Alessandro Mendini, Paola Navone, and Tobia Scarpa–and the archival sketches and notes of the late Gae Aulenti and Joe Colombo to revive concepts designed during their lifetimes.
5.18.15 | Wheeling, IL | Brentano’s new performance upholstery fabric Equinox won an IIDA/HD Product Design Award at the Hospitality Design Expo in Las Vegas. Equinox features a starry tessellation pattern that undulates from dark to light and back to dark in a metaphor for day and night.
5.19.15 | High Point, NC | Davis Furniture's Rox, designed by Burkhard Vogtherr, won the IIDA/HD Product Design 2015 Award of Excellence for Individual Lounge Seating. The design competition took place during HD Expo in Las Vegas, May 13-15. Rox, released at NeoCon 2014. is offered as a stationary chair or a rocker, both showcasing clean lines and artistic symmetry.
5.14.15 | New York, NY | Wolf-Gordon will be part of DIFFA’s Specify With Care® cause-related marketing program, debuting at ICFF 2015. Collections from six affiliates will be featured in a booth designed by Daniel Hyland, Brand Director for Clodagh Design. Lines include sinks by BLANCO and Laufen, wallcoverings by Roger Thomas and David Rockwell for Maya Romanoff and by Wolf-Gordon, and flooring by Bolon and EGE.
5.18.15 | Jasper, IN | Kimball Office launched a photography design and installation contest, the winners of which will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Lake Como, Italy, and the 2016 Milan Furniture Fair. The contest, “Kimball Office Amore,” is open to any interior designer. Photos of projects installed between Jan. 1, 2014, and Dec. 31, 2015 that prominently feature Kimball Office products are eligible for submission. The top five winners will be selected on or about Jan. 2, 2016.
5.15.15 | Blackburn, England | Graham & Brown is marking the end of an era with the series finale of Mad Men on Sunday, May 17. The company has had a special relationship with Mad Men, as one of its favorite wallpapers, Trippy, was featured throughout the TV show's seven-year run. This modern superfresco design recalls the halcyon days of the 60’s and 70’s.
5.15.15 | Chicago, IL | Virginia San Fratello, IIDA, was named the 2015 IIDA Educator of the Year. Ms. San Fratello is currently an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator at San Jose State University and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland. The IIDA Educator of the Year Award was created to recognize and celebrate the outstanding accomplishments and commitment to interior design education by a full-time educator. The honor carries with it a $10,000 cash prize, sponsored by Milliken, and a complimentary 2016 IIDA membership.
5.15.15 | New York, NY | Stephanie Schreiber, CID, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C, joined the New York office of MKDA as Senior Interior Designer. Ms. Schreiber is a Certified Interior Designer and LEED ID+C accredited design professional with more than nine years of professional experience in workplace planning and design. She gained experience in design and documentation for corporate, educational, cultural, religious and government projects during tenures with Huntsman Architectural Group, FXFOWLE and Stephen Alton Architect. Notable projects include Rockefeller Brothers Fund, SAP Americas, Sheppard Mullin and various sites for Signature Bank.
5.14.15 | Los Angeles, CA | Christopher O. Ward joined AECOM as senior vice president, chief executive, Metro New York. In this role, Mr. Ward will be leading strategic growth and profitability of the Design and Consulting Services group in the NYC Metro area. Areas of responsibility will include transportation, water and wastewater, environment, power, and buildings and places, which encompasses more than 1,600 architects, engineers, scientists and support staff. Prior to joining AECOM, Mr. Ward most recently served as executive vice president for major projects at Dragados USA, where he was responsible for significant business development throughout the United States. His 30-plus-year career in infrastructure and government comprises experience in both the public and the private sectors, including a successful tenure at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey where he led the effort on the World Trade Center project.
5.12.15 | Fort Worth, TX | Amy Brown was promoted to Director of Strategic Services for the Office Products Division of ECi Software Solutions. Ms. Brown will focus on dealer growth and profitability through understanding and aligning dealers’ goals with ECi’s system functionality. She will also have key product management responsibilities, leveraging her industry experience to translate and drive the right solutions to support market needs. Ms. Brown has more than 20 years of office products experience, most recently as Director of Sales for ECi Acsellerate. She also worked 15 years as the Sales Director for a large dealer in Ohio, and she had her own consulting business, helping dealers manage their sales teams and implement processes for long-term success.
