4.22.15 | New York, NY | Vidaris Inc. launched a new Code Advisory practice headed by New York principal and former New York City Department of Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri. The services offered by the group will enhance the current development process by helping clients understand complex, newly adopted building, energy and zoning codes. Vidaris’ team has a wide range of expertise in interpreting codes and providing due diligence, plan review, compliance strategy and municipal support. The group’s goal is to maximize their clients’ return on investments by finding opportunities in codes and zoning early in development. In addition, the group will provide other jurisdictions with assistance in the adoption of new codes and enforcement strategies. The team of experts have the experience to work in any city around the U.S. and throughout the world where the International Building Code (IBC) is used.
4.23.15 | New York, NY | The Save A Sample! 2015 Celebration, Wednesday Apr. 29 at the Knoll NYC showroom, will feature guest speaker John Campbell AIA, RIBA, NCARB, LEED AP, Principal and Workplace Strategist at Francis Cauffman. His presentation will focus on "Challenging the Expected, and Inspiring Smart Design." The event will also celebrate the New York metro area interior design schools, by awarding scholarships funded by Save A Sample! "Top Boxers." To be in the running for one of our top boxer prizes you must be in attendance. Winners will be announced at the celebration. Deadline to RSVP is this Monday, Apr. 27.
4.22.15 | New York, NY | Material Connexion will showcase its latest Spotlight materials on Thursday, May 14, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
4.20.15 | New York, NY | IIDA NY Chapter will hold its 2015 Leaders Breakfast on Thursday, May 14 at 583 Park Avenue, 7:30-10:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker will be Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, Department of Architecture and Design and Director of R&D at the Museum of Modern Art.
4.21.15 | Fort Worth, TX | Grant Howe joined ECi Software Solutions as Chief Technology Officer. He will be responsible for product/technology strategy and execution across the ECi family of companies, and will lead strategic initiatives addressing ECi's next generation product offerings, common technologies and platforms, and development processes, and standards. Mr. Howe has more than 21 years of product development and management experience, having served as a senior technology executive in the areas of research, development, and engineering with companies including Abila, Sage Group, LLC, CareFlash.com, and NetIQ.
4.20.15 | New York, NY | Thomas Cavanagh, AIA, LEED AP, was promoted to the roles of principal and executive vice president of Mancini•Duffy. A seasoned industry veteran, Mr. Cavanagh joined the firm in early 2014, and has been instrumental in the management of its architectural projects. These include the build-out of the 32-story, 250-room Tommie Hotel in Midtown Manhattan and the building renovation and new building addition at 17 John Street.
4.22.15 | Muscatine, IA | HNI Corp. reported sales for the first quarter ended Apr. 4 of $523.5 million and net income of $8.5 million, or [[htmlareaTextareaContent]].19 per diluted share. Non-GAAP net income per diluted share improved 75% from the prior year quarter to [[htmlareaTextareaContent]].21, which excludes restructuring charges, transition costs and prior year gain on sale of assets.
4.23.15 | Chicago, IL | USG Corp. reported net sales of $909 million for the first quarter of 2015, a 7% increase over the first quarter last year. “USG is off to a great start in 2015, led by the performance of our U.S. Gypsum and U.S. Ceilings businesses,” said James S. Metcalf, Chairman, President, and CEO. “We generated operating margin improvement in these businesses by achieving price increases, focusing on manufacturing cost control, and tailoring our spending on investments in these businesses.”
4.22.15 | Washington, DC | The American Institute of Architects reported the March Architecture Billings Index score was 51.7, up from a mark of 50.4 in February. The new projects inquiry index was 58.2, up from a reading of 56.6 in February. The design contracts index was 52.3.
4.14.15 | Fayetteville, AR | Zweig Group reported that the number of A/E/P and Environmental Consulting Firms considering merger and acquisition activity is on the rise. The 2015 Merger & Acquisition Survey of A/E/P and Environmental Consulting Firms, now in its 25th edition, found that the percentage of firms considering buying another firm increased slightly this year to 42%, and more than two-thirds of firms (68%) report M&A is in their strategic plan for the next five years. Among firms looking to make an acquisition, the highest-ranked reason for an acquisition is to enter new markets. Civil engineering services and firms working in the commercial development market have the most demand, with half or more of potential buyers interested.
