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Pilot Episode for "NeoCon, WTF" - An Original Web Series

7.25.14 | New York, NY | DesignerPages.com Founder and CEO Jake Slevin created a pilot episode for an original web-based sitcom series called "NeoCon, WTF."

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8/5 IIDA NY - IMPACT NY: Volunteer with Publicolor

7.25.14 | New York, NY | IIDA NY Chapter has organized three volunteer opportunities in August to strengthen the local design community's commitment to giving back to the community. The first opportunity is with Publicolor on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 3:00-5:00 p.m. The mission of Publicolor is to engage underserved students in their education and to catalyze change by empowering them and other residents of inner city communities to transform their environments through the power of color and collaboration.

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Alvarez-Diaz & Villalon® Awarded LEED® Platinum For its New Headquarters

7.24.14 | San Juan, Puerto Rico | Alvarez Diaz & Villalon®, a leading San Juan-based architecture and design practice, received a LEED® Platinum designation for its new headquarters. AD&V®'s office is the only commercial interiors project in Puerto Rico to achieve a LEED Platinum certification and the first architecture and interior design office in Latin America to earn the accolade.

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SIXINCH Invades Mohawk Group NYC Showroom

7.25.14 | Goshen, IN | SIXINCH has its products on display in the New York City showroom of the Mohawk Group. Having innovative furniture and carpeting displayed together for the first time provides commercial interior designers the opportunity to not only see the latest new products but also create and visualize innovative, non-traditional space solutions for their clients. “Instead of the traditional reception area with a desk, customers now arrive and are greeted in a much more inviting lounge environment thanks to the addition of the SIXINCH furniture,” said Christopher Stulpin, Mohawk Group’s creative director. “It creates a whole new positive atmosphere and creative dynamic that carries throughout adjacent spaces in the showroom.”

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Empire Office Hires Damian Besculides as SVP

7.25.14 | New York, NY | Damian Besculides joined Empire Office, Inc. as SVP, Real Estate & Architectural Sales in the New York office. In this role, Mr. Besculides will leverage his 20 years of industry experience to develop new business opportunities for the company and deepen relationships within the architectural and design community. Previously he was Associate Principal at Perkins Eastman focused on growing the firm’s corporate interiors practice in the New York area. A former practicing architect and owner’s rep, he is a member of AIA, NCARB, and Corenet Global.

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Allsteel Hires Rebekah Kieval As Market Manager, Dallas

7.24.14 | Muscatine, IA | Rebekah Kieval joined Allsteel Inc. as a market manager in the Southwest region. Her background is in sales and merchandising, most recently as a market sales rep and field development rep at Oakley. Based out of the Dallas area, she is responsible for working with the Allsteel regional team to support and grow business with Allsteel’s dealer network through training, team selling, and business development.

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Allsteel Hires Megan Lovelace As Business Development Manager, North Central

7.24.14 | Muscatine, IA | Megan Lovelace joined Allsteel Inc. as a business development manager in the North Central region. Ms. Lovelace has a strong background in office furniture and sales. Prior to joining Allsteel, she was an architectural sales representative at RBC Tile & Stone. She received a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Missouri State University and has been a member of IIDA since 2005.

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Allsteel Hires Tina Pelligrino As Business Development Manager, Northeast

7.24.14 | Muscatine, IA | Tina Pelligrino joined Allsteel Inc. as a business development manager in the Northeast region. Ms. Pelligrino has a background in sales and business development, most recently as a major account executive for Fortune 500-1000 companies at Toshiba Business Solutions. She is currently pursuing a degree in Business from Akron University.

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Francis Cauffman Principal Aran McCarthy to Lead New York Healthcare Team

7.24.14 | New York, NY | Aran A. McCarthy, Principal at Francis Cauffman, was appointed to lead the firm's New York Healthcare Team. For the past 20 years, Mr. McCarthy has managed top healthcare projects for prominent clients in the U.S. and Europe. He joined Francis Cauffman in 2000, and was made partner in 2009. In March 2010, his superior project management of the design and construction team for the Geisinger Health System’s Critical Care Building in Wilkes Barre, PA, resulted in the prestigious Vista Award for new construction. He was also instrumental in winning the 2008 Best in Healthcare International Design Award (IIDA) for AtlantiCare’s city campus.

