12.9.13 | Vienna, VA | Lessard Design opened its new Chicago office: The Lucien Lagrange Studio of Lessard Design. Mr. Lagrange is nationally and internationally recognized for his classically-inspired designs of contemporary skyscrapers and elegant renovations. The joining of forces between east coast-based Lessard Design and Lagrange also creates an opportunity for Lessard to expand its presence into the vibrant and thriving Chicago and Midwest markets.
12.9.13 | Itasca, IL | Henricksen, Inc., has expanded to New York City, showcasing brands including Allsteel, Gunlocke, HBF, Vitra and Bernhardt. Its new showroom in Midtown Manhattan, its first location in the five-borough area, brings the total number of Henricksen dealerships to eight, in four major national markets – Greater Chicago, Greater Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and New York. Alan Grandis, with more than 28 years of experience in the New York/New Jersey area on both the dealer and manufacturer side of the industry, was named General Manager of Henricksen New York City.
12.10.13 | London, UK and Holland, MI | John Sacks’ JSA Consultancy Services (JSA) based in central London, UK and Michael A. Dunlap & Associates (MADA) in Holland, MI announced a new collaborative venture. The two firms, which have worked together informally for several years, are both viewed as premier resources for information regarding the commercial furniture industries. With this new initiative, beginning in January, they will issue quarterly North American Standings reports similar in format to JSA's European Standings reports of the market shares and financial performance of UK and European Office Furniture manufacturers and dealers.
12.9.13 | Kansas City, MO | Surfacetech introduced Billboard and Elevate, two new height adjustable table lines. The Elevate collection is available with hand crank, electric, and pneumatic options. Billboard is available with hand crank and electric options.
12.9.13 | LaGrange, GA | Melissa Tully was promoted to Director of A&D Market Development at Interface Hospitality, responsible for the Eastern U.S., and Barbara Marcy joined Interface Hospitality as Director of A&D Market Development, overseeing the Western half of the country. These are newly created positions, part of Interface Hospitality's expansion to meet rapid growth within the segment.
12.4.13 | Chicago, IL | IIDA announced the winners of the 2013 EdSpaces Innovation Award. The competition recognizes Manufacturers and Designers for excellence in product design for the learning environment. Awards were announced at the EdSpaces tradeshow and conference with this year’s Best of Competition honors going to Sedia Systems for their product JumpSeat.
12.5.13 | Houston, TX | WHR Architects recently named six outstanding individuals as Associates in its Houston and Dallas offices — talented architects, designers and thought leaders who inspire those around them. The newest associates Jim Osborne, Robert Mehall, Akshay Sangolli, Jane Baughman, Stephanie Schwindel and Kelly Thomas, reflect the ongoing growth and diversity of the practice, representing multiple studios and disciplines at WHR and Genesis Planning.
12.5.13 | New York, NY | Global wall covering company Graham & Brown unveiled its newly redesigned website. In addition to a bold new look and enhanced navigation, the new site boasts a simpler checkout, customer review section, an inspiration & advice column, and a wish list function.
12.5.13 | East Greenville, PA | Knoll, Inc.'s Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.12 per share. It is payable Dec. 31 to shareholders of record on Dec. 16.
12.2.13 | Holland Landing, ON | Madan Bhayana, Chairman of the Board of Inscape, will assume the additional role of CEO following the resignation, effective Dec. 31, of current president and CEO Rod Turgeon. “Our organization has been around for 125 years and has endured much change, both internally and externally,” said Mr. Bhayana. “The recent turnover at the executive level is unfortunate but it does not change Inscape’s corporate direction.”
12.5.13 | Jasper, IN | Kimball Office and Office Furniture Partnership completed the second headquarters building for Wyndham Worldwide in Parsippany, NJ. The complete project was in excess of 1,600 Kimball Xsite workstations, as well as other Kimball Office product.
12.5.13 | Jasper, IN | Kimberly K. Ryan, President of Batesville Casket Company, was appointed to Kimball International, Inc.'s Board of Directors. Ms. Ryan was selected following an extensive national search in partnership with Cook Associates, Inc. of Chicago. Her appointment will greatly enhance the Board’s strategic skillset as well as partially fill a void left by the untimely passing of former Board member Harry “Hank” Bowman earlier this year. The formal appointment will be made at the next regularly scheduled board meeting on Feb. 18.
12.4.13 | Chicago, IL | Goettsch Partners was named the 2013 Firm of the Year by the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Chicago). The award is the highest honor a firm can receive from the chapter.
12.2.13 | LaGrange, GA | Interface recently hosted the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) Board of Directors’ fall business meeting at its headquarters in LaGrange, GA. Company representatives met with the CIDA Board to discuss how social responsibility and environmental stewardship are accomplished alongside product innovation and design excellence.