5.13.15 | Chicago, IL | Craig Shultz was named Vice President - Chicago Division of Business Office Systems. Mr. Shultz has more than 30 years of industry experience, most recently with Desks Inc., where he served as Sales Team Leader for 16 years. Prior to that, he was an accomplished interior designer, working in the corporate sector for firms including ISD Inc. and Perkins + Will. In his new role with BOS, his responsibilities will include management leadership of the Chicago Office team, development of new corporate accounts, architecture & design and commercial real estate marketing & business development.
5.13.15 | Hackensack, NJ | Davis Brody Bond was selected by EarthCam to design its new 10-acre campus in Upper Saddle River, NJ. The project, led by partner Steven M. Davis, FAIA, is five times the size of EarthCam’s current headquarters, making it the largest facility in the world dedicated to webcam technology and services. The campus fosters a fun, energetic work environment with indoor/outdoor café, gym and recreation areas. DBB and partner Spacesmith designed the interior, where floor to ceiling windows and skylights bring the outdoors in, and provide natural light to the open, organic work spaces throughout the building.
ASI Featured Project - Kellogg Conference Center, Washington, DC: A State of the Art Facility for the Hearing Impaired
5.15.15 | New York, NY | Architectural Systems, Inc. helped to solve vibration challenges in the renovation of the Kellogg Conference Center in Washington, DC. Part of the historic Gallaudet University - the first university to educate the hearing impaired - the Center's design brief required low vibrations throughout. Robelan Displays, Inc., a design-build firm in New York, was brought in to create a sense of place. Rachel Arnold, EVP Store Planning and Visual Merchandising, visited the ASI showroom and selected a porcelain tile and 100% luxury vinyl flooring in a warm hardwood coloration and a textural concrete pattern.
ROCKFON Ceiling Systems Help Ottawa’s New Federal Offices Create High-Profile Appearance with Acoustic, Sustainable Performance
5.14.15 | Chicago, IL | ROCKFON’s ceiling systems are featured throughout the lobby and offices of the new 650,000-sf, 17-story federal office complex in Ottawa, ON. Designed by the joint venture of DIALOG and David S McRobie Architects (DSMA), the $250 million landmark building’s stature and style are consistent with other significant federal buildings surrounding Confederation Square. DSMA’s vice president, James Salem described the project as both collaborative and challenging. The RFP called for high-quality materials in the lobby such as granite, glass, metals and a wood ceiling. State of the Art Acoustik Inc. modeled the lobby’s acoustical options and possible solutions. “The ground floor’s public space is an irregular volume with a three-story atrium at the main entrance, and a large concourse intersected by a cross axis with a two-story lobby at one end and a split-level lobby at the other,” said Mr. Salem. “The models showed that noise was going to be an issue. There was concern that excessive reverberation caused by the use of hard surfaces would make it very difficult to hear any announcements over the public address. The ceiling was the only opportunity to improve the acoustic performance.”
5.14.15 | Madison, WI | ComEd and Seventhwave will present a webinar, Incorporating Energy Modeling Into the Design Process, Wednesday, May 27, 1:00-2:30 p.m. Central Time. Through the use of real world examples and an enhanced understanding of the design process, the goal of the webinar is to empower project managers and design team members to utilize energy modeling on their projects. Cost is free to view; $95 for credit.
5.12.15 | Washington, DC | ASID reported that business conditions U.S. interior design firms improved and picked up momentum over the first quarter of 2015. The March ASID Interior Design Billings Index value of 57.7 increased from the December reading of 52.3. The March New Project Inquiry rate of 58.8 continues the trend of positive outlooks.
5.14.15 | Washington, DC | The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) is working to sunset use of the term “intern” as a way to describe those who are working to become architects. Based on the recommendations of its Future Title Task Force, NCARB is planning a series of initiatives, which will include proposing changes to NCARB Model Law and guidelines. These changes could, in turn, lead to consideration by the 54 U.S. licensing boards to remove “intern” from existing rules and regulations. “Architects are those who have met all the requirements to become licensed in states and jurisdictions throughout the United States,” said NCARB President Dale McKinney, FAIA, NCARB. “Everyone else is not an architect. But their status also doesn’t need a regulatory title such as “intern” or any similar reference. This has become a term that has been perceived as negative by many in the architecture community and a term that really does not fully value the work that aspiring architects bring to the profession.”
