9.11.14 | Washington, DC | ASID's July Interior Design Billings Index indicated accelerating gains in the design industry. Both the IDBI, at 60.7, and the ASID Inquires Index, at 67.3, have recovered from slower pace of growth. Firms of all size classes are growing. Looking forward (six-month outlook), ASID panelists’ expectations reinforce the idea of continued expansion which is echoed by the Consumer Confidence Expectations Index and the Dodge Momentum Index.
9.16.14 | New York, NY | IIDA NY will present a sustainable design forum on Tuesday, Oct. 14: "Motivating Passion for Sustainable Design: Beauty, Biophilia and The Living Building Challenge." Moderated by Lauren Yarmuth, LEED Fellow, Principal, YR&G Sustainability, with speakers Joann Gonchar, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Editor, Architectural Record, and Catie Ryan, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Project Manager, Terrapin Bright Green, the forum will address the importance of beauty in sustainable design.
9.16.14 | Chicago, IL | IIDA Illinois Chapter will present an overview CEU course on the use of performance fabrics on commercial furniture at all three city centers during October: Central Illinois City Center on Thursday, Oct. 9; Chicago City Center on Wednesday, Oct. 29, and Northern Illinois City Center on Thursday, Oct. 30.
9.15.14 | Tarrytown, NY | Ultrafabrics® introduced Dwell, a high-performance polyurethane synthetic leather with an organic texture that emulates the soft feel of suede.
9.17.14 | Orangeburg, NY | Amanda Eaton was promoted to Vice President of Design for Arc-Com Fabrics. Ms. Eaton has been with the company for 18 years. She a team of designers who develop innovative textile and vinyl products for the contract, hospitality, and healthcare markets.
9.15.14 | Omaha, NE | HDR expanded its Boston office design practice with four new hires: Imran Khan, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Project Manager; Allen Buie, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Senior Project Designer; Andrew Hazelton, LEED AP, Senior Architectural Coordinator; and Michael Doiron, LEED AP, CDT, Senior Architectural Coordinator. This influx of new talent is expected to strengthen HDR’s healthcare and science and technology practices throughout the eastern region.
9.15.14 | Miami, FL | Mindy Graves, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C, a senior interior designer at HOK with more than 20 years of experience, has relocated from the firm’s Dallas office to serve as senior project manager in HOK’s Miami office.
9.15.14 | Grand Rapids, MI| Chad Bewley, Configura's CET Designer User of the Month for September, is the design manager at Business Interiors of Idaho. In addition to working on his own projects, Mr. Bewley also coordinates and oversees the workload of three other designers and serves as IT technician. He found his interest in drafting in high school, which motivated him to attend ITT Technical Institute. “I started at Business Interiors of Idaho two weeks after graduating, which is not what I thought I’d be doing with my drafting degree, but I really enjoy it and can’t see myself doing anything else,” he said. “Helping customers develop a space that is functional, efficient and stylish gives me a great feeling of accomplishment.”
9.8.14 | New York, NY | teNeues Publishing Group is now accepting pre-orders for the Andrew Martin Interior Design Review Volume 18, available in October. The Andrew Martin International Interior Designer of the Year attracts entries from all over the globe and is described by The Times as 'The Oscars for the interior design world.' Volume 18 of the Interior Design Review once again showcases the current winners of these awards. Illustrated with more than 1,000 color photographs, it offers a compendium of contemporary interior design styles, primarily focused on private living spaces but also featuring public spaces. Artists are individually presented, followed by contact details in an appendix.
9.9.14 | East Greenville, PA | Knoll posted an animated video about "Activity Spaces," defined as 'go to' spaces accessible to everyone for everything from focused, individual work through large community gatherings. The company also provided links to a Project Profile on the relocation of Westcor Land Title Insurance Company its new Orlando office, where it created an open office with an abundance of Activity Spaces; and a Product Spotlight on the Sapper XYZ monitor support moves beyond the traditional X and Y axis range of motion, offering fluid 3D movement on multiple axes.