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Janet Walther joins IA in Dallas

7.23.14 | Dallas, TX | Janet Walther, RID, IIDA joined the Dallas office of IA Interior Architects as Senior Project Manager. With more than 25 years of experience in design and project management, Ms. Walther was most recently Senior Project Manager for lauckgroup's Dallas office, managing complex projects for a variety of clients, including large corporate clients in the financial services, legal services and technology sector as well as higher education institutions and government agencies. In her new role with IA, she will work with Dallas office Principal and Managing Director Frances Bruns to establish overall project coordination and manage the evolving creative process, project documentation and consultants. Her focus will be on integrating the design with the program and technical requirements of the space.

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Mark Searls Joins the Charlotte Office of Perkins Eastman as Associate Principal

7.23.14 | New York, NY | Mark Searls AIA, NCARB joined the Charlotte, NC, office of Perkins Eastman as an Associate Principal. Mr. Searls has more than 29 years of design and project leadership of healthcare projects worldwide, in addition to science and technology, academic, and commercial projects. Prior to joining Perkins Eastman, he was a Design Director and Design Studio Leader at FreemanWhite, where some of his notable clients included Mount Sinai Health System, Grady Health System, and the Lahey Hospital & Medical Center. During this time, Searls developed conceptual design for an Emergency Department room of the future. Previously he worked as a Design Principal at Flad Architects and a Design Director at Ellerbe Becket Architects, among others.

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WIN Awards 2014 Shortlist Announced

7.24.14 | Brighton, UK | World Interiors News announced the shortlist for the 2014 WIN Awards. These awards celebrate interior design projects and products that have made the biggest impact on our material and visual culture throughout the year in categories ranging from residential, workspace, and retail interiors to lighting, furniture, and interior accessories.

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Latest News from The Center for Health Design

7.24.14 | Concord, CA | The Center for Health Design announced upcoming events including a webinar exploring color for healthcare spaces presented by Sally Augustin, PhD, on July 31; pre-conference workshops and the EDAC Exam at the Healthcare Design Conference in San Diego Nov. 15-18; and more.

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DIRTT to Release 2014 Q2 Results on August 7

7.23.14 | Calgary, AB | DIRTT Environmental Solutions ("DIRTT") will release its fiscal 2014 Q2 results on Thursday, Aug. 7, after the markets close. A conference call for the investment community will be held Friday, Aug. 8, 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time, 7:00 a.m. Mountain Time. President Scott Jenkins and CFO Derek Payne will participate.

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Interface Declares Increased Regular Quarterly Dividend

7.23.14 | Atlanta, GA | Interface, Inc.'s Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.04 per share, representing an increase in the regular quarterly dividend. It is payable Aug. 22 to shareholders of record as of Aug. 8.

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Interface Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results

7.23.14 | Atlanta, GA | Interface, Inc. announced results for the second quarter ended June 29. "Second quarter results are a vast improvement over the slow start to the year that we saw in the first quarter," said Chairman and CEO Daniel T. Hendrix. "Strong sales in the corporate office market in Europe, mostly in the U.K. and Germany, were accompanied by continued steady growth in our Americas business, which made considerable gains in non-office segments.  In our Asia-Pacific division, Australia and China contributed to the top line improvement, while Southeast Asia remained relatively even year-over-year.  On a consolidated basis, orders continued to grow at a robust pace, up 10% to an all-time high of $284 million."

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USG Corporation Reports Strongest Quarterly Net Income since 2007

7.24.14 | Chicago, IL | USG Corp. reported its strongest quarterly net income since 2007. Second quarter 2014 net sales of $948 million were up 3% from second quarter 2013 net sales of $916 million. USG’s second quarter 2014 GAAP operating profit was $98 million compared to $74 million of operating profit in the second quarter of 2013. Second quarter 2014 GAAP net income was $57 million, $0.38 per diluted share, and $0.39 per basic share. This compares to net income of $25 million, $0.22 per diluted share, and $0.23 per basic share, in the second quarter of 2013.