5.14.15 | Chicago, IL | IIDA named Tara Headley winner of the first-ever IIDA Student of the Year Award, which honors a current IIDA student member. The award recognizes students whose insight, involvement and leadership have significantly impacted their school’s interior design program. Ms. Headley currently attends the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, GA, where she is working towards a master’s degree in interior design. She has been actively involved in the interior design program at SCAD since she was an undergraduate student, and has received numerous accolades and awards. She has served as both secretary and president of the Student ASID/IIDA Chapter, as well as an active IIDA Student and Committee Member.
5.13.15 | Chicago, IL | IIDA named Jane Hallinan, Associate IIDA, LEED Green Associate, winner of the 2015 Member of the Year Award. The award honors an IIDA member whose commitment to the industry is visibly demonstrated through extensive volunteer efforts and passionate dedication to the IIDA mission of advancing interior design and advocating for its excellence. Ms. Hallinan currently serves in a volunteer position for the IIDA Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware Chapter as Director of the Pittsburgh City Center. Her leadership has reinvigorated the City Center by launching a number of high profile, innovative, and insightful events for members and nonmembers.
5.14.15 | Chicago, IL | IIDA announced the winners of the 19th Annual IIDA/HD Product Design Competition, presented in partnership with Hospitality Design magazine. This competition — open to exhibitors at HD Expo 2015 — honors innovation, functionality and aesthetic advancements in the hospitality industry. Awards in 14 categories were presented, in addition to the Eric Engstrom Best of Competition Award, which was presented to Stone Source’s product, Fossil.
5.11.15 | Chicago, IL | IIDA's Executive Report on its recent 18th Annual Industry Roundtable is now available for download. The roundtable, which recently took place over the course of three days at IIDA headquarters in Chicago, covered the expansive and timely topic of “Workplace Well-Being,” and how that concept affects a design strategy. Approximately 30 members of the design community and other industries attended, including representatives from Bentley Mills; Crossville, Inc; ESI Ergonomic Solutions; Herman Miller; Humanscale; Kimball Office; Knoll; The Mohawk Group; OFS Brands; Shaw Contract Group; Tarkett; Teknion; and Wilsonart. The Executive Report captures in-depth and intimate conversations between some of the industry’s top design leaders and leading corporate minds as to how the design industry is adapting to ensure employee well-being and comfort in the workplace.
5.13.15 | East Greenville, PA | Joseph T. Coppola, Vice President, Global Supply Chain at Boart Longyear, was named Chief Operating Officer of Knoll, Inc., effective Jun. 1. Reporting to CEO Andrew B. Cogan, he will be responsible for all of Knoll's supply chain activities, including manufacturing, global sourcing, logistics, quality and environmental health and safety. Mr. Coppola joined Boart Longyear, an international provider of mineral exploration drilling services and drilling products, in 2006. Prior to that, he held senior supply chain roles with the Mechanical Systems and Airframe Systems units of Honeywell International, and also served in operations and manufacturing roles with Eaton Corp. and Norfolk Southern Corp.
5.11.15 | East Greenville, PA | Knoll, Inc's Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.12 per share. It is payable Jun. 30 to shareholders of record on Jun. 15.
5.14.15 | Sheboygan, WI | Mayline Company, LLC has partnered with The Cooperative Purchasing Network (TCPN) to provide their complete range of mid-market contract furniture products and installation services to 37,000+ participating TCPN members throughout the U.S. TCPN’s lead government agency, Region 4 Education Service Center, uses a competitive solicitation process consistent with applicable procurement laws and regulations.