9.10.14 | Frankfurt am Main, Germany | Heimtextil, the international trade fair for home and contract textiles takes place Jan. 14-17, 2015, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. New this year: More space for design and future-oriented themes, including a ‘Theme Park’ in Hall 4.0 of the Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre; a new event highlight entitled ‘Experience’ that is intended to present the latest developments in the world of textile design in a more emotional, intensive and comprehensive presentation than ever before; plus a new website.
9.9.14 | Pittsburgh, PA | As it celebrates its 20th year in business, the Pittsburgh-based national technology consulting firm The Sextant Group is revving the engines for its 10th Annual Road Rally on Saturday, Sep. 27. The event, specifically targeted toward members of the architectural industry, has grown in reputation and participation every year for the last decade.
9.12.14 | New York, NY | Architectural Systems, Inc.'s new MIXX™ Porcelain collection combines 36 different natural stone replications to look like authentic quarried stone. It is made with recycled content and is available in planks of both honed and semi-polished finishes and in three different sizes. It can be used in both wall and floor applications, interior or exterior.
9.9.14 | New York, NY | Architectural Systems, Inc.'s new Manhattan Vinyl Collection includes five groupings of high-performance luxury vinyl flooring inspired by New York City's culturally diverse neighborhoods: Battery Park, Nolita, High Line, Madison Square, and Hudson Yards. All of these designs are extremely durable, made with recycled content, and are FloorScore certified for Indoor Air Quality.
9.10.14 | Washington, DC | FM BENCHMARKING has aligned with Open Standards Consortium for Real Estate's Space Management and Occupancy Costs Standards, including the major categories of Facility Management (FM) expenses. This alignment means that members, subscribers and partners of the respective organizations will be able to compare facility management costs with common definitions and cost breakdowns.
9.11.14 | Houston, TX | John Perry, MBA, joined IFMA as chief operating officer beginning the week of Sep. 15. “John’s proven track record of identifying and seizing opportunities in a rapidly changing environment made him stand out among the candidates we considered,” said IFMA president and CEO Tony Keane. Most recently, Mr. Perry served as chief innovation/quality officer with Houston-based NACE International, for which he developed the market-entrance strategy for the establishment of a Middle East training facility and office. Before that, he was director, business application development for ADP in Jersey City, NJ, where he developed and brought to market several products and established the Hong Kong software development group.
9.11.14 | New York, NY | Mark Fischer joined Lane Office as Account Manager. His basic duties are to develop client relationships and ensure that all services are completed on time and within the designated budget.
9.11.14 | Toronto, ON | Republic of Fritz Hansen™ announced TORP as their new Preferred Dealer for the entire Fritz Hansen collection and exclusive representative for the Poul Kjærholm collection in Ontario. To celebrate the partnership, TORP will be hosting a special event Thursday, Sep. 18, honoring some of the great Danish designers. The event, presented in conjunction with the Danish Consulate General, will include keynote addresses from Danish design experts Michael Sheridan, Kasper Holst Pedersen, and Gregory Scott Pepin. The Danish Crown Prince couple, Danish Ambassador and Minister of Trade are expected to be in attendance.
9.8.14 | Goshen, IN | SIXINCH has become the first foam-coated furniture manufacturer to comply with the stringent CAL 133 and BFD IX-10 fire codes. CA 133 is considered to be one of the most comprehensive flame tests. A proprietary chemical process pioneered by SIXINCH led to this breakthrough.
9.8.14 | Shrewsbury, MA | Source International's new Sash side/guest chair by award winning designer Gemma Bernal of Barcelona features dynamic angles combined with soft flowing contours. A sash of bent ash wood winds in continuous geometric transition from back to armrest, designed to be attractive from any angle.
9.11.14 | Oakland, CA | The Móz Designs Engravings Collection of metal surfacing materials now features a wide array of etched patterns and earth-toned colors.