4.21.15 | Washington, DC | UL Environment joined ASID in its 2014 Clinton Global Initiative America Commitment to Action to develop the ASID Protocols for Health and Wellness in Design. The three-year ASID CGI America Commitment to Action aims to develop integrated education and technology tools that help design professionals create healthier spaces through smarter building design and construction. UL is the 13th organization to sign on.
4.22.15 | New York, NY | Perkins+Will New York honored the 45th anniversary of Earth Day by spotlighting 20 LEED-certified projects that the office has designed over the past decade. Ranging from healthcare and education buildings to workplaces and labs, the projects total over two million sf and span four continents. They include four Platinum, 12 Gold, three Silver and one Certified project.
4.20.15 | Livingston, NJ | Eastman Companies’ Eisenhower Corporate Campus, a premier 380,000-sf Class A office complex in Livingston, NJ, has received the USGBC’s LEED Silver certification for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance. Owned and managed by Eastman Companies – along with its joint venture partner Long Wharf Real Estate Partners of Boston, MA – Eisenhower Corporate Campus is one of the few multi-tenanted office buildings in New Jersey to achieve this certification.
4.23.15 | Livingston, NJ | Eastman Companies celebrated Earth Day 2015 by planting flowering cherry trees at Eisenhower Corporate Campus, its 380,000-sf Class A office complex in Livingston, NJ. Company executives, building management and tenants of the complex worked together to complete the project. Eastman gave each participant a Colorado blue spruce seedling and marigolds in appreciation of their efforts.
4.22.15 | Holland, MI | Trendway, in celebration of Earth Day, released its first annual Corporate Sustainability Report. Guided by the Global Reporting Initiative reporting guidelines, the report outlines the company’s commitment to sustainability and highlights recent human, environmental and community achievements that demonstrate this dedication. “We’ve accomplished very significant things as a team – reduced VOC emissions, reduced hazardous waste disposal, and we accomplished our goal of being a Zero Waste to Landfill Facility in 2013,” said Tom Geyer, Trendway Environmental & Sustainability Manager.
4.22.15 | LaGrange, GA | Interface is a sponsor of this year's 30x30 Challenge, organized by the David Suzuki Foundation. Now in its fourth year, the 30x30 Challenge has inspired tens of thousands of individuals and hundreds of workplaces and schools around the world to cultivate the nature habit. Registered participants commit to spending 30 minutes a day in nature for 30 days during the month of May.
4.21.15 | Atlanta, GA | Interface received LEED-CI Gold certification for its flagship Atlanta showroom, which opened last July. Occupying a 6,900-sf space in Brickworks Atlanta, a restored industrial building dating back to the 1880s, the facility posed challenges as Interface’s design team sought to meet the energy efficiency criteria set by the USGBC while preserving the foundation and original historic character of the interiors.
4.22.15 | Jasper, IN | National Office Furniture donated 2,000 trees in honor of its employees and dealer partners. Through National's donation to the Arbor Day Foundation, 1,000 pine or spruce trees will be planted in the Chippewa National Forest in honor of the company's employees, and an additional 1,000 pine, fir, or cedar trees will be planted in the Tahoe National Forest to celebrate its dealer partners.
4.20.15 | Los Angeles, CA | Mansour Modern introduced a range of rug collections that combine both elegance and earth-consciousness. Strie rugs are made of a hemp-and-silk blend; Sloane rugs are made of 100% bamboo silk; and new earth-inspired designs Sand, Aqua, Lava, and Stone celebrate natural textures, patterns, and colors.
4.21.15 | Crossville, TN | Crossville Inc. recycled 14,255,082 pounds of fired porcelain in 2014, bringing the company’s cumulative recycling total to nearly 53.5 million pounds since the 2009 launch of the Tile Take-Back® program and subsequent TOTO USA recycling partnership. Through Tile Take-Back®, Crossville recycles previously installed tile collected from its distribution network, as well as scraps that result from tile cutting during installation, sizing, or sample creation. Through its TOTO partnership, Crossville receives pre-consumer fired porcelain toilets that do not meet quality standards; prior to the partnership, these cast-offs were being sent to landfills for disposal.