5.11.15 | Holland, MI | Trendway Corporation was awarded a contract through The Cooperative Purchasing Network (TCPN) to provide furniture and interior architectural solutions to 37,000-plus participating TCPN members throughout the United States. TCPN is a national governmental purchasing cooperative that has contracts with national vendors for commonly purchased products and services allowing entities to make compliant purchases at a valued rate. The entire Trendway portfolio of products, including Systems, Seating, Freestanding, Movable Walls and more is available through this contract, which was publicly solicited by a lead government agency, Region 4 Educational Service Center.
5.11.15 | Muscatine, IA | The HON Company was awarded a nationwide furniture contract by The Cooperative Purchasing Network (TCPN). The new agreement provides significant discounts on HON products to eligible public agency customers. TCPN is one of the fastest growing cooperative purchasing companies in the nation with nearly 38,000 members from governmental and public entities such as public schools, charter schools, community colleges and colleges. TCPN contracts are publicly solicited by a lead governmental agency, meaning that no bids are required to receive discounted pricing which creates a more efficient purchasing process for members. The primary lead agency for the HON contract was Region 4 Educational Service Center.
5.11.15 | Irvine, CA | Codelocks Inc. unveiled the latest edition to its KitLock range of electronic push-button locks – the NANO90. The new lock is based on the company’s best selling cabinet lock, but with a much smaller footprint of just 30mm by 90mm (3 ¾" x 1 3/16"). “We’ve primarily designed NANO90 to replace locks, keys and basic mechanical locks supplied with many items of office furniture, such as desk drawers and filing cabinets,” said Codelocks President Grant Macdonald. “However, due to its compact size, it’s also ideal for wallet lockers, mail boxes, courier drop boxes and medical and key cabinets.”
5.7.15 | Dallas, TX | Concept Surfaces, exclusive importer of high-quality, hard-surface materials, is celebrating one year of representation in Houston, TX. Founded in 2005 and headquartered in Dallas, the company is rapidly expanding across the U.S., with additional markets including Austin, San Antonio, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Denver. Crystal Lowe serves as the lead representative in the Houston market. Ms. Lowe has more than 10 years of experience in managerial and sales roles in the A&D industry and was highly trained to facilitate the company’s expansion in Houston. She schedules product presentations, including ‘Lunch and Learns’ and ‘Take 5’s’; meets with A&D firms to implement Concept Surface products into their product libraries; and stays abreast of new products and trends in the industry.
5.11.15 | New York, NY | Cerami & Associates, Inc. will present this year’s $10,000 Vito V. Cerami Scholarship to Vida Ekhlas through the ACE Mentor Program of Greater New York. A first-generation Iranian-American, Ms. Ekhlas will be pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon beginning in the Fall. The ACE Mentor Program is a not-for-profit organization that helps prepare high school students for careers in design and construction through mentoring by industry professionals. The Vito V. Cerami Scholarship is given in honor of Vito Cerami, a well-regarded mentor to the industry and founder of Cerami & Associates. He was also the father of the firm’s current CEO, Victoria J. Cerami, who sits on the ACE 2015-2016 New York board of directors. When Ms. Cerami first announced the scholarship fund last year, ACE's leadership, described it as “the largest amount awarded to any single student in ACE history.”
RISD's Department of Furniture Design Presents Face to Face: Searching for Authentic Experiences at ICFF 2015
5.11.15 | Providence, RI | Rhode Island School of Design’s Department of Furniture Design, at ICFF booth 2754, will present Face to Face: Searching for Authentic Experiences. Face to Face features pieces by six students who worked throughout the fall 2014 semester to develop a series of models leading to final, well-executed prototypes for the show. Although some could be mass-produced, the main focus is on opening new paths for designing furniture and objects that help us question the impact of technology on human interaction. The display showcases objects that encourage direct communication in a world dominated by electronic devices. Some of these pieces work with technology to enrich experiences, while others form a peaceful oasis free from technological interference. Taken as a whole, they promote meaningful human interactions that create authentic experiences.
5.7.15 | New York, NY | Wolf-Gordon’s display at ICFF, booth #1132, will be an immersive installation designed to surprise, amuse, and challenge conventional perceptions of contract wallcovering. Created by award-winning Boym Partners, Fun House aims to showcase the infinite creative possibilities of WG Customs Lab. The exterior of the structure, covered in a vast array of available substrates, is a white box -- a metaphorical blank canvas -- with a closer look revealing dozens of available textures and finishes. Inside, the space features products from Wolf-Gordon’s Curated Collection of digital print wallcoverings, whose vibrant hues and striking patterns transform the pavilion into a place of visual delight, wonder, discovery, and inspiration.
