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ASI Debuting Ten New Products at BDNY

10.29.14 | New York, NY | Architectural Systems, Inc. will debut ten new product collections at Boutique Design New York, Nov. 9-10 at Jacobs Javits Center North Hall, NYC.

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Magnuson Group Debuts NUTA Stool Seating Line

10.27.14 | Woodridge, IL | Magnuson Group introduced the NUTA family of stools by Spanish industrial and interior designer Lluis Pau. Manufactured by Mobles 114 in Barcelona, Spain, NUTA is offered in three heights — low, medium and high  — with a circular seat available in matte stainless steel, grey polyurethane, or beechwood, for a total of nine models. Tubular, chrome-steel legs stem from the center underside of the seat, extending in equidistant directions forming an A-shape. A chrome ring connects legs in the two larger models, while acting as an integral footrest.

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BuzziSpace Debuts New BuzziShade Medium

10.29.14 | Antwerp-Kontich, Belgium | BuzziSpace's new BuzziShade Pendant Medium is a petite version of the classic BuzziShade, which absorbs sound and offers light. Covered in BuzziFelt (made from 100 percent recycled plastic bottles) the lamp’s acoustical diffusing character prevents eavesdroppers from hearing private conversations and reduces external noise levels to a minimum.

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Robert Allen And Larry Laslo Launch Colorful Chameleon Collection

10.29.14 | New York, NY | Robert Allen and designer Larry Laslo created Chameleon, a new collection of fabrics featuring a vibrant jewel tone palette with eye-catching materials such as metallic yarns and shimmering textured velvets. Drawing inspiration from art, fashion, history, and nature, Chameleon includes oversized scarabs, understated two-tone snakeskin, iridescent abstracts, dynamic geometrics, and classic textured solids.

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Carnegie Introduces The Xorel™ Final Touch Collection

10.28.14 | New York, NY | Carnegie launched The Xorel Final Touch Collection. These visually intriguing patterns are high performance; high fashion textiles that explore the possibilities of surface dimensionality. Cirque Couture explores a tactile interplay between the soft and sculptural surface of the textile never before seen in Xorel. Monocle Embroider features a new embroidery technique that secures a layer of foam to Xorel to create a quilted effect. Spyro Embroider offers a single row of webbed embroidery offset with a dramatic swath of negative space. Jacquard woven Cycle creates an optical illusion with pattern.

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clé Introduces The Rorschach Tile Collection by Timorous Beasties

10.27.14 | Sausalito, CA | clé introduced the Rorschach Tile Collection designed by Paul Simmons and Alistair McAuley of Glasgow-based Timorous Beasties. The collection is comprised of five designs, hand lithographed on 12" x 12" limestone or thassos marble tiles. Inspired by traditional damask motifs (which originated in the 9th century), Timorous Beasties integrated the classic pattern with Rorschach conceptual imagery. The combination of a familiar medieval motif and a modern blotch-pattern believed to unlock the subconscious has resulted in subversive floral abstractions. Simmons and McAuley use hand drawing, marbling and puddles of ink to achieve their new damask imagery.

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Graham & Brown Wallpaper of the Year 2015: Northern Rose

10.29.14 | Blackburn, England | Graham & Brown’s Wallpaper of the Year for 2015 is Northern Rose. The pattern features vibrant, hand painted pink roses set against a bright sky blue background, with a delicate silver print entwined within the design. A quintessentially British design with a vintage charm for a classic or modern setting, it was inspired by beautiful floral artwork from the Graham & Brown wallpaper archives.

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EnviroLeather™ Launches “Healing Essentials” – A Collection of Twenty Designs from Pattern Pod

10.27.14 | Portsmouth, NH | EnviroLeather™ and Pattern Pod teamed up to release Healing Essentials, a group of designs tailored to therapeutic environments. Inspired by the restorative properties of nature, the collection was meticulously curated to offer a variety of aesthetics. From basic textures to statement graphics, the patterns are suitable for a broad range of healthcare applications, from pediatric spaces to assisted living environments.