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USG Celebrates Craftsmanship and Trade of Drywall Finishers with Building Greatness Program

7.21.14 | Chicago, IL | USG Corp. launched the Building Greatness program, a contest that celebrates the craftsmanship of drywall finishers. With the goal of capturing imagery that will help express and celebrate the essential nature of a finisher’s craft, USG is asking drywall finishers to submit a photo of the job for which they’re most proud. The grand prize winner will receive a trip for two to support Team USA at the Pan American Games in Toronto, July 2015.

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New Study Indicates That Physical Environment Has A Big Impact On Student Behavior and Engagement

7.22.14 | Grand Rapids, MI | Steelcase Education reaffirmed the positive correlation between college students’ engagement, their perceptions of academic success, and a classroom intentionally designed for active learning. In a managed research study reviewed and approved by the Heartland Institutional Review Board, 84% of students reported being more engaged in classwork when taught in an active learning environment, 72% said the change in classroom design to a more flexible space increased their motivation to attend class, and 72% said the new classroom layout with flexible furnishings would increase their ability to achieve a higher grade.

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J+J Senior Living Symposium Identifies Five Trends

7.23.14 | Jackson Hole, WY | J+J Flooring recently brought together top A&D agencies and experts in healthcare design to discuss trends driving senior living. The participants identified five trends....

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ASID and McGraw Hill Release "Interior Design Data Excerpt"

7.24.14 | Washington, DC | ASID and McGraw Hill Construction released an "Interior Design Data Excerpt" based on the new SmartMarket Report "The Drive Toward Healthier Buildings." The excerpt highlights information of interest to the design community and the need for greater public awareness and education about the impact of building design on health, well-being, and productivity.

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Winterthur Announces Publication of Anticipated Design Classic "PRINTED TEXTILES"

7.24.14 | Winterthur, DE | Winterthur Museum is releasing a new edition of the classic book PRINTED TEXTILES: British and American Cottons and Linens, 1700–1850, originally published in 1970. Updated by Winterthur’s Linda Eaton, the John L. & Marjorie P. McGraw Director of Collections and Senior Curator of Textiles, it reflects groundbreaking new research and insights. Textiles shown in black-and-white in the original book by Florence Montgomery have been re-photographed in color, and more than 100 pieces acquired by Winterthur since 1970 have been added to both the text discussion and photography. Publication date is scheduled for Sep. 23.

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Material ConneXion Book Series: Architecture & Product Design, Available for Sale

7.23.14 | New York, NY | The first two volumes of Material ConneXion's new Material Innovation book series focus on Architecture and Product Design. Each book is written by Andrew H. Dent and Leslie Sherr, who analyze international projects using 300+ innovative materials.

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Ward Smith New Principal & EVP Sales and Design for Unisource Solutions

7.23.14 | Los Angeles, CA | Ward Smith joined Unisource Solutions, Inc. as Principal and Executive Vice President, Sales and Design. Unisource Solutions, a Haworth preferred distributor, is celebrating its 27th anniversary as a respected furniture management and facilities services company in California. Previously, Mr. Smith was a principal of Pacific Office Interiors, a Preferred Haworth Dealer, for 12 years. Prior to that, he was a Global Accounts Manager for Haworth in the San Francisco area. In his new role with Unisource Solutions, he will be responsible for a sales and design team that collectively is responsible for millions of dollars in annual revenue.

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FXFOWLE Promotes Seven New Principals

7.22.14 | New York, NY | FXFOWLE promoted seven new principals: Ilana Judah, Intl Assoc. AIA, OAQ, LEED AP BD+C; Brian Fanning, AIA, LEED AP; Irina Rice, Esq., LEED AP; Jack Robbins, AIA, LEED AP; Kevin Cannon, AIA, LEED AP; Gustavo Rodriguez, CODIA, LEED AP; and Michael Syracuse, AIA, LEED AP BD+C.