5.11.15 | New York, NY | Duravit will host a pre-ICFF party Friday, May 15 at its NYC showroom, 6:00-8:00 p.m. The company is introducing its new L-Cube furniture series by Christian Werner and also celebrating the recently launched ceramic line ME by Starck.
5.11.15 | New York, NY | Koleksiyon's official North American launch will be at NeoCon in Chicago next month, but New York will get sneak peek of the Turkish company's contract furniture collection next week. Koleksiyon is an established brand with more than 40 years in the home and contract design industries and operates in more than 20 countries. It is well-regarded by designers and highly published in international media. The NYC sneak peek will take place two days only, May 18-19, at its new showroom, 228 E 58th Street, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
5.11.15 | New York, NY | Duravit will host a pre-ICFF party Friday, May 15 at its NYC showroom, 6:00-8:00 p.m. The company is introducing its new L-Cube furniture series by Christian Werner and also celebrating the recently launched ceramic line ME by Starck.
5.11.15 | New York, NY | B&B Italia on Monday, May 18 will celebrate the Almora armchair by Doshi Levien and the US debut of Michel Club and Solatium seating systems by Antonio Citterio. The event, featuring wine, hors d'oeuvres, and music by DJ James Lucius Gray, will take place at the B&B Italia Store, 150 East 58th Street, NYC, 5:00-8:00 p.m. Guests of Honor are Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien. RSVP by May 11.
5.11.15 | New York, NY | Ceramics of Italy will bring its multi-brand pavilion to ICFF at New York’s Jacob K. Javits Center, showcasing the latest design trends in ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings. Sponsored by Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics) and the Italian Trade Commission (ICE’s New York office), the Ceramics of Italy pavilion (booths 1424-1432) will feature products from 22 leading Italian brands ranging from decorative ceramics to hi-tech porcelains.
5.11.15 | New York, NY | Sergio Mannino Studio returns to WantedDesign with a series of new floor graphics developed for flooring manufacturer Better Life Technology LLC (BLT). The patterns are digitally printed using a proprietary process to create a new product called G-FLOOR GRAPHIC. Unlike other vinyl floors which contain heavy fillers and foam, G-FLOOR GRAPHIC is solid vinyl, making it more durable for a longer wear life, more malleable for easier installation, and completely recyclable. Sergio Mannino Studio, in partnership with American Designer Thomas Lehman with his studio in Milan, will also present "Inside-out" produced by T.Alongi in Montreal. This furniture series plays with the ready made language of Italian maestro Enzo Mari, beginning with rough and slightly primitive construction opening to reveal a gemlike surprise of intense color applied to the highly refined interiors.
5.11.15 | Barolo, Italy | Gufram, which claims the title of "the most irreverent made-in-Italy design brand," returns to the Big Apple on the occasion of New York Design Week. The brand will be present at WantedDesign May 15-18 with Bounce, the cantilever chair by Karim Rashid; and at the Collective Design Fair May 13-17 with Fetish Pop.
5.11.15 | New York, NY | M2L will transform two booths at this year's ICFF (booths 2000 + 2204) into a celebration of four decades of design. One will display a retrospective of Artifort furnishings highlighting designs from French designer Pierre Paulin. The second will feature lighting from Lumina and furniture from M2L BRAND, including iconic modular furnishings from the Harvey Probber collection.
5.11.15 | Sydney, Australia | DesignByThem will launch its collection of Australian furniture and accessories collection at ICFF in NYC. The company is enjoying growing popularity in its home country for its designs, inspired by both urban and natural landscapes of Australia and featuring a palette of vibrant colors, a mix of natural and industrial materials, and an emphasis on refined details. Introductions to the North American market will include the Butter Range of recycled plastic furniture, is designed to be waterproof and UV stable; and the Partridge Range of solid timber furniture, which is equally popular in offices and food courts as it is at the kitchen counter. The collection also features a range of outdoor accessories in bold colors.