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3M Architectural Markets Introduces DI-NOC Atlas Collection

10.28.14 | St. Paul, MN | 3M Architectural Markets expanded its 3M™ DI-NOC™ Architectural Finishes 2014 collection introduced at NeoCon with a new series called Atlas. The Atlas series is a global compilation of patterns featuring warm leathers, sleek sheet metals, crisp concretes, earthen ceramics, and rustic reclaimed and exotic woods.

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Duravit Celebrates 25 Years of Starck

10.27.14 | 2014 marks Duravit's 25th anniversary of working with designer Philippe Starck, and the brand recently celebrated in style for its annual Design Week events. The Duravit NYC showroom is bedecked with tributes to the renowned designer, including his popular "bongo" Starck 1 vanity and the innovative SensoWash Starck.

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Design Connect: The Herman Miller A+D Newsletter

10.23.14 | Zeeland, MI | The current issue of Herman Miller's quarterly newsletter "Design Connect" features the Bath Brief by former Herman Miller CEO Max De Pree, a retrospective of designer Irving Harper's paper sculptures, an essay on good design of workspaces by Industrial Facility's Kim Colin, and more...

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Egan Binder on MyResourceLibrary

10.28.14 | Chicago, IL | Egan Visual Inc. launched its virtual binder on the MyResourceLibrary platform. Designers may now scan product thumbnails, view individual product pages through the binder, and have easy access to all related material.

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MyResourceLibrary Launching Enhanced Search, Project Binder Sharing Capabilities

10.24.14 | Queen Creek, AZ | MyResourceLibrary, during NeoCon East Oct. 29-30, will be announcing several new enhancements to its virtual library at www.myresourcelibrary.com. These include a new Library Search Engine, easy setup and organization of Project Binder content, and new sharing capabilities of Project Binders.

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On-Demand EDAC Exam Prep Study Tool Offers Convenience

10.22.14 | Concord, CA | The Center for Health Design now offers EDAC Exam Prep Videos available to rent on-demand.

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Crossville Releases 2014 Sustainability Report

10.24.14 | Crossville, TN | Crossville, Inc. unveiled the company’s 2014 Sustainability Report. The report was compiled with input from Crossville’s stakeholders as gleaned through a formal survey and follow-up discussions conducted by a third party sustainability consulting firm and is based on the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) sustainability reporting and ISO 26001 frameworks. Additionally, it meets the requirements of LEED V.4 MRc3 Credit. This is the first such sustainability report in the company’s 28-year history, and it is also the first GRI-based document released by a tile-only manufacturer, denoting a significant milestone for the tile industry.

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Herman Miller Announces a New Tool for Learning About a Product's Sustainability

10.22.14 | Zeeland, MI | Herman Miller, Inc. is offering a new tool to help interior designers, their customers, and related professionals obtain sustainability information on select products. Environmental Product Declarations, or EPDs, verified by an independent third-party organization, are now available for the Aeron, Embody, Mirra 2, Celle, Caper Stacking, SAYL, and Setu chairs. EPDs are designed to help in making purchase decisions and supporting applications for sustainability certifications including LEED.

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Seeyond Installs Two-Story Lighted Media Wall in Manhattan

10.21.14 | Minneapolis, MN | Seeyond® Architectural Solutions recently installed a two-story lighted media wall in the main lobby of a radio broadcast studio corporate headquarters in Manhattan. The media wall is made of proprietary engineered cellular resin and features a Kink tessellation pattern, along with a custom fenestration for 12 digital monitors. It measures 20' high and 25' wide, and includes remote-controlled programmable LED lighting in each module, making for a dramatic welcome for guests of this remodeled office space.

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Mancini•Duffy Completes Transformation of Normandy Real Estate Partners’ 575 Lexington Avenue

10.20.14 | New York, NY | Mancini•Duffy completed the transformation of Normandy Real Estate Partners’ 35-story, 749,040-sf office tower, 575 Lexington Avenue. The firm’s dynamic design created an inviting lobby, new storefront, grand entrance, state-of-the-art elevator cabs, and a high-definition media wall. This was Mancini•Duffy’s first collaboration with Normandy; presently, the firm is working on the renovation of another building in the developer’s portfolio, 125 W. 25th Street.