9.10.14 | Dalton, GA | Tandus Centiva released a video featuring Suzanne Tick explaining the design philosophy behind her new Code Series modular tile collection. In the video, entitled "A Change In How We Work," Ms. Tick describes walls as "a barrier to progress" and notes how new technologies have expanded opportunities for collaboration. The Code Series is designed to define spaces without walls.
9.8.14 | Chicago, IL | Rockfon® Island™ frameless, stone wool ceiling products expand designers’ creative options in achieving acoustic comfort for open plan offices, restaurants, waiting rooms, call centers and other spaces where sound can be overwhelming to occupants.
9.10.14 | Santa Monica, CA | Premier car-shopping website Edmunds.com opened a new 5,000-sf satellite office in downtown Detroit. An open-office design created by Chris Mitchell of M+M Creative Studio, the space mirrors the vibrant color blocks and modern design of Edmunds.com’s award-winning headquarters in Santa Monica. The new location serves as a base for regional meetings and collaborations for the nearly 100 Edmunds.com employees based throughout the eastern United States.
9.8.14 | Mexico City | A collaboration between Fernando Romero Enterprise and Foster + Partners created the winning proposal in the design competition for a new international airport for Mexico City. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced the selection of the FR-EE + Foster “Airport of the Future” plan on Sep. 2.
9.8.14 | Irvine, CA | Ware Malcomb was once again been recognized for its leadership in commercial real estate design by NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association. The firm is one of three winners in NAIOP’s 2014 Build-Out/Interior Design Competition and will present its concept for the future of interior office space design at NAIOP’s Development 14 conference in October. Ware Malcomb is the only firm that has been recognized every year since this national design competition was launched in 2012. Ware Malcomb designed the winning 2013 Distribution/Fulfillment Center of the Future, and won an honorable mention in the 2012 Office Building of the Future design competition.
9.10.14 | Cartersville, GA | In its ninth year, the Shaw Contract Group Design is… Award program honors architecture and design firms that are changing the very idea of what design is. Six projects out of 356 entries from 25 countries were selected as winners.
9.11.14 | Chicago, IL | IIDA announced the winners of the 2014 Best of Asia Pacific Design Awards. The winning projects will be celebrated Oct. 1 at an awards ceremony in Singapore, where the Best of Competition winner will be announced.
9.10.14 | Philadelphia, PA | IIDA Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware Chapter's 13th Annual Philadelphia Product Parade is a trade show and networking event on Wednesday, Oct. 15. Being held for the first time as part of the nine-day, citywide DesignPhiladelphia celebration, the Product Parade will take place 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the 23rd Street Armory - 22 S. 23rd Street. It brings together design industry professionals, regional contract furnishing and materials representatives, and interested members of the general public for a night of showcasing and celebrating the products and the technologies that define design excellence.
9.9.14 | New York, NY | IIDA NY is encouraging members to attend Dwell on Design New York, Oct. 9-11 at 82Mercer in SoHo. IIDA members may use a promo code to receive a $10 discount on show passes.
9.7.14 | ArtPrize, the international art competition that takes over three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids, MI, for 19 days, opens on Wednesday, Sep. 24. Organizers have compiled a list of ten key events to help visitors navigate the "sea of activity" that ArtPrize brings...
9.11.14 | San Francisco, CA | WORKTECH will be heading to San Francisco once again for another Future of Work conference Oct. 9. It will take place at 221 Main Street in the city's SOMA neighborhood, the new hot spot for tech firm headquarters. Speakers will include Steve Monaco, Head of Global Real Estate & Workplace Services, Motorola Mobility; Prarthana Johnson, Senior Design Manager, Microsoft; Ford Fish, SVP Real Estate, Salesforce.com; Gervais Tompkin, Principal, Gensler; Philip Ross, Futurologist & CEO, UNGROUP; Lori Gee, Vice President of Applied Insight, Herman Miller, Inc.; Michael Joroff, Senior Lecturer, MIT Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning; Kristine Woolsey, Behavioural Strategist, CarrierJohnson + CULTURE; Primo Orpilla, Principal and Cofounder, Studio O+A; and other speakers from leading design, property and technology companies.