5.11.15 | New York, NY | Culture.PL will present "Inside Out: Polish Graphic Design and Illustration in the Making" at WantedDesign 2015. The exhibition will consist of three parts: hand-made, hand-produced, and hand-thought. Hand-made will present designs that were originally drawn, cut out, or assembled in a collage, and later reproduced in the form of a poster, or book cover. Hand-produced will show manufactured works using craft techniques such as silkscreen printing or bookbinding techniques, while hand-thought will be dedicated to the creative process of sketching, drawing, cutting, gluing, and creating paper prototypes. Also during WantedDesign, Culture.pl will also debut its newest publication "VeryGraphic. Polish Designers of the 20th Century." Edited by Jacek Mrowczyk, graphic design expert and lecturer at the Rhode Island School of Design, "VeryGraphic" is the first extensive book about contemporary Polish graphic design. Mr. Mrowczyk and Inside Out curator Agata Szydlowska will participate in a panel discussion on the topic, scheduled for Sunday, May 17, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
5.11.15 | New York, NY | HBF Textiles is kicking off a busy spring at WantedDesign, with a special fabric installation by Elodie Blanchard. Ms. Blanchard will use her eponymous fabric collection for HBF Textiles to create a dynamic structure at the entrance of Wanted, with oversized screens of various yellow and gray patterns in honor of the show's fifth anniversary. HBF Textiles is also providing custom WantedDesign entrance bracelets from the same collection. WantedDesign Manhattan will be open to the public Saturday, May 16 through Monday, May 18, 10:00 a.m - 7:00 p.m., at Terminal Stores, 269 11th Ave. (between 27th and 28th Streets).
5.11.15 | New York, NY | BuzziSpace will make its New York debut as a first time exhibitor at ICFF this May. The company will show a diverse range of collaborative workspace and acoustically-driven solutions, designed to create more flexible live/work spaces. Many of the products are made of sustainable materials and have both practical and decorative use. Products making their U.S. debut at ICFF include BuzziFalls acoustic/decorative wall panels and BuzziTile 3D Penta Kite acoustic geometric wall panels.
5.7.15 | New York, NY | Suzanne Tick Weavings at Spot Welders opening event will take place May 20 6:30-9:00 p.m. On view: Entangled Light, neon collaboration with Mary Wallis; His & Hers, paper hand weaving; and Fire Island Series, discarded mylar balloon hand weavings. Spot Welders studio is located at 44 East 32nd St. between Madison Ave. and Park Ave., 5th Floor, NYC.
5.4.15 | Grand Rapids, MI | Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free May webinars with CET Designer instructors....
5.5.15 | Ottawa, ON | Mydoma Studio is an online portal for interior design professionals to collaborate with their clients, manage projects, and run their businesses. Developed by interior designer Sarah Daniele, Mydoma Studio provides users a comprehensive range of solutions to aid in the day-to-day management of their design businesses. “Logging into your account on mdomastudio.com is like walking in the front door of your office,” said Ms. Daniele. “In an online workspace that you customize, you’re able to connect with clients, streamline project management, organize your product library and shopping lists, invoice clients—all in one place, seamlessly.”
5.5.15 | Wayland, NY | Gunlocke named Jen Barry, a Baltimore-based dealer sales representative, winner of its first-quarter 2015 Ultimate Accelerate Bucket List Giveaway promotion. Through this program, Gunlocke’s network of dealer sales reps can earn credits toward a “bucket list” vacation. Ms. Barry, who earned the most credits during the quarter, will enjoy an all-expense paid trip exploring the tropical rainforests and beaches of Costa Rica in early 2016. Gunlocke has three more vacations available to win, one per quarter for the remaining quarters of 2015.
5.4.15 | Bensenville, IL | Gerflor USA is celebrating the launch of Creation, its new LVT collection, with a design immersion "Getaway to France" promotion. Available in both plank and tile format, Creation LVT features high-definition printing technology on tear-resistant film, resulting in realistic looking wood, stone, and textile flooring designs for high-traffic commercial environments. As part of the promotion, designers and design enthusiasts have a chance to win round-trip airfare to France, three days/four nights hotel accommodations and meals, a guided VIP tour of the Gerflor design studio and factory near Lyon, and architectural tours in the south of France. “Our European and American design teams worked closely with architects and designers around the country to develop the range of designs specifically targeted to the U.S. market,” said Catherine Del Vecchio, Marketing Director of Gerflor USA.