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Dina Radoncic Promoted to EVP at Meadows Office Furniture

10.20.14 | New York, NY | Dina Radoncic was promoted to Executive Vice President at Meadows Office Furniture. Ms. Radoncic's career at Meadows began in 2001 as a project coordinator. She was promoted to Manager of Operations and Administration in 2006, and in 2009 was promoted to Associate Director of Operations. From 2012 through most of 2014, she also served as General Manager of Meadows’ New Jersey office. In her new role on the Meadows executive management team, her responsibilities include overseeing the company’s day-to-day sales, service, and operations.

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Edwina LeNet Named New Meadows Director

10.20.14 | New York, NY | Edwina LeNet rejoined Meadows Office Furniture as its new Director of Project Management & Special Projects. Ms. LeNet's experience includes working as a Designer, Project Manager, and Account Manager in several New York City contract furniture dealerships, representing manufacturers such as Knoll, Kimball, and Haworth. She also served previously as a Project Manager at Meadows, handling clients like CUNY and Pfizer. In her new role, she will be responsible for developing and maintaining processes and procedures of workflow for the company’s Project Coordinators, Project Managers and Designers.

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Kentwood Office Furniture Adds Sales Administrator

10.21.14 | Indianapolis, IN | Jessica Reider joined Kentwood Office Furniture as a Sales Administrator in the Indianapolis office. Ms. Reider is pursuing a BS in Interior Design from Purdue School of Engineering and Technology. She comes to Kentwood Office Furniture from Commercial Works where she served as a Sales Administrator.

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Mannington Mills Expanding in Georgia

10.22.14 | Madison, GA | Mannington Mills on Thursday, Oct. 30 will host a ribbon-cutting for its new Luxury Vinyl Flooring manufacturing facility in Madison, GA. This project doubled the manufacturing footprint at the facility. The company is also announcing another major expansion project and reports that it will soon quadruple its domestic manufacturing capacity for Luxury Vinyl Flooring.

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Atlas to Present at APTA PPS Conference

10.24.14 | Grand Haven, MI | Atlas Ergonomics will be presenting at American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Private Practice Section Conference Wednesday, Nov. 5, in Colorado Springs, CO. Atlas experts Drew Bossen, PT, MBA, and Tony Silva, Certified Professional Ergonomist will co-present at the session, which will introduce the Interventional Matrix model, intended to help the physical therapy community add layers of interventions to their industrial skill set. The program will focus on a systematic approach to ergonomic risk assessment and remediation in an industrial setting.

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Join Prosecco, Saigon Sisters & more at: DIFFA/Chicago Dining By Design 2014

10.21.14 | Chicago, IL | This year's DINING BY DESIGN, hosted by DIFFA/Chicago Nov. 6-8 at The Merchandise Mart, is already drawing in some big name restaurants including Prosecco, Saigon Sisters, Spiaggia, and more. DIFFA/Chicago will offer four distinct ways in which to enjoy the event: MOB SCENE — Cocktails By Design on Thursday, Nov. 6, 5:30-8:30 p.m; EYE CANDY - Public Viewing on Friday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m; POP UP - Table Hop + Taste on Saturday, Nov. 8, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; and finally the DINING BY DESIGN "Beauty and the Feast" Gala dinner and cocktail reception on Saturday, Nov. 8, 7:00-11:30 p.m.

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American Society of Landscape Architects 2014 Annual Meeting & EXPO Nov. 21-24

10.22.14 | Washington, DC | The American Society of Landscape Architects' 2014 Annual Meeting and EXPO is expected to draw more than 5,000 attendees, and will feature almost 500 exhibitors. It takes place Friday to Monday, Nov. 21-24 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. The theme is "Resilience."