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Egan Visual Announces New Representation in the Canadian Maritime Provinces

7.22.14 | Toronto, ON | Egan Visual named IOS Marketing to represent its contract office furniture line in the Maritime provinces in Canada. IOS Marketing will be representing Egan dry-erase, guaranteed-to-clean and projection-capable whiteboards, glass markerboards including the renowned EganAero, and Egan mobile markerboards, lecterns and open office solutions.

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Egan Visual Announces New Representation in Southern Texas

7.22.14 | Toronto, ON | Egan Visual named Wallin Marketing Services as the company's representative for the contract office furniture market in Southern Texas.

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Asure Software Opens New Global Offices in Dubai and Singapore

7.21.14 | Austin, TX and Staines, England | Asure Software, provider of workplace management software solutions, opened new international offices in Dubai and Singapore. The two new offices serve the Middle East and Asia Pacific markets. The company is headquartered in Austin, TX; its office in Staines, England (southwest of London) serves the European market and is driving global expansion into new markets. Nigel Clarke, Asure Vice President and General Manager, EMEA and APAC, oversees the new locations and the UK office.

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ONO Lineal Wood Wall-Mounted Coat Racks Meld Undulating Form With Sloping Plane

7.23.14 | Woodridge, IL | Magnuson Group is the exclusive North American distributor of the ONA coat rack by Montse Padrós and Carlos Riart. Manufactured by Barcelona-based Mobles 114, ONA is a winner of the Gold Delta Award, Spain’s highest award for product innovation and originality.

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Stackable Desktop Accessories From Herman Miller

7.22.14 | Zeeland, MI | Herman Miller introduced Formwork, designed by Sam Hecht and Kim Colin for the company's Objects collection. Intuitive and versatile, this modular system of containers helps create a sense of place for the various small things kept in the home as well as the workspace. They may be arranged, stacked, and combined to organize desktop tools and accessories, from the size of the item to how frequently it’s used.

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New Sola With Additional Padding

7.22.14 | High Point, NC | Davis Furniture introduced the option of additional padding to its popular Sola chair series by Justus Kolberg. Available in both high back and mid back heights, Sola features a fully upholstered L-shaped shell with classic horizontal stitching detail. It is also available with an oak, beech, or walnut exposed wood veneer shell and an upholstered seat and back insert. The additional padding option for the seat and back boosts comfort while maintainng the chair's slender profile.

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"Sustainable Commercial Interiors" 2nd Edition Now Available

7.21.14 | Hoboken, NJ | John Wiley & Sons released the second edition of Sustainable Commercial Interiors, fully revised from the book’s original edition. Authors Penny Bonda and Katie Sosnowchik, working with Summer Minchew, have delivered a comprehensive guide for both new and veteran designers looking to understand the latest in green and sustainable design for commercial interiors.

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8/6 IIDA NY Buffalo City Center: Canvas & Cocktails

7.22.14 | Buffalo, NY | IIDA NY Buffalo City Center will host “Canvas & Cocktails” at Paint on Tap Wednesday, Aug. 6, 6:00-8:00 p.m. The staff of Paint on Tap, Buffalo’s first “paint and sip” studio, will lead a fun and friendly two-hour session where participants can create a masterpiece, sip on a glass of wine, and enjoy hors d'oeuvres.

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Lighting Design Competition Call for Entries

7.21.14 | Vancouver, BC | The ‘Lighting Architecture Movement Project’ (L A M P) issued a call for entries for its second annual international lighting design competition. Open to designers worldwide, the competition challenges designers to approach their lamps with the guidance of a singular word. This year’s word is Fibre. The design event will be held this November in Vancouver, Canada. Deadline for entries is Aug. 15.