5.7.15 | Princeton, NJ | Michael Graves (1934–2015), the late celebrated architect and designer and founder of Michael Graves Architecture & Design, has won the National Design Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Mr. Graves is best known for broadening the role of the architect in society and raising public interest in good design as essential to the quality of everyday life. Winners will be honored during National Design Week at a Gala on Thursday, Oct. 15 at Pier Sixty in New York.
5.11.15 | Jasper, IN | Greg Richards joined Kimball Office as its Director of Distribution. He is based in Pennsylvania and will report to Mike Donahue, Kimball Office’s Vice President of Sales. Mr. Richards, a 20-year industry veteran, is a recognized innovative leader and strategic thinker with an understanding of the industry from both the manufacturer and dealer perspective. He most recently was with Teknion as its Vice President of Dealer Distribution.
5.8.15 | Bad Münder, Germany | Volker Starzmann joined the management board of German office furniture manufacturer Wilkhahn as international sales director and Simone Vingerhoets-Ziesmann joined the company as CEO of Wilkhahn US. New to the industry, but very experienced with international business, Mr. Starzman began his career in the consumer-goods industry, then switched to a leading, design-driven company for bathroom and sanitation products to build international business, and most recently worked for a Swedish corporation as vice president of sales and services where he was responsible for the eastern European markets, including Russia. Simone Vingerhoets-Ziesmann, born in Oldenburg in Northern Germany, is a trained banker and since 1999 has pursued a sales career at various European design companies in the clothing and furniture industries, starting in London and in New York since 2005. Wilkhahn US is headquartered in NYC with a branch in Chicago. “Current economic growth in the US will also help our own growth,” said company President Dr Jochen Hahne. “At the moment we’re about to launch a new office-chair range that will tap into new business opportunities and markets all over the globe.”
5.6.15 | New York, NY | Adam Miller joined its New York office of corporate interior design firm MKDA as Director of Business Development. He will be responsible for driving new business and maintaining client relationships within the New York, Stamford and Miami markets. Mr. Miller has more than 10 years of experience in sales and business development for the commercial furniture and real estate brokerage industries. He held business development positions for The Atlantic Group and Workwell Partners, both premiere NYC based commercial furniture dealerships, and was also a licensed real estate broker providing tenant and landlord advisory services at Cushman & Wakefield and Newmark Grubb Knight Frank.
5.4.15 | Huntingburg, IN | Anna McClelland joined OFS Brands as the TCPN National Program Manager based in Charlotte, NC. Prior to joining OFS Brands, Ms. McClelland had worked for Knoll since 1998.
5.7.15 | Calhoun, GA | Mohawk Industries, Inc. reported 2015 first quarter net earnings of $22 million and diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $.30. Excluding unusual charges, net earnings were $125 million and EPS was $1.70, a 38% increase over last year's first quarter adjusted EPS and the highest Q1 adjusted EPS in the company's history. Net sales for the first quarter of 2015 were $1.9 billion, an increase of approximately 4% versus the prior year's first quarter or 6% on a constant days and currency exchange rate basis excluding a 2014 disposition of a ceramic plant. For the first quarter of 2014, net sales were $1.8 billion, net earnings were $81 million and EPS was $1.11; excluding unusual charges, net earnings were $90 million and EPS was $1.23.
5.7.15 | Calgary, AB | DIRTT Environmental Solutions Ltd. reported its financial results for the three months ended Mar. 31. Revenue increased by $16.2 million (Canadian), or 40.0% over Q1 2014, to $56.7 million, a record for the first quarter. Trailing 12-month revenue was $203.5 million, a 35.7% increase over the prior 12-month period ($149.9 million). Net cash flows provided by operating activities before changes in non-cash working capital was $10.1 million, an increase of $6.1 million over Q1 2014.