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2nd Annual LAMP Design Competition Event Nov 20-24

10.21.14 | Vancouver, BC | The 2nd annual L A M P “Lighting Architecture Movement Project” international lighting design competition and exhibition will take place Nov. 20-24 at 188 Kingsway in Vancouver, BC. On Thursday, Nov. 20, it starts with family hour, 4:30-6:00 p.m., followed by an opening reception party 6:00-11:00 p.m. The exhibit will be open to the public by donation from Nov. 21 to 24.

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KI Lifts Off with Miami A&D Community During "Blu Sky Design" Themed Event

10.21.14 | Green Bay, WI | KI’s “Blu Sky Design” aviation-themed A&D event in Miami hosted about 100 frequent flyers. The event featured first-class cocktails, in-cabin appetizers and products from KI’s Blu Sky collection—an all-new portfolio of highly accessible, visually compelling furniture from leading brands and visionary designers across the globe in exclusive partnership with KI. Attendees were suited in colorful aviation costumes and participated in a contest for custom made carry-on bags with fabric from Pallas® Textiles.

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Howard Elkus and David Manfredi Receive President's Award of Excellence

10.23.14 | Boston, MA | Howard Elkus FAIA, RIBA, LEED AP and David Manfredi FAIA, LEED AP, founders of Elkus Manfredi Architects, received the inaugural President’s Award for Excellence from the Boston Preservation Alliance. The award, presented Oct. 21, honors them for their numerous contributions to the architectural quality and vibrancy of Boston, including major contributions to the revitalization of Boston’s downtown Theatre District and the rebirth of the Seaport. The region’s leading architects, developers, preservationists, and craftsmen came together at historic Faneuil Hall to celebrate the accomplishments of this year's winners, which, going forward, will be bestowed annually to recognize outstanding achievements in historic preservation and compatible new construction in Boston.

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Alessi Sponsors Product Design Class at University of Pennsylvania IPD and Penn Design

10.23.14 | Crusinallo, Italy | Alessi and Gensler have teamed up to teach a course at the University of Pennsylvania this Fall. The semester-long course will focus on the creation of a stand-up workstation teaching students everything from the design brief to scaled prototyping. The class, conceived and taught by Jordan Goldstein, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP, Principal and Managing Director at Gensler (Washington, D.C.), will work firsthand with Alessi to allow students to gain direct insight into the strategic design process and the creation of retail goods. At the close of the semester, students will have the opportunity to travel to Alessi’s factory in Italy to present their work to Alberto Alessi, President of Alessi.

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ILEX Debuts Trio of New Lights by Michael Graves

10.20.14 | Taunton, MA | ILEX Architectural Lighting is toasting Michael Graves & Associates' 50th anniversary, unveiling three new additions by the beloved American architect and designer to its Portfolio Collection. Like Graves, the new lights have a larger than life presence. While they each have their own distinctive styles the new Table Top, Theia and Fete lights all take projects to new heights. They also boast elegant features in unexpected proportions and a variety of finishes and configurations to suit a range of applications.

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Invision Introduces Student Union Collection

10.22.14 | Dalton, GA | Invision introduced Student Union, a new customizable modular carpet collection specifically for the education market. Offering 15 of the top collegiate colors in three distinct patterns, Student Union can work in common areas, hallways, classrooms or student housing. It allows a school to better promote its brand and create a space as strong or as subtle with school spirit as needed.

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Robert Allen Right Away Delivers In-Stock Selections on the Double

10.23.14 | New York, NY | Robert Allen launched the Robert Allen Right Away program, a robust selection of staple fabrics all guaranteed to ship within 24 hours. The line covers a wide range of categories including cotton velvets, wool textures, linen textures, plush chenilles, performance textures, and outdoor solids. Designer favorites such as Royal Chenille, Contentment, Wool Suit, and Linen Canvas are among the selections.