4.20.15 | Crossville, TN | Crossville, Inc.'s new Moonstruck porcelain tile collection was inspired by the look of both ancient native rock formations and untouched lunar surfaces. It was developed to offer an authentic interpretation of natural stone’s veining and colors, and its color names — Juno, Luna, Kosmos, Gemini, and Apollo — are taken from lunar missions, in homage to the line’s celestial inspiration. “In Moonstruck’s design, we achieved graceful striations that are quite varied from tile to tile,” said Crossville VP of Marketing Lindsey Waldrep. “The effect captures authentic stone’s veining and gives character to the line’s overall expansive, grand style.”
4.20.15 | East Greenville, PA | Knoll, Inc. reported net sales for the first quarter ended Mar. 31 of $266.5 million, an increase of 16.1% from first quarter of 2014. Organically, excluding the impact of HOLLY HUNT®, which Knoll acquired on Feb. 3, 2014, sales increased 12.7% when compared with 1Q14. Actual and adjusted 1Q15 operating profit was $22.3 million, compared with actual and adjusted operating profit of $11.3 million and $12.5 million, respectively, for 1Q14. Net income was $17.4 million, an increase of 123.1% over last year's first quarter. Actual and adjusted diluted EPS was $0.36 for the quarter, compared to $0.16 and $0.18 per share on an actual and adjusted basis, in the same period last year.
4.14.15 | New York, NY | Innovant was honored for its exemplary product design by the annual Awards for Design Excellence (ADEX), sponsored by the Design Journal. Both FORm_AV and FORm_office Standing Height were given Platinum recognition, ADEX's highest award level. Innovant’s PRIVATE_office product was also recognized as a Finalist for outstanding design and finishing.
4.17.15 | Holly Springs, NC | OFM's Jupiter Stool received an ADEX award in the 2014-2015 Awards for Design Excellence sponsored by Design Journal. The stool has an indented side that can nest with other stools, and it can also stand alone either as a place to sit or as a footrest. “Our inspiration for this chair was thinking about what people in the past thought the future would look like, so a retro-futuristic design was the perfect fit,” said Blake Zalcberg, chief executive officer of OFM. “It’s 2015 and it felt like the time was right to design the kind of stool that George Jetson could use.”
4.14.15 | High Point, NC | Davis Furniture Industries' Rox, designed by Burkhard Vogtherr, is the 2015 Architizer A+ Awards Jury Winner for Contract Furniture Seating category. The Architizer A+ winners represent the best new architecture, interiors, and products in 90+ categories, selected by a panel of 300 judges comprised of architects and designers, cultural thought leaders, and developers. Released in June 2014, Rox is offered as a stationary chair or a rocker, both showcasing contrasting angles, clean lines, and artistic symmetry.
4.14.15 | Seattle, WA | ASID Washington State Chapter issued the call for entries for its 2015 Awards of Excellence. All 2015 current practitioner members (professional, allied and associate) or student members of the ASID Washington State Chapter may enter this contest with any projects completed after Jan. 1, 2010. Each single room entry may be entered in multiple categories, where applicable. Deadline for entries is Jul. 6; awards celebration will take place on Sep. 24.
4.16.15 | Washington, DC | ASID named five designers who will receive the title of Fellow, the Society's highest honor. The 2015 ASID Fellows are: Edward Bottomley, ASID; Trudy Dujardin, ASID, LEED AP+D+C; Joan Kaufman, ASID; Jean Pinto, ASID, CID; and Patrick Schmidt, ASID, RID. They will be inducted on July 18 at Celebration: The ASID Awards Gala at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
4.15.14 | Concord, CA | Avein Saaty-Tafoya, MD, MBA, HCM, EDAC, President and CEO of Adelante Healthcare and Tom Jung, RA, Thomas M. Jung Consulting, LLC have been selected to serve on The Center for Health Design's board of directors.
4.17.15 | Concord, CA | The Center for Health Design and Healthcare Design magazine announced new dates for this year’s 15th annual Design Showcase. Presentations for the 2015 Design Showcase will be due May 7. Submissions will include images (renderings, schematics, photos), site plan, floor plans, Q & A responses, and project narrative. There are two entry categories: Unbuilt (projects in progress and conceptual designs) and Built (new construction, remodel-renovation, and additions). Awards of Merit and Honorable Mentions will be designated by a jury selected by CHD, IIDA, and ASID. All projects that the jury deems appropriate will be published in the September 2015 issue of Healthcare Design. An awards ceremony will take place at the Healthcare Design Conference this November.