5.8.15 | Tokyo, Japan | Shigeru Ban Architects and Voluntary Architects' Network (VAN) launched a three-phase project to assist victims of the April 25 earthquake in Nepal. The first phase, as an emergency response, is delivering tents for use as shelters and medical stations. The second phase will supply temporary houses using local materials available in Nepal. The third phase will focus on long-term disaster recovery with development of permanent housing for people in need. VAN is accepting donations worldwide to support this relief endeavor.
5.8.15 | Randolph, VT | WallGoldfinger, maker of high-end corporate furniture in Randolph, VT, expanded its sales representation to North Carolina and South Carolina, and has new representation in Chicago. In addition to a sales force at the Vermont factory, the 44-year-old company has contracted representatives in New York, Washington, D.C., and throughout the Midwest. Starting earlier this year, that representative team grew to the Southeast through the addition of Hunter Zalecki Group and expanded in the Midwest through Seibold Baker Associates.
5.4.15 | Garrett, IN | Group Dekko signed a long-term lease for a new product showroom and office in Chicago to better serve office furniture customers. The company manufactures of a broad variety of products for the office furniture and architectural lighting industries, as well as other markets. Its new showroom is located at 205 West Wacker Drive, Suite 616 Chicago, IL, 60606, a short walk over the Franklin Street Bridge to the Merchandise Mart. Rich with history and offering outstanding river views, 205 West Wacker is a 265,000-sf, 25-story, art deco P.H. Burnham-designed office building and one of the most prestigious business addresses in Chicago. Owned and managed by Ameritus, LLC, it has undergone an extensive $10M renovation to create a contemporary business environment. Several office furniture dealers and manufacturers have recently relocated there.
5.6.15 | New York, NY | Sina Pearson Textiles introduced the Nordic Collection, inspired by classic Scandinavian textiles. Nordic is offered in a palette of primary colors mixed with cool neutrals in two patterns, one figured and one a textural monotone. Folklore features exuberant diamonds and zigzag motifs. It is complemented by Cozy, a richly textured solid. The collection meets high performance standards and is washable, bleach cleanable, and safe for harsh chemicals. Target applications include collaborative seating areas, lobbies, cafeterias, healthcare, or any sizable commercial or residential open space. Ms. Pearson, designer/owner of Sina Pearson Textiles, is 100% Scandinavian (four grandparents emigrated from Sweden) and is passionate about the culture's native fabrics.
5.5.15 | Wheeling, IL | Brentano’s second artist-inspired collection includes Tessera, a metallic, mosaic-inspired faux leather. The printed pattern pairs the hard look of square tiles with the softness of a 100% polyurethane face. It is solvent resistant and bleach cleanable for easy maintenance in hospitality and contract applications, and it exceeds 100,000 double rubs (Wyzenbeek, Cotton Duck).
5.4.15 | New York, NY | KnollTextiles' new Metric Collection consists of four upholsteries and one wallcovering all under $37/yard. Included are three fabrics from the KT Collection of Affordable Modern Design, which offer excellent performance (more than 100,000 double rubs Wyzenbeek) and are made in the USA: Argyle is a multicolor midscale pattern that uses a playful, square-on-square motif; Holbrook is a two-toned upholstery that features an allover ethnic pattern; and Ludlow is a classic foundation upholstery with a subtle allover texture that serves as an alternative to a traditional solid. Also part of the collection is Palisade, a polyurethane with an ink- and denim-resistant finish and featuring an exclusive emboss that gives it a crosshatch texture; and Drizzle, a bleach-cleanable, solution-dyed, woven wallcovering with a digital code-like pattern that creates the illusion of slight movement.
5.5.15 | High Point, NC | Morbern introduced Bloom, said to be the first FR-free vinyl upholstery for the commercial interiors market. Bloom is anti-bacterial and anti-microbial, with a stain-resistant finish and enhanced abrasion resistance (no wear at 100,000 double rubs), and it meets the flammability requirements of CA TB 117-2013, UFAC Class 1, BIFMA Class A and NFPA 260A. It is available in three patterns (City, Radio, Holly) and eleven colors ranging from graphic black and white to colorful blues, yellow, red and green. “Bloom is customer driven,” said Morbern Vice President of Sales Doug McClendon. “Customers asked for an FR-free product last fall, and within six months, we have it in production. It’s the fastest product turnaround in company history.”