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Jubilee Collection New from Sina Pearson Textiles

10.22.14 | New York, NY | Sina Pearson Textiles introduced an exuberant new collection titled Jubilee. Confetti, an indoor/outdoor fabric woven with Sunbrella Contract® yarns, harmonizes with Sparkler, a glittery, sustainable polyurethane. Offered in a wealth of colorways, both patterns are bleach cleanable, stain-resistant, and durable.

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Fritz Hansen Announces the New NAP™

10.23.14 | New York, NY | Republic of Fritz Hansen introduced the NAP™ chair now available with wooden legs. In this new edition of the popular NAP™ series designed by Kasper Salto, the organic shell is complemented with a bentwood base made of natural oak veneer. It is now available to dealers and will be available to the public on Feb. 1, 2015.

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Sosa: Now Available!

10.23.14 | Jasper, IN | JSI's new Sosa guest chair is now available to order. Designed to embody a classic mid-century vibe as well as for comfort, Sosa is offered in five back styles - wood, partially upholstered, and fully upholstered with two optional stitching detail patterns available.

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Tesano: Quote-Ready!

10.20.14 | Comstock Park, MI | Nucraft will begin accepting orders on its Tesano standing height table starting Nov. 3. Tesano was the 2014 Best of NeoCon Silver award winner in the Collaborative Collections category.

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Innovation Pavilion At ABX Features ASI Interwoven Eco-Panels

10.20.14 | New York, NY | Architectural Systems, Inc.'s Interwoven Eco-Panels were selected as one of the featured products within the Innovation Pavilion at ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX) Oct. 28-30 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Made from recycled wood chips in a range of species in rich, natural colorations, these linear, yet dimensional panels offer a seamless interlocking installation. The Innovation Pavilion offers attendees the opportunity to touch and feel - and vote on their favorite - new materials that were juried by industry experts through Building & Design Resources (BDR).

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Architecture Billings Index Shows Robust Conditions Ahead for Construction Industry

10.22.14 | Washington, DC | The American Institute of Architects reported the September Architecture Billings Index score was 55.2, up from a mark of 53.0 in August. All geographic regions and building project sectors showed positive conditions, indicating a heightened level of demand for design services. The new projects inquiry index was 64.8, following a mark of 62.6 the previous month.

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USG Corporation Reports Record Ceilings Results and 2014 Third Quarter Results

10.23.14 | Chicago, IL | USG Corp. reported that its third quarter adjusted net income improved by 175% from a year ago, to $66 million compared to $24 million in 3Q13. The company's Ceilings division delivered record quarterly operating profit of $30 million compared to $23 million last year.

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Interface Reports Third Quarter 2014 Results

10.22.14 | Atlanta, GA | Interface, Inc. reported results for the third quarter ended Sep. 28. Sales were $252.2 million, down less than 1% from $254.5 million in the third quarter of 2013. Operating income was $7.3 million, including a pre-tax restructuring and asset impairment charge of $12.4 million. Excluding the charge, operating income was $19.6 million, or 7.8% of sales, compared with $27.8 million, or 10.9% of sales, in the third quarter last year. Net income, excluding the charge, was $8.3 million, or $0.13 per share, compared with net income of $15.0 million, or $0.23 per share, in 3Q13. Including the charge, the net loss was $0.4 million, or $0.01 per share.

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Interface Declares Regular Quarterly Dividend

10.22.14 | Atlanta, GA | Interface, Inc.'s Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.04 per share. It is payable Nov. 21 to shareholders of record as of Nov. 7.

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Kimball International, Inc. Holds Annual Meeting of Share Owners and Declares Dividend

10.21.14 | Jasper, IN | Kimball International, Inc. share owners elected all ten nominees to the Board of Directors at the company's 2014 annual meeting. Class A share owners also ratified the advisory vote to approve the compensation paid to executive officers and the appointment of Deloitte & Touche, LLP as the company’s independent registered public accounting firm for fiscal year 2015. In addition, Kimball's Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of 5 cents per share on Class B common stock and 5 cents per share on Class A common stock. The dividend is payable Jan. 15, 2015, to share owners of record on Dec. 24.