4.16.15 | Toronto, ON | The #IIDEX15 call for seminars has been extended until Friday, May 1 at 11:59 p.m. Seminar topics can include building code, accessibility, architecture, business management, education design, facility management, healthcare design, hospitality design, industry trends, innovation, institutional design, interior design, landscape architecture, lighting design, marketing, materials, P3’s, residential design, retail design, sustainable design, technology, and workplace design. IIDEXCanada takes place Dec. 2-3 at Metro Toronto Convention Centre North. IIDEXCanada and The Buildings Show also announced that they are looking for a new Director of Marketing.
4.16.15 | Grand Rapids, MI | The Council for Interior Design Accreditation invites community comment on the first draft of Professional Standards 2017. Stakeholder input is needed to refine and validate the educational expectations for interior design graduates entering the field in 2017 and beyond. Interior design educators, practitioners, employers, students, and members of allied fields are key stakeholders whose input is valuable to CIDA’s standards development process. The slated period for review of the current draft standards is Apr. 15 through Jun. 16. CIDA anticipates that final standards will be adopted in December 2015 and implemented beginning just over a year later on Jan. 1, 2017.
4.14.15 | Houston, TX | IFMA, in recognition of Earth Day 2015 and its ongoing dedication to sustainability, is offering a limited-time savings of US$100 for facility management professionals who wish to earn their Sustainability Facility Professional® (SFP®) credential.
4.13.15 | Lessac, France | The Techstyle Haus, created by students from Rhode Island School of Design, Brown University, and the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt, Germany, will open Apr. 24 at Domaine de Boisbuchet in Lessac, France. The zero-energy structure, with roof and walls made not of wood or metal, but almost entirely of durable, high performance textiles, was first unveiled at the 2014 Solar Decathlon Europe last summer. The student team, which spent two years designing and building the Techstyle House, wanted to give it a life after the competition at Versailles. At Domaine de Boisbuchet, the site of annual interdisciplinary art and design workshops, the structure will serve as student housing, and the team will continue to monitor the house so that future iterations can be further improved.
4.20.15 | Jasper, IN | Kimball Office redesigned its Jasper, IN, showroom. The refreshed showroom features new flooring and lighting, new colors, bold graphics and imagery, and, of course, a glimpse of the vast Kimball Office product portfolio. It provides a more current reflection of the brand, as well as allows the brand to better showcase its newest products. “The refresh — handled completely internally — allowed for a great opportunity to properly showcase a true mix of our new product introductions with more seasoned ones,” said Kimball Office President Mike Wagner.
4.16.15 | Holland, MI | Trendway Corp. will test market a selection of Magnus Olesen designs in its Chicago showroom. Founded in Denmark in 1937, Magnus Olesen has a rich history of elegant, iconic and functional seating and table designs. It specializes in wood craftsmanship and collaborates with some of Denmark’s most celebrated designers and architects. Trendway will feature several classic designs at the grand re-opening of its Chicago showroom Jun. 15: The Butterfly Chair by Niels Gammelgaard; the Session Chair by Busk + Hertzog; the Inferno Chair by Pelikan Design (Niels Gammelgaard and Lars Mathiesen); the Tonica Wood Chair by Niels Gammelgaard; the I-Sit Chair by Design Concern; and the Sputnik Table by Busk + Hertzog.
4.14.15 | Holland, M| | Trendway launched two new state-of-art personal desk lamps, LumaTouch™ and ORI™. Both offer the user highly efficient, energy-saving LED desk lighting with a range of features and price points. Elegant and sculptural in form, LumaTouch features feather-touch single control to turn the light on and off; a sensitive touch-and-hold dimming function with last-state memory for user convenience; and smooth, intuitive articulation for easy adjustment. ORI blends form, function, ergonomics and sustainability at a budget-pleasing price point; sophisticated LED technology consumes only 5.6 watts while delivering a very high-quality, natural light; and simple touch-and-hold dimming function makes it easy for users to choose their preferred lighting level.
4.13.15 | Holland, MI | Jim Thompson joined Trendway Corp. as Vice President of Sales and Distribution. Mr. Thompson previously spent 21 years at Herman Miller, most recently as Director of Global Accounts, where he was responsible for developing the sales strategy for large global accounts and leading the sales team assigned to this group of international customers. Earlier roles included Director of Workplace Solutions, Regional Manager and Sales Manager. Prior to joining HMI he was Account Executive for a Chicago Herman Miller dealership, and prior to that for a Steelcase dealership.