9.8.14 | New York, NY | The CCIM Institute is teaming with ALM's Real Estate Media Group, publishers of GlobeSt.com and Real Estate Forum, to present a reformatted THRIVE conference Oct. 21-22 in Los Angeles. THRIVE 2014 will facilitate business relationships while presenting tangible market intelligence from an array of leading industry voices such as American Realty Capital's Michael Weil; First American Title's Curt Johnson, CCIM; Grandbridge Real Estate Capital's Shelley Magoffin; and Rockefeller Group Development Corp.'s John Petricola, CCIM.
9.10.14 | Houston, TX | IFMA will host thousands of facility management professionals at its World Workplace Conference and Expo, to be held in New Orleans, LA, Sep. 17-19. This will mark the second time World Workplace has been hosted in New Orleans, the last being in 2007 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
IFMA’s World Workplace Conference and Expo to Provide Cutting-Edge Facility Management Educational Opportunities
9.9.14 | Houston, TX | IFMA invites facility management professionals to pursue professional development opportunities as part of its World Workplace Conference and Expo, to be held in New Orleans, LA, Sep. 17-19. With a variety of subject matters geared toward diverse experience levels, this year's event offers sessions are organized into 14 sub-categories that reflect facility management competencies, coupled with FM solutions and research. For the first time, sessions have also been organized into four new Learning Labs: Leadership, Leading and Bleeding Edge, Management Skills, and Performance.
9.8.14 | Houston, TX | IFMA announced the lineup of keynote speakers at its flagship event, the World Workplace Conference and Expo, to be held in New Orleans, LA, Sep. 17-19. In addition to opening keynote speaker Peter Sheahan, founder and CEO of ChangeLabs™ and author of “Fl!P” and “Generation Y,” three speakers will offer closing keynotes in the style of the popular, bite-sized TED Talks.
9.8.14 | Houston, TX | IFMA invites facility management professionals to attend a world-class products and services exposition as part of its World Workplace Conference and Expo to be held in New Orleans, LA, Sep. 17-19. While the expo is available to the general public free of charge, tickets for the conference, which includes high-impact speakers and educational sessions covering a wide range of facility management topics, are available for purchase at www.worldworkplace.org.
9.8.14 | Hamilton, NJ | Grounds For Sculpture will open its Fall/Winter exhibition season on Oct. 18, headlined with retrospective exhibition of work by Michael Graves. The exhibition, entitled "Past as Prologue," will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Mr. Graves’ design firm and its five decades of visionary work. It will feature a tour through seminal architecture and product design projects, and will display some of his original works of art, including sculpture and paintings, on view through Apr. 5, 2015.
9.11.14 | Holland Landing, ON | Inscape reported financial results for its fiscal 2015 first quarter ended July 31. Net income for the quarter was $0.8 million or 5 cents per share, compared with a net loss of $1.4 million, or 10 cents per share a year ago. The current quarter's results included an unrealized derivative gain of $1.0 million relating to the fair value of outstanding U.S. currency hedge contracts, whereas the same quarter of last year had an unrealized derivative loss of $0.8 million in the fair value of outstanding currency hedge contracts. Excluding these hedge contract gains and losses, the current quarter had a pre-tax income of $0.2 million, versus last year's pre-tax loss of $1.1 million. The significant improvement of $1.3 million in the pre-tax operating results was driven by a $1.8 million or 10.1% increase in sales, which generated $0.9 million increase in gross profit, while total SG&A was lower than last year by $0.4 million.
9.8.14 | Grand Rapids, MI | Steelcase Inc. will webcast a discussion of its second quarter fiscal year 2015 financial results on Wednesday, Sep. 24, 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The news release detailing the financial results will be issued the previous day, Sep. 23, after the market closes.
9.8.14 | Chicago, IL | Herman Miller is partnering with Unbranded Designs to discover new design talent and identify commercially viable designs.