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IFI President's Bulletin | A Special Message

10.17.14 | New York, NY | Iris Dunbar, president of the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI) issued a call for comments from the global interiors community. "The International Council of Graphic Design Associations are advocating to change their name to The International Design Council and to complete the transition of Icograda into a fully multidisciplinary organization," Mr. Dunbar wrote. "We believe that it is essential that Icograda should continue to represent the Communications and Graphics discipline as IFI represents Interiors and ICSID Industrial Design. Each discipline needs representation at a global level.... We have been asked by some of our members for our position on the matter. In order to effectively represent the needs of our constituency, we want to hear from you." Requesting that responses be emailed to the IFI Secretariat by Thursday, Oct., 23, IFI is asking interiors professionals to answer three questions...

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Baldanzi & Novelli @ Orgatec 2014

10.14.14 | Ponsacco, Italy | Italian design firm Baldanzi & Novelli will be represented at Orgatec by two new seating collections: North Cape designed for Narbutas, and Captain for Sinetica. At the fair, Narbutas will be in hall 10.2 - stand M061 N060; and Sinetica will be in hall 8.1 - stand B049 A048.

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Moroso At Orgatec

10.16.14 | Udine, Italy | Moroso's showroom during Orgatec 2014, Oct. 21-25 in Cologne, will be located at the Design Post, a short distance from the trade fair. The space is marked out by panels covered by various shades of blur fabrics which vary from warm to pale colours, dividing the lower level from the upper one. The lower part extends in a large central area, divided vertically by sets of Terreria freestanding bookcases designed by the studio Archea Associati. The showcase is dedicated to one of the latest new products for 2014, the lightweight and stackable Diatom chair designed by Ross Lovegrove. The central area is set aside for the collections by Patricia Urquiola. To map out the lower level Moroso has used Bikini-Island, a modular island sofa by Werner Aisslinger. On the upper level Moroso introduces different products with a distinctive type, from plastic to wood and, finally, upholstery.

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Moroso Celebrates Opening of New Retail Store in Singapore

10.16.14 | Udine, Italy | Moroso strengthened its presence in Singapore with a new dedicated space within the 2,000 sqm showroom at XTRA Park Mall. XTRA is one of the most prestigious players in the South-East Asian design world. To mark the opening of the space on Oct. 4, a series of celebrations were organized, linked to the Singapore design week (Singapore Indesign 2014) and to XTRA's 25th anniversary.

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Inscape Unites Industry Leaders with F.I.R.E.

10.17.14 | Holland Landing, ON | Inscape Corp., announced the development of F.I.R.E. (Fully Integrated Resource for Enterprise management). A collaboration between Inscape and three technology leaders – KiSP Inc., Configura, and another partner not yet named – F.I.R.E. is a customer-centric solution for designers, dealers, and end users that will streamline the envisioning, specification, ordering, and follow-up process. It is scheduled to be available for Inscape’s product collection in June 2015.

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IIDA NY Healthcare Forum Nov. 5: Modular Design + The Healthcare Environment

10.17.14 | New York, NY | IIDA NY will present a Healthcare Forum event on Wednesday, Nov. 5, "Modular Design + The Healthcare Environment," 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Hafele showroom. DIRTT Environmental Solutions Healthcare Specialist Kristin Moore will moderate the discussion, which will include John Miller, Campus Program Manager (AECOM), Detroit Medical Center; John Plappert, Healthcare Planning Principal, HDR; and Onyekachi D. Akoma, Project Manager, SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

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Latest News from The Center for Health Design

10.16.14 | Concord, CA | The Center for Health Design on Thursday, Oct. 23 will present a webinar, "The Link Between Patient Satisfaction & Facility Design." Part of CHD's ICONS and Innovators series, it will be led by Gary L. Vance, FAIA, FACHA, LEED AP, Director of National Healthcare, BSA LifeStructures. He will explain how a sentiment analysis of patient satisfaction surveys can lead to design solutions that address patient concerns. Other upcoming CHD events include pre-conference workshops and a VIP Reception during the Healthcare Design conference next month in San Diego.