4.13.15 | Chemetal introduced 24 new designs for 2015, the company’s largest introduction in recent memory. These latest designs span the breadth of Chemetal's product line. They include aged subway tile patinas, glowing mother of pearl-esque aluminums, richly textured HPL metal laminates, and aged brass, copper, and steel architectural metals in easy-to-fabricate aluminum. To celebrate the new designs at Spring 2015 trade shows, Chemetal created a 10-foot shark and the campaign “New Designs to Snack On.” The “Shark” was fabricated using Chemetal #901 Polished Aluminum, Baltic birch ply, and a walnut base, built by Rhode Island-based Dorch Design. Recently awarded "Outstanding Booth Design" at Globalshop in Las Vegas, the shark can be seen, along with Chemetal's 24 new designs, at ICFF and NeoCon later this spring.
4.13.15 | Washington, DC | Maxalto, part of the B&B Italia company, announced the arrival of its flagship home furniture collection, B&B Italia, to the Boffi-Maxalto co-brand showroom in Washington, DC. Alongside the current display of Maxalto contemporary classic furnishings, designed and coordinated by Antonio Citterio, his iconic pieces for the B&B Italia home collection will be featured with those of Patricia Urquiola, Naoto Fukasawa, and Gaetano Pesce for the living room, bedroom and dining room areas.
4.13.15 | Aspen, CO | High Country Rugs Principal and Co-Founder Jason Leach shared the top eight trends he sees in the rug industry, based on what the company’s clients are currently ordering....
4.17.15 | New York, NY | NY11+ kicked off its annual student exhibition, titled Interior Design: Counts for New York State, in Albany on Apr. 13. Students from New York City and Upstate NY11+ schools joined together at the Legislative Office Building, where they hung their interior design projects for display in an effort to promote NY11+’s mission: To raise awareness of the complexity and responsibilities of the interior design profession as it applies to the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The exhibition moves to NYC at the new Lapcida showroom Apr. 22-28. The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on Apr. 22 at 5:30 p.m. with Randy Fiser, Executive VP and CEO of ASID National, Scott Cook of Lapicida, and NY11+ Founder Ruth Lynford.
4.14.15 | Chicago, IL | Shaw Contract Group and HOK recently hosted a Healthy Building Material Workshop in Chicago and keynote speech by sustainable development leader Bill McDonough. The workshop, with 23 A&D firms participating, focused on various material certification standards (Cradle to Cradle, Health Product Declaration, Environmental Product Declaration, etc.). It concluded with a challenge to develop a local strategy for using material health tools in delivering healthy building specifications to clients. The group set a goal of implementing a simplified rating system to quickly assess a product's health, with intent to launch the tool at NeoCon this June. Following the work session, the floor was opened for Bill McDonough's presentation on material health, attended by 250 individuals from the Chicago design community.
4.13.15 | New York, NY | Empire Office, Inc. announced expansion of its Florida operations with the planned acquisition of the business assets of Office Elements. Office Elements has a 15 year history serving the South Florida market as a Kimball, AIS, and National dealer specializing in education, hospitality, healthcare and municipalities. Currently located in Pompano Beach, the Office Elements showroom will relocate to Boca Raton in the coming months while taking on the Empire Office brand. Empire’s regional hub, currently located in Hollywood, will remain in place. This is Empire’s third acquisition of a dealer in the state of Florida in the last six years.
4.13.15 | Montreal, QC | Arborite expanded distribution in the Northeast region with the appointment of Richelieu Hardware. Serving the North American territory, Richelieu Hardware is a long-standing partner of Arborite. In this new distribution agreement, it will cover locations in Hartford, CT; Lincoln Park, NJ; New York, NY; Boston, MA; and Buffalo, NY.
4.15.15 | Atlanta, GA | Interface, Inc. plans to release its first quarter 2015 results on Wednesday, Apr. 29, after the close of the market. The company will host a conference call the next day, Thursday, Apr. 30, 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time, that will be simultaneously broadcast live over the Internet. Daniel T. Hendrix, Chairman and CEO, and Patrick C. Lynch, Senior Vice President and CFO, will host the call.