9.8.14 | West Yorkshire, UK | Camira unveiled a new houndstooth-check-patterned textile called Century, made from recycled jute from coffee sacks blended with wool. The new upholstery fabric offers the opportunity to repurpose millions of coffee sacks used by retail chains every year. While many sacks end up disposed in landfills or downcycled into low value materials, Camira is upcycling them. Empty sacks from local coffee roasters are processed through rag-pulling machines to turn the sack back into jute fiber. This fiber is then blended with wool and spun into yarn before being woven, resulting in a robust double cloth softened with a natural twist.
9.8.14 | West Yorkshire, UK | Camira launched a new, improved version of its 100% pure new wool Blazer Lite fabric. A more refined version of the top-selling Blazer upholstery fabric, Blazer Lite is lighter in weight for use on desk screens, panels and other vertical surfaces. The upgraded Blazer Lite has a balanced appearance, achieved using melange yarn in both the warp and weft, which virtually eliminates directionality and makes the fabric easier to use. The felted, milled finish has increased from 18 to 30 colors, consisting of melange mixes and plain shades, as well as subtle pastels and iridescent brights.
9.8.14 | Advance, NC | Beaufurn introduced its lineup of new commercial seating introductions for fall 2014: Brent high-back lounge seat; Dali 2 barstool and chair; Klee stacking chair and barstool; and Nikki stacking chairs.
9.8.14 | Rotterdam, Netherlands | Chris van Duijn, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Jason Long, and Michael Kokora have joined the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) partnership. The four newly appointed partners, all previously associates within the company, bring the number of OMA equity partners to ten, alongside Rem Koolhaas, Ellen van Loon, Reinier de Graaf, Shohei Shigematsu, Iyad Alsaka, and David Gianotten. The larger partnership will be vital in leading international projects from OMA’s offices in Rotterdam, Hong Kong, New York, Beijing, and Doha.
9.8.14 | San Francisco, CA | Steven M Lawler, AIA, was promoted to Director – USA for M Moser Associates in the United States. His new role is designed to accelerate the development of M Moser’s design and construction approach of Integrated Project Delivery; employing collaborative Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) technologies in the U.S. market. Mr. Lawler maintains architectural licenses widely across the U.S., holds an NCARB certificate, and is a LEED Accredited Professional. With more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of corporate workplace and interiors, he has led concurrent work for millions of square feet for national accounts, coordinating multiple internal and external teams.
9.9.14 | New York, NY | Reminder: Interior Designers for Legislation in New York will present a Grass Roots Town Hall event on Wednesday, Sep. 17, 6:30 p.m. at the Milliken Showroom, 875 Sixth Avenue.
9.5.14 | New York, NY | Applied Brilliance is being moved from this fall to April 20-21, 2015. The venue is still the same, International House Hotel in New Orleans. Executive Director Deborah Patton was recently diagnosed with early stage one breast cancer and needs to focus on her health for the next couple of months. "Thankfully, I will have a full recovery since it was caught so early," she said. "Your understanding and support is greatly appreciated and we look forward to seeing you in the spring." The theme for the event is "Lifelines: How Storytelling Can Save Humanity." Presenters will include an astrophysicist, philosopher, big data theoretical physicist, math genius, emerging economy developer, mind potential expert, digital visionary, Native American elder, graphic designer, and New Orleans storytellers. All attendees receive 11 CEUs. Space is limited and registration is open now.
9.4.14 | Baltimore, MD | Online registration is now open for the 13th annual NeoCon East, Oct. 29-30 at the Baltimore Convention Center. The East Coast’s premier design exposition and conference for commercial interiors will showcase thousands of products across a wide range of sectors, including workplace, government, healthcare, hospitality, retail, education, and public spaces. This year’s show will include a new floor plan, special GSA features, and a powerful conference program headlined by keynote presenters Irena Savakova and Shashi Caan. Organizers also have a few surprises up their sleeves including a fun and interactive on-site event to benefit Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA).