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NeoCon East & DIFFA Team Up for Trick or Treat Opening Day Event

10.17.14 | Baltimore, MD | NeoCon East teamed up with DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS to add fun networking opportunities to the opening day’s festivities Wednesday, Oct. 29, 4:00-6:00 p.m. Free to all show attendees, the evening will play up the show’s Halloween timing with a Trick or Treat event to raise awareness and funds for DIFFA. Attendees can pick up a specially designed tote bag and a map of the show floor indicating participating exhibitors.

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NeoCon East 2014 Product Preview

10.17.14 | Baltimore, MD | NeoCon East, Oct. 29-30 at the Baltimore Convention Center, is less than two weeks away. Show organizers have compiled a product preview showcasing some of the trending themes that they’re seeing this year from exhibitors...

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AndNews October 2014

10.15.14 | Valencia, Spain | News from Andreu World: The company is a Platinum Sponsor of the 2014 IIDA of New England Fashion Show and Benefit Gala Oct. 23 in Boston; the 14th edition of the annual Andreu World Design Contest is now open; Patricia Urquiola designed a new version of the Nub chair; plus more...

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Robert Allen Expands Solids & Textures Collection

10.15.14 | New York, NY | Robert Allen Group’s new collection Solids & Textures II was developed through careful selection of color and construction combinations. The Robert Allen design team created each color individually, examining home and fashion trends from present and past to predict what will be in demand for interiors throughout the coming seasons. The hues are all custom dyed to ensure that each shade is the exact color specified, ranging from updates on classic palettes to fresh, seasonal takes on new hues. An addition to the five existing books from the first Solids & Textures line, introduced in fall 2013, the new collection includes Lustrous Solids, Tonal Chenilles, and new Indoor/Outdoor textiles - each offering a wide range of textures and colors.

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ATI Decorative Laminates Expands MirroFlex Offerings for Fall 2014

10.15.14 | Greensboro, NC | ATI Decorative Laminates expanded its MirroFlex thermoplastic product line. New finishes and patterns for Fall 2014 include new wood grains, linens, solids, and a ceiling tile designed to mimic the look of corrugated metal. MirroFlex is ATI's longest-running product, created in 1979.

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Kinetex Wins Product Innovation Award

10.16.14 | Dalton, GA | J+J Flooring Group’s textile composite flooring, Kinetex, was named a grand prize winner in the flooring solutions category of BUILDINGS magazine's annual Product Innovations award. Specific qualities mentioned by the magazine in its feature of Kinetex in the September 2014 issue include: soft-surface flooring attributes that combine with long-wearing performance characteristics of a hard-surface flooring product; the flexibility to simply remove and replace individual modules if conditions warrant a quick fix; 55% recycled content; NSF/ANSI 140 Platinum certification; and ease of cleaning and maintenance.

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KTGY Receives Prestigious Firm Mentorship Award from AIA California Council; Award Highlights KTGY's Generation-to-Generation Focus

10.14.14 | Irvine, CA | KTGY Group, Inc., Architecture + Planning received the 2014 Academy for Emerging Professionals Firm Mentorship Award by the AIA California Council. The award is the highest recognition given by the AIACC AEP to a firm that has made an extraordinary effort to mentor emerging professionals through the implementation of specific programs.

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IIDA Announces 5th Annual Global Excellence Awards

10.16.14 | Chicago, IL | IIDA announced the opening of the 2014 IIDA Global Excellence Awards. This annual worldwide design competition was established to honor and celebrate outstanding originality and excellence in the creation of international interior design/interior architecture projects in 13 categories. The deadline for submitting projects is Nov. 21. Judging will take place Dec. 6, with awards being presented Jan. 24, 2015, during an awards reception at Maison & Object in Paris.