4.14.15 | Jasper, IN | Kimball International, Inc.'s Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of 5 cents per share for all outstanding shares of common stock. It is payable Jul. 15 to Share Owners of record on Jun. 25.
4.13.15 | Jasper, IN | Kimball International, Inc. will announce its third quarter fiscal year 2015 financial results on Tuesday, May 5, after the close of the market. A conference call to review the results will be held on Wednesday, May 6, 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time.
4.13.15 | New York, NY | IIDA-NY will host Valerie Hillings, Ph.D., Curator and Manager, Curatorial Affairs, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, on Monday, May 11, 6:00-9:00 p.m. at NYU Global Center Grand Hall. Dr. Hillings has been a curator at Guggenheim since 2004 organizing exhibitions along with her team at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Deutsche Guggenheim, and the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum in Las Vegas. She is currently pioneering the development of a permanent collection for the future Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.
4.13.15 | New York, NY | Housing Works’ 11th Annual Design on a Dime Benefit will be held at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea Apr. 23-25. More than 60 of the world’s top interior designers will create unforgettable room vignettes with new merchandise, which is donated and then sold for up to 70% off retail pricing.
4.13.15 | New York, NY | Material ConneXion and the New York chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association will present a panel discussion - “Future of Home” - on Tuesday, May 5, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Expert panelists, exploring the convergence of technology and design in the home, include Dr. Andrew H. Dent, Ph.D., Vice President, Library and Materials Research, Material ConneXion; Leslie Clagett, Founder, KBCulture; and Matilda McQuade, Deputy Curatorial Director, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. The panel will be moderated by Hermine Mariaux, President, Hermine Mariaux, Inc. This event is by invitation only.
4.13.15 | New York, NY | The Save A Sample! celebration will be held Wednesday, Apr. 29 at Knoll's NYC showroom, 6:00-9:00 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. the Student Hand Drawing Grand Prize winner will be honored, followed by awards of school scholarships and guest speaker John Campbell AIA, RIBA, LEED AP, Principal and Workplace Strategist at Francis Cauffman. The event will wrap up with announcements of Save A Sample! top boxers and prize awards.
4.13.15 | New York, NY | The Editor at Large Designers' Guide to High Point Market, Apr. 18-23 in High Point, NC, is available for download. The 12-page PDF includes a map, schedule of events, and tips for getting the most out of the market from top designers.
4.13.15 | New York, NY | IIDA-NY's NYCxDesign event, the Design Exchange Manhattan Round Table, will host 100 established designers of various disciplines for lively conversation May 7 at HarperCollins Publishers, 6:00-9:00 p.m. DEX challenges designers of all trades to step outside their respective boxes by connecting and combining non-obvious ideas and objects that explore the many creative approaches that connect all design disciplines.
4.13.15 | New York, NY | Designer Pages introduced Designer Pages PRO bulk sample ordering, It automatically pulls product and rep info to make sample ordering easier.
4.13.15 | New York, NY | Robert Allen is celebrating the outdoors with a whimsical new collection of Sunbrella textiles: Open Air. Boasting chic motifs inspired by exotic destinations, this line features on-trend patterns and vibrant colors that enliven outdoor spaces. The fabrics maintain an exceptionally soft hand, making them applicable for indoor settings as well.
4.9.15 | Weil am Rhein, Germany | The Vitra Design Museum will present a symposium: "The Global Shift – Who shapes the future of design?” during Salone del Mobile this year. It will feature 15 high-profile speakers from all over the world and from the most diverse backgrounds. The question at hand: Can concepts that originate outside our traditional, Western-centric understanding of design offer an entirely new perspective and perhaps more relevant approaches in addressing today’s challenges? Speakers include the South African industrial design professor Mugendi M’Rhitaa, innovation pioneer Anil Gupta from India, the British architect and serial co-founder of social ventures Indy Johar, designers Mario Minale and Thibaut Brevet, Joseph Grima of Space Caviar and Jan Boelen of Belgium’s Z33. It will take place Apr. 15 at Palazzo Clerici, 2:00-6:00 p.m.