9.5.14 | Grand Rapids, MI | Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free September webinars...
9.4.14 | Grand Rapids, MI | Configura announced the call for entries for the 7th annual Best of CET Designer Awards. Award winners will be announced during the 7th annual CET Designer User Conference in Grand Rapids, MI, Oct. 21-23. The grand-prize winner will receive a trip for two to Configura's headquarters in Sweden. CET Designer users are encouraged to share their best work created in CET Designer. It’s free to enter, and conference attendance is not required. The deadline to enter is Oct. 10.
9.3.14 | Grand Haven, MI | Atlas Ergonomics released a new version of AtlasAdvisor™, a comprehensive web based software application designed to help manage office ergonomics. It includes risk assessment, training, and program management capabilities.
9.4.14 | New York, NY | Duravit extended the submission deadline for its annual Designer Dream Bath Competition. The competition calls for designers and architects to create the bathroom of their dreams. To enter, submit a rendering or a sketch using Duravit's latest collections (Vero, DuraStyle, Happy D.2) for a chance to win up to $15,000 worth of products used in the design. Submissions are now due Friday, Sep. 12. The winner will be announced during Duravit Design Week, Oct. 6-8, at Duravit's New York City showroom.
9.4.14 | Irvine, CA | Ware Malcomb opened a New York City office located at 18 West 18th Street, 11th Floor in Manhattan. The new office, which will focus on interior architecture and design, brings the total number of Ware Malcomb offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Panama to 16. Industry veteran Bill Sotomayor has joined the firm as Regional Director to lead the new office, combining his vast regional knowledge and expertise with Ware Malcomb’s expanding presence on the East Coast. In this new role, Mr. Sotomayor will manage the New York City office and oversee business development and client relationships.
9.3.14 | Great Neck, NY | Save A Sample! 2015 will take place Apr. 7-9. Sign up began Sep. 3. In addition to receiving samples, design schools can submit up to two students to participate in the student hand drawing competition.
9.4.14 | Chicago, IL | IIDA, in collaboration with EDmarket, announced the opening of the 2014 EDspaces Innovation Awards. The EDspaces Innovation Awards recognizes manufacturers and designers for their excellence in product design for the learning environment. Only exhibitors at EDspaces 2014, Oct. 29-31 in Tampa, FL, are eligible to compete. Products must be offered for sale or use after Jan. 1, 2013.
9.5.14 | Jasper, IN | Kimball Office Select Dealer Partner Innovative Office Solutions, headquartered in Maria Stein, OH, collaborated with Kimball Office and PBK Architects in the design of the “Classroom of the Future” at Sidney High School in Sidney, OH. The new classroom was unveiled in a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Ohio’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Richard Ross. It features state-of-the-art furniture that provides an agile, active learning environment. Technologies include a media lounge, interactive video displays with multi-touch screens, collaboration work stations, a digital signage player, flexboard tracking system with swivel white boards, and a wireless presentation system with teleconferencing capabilities, as well as a classroom set of Chromebooks.
9.5.14 | New York, NY | IIDA NY and LMNOP will present a workshop: Short Form Contracts, led by Yao Fu Bailey of Menaker & Herrman, at Kimball Office on Tuesday, Sep. 16, 6:00-8:00 p.m. The program will address issues designers and architects face when negotiating agreements with their clients including the pros and cons of the AIA form and other types of contract; critical provisions for any agreement; and tactics for negotiating those agreements with your client.
9.4.14 | New York, NY | IIDA NY will host IMPACT NY, a panel discussion followed by a celebration on the rooftop at Scholastic, 577 Broadway, on Tuesday, Sep. 30, 6:30-9:00 p.m.