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Joseph Aliotta Joins Perkins Eastman as Principal

10.15.14 | New York, NY | Joseph J. Aliotta AIA, LEED AP joined Perkins Eastman as a principal in the firm’s New York office. Mr. Aliotta leads the firm’s NYC-focused government practice and manages the office’s institutional studio. His more than 30 years of professional experience most recently comprises leadership in design, renovation, and construction for more than 20M sf. Prior to joining Perkins Eastman, he was with Swanke Hayden Connell Architects in New York, where he served as managing principal for the firm’s government and institutional work.

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Brian Scranton Joins Neutral Posture as National Sales Manager

10.6.14 | Bryan, TX | Brian Scranton joined Neutral Posture as National Sales Manager. Mr. Scranton has more than 16 years of experience in the furniture industry managing design teams, owning a successful independent rep firm and being a VP of sales. In his new role, he will be responsible for helping to grow sales and develop/implement Neutral Posture’s systems strategic plan.

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Beaufurn Hires New Representative Groups

10.13.14 | Advance, NC | Beaufurn announced the hire of two sales representative groups to enhance their market reach in Texas and the Northeast. In Texas, KC Rep Source will represent Beaufurn in Houston, Austin, San Antonio, The Woodlands, and South Texas. Furniture Solutions & Resources will represent the company in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

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DeskMakers Names Seibold Baker as Midwest Rep Firm

10.16.14 | Los Angeles, CA | DeskMakers named Seibold Baker Associates as its sales representatives for Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Kentucky. As a major step in the Los Angeles-based office furniture manufacturer's national expansion plans, the partnership is anticipated to quickly increase DeskMakers’ brand awareness throughout the Midwest market.

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Knoll Reports Strong Third Quarter Results; Office Segment Margins and Profits at Highest Level Since 2012

10.17.14 | East Greenville, PA | Knoll, Inc. announced results for the third quarter ended Sep. 30:  Net sales were $268.3 million for the quarter, an increase of 23.7% from third quarter of 2013. Organically, excluding the impact of HOLLY HUNT®, which the company acquired on Feb. 3, 2014, sales increased 10.1% when compared with 3Q13. Operating profit for the quarter was $23.3 million, an increase of 36.3% compared to operating profit of $17.1 million in 3Q13. Net income for was $15.7 million, an increase of 82.6% over 3Q13. Diluted earnings per share was $0.33 for the quarter compared to $0.18 per share in the prior year.

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Crossville Launches Yin + Yang Natural Stone Collection

10.15.14 | Crossville, TN | Crossville Inc. introduced Yin + Yang, a collection of natural stone tile inspired by the allure and balance of Eastern art. It is offered in eight stone shades: Snow Flower, Moon Gate, Black Dragon, Tea Garden, Silk Fan, Bonsai, Lotus Blossom, and Koi Pond. Versatile sizes, including .5” x .5” mosaic, .5” x 1.5” stacked mosaic, herringbone, elongated hex, 1.5” x 7.75” brick, 30 x 12” plank, and linear mosaic, invite creation of custom patterns and looks. Product specifiers may select between natural or polished finishes.

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New Sustainable Office Designs from BuzziSpace

10.15.14 | Antwerp-Kontich, Belgium | BuzziSpace's new BuzziDonut is made from acoustic, eco-friendly materials and sports a contemporary design. It can either hang from the ceiling with a lighting element or sit mounted on the wall, paired with additional wall panels for a modern look.

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Self-Illuminating Light Sources

10.13.14 | Cranleigh, Surrey, UK | Eli-Chem Resins U.K Ltd launched Eli-Glow Photo-Luminescent pigments for indoor or outdoor applications. These ‘glow in the dark’ pigments absorb radiant U.V. energy and convert it into longer wavelengths in the visible spectrum, emitting it as light. The luminescence lasts for 8-10 hours after as little as 30 minutes of exposure to daylight or indoor lighting. By day, the pigments are a pale straw color, or when mixed in a ratio of 10/20% with a binder they become invisible and will not affect the optical clarity of the finished artwork or object. In darkness, the colors will come to life. Available colors are Aquamarine Blue, Yellow/green, and Cobalt Blue.

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