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Stretch of Green on I-85 Honors Interface Founder Ray C. Anderson

7.18.14 | LaGrange, GA | Ray C. Anderson, the late founder and chairman of Interface, Inc., is being honored by the State of Georgia. Legislation sponsored by State Representative Randy Nix (R-LaGrange) will be signed by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal on July 30, designating a 16-mile stretch of Interstate 85 in Troup County from Exit 18 to Exit 2 as the Ray C. Anderson Memorial Highway. Interface's flagship manufacturing operation is based at either end of the corridor, in West Point and LaGrange.

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Teknion Receives Two Green Good Design Awards

7.22.14 | Toronto, ON | Teknion Corp.'s Sidewise casegoods workstation and Projek task seating received 2014 Green Good Design Awards. Now in its sixth year, the Green Good Design competition is sponsored by The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design.

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IFI Bulletin | World Interiors Day 2014 - Member Report

7.17.14 | New York, NY | The International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI) congratulated members around the world who celebrated World Interiors Day on May 31.

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Baldwin& Workstations

7.18.14 | Burbank, CA | dTank, working with North Carolina-based Alliance Architecture, designed workstations for the branding and advertising firm Baldwin& in Raleigh, NC. The client needed a flowing dynamic that complemented the long and narrow quarters of its office. Utilizing an S-shaped benching configuration, the sculptural arrangement fostered interaction in the open areas as well as varying levels of privacy in the non-linearity of workspace placement. Playing against a dark and light-themed interior canvas, white RTF work surfaces and powder coated orange steel divider panels were strategically placed as pops of bright elements in the hub of the workspace.

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Beaufurn Enters Panel Category With Sound-Absorbing Accusta

7.17.14 | Advance, NC | Beaufurn introduced Accusta sound-absorbing acoustic panels. Targeted for noise mitigation in contract, hospitality, entertainment and institutional environments, the Italian-designed, flat and pyramid-shaped 17x17" panels combine acoustic improvement with aesthetics. Accusta is available in seven different colors and can be installed vertically, horizontally or diagonally to achieve modern or classic patterns. The perforated surface allows sound waves to travel into the core and be absorbed.

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Paul Brayton Designs Introduces Erik Lounge

7.16.14 | Archdale, NC | Paul Brayton Designs unveiled the Erik Lounge, designed for open seating areas. A contoured back cushion and generous 29.5” width offer comfort and versatility. The steel framework is molded in cold-cured polyurethane. Base options include a wood base with choice of 13 finishes, a polished chrome sled base, or chrome pedestal four-blade base. Channeled upholstery detail is also available.

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EganAero Reviewed by OfficeSupplyGeek.com

7.16.14 | Chicago, IL | Egan Visual's EganAero, billed as "the world's thinnest, toughest, clearest, lightest glass markerboard," received a positive review from OfficeSupplyGeek.com.

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Introducing the Steinberg SF Studio

7.8.14 | San Francisco, CA | Principals June Grant, AIA and Asheshh Saheba, RA today revealed the vision and philosophy behind the launch of Steinberg SF Studio. By uniting art, science, data and design, along with an entrepreneurial spirit, Steinberg SF Studio will help clients, architects, and design technology firms explore and collaborate to push boundaries.

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Invision Launches Rug Program

7.16.14 | Dalton, GA | J+J Flooring Group launched Invision Rugs, a customized area rug program that directly complements the broadloom and modular products offered by J+J’s leading brand – Invision. This program provides the ability to tailor a customized rug that will accommodate a customer’s individual aesthetic and spatial specifications. Customers can select a base carpet pattern from any of Invision’s in-stock broadloom products and then further enhance their creation from a wide variety of border and binding options. The area rugs offer an easy coordination solution between wall-to-wall carpet and hard surface areas.

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HPFI® GSA Contracts Renewed Through 2019

7.16.14 | High Point, NC | HPFI (High Point Furniture Industries) announced the renewal of its GSA Office Furniture Contract GS-27F-0016V and GS-27F-0017V (SIN 71-316) for Hospital & Geriatric Chairs, each for another five-year period through March 25, 2019.