9.3.14 | Falls Church, VA | The Security and Sustainability Forum and Island Press will present a webinar with Jaime Lerner Thursday, Sep. 25, Noon-1:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Mr. Lerner is a renowned architect and planner who served three terms as mayor of Curitiba, Brazil and two terms as governor of the State of Paraná. As a pioneering architect and urbanist, he transformed his city into a global model of the sustainable and livable community. During the webinar, City College Professors James Russell and Hillary Brown will discuss with Mr. Lerner examples of sustainable urban revival from around the world from his experiences and his upcoming book Urban Acupuncture.
9.3.14 | New York, NY | Dwell on Design NY, curated by the editors of Dwell magazine, debuts at 82Mercer in SoHo, NYC, Oct. 9-11. The event will feature innovative installations by renowned design brands, onstage discussions about today's most relevant design topics with industry experts, and Dwell Home Tours, showcasing the most innovative, design-forward dwellings in Manhattan. Trade days are Thursday and Friday, Oct. 9-10, and the show will be open to the public on Saturday, Oct. 11. Organizers expect 5,000 attendees.
9.5.14 | Grand Rapids, MI | Coalesse is launching a Word Play contest to promote its Massaud Work Lounge and Ottoman. Starting Monday, Sep 8, through Friday, Sep. 26, participants may choose from a list of drop down words to create a “story” of how they would use their Massaud Work Lounge and Ottoman. First place winner will receive a Massaud Work Lounge and Ottoman (in grade 12 fabric), and second and third place winners will receive a Free Stand portable work surface.
9.3.14 | Alpharetta, GA | Hansgrohe, manufacturer of premium bathroom and kitchen fixtures, launched its #SelectPassion campaign. As part of the overall #SelectHansgrohe social media program, #SelectPassion invites Pinterest users to create a board entitled “Pin Your Passion” populated with images representing their passions. Ten lucky pinners will win $500 to help fund the things they love.
9.3.14 | New York, NY | Duravit and luxury loungewear brand Only Hearts are celebrating Fall Fashion Week with a pop-up shop at Duravit NYC. A VIP preview will be held Wednesday, Sep. 10, 6:00-8:00 p.m., and for those who can't make the party, the pop-up shop will also be open 9:30 a.m-5:00 p.m. on Thursday, Sep. 11. 50% of proceeds will be donated to non-profit organization JustFood.org.
9.3.14 | Woodridge, IL | Magnuson Group now offers LUMO IPOINT and LUMO LED illuminated floor and wall display modules from Kunstdünger of Silandro, Italy. LUMO IPOINT is an LED illuminated, free-standing floor poster display, characterized by slender straight lines and precision-formed solid frame. LUMO is an LED illuminated wall-mount poster display that complements LUMO IPOINT. Contract interior applications include public and private building lobbies, reception areas, corporate training rooms, schools and universities, transportation terminals, dining facilities, hotels, casinos, clubs and the like.
9.3.14 | Yorkville, NY | Meyda Custom Lighting's new Mission Hill Top Chandel-Air combines custom lighting with a ceiling fan. Handcrafted in Yorkville, NY by Meyda artisans, it features an abstract hilltop design on Silver Mica with hardware and accents depicted in a Cosmic Silver Vein finish. Eight inner lights provide decorative illumination, four uplights provide ambience, and four downlights provide task lighting.
9.3.14 | Yorkville, NY | Meyda Tiffany Lighting will host a large collection of vintage cars on Tuesday, Sep. 9, as a part of the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America's “Early Six-Cylinder Tour” (featuring cars from 1929-1954), which has occurred since 1995. The club is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and restoration of all years of Chevrolets. Meyda Tiffany Lighting is a leading manufacturer and designer of custom lighting, stained glass Tiffanies, and décor located at 55 Oriskany Boulevard in Yorkville, NY.
9.3.14 | Long Island City, NY | Hy-Fi, the winning project of MoMA PS1’s 2014 Young Architects Program, was completing its final breakdown this week. Designed by David Benjamin of New York-based architects The Living, the structure, which opened in late June, was made of corn stalk and mushroom root eco-bricks on the bottom and 3M Specular Film bricks on the top. The top 3M bricks directed sunlight down through the structure over the course of the summer to aid plant growth, creating miniature crops grown in compost from the organic bricks. As the structure has been gradually disassembled, some bricks have been moved to non-profit Build It Green for composting, while others remain on site to show the power of these materials in action.