4.31.15 | New York, NY | Vitra introduced the Belleville family developed in Switzerland in collaboration with Ronan and Eran Bouroullec. It includes the Belleville Chair, Belleville Armchair, and Belleville Tables. For both residential and commercial use, it features varied materials and muted colors in a harmonious coordination of forms and materials. The chair has a structural frame in polyamide and a seat shell available in colored polypropylene, molded plywood veneer or with a leather or fabric cover. The contour of the back of the Belleville side chair follows a continuous rounded trajectory. The curve of the Belleville armchair, which has forward slanting armrests, changes directions twice and then resumes its momentum. Belleville Tables, modeled on the typology of the classic bistro table, feature tops in laminate, wood or stone, along with elegantly arched legs of cast aluminum.
Milan Design Week 2015: Ober Presents Two New Pure Paper Collections in Original Display by Patrick Norguet
4.8.15 | Longeville en Barrois, France | Ober's two new Pure Paper collections - "Metal" and "Color" - by designer Patrick Norguet will be the highlight of its Milan Design Week display. Boasting close to 300 models, these new designs are the result of a cutting-edge process aimed at developing elegant, raised patterns that play on light, bringing out the material. They will be premiered at the showroom of Italian producer Alias Apr. 14-19. The Pure Paper showcase designed in conjunction with Patrick Norguet will focus on materials and their uses: wall applications, ceilings, and furniture. Materials will be at the center of the performance amidst volumes, light and textures.
4.9.15 | Grand Rapids, MI | Configura's CET Designer User of the Month is Sarah Krampe. She is an interior designer at Target Commercial Interiors, a Steelcase dealer in Minneapolis, where she designs spaces for corporate and healthcare environments.
4.9.15 | Greensboro, NC | ATI Decorative Laminates introduced Lumisplash for Tabletops, the first ultrathin, illuminated tabletop system with no air gap required for LEDs. Its ultrathin surface — only 3/8" thick — is created using ATI’s proprietary FusionTech process on translucent FRP, where images are embedded directly into the substrate. The lighted surface is evenly illuminated throughout the image and it’s dimmable, so it can perform as task or ambient lighting. The Lumisplash LED panel system debuted in 2014 with a backsplash design, and response was “immensely positive,” said ATI President Tara Burgio, “Customers loved the concept and wanted to use it for other applications, which led us to create the tabletop version. It was always our plan to take Lumisplash to another surface, but the incredible response from customers sped up its time to market.”
4.9.15 | New York, NY | ILEX announced that two new lights by Michael Graves, the last he designed for the brand, are now available on the market. The Opera and Carousel join the four other designs that Mr. Graves created for the ILEX Portfolio series, the Gala, Fete, Theia, and Table Top. The Opera sconce features a vertically oriented undulating rectangular glass shade. This fluidly shaped glass balances on either a Brushed or Polished Nickel base, which is attached to the wall and features a delicate, curved cane mount. The Carousel fixture features a playful undulating circular clear glass diffuser over inner white glass.
4.8.15 | New York, NY | Robert Allen @ Home entered a new licensing partnership with Madcap Cottage. John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon, the partners behind the High Point, NC- and New York-based Madcap Cottage brand, have transformed their "traditional with a twist" sensibility into a robust collection of sophisticated, color-rich, and pattern-centric textiles in a mix of printed and woven fabrics. The Madcap Cottage collection is the natural progression of an already on-going partnership: The Madcaps have designed a room at the Junior League of High Point/Traditional Home magazine Designer Showhouse in High Point that exclusively uses Robert Allen fabrics (Apr. 18-May 3), and the high-flying duo will partner again with Robert Allen for the Baker Furniture windows in Los Angeles at the Legends of La Cienega design festival (May 6-8). The Madcap Cottage collection will preview at ITMA Showtime (Dec. 6-9) in High Point, with the full collection launching in April 2016.
4.7.15 | Dallas, TX | Concept Surfaces, Dallas-based supplier of high-quality porcelain tiles, glass mosaics, hardwoods, and luxury vinyl from top manufacturers around the world, is celebrating its tenth anniversary. President and CEO Geoffrey Gross started the company in his garage in 2005, and today it is headquartered in the Dallas Design District with an impressive showroom, offices and warehouse. Projects around the world range from four-star restaurants to 20-story high-rises with clients including Starbucks, Helzberg Diamonds, Hyatt Hotels, Neiman Marcus, Fossil, Bloomingdales, and Hilton Hotels.