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New HPFI® Representation

7.15.14 | High Point, NC | HPFI (High Point Furniture Industries) has appointed DJD Furnishings to represent them in the state of Florida (excluding the panhandle) and J & B Contract Furniture to represent them in the states of Mississippi and Louisiana.

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Florida International University's Landscape Architecture Name Change

7.15.14 | Miami, FL | Florida International University's Department of Landscape Architecture was renamed as the Department of Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design (LA+EUD). Since its founding in 1986, the department has capitalized on its Miami and South Florida setting to explore important environmental issues regarding global warming and its effect on the city.

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FLOS Appoints New Architectural VP in the U.S.

7.17.14 | New York NY | Jim Toole was named Vice President and General Manager of the FLOS Architectural Division in the U.S. Mr. Toole will leverage his past experience in the architectural lighting field to deliver FLOS’s standard and custom architectural lighting solutions across North America. His expertise includes more than 25 years serving the high-end decorative and architectural lighting markets. An industrial designer by training, his career has spanned leadership roles in product and lighting design, company management and more.

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FXFOWLE's Newest Partner: Nicholas Garrison

7.16.14 | New York, NY | Nicholas Garrison, AIA, LEED, was promoted to Partner at FXFOWLE. Mr. Garrison is an award-winning architect with more than 30 years of experience leading signature projects for colleges, universities, and private secondary schools around the world. Since joining the firm in 2009, his design leadership—combined with a range of cultural, educational, and institutional expertise—has made him an integral part of the Cultural/Education practice and the firm.

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Perkins+Will Chicago Promotions + New Hires

7.16.14 | Chicago, IL | Perkins+Will's Chicago office announced its newest promotions and the addition of key human resources team members...

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Siemens Real Estate’s NewWow Office Configuration Goes Worldwide

7.16.14 | New York, NY | Siemens Real Estate has implemented its “New Way of Working” (NewWow) in Chile, Brazil, Canada and Germany, as well as U.S. sites in California, New Jersey, Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, and more. NewWow is now in 83 Siemens work sites in 35 countries, encompassing 48,000 employees. It has been proven to increase teamwork, efficiency, cohesion, fluidity, productivity, satisfaction and creativity.

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Francis Cauffman Workplace Expert Named 2014 Most Influential Architect by Philadelphia Business Journal

7.17.14 | Philadelphia, PA | John B. Campbell, AIA, RIBA, LEED AP, Principal and workplace strategist at Francis Cauffman, was named 2014 "Most Influential Architect/Engineer" by the Philadelphia Business Journal. The jury noted Mr. Campbell’s exceptional leadership in workplace planning and design for leading-edge office environments, including GlaxoSmithKline’s recent LEED Platinum interiors at its Navy Yard headquarters.

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FOX Architects Takes IIDA-MAC Pinnacle Award for NEI Headquarters

7.17.14 | Washington, DC | FOX Architects, LLC received top honors at the IIDA Mid-Atlantic Chapter’s 2014 Design Awards. The firm’s design for the Nuclear Energy Institute headquarters earned the Gold Award in the “Commercial, 20,000-100,000 sq. ft.” category, as well as the Pinnacle Award, IIDA-MAC’s overall top prize. This is FOX Architects second Pinnacle Award in the last four years. The NEI project was a strategic collaboration between FOX Architects and Wingate Hughes Architects.

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IIDA Announces Opening of 2nd Annual IIDA Asia Pacific Design Awards

7.15.14 | Chicago, IL | The 2014 IIDA Asia Pacific Design Awards are now open for entries. This international design competition honors innovation and design excellence in interior design/architecture throughout the Asia Pacific region through recognition of projects in 10 design categories. Submitted project(s) must have been completed between Jan. 1, 2012 and June 30, 2014. Deadline for submitting entries is Friday, Aug. 22.