9.2.14 | Archdale, NC | Alison DiMola joined Paul Brayton Designs as Sales Manager. Ms. DiMola has 25 years of industry experience building, leading and mentoring high performance sales teams and growing market share. Prior to joining Paul Brayton Design, she was with Knoll and HBF/ HBF Textiles.
9.4.14 | Washington, DC | ASID appointed five new members to its senior leadership team: Laura Horsley, vice president of Communications and Marketing; Karol Kaiser, vice president of Education and Engagement; Christopher Wojcik, vice president of Membership and Industry Development; Fernando Arias, director of Strategic Initiatives; and Reed Kroloff, strategic partnership consultant. Over the past two and a half years, ASID has undergone a rigorous assessment of the Society’s vision, goals, offerings and operations. Acknowledging gaps in the organization’s structure, ASID leadership realigned several existing positions and created a few new ones to better serve the needs of members, colleague institutions and the design community as a whole.
9.3.14 | New York, NY | IIDA NY will present a Residential Forum, Alpha In Depth: Inside the Workshops, Monday, Oct. 6, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at The Alpha Workshops. Founded in 1995, Alpha Workshops is the only not-for-profit organization in the country that trains and employs people who are living with HIV/AIDS in the decorative arts. Classes are taught at Alpha's Studio School, which is licensed by the NY State Department of Education. The Alpha Workshops design studio, staffed completely by artisans who graduate from the school's advanced program, is known for hand-painted wallpapers, on-site custom painting, venetian plaster, decorative finishes, gilding, and site-specific artwork.
9.3.14 | New York, NY | IIDA NY will host the Brooklyn segment of Design Exchange NYC on Thursday, Oct. 9 at the new Metro Tech headquarters of Tough Mudder, 6:30-9:00 p.m. Design Exchange is a series of enlightening roundtable discussions guided by leaders from many facets of the New York City design world. The October roundtable, leading up to the 12th Annual Open House New York Weekend Oct. 11-12, will include design professionals from advertising, art consulting, graphic design, culinary arts, and more, exchanging and celebrating the diversity of New York City’s design culture.
9.3.14 | New York, NY | NYSID now offers the Basic Interior Design (BID) Online Certificate, a 24-credit program that provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of interior design. A portfolio is not required for admission.
9.2.14 | Grand Rapids, MI | The ASID Foundation recently granted funds to support a major standards revision project currently underway by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. “By awarding this grant, the ASID Foundation demonstrates a high level of commitment to the interior design profession and confidence in CIDA’s ability to facilitate outreach and collaboration between interior design education and the practice of the profession to the benefit of future graduates,” said CIDA Board Chair Heather Robertson Corrigan. “Over 15,000 students are enrolled in CIDA-accredited interior design programs annually, resulting in an extraordinary impact.”
9.3.14 | Bryan, TX | Neutral Posture, Inc. is entering the systems furniture business with acquisition of the Equity® product line from Knoll, Inc. Equity® offers flexibility in workstation design by offering both centerline planning and sleek hexagonal 120-degree configurations. Originally designed and manufactured by Knoll, it will transition to become a Neutral Posture manufactured product.
8.28.14 | New York, NY | 60 Main Street, LLC, a 12-acre mixed-use development in Bridgeport, CT, for which Perkins Eastman is serving as Architect, was awarded a $2 million loan from the state's Department of Economic and Community Development. As announced Aug. 28 by Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy, the project is one of 20 brownfield remediation and redevelopment projects throughout the state to receive a total of $27 million in grants and loans from DECD. Phase 1 of 60 Main Street, which is currently under construction, will include approximately 250 new residential units and 20,000 sf of new retail space. A significant portion of the state funding will be devoted to climate resilient building initiatives, including raising residential and commercial spaces eight feet above the flood plain.