12.5.13 | Washington, DC | Lori Barker joined the Council for Interior Design Qualification, Inc. (CIDQ) as its new Governance Manager. CIDQ develops and administers the NCIDQ Examination to test and certify the competencies of interior designers. In her new role, Ms. Barker is in charge of establishing the agendas, monitoring and coordinating work, and planning meetings for the Board of Directors, Committees, Task Forces and Council of Delegates. She also serves as the liaison to CIDQ’s 26 Member Boards.
12.4.13 | Paris, France | HKHotels’ Library Hotel Collection was named Bronze winner in the 2013 Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Adrian Awards for its website redesign by World Independent Hotel Promotion (WIHP).
12.4.13 | Austin, TX | Asure Software has formed AsureSpace Customer Advisory Councils in North America and the United Kingdom. Through this initiative, user groups will share workspace challenges and solutions to help guide AsureSpace future product development. The North America Council members include influential leaders from Aetna, Boehringer Ingelheim, H&R Block, Jones Lang LaSalle, Merck, Mondelez, Pearson, Pfizer, Principal Financial, Staples, State Street, the TJX Companies, Thomson Reuters and Wells Fargo. U.K. Council members include Deutsche Bank, KMPG, Open University, Bank of England and EE (Everything Everywhere).
12.4.13 | Wayland, NY | Gunlocke’s latest casegoods offering, Credentials, was awarded SCS Indoor Advantage Gold and BIFMA level 2 certifications, and it also contributes to six different LEED credits.
12.4.13 | New York, NY | Federico Del Priore AIA, LEED AP recently joined Perkins Eastman’s New York office as an Associate Principal. Mr. Del Priore joins with more than 20 years as a leader in the design, planning, and management of a range of building types.
12.4.13 | Washington, DC | ASID began its annual awards season with a streamlined nomination process. The four ASID Awards represent best in class for the field: Designer of Distinction, Design for Humanity, Design Innovation and the Nancy Vincent McClelland Merit Award. Nominations are now open for these awards, which represent the Society's highest level of professional recognition. The winners will be honored at Celebration, the Society's annual conference, on June 21, 2014, in Los Angeles.
12.3.13 | Long Island City, NY | The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Headquarters has been named one of the ten most sustainable buildings of 2013 by AIA. Daylighting is a key part of PUC's sustainability strategy, complementing a novel wastewater recycling system, a roof-mounted photovoltaic array, vertical-axis wind turbines, and an earthquake-resilient, concrete structure. Daylight is managed using SolarTrac, the automated shade-control system from MechoSystems.
12.4.13 | East Greenville, PA | Knoll announced Office Sales management realignment, effective Jan. 1...
12.2.13 | Wheeling, IL | Brentano Design Studio identified six colors for its 2014 color forecast. Distilled from an analysis of reigning trends, innovations in fashion and the shifting tastes of designers, Brentano anticipates that the focus will shift to cooler colors for textiles and interior design projects. The six colors are Seafern, Coral, Linen, Sapphire, Gold, and Charcoal.
12.3.13 | New York, NY | Gina Tramontana joined Lane Office as a member of the DIRTT design team; and Stephen Florio joined Lane Office as a Project Manager.
12.3.13 | White Plains, NY | The 26th annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), May 17-20 at NYC’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, will include Jasper Morrison: The Good Life, a special feature presented in partnership with Lars Müller Publishers.
12.3.13 | Holland, MI | Trendway's new Capture™ frame and tile furniture system offers a crisp, modern design aesthetic and precise fit and finish with a wide selection of surface material options. It also offers easy specification as well as easy installation and reconfiguration without tools or time-consuming panel disassembly.
12.3.13 | Washington, DC | Design and architecture firm Studio3877 moved to a new and larger office in Georgetown. The move comes on the heels of the firm’s expansion, with two new employees joining the firm just this fall, and many hospitality and commercial projects on the boards.
11.30.13 | Toronto, ON | DesignTrends 2013 will be held on December 4-6, 2013 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building in conjunction with IIDEX’s sister shows Construct Canada, PM Expo, HomeBuilder & Renovator Expo, and Concrete Canada.
11.27.13 | New York, NY | Material ConneXion will showcase a selection of materials hand-picked for the Retail Design Collective trade show and conference in NYC Dec. 4-6. Attendees with RDC badges are also invited to tour the Material ConneXion library.
11.26.13 | Grand Rapids, MI | ArtPrize, the international art competition held annually in Grand Rapids, is appealing for donations. All gifts received before Dec. 31 will be doubled thanks to a special matching grant. ArtPrize 2014 will be held Sep. 24-Oct. 12.