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Acoustiblok Wins National TV Challenge

7.15.14 | Tampa, FL | Acoustiblok was recently featured on the new National Geographic Channel series, Showdown of the Unbeatables. The episode turned up the volume when Acoustiblok, an award winning thin noise-reduction material that is as effective as 12 inches of solid concrete when added to a stud wall, took on the Nathan Air Chime, multiple screaming train horns that produces the same decibel levels as a jet airplane.

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Rebecca Boenigk Appointed to Ronald McDonald House Charities Board

7.15.14 | Austin, TX | Rebecca Boenigk, founder and CEO of Neutral Posture, Inc., was appointed to the board of directors of Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Texas.

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ASID May 2014 IDBI Shows Increased Growth

7.15.14 | Washington, DC | ASID's May Interior Design Billings Index showed continued strength in design activity. Both the billings and inquiries indexes are at their highest levels since late 2010. The May ASID IDBI of 65.9 is up sharply from 56 in April reflecting growing revenues. The uptick is evident in residential and public construction spending and paralleled April’s Census release on construction spending. All regions showed growth. The near-term outlook is for steady gains.

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Herman Miller Announces Agreement to Acquire Design Within Reach

7.17.14 | Zeeland, MI | Herman Miller, Inc. entered into an agreement to acquire Design Within Reach, Inc., a Stamford, CT based marketer and seller of modern furniture, lighting, and accessories. DWR had revenues of approximately $218 million in 2013. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval or expiration of applicable waiting periods and is scheduled to close July 28. Herman Miller will acquire an ownership interest in DWR equal to approximately 84% for an estimated $154 million in cash, subject to adjustment for net debt, changes in working capital, and other post-closing items.

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Steelcase Leadership Honors Legacy of Peter M. Wege, 1920-2014

7.16.18 | Grand Rapids, MI | Peter Melvin Wege, who died July 7 at age 94, was remembered for his environmental and philanthropic legacy at Steelcase Inc.'s Annual Meeting of Shareholders July 16. Mr. Wege was a member of the Steelcase Board of Directors for 50 years, from 1950 until his retirement in 2000. His father, Peter Martin Wege, co-founded Steelcase's predecessor company Metal Office Furniture in 1912 and was president from 1914 until 1943. Peter Melvin Wege joined Steelcase in 1946, working in a series of executive posts including sales, research, and design, as well as serving on the Board of Directors and the Steelcase Foundation Board.

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In Memoriam: Former ASID National President Bruce James Brigham

7.16.14 | Boise, ID | Bruce James Brigham, FASID, ISP, IES, and former president of ASID, died July 8 in Boise, ID. He was 63. An award-winning interior designer and industry leader, Mr. Brigham was regarded as a pioneer in retail branding and design. His more than 400 design projects spanned the globe and ranged from the redesign of 180 Cartier boutiques worldwide and the retail designs for TSL Jewellery in Hong Kong to the remodeling of the Seattle SuperSonics Courtside Club.

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Kimball International, Inc. Announces Live Webcast of Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2014 Financial Results Conference Call

7.18.14 | Jasper, IN | Kimball International, Inc. will announce its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2014 financial results on Friday, Aug. 1, prior to the opening of the market. The company's conference call to review the results will be held the same day at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time.

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Knoll Reports Strong Second Quarter Results; All Segments Deliver Improved Sales and Operating Profits

7.18.15 | East Greenville, PA | Knoll, Inc. announced results for the second quarter ended June 30. Net sales were $265.8 million for the quarter, an increase of 24.0% from second quarter of 2013. Organically, excluding the impact of HOLLY HUNT®, which Knoll acquired in February, sales increased 11.4% when compared with the second quarter of 2013. Operating profit for the quarter was $22.2 million, which includes restructuring charges of $0.2 million. Operating profit increased 79.0% for the quarter when compared to operating profit of $12.4 million in 2Q13. Adjusted operating profit for the second quarter of 2014 was $22.4 million, or an 80.6% increase over 2Q13. Net income for the second quarter of 2014 was $10.8 million, an increase of 36.7% compared with 2Q13. Diluted earnings per share were $0.23 for the quarter compared to $0.17 per share in the prior year.

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