8.19.14 | Washington, DC | The ASID Second Quarter 2014 Interior Design Billings Index indicated steady, continued and positive momentum for the interior design industry in the months ahead. In June, the ASID IDBI stood at 55.8 and the Inquiries Index was 58.2. While both indices are down slightly from May, these figures remain above 50 — indicating positive growth across the design space. As a leading economic indicator of residential and nonresidential improvement spending, the IDBI brings additional perspective to the already established construction indices.
8.20.14 | Washington, DC | AIA reported the July Architecture Billings Index score was 55.8, up noticeably from a mark of 53.5 in June. This is the ABI's highest level since 2007. All construction sectors and geographic regions showed robust demand. The new projects inquiry index was 66.0, following a very strong mark of 66.4 the previous month. The score for design contracts in July was 54.9.
8.14.14 | Houston, TX | IFMA and RLE Technologies released a report on facility management perspectives on emergency preparedness and business continuity in North America. The report, “High Stakes Business: People, Property and Services,” which draws on data gathered at multiple IFMA Emergency Planning and Business Continuity research forums and the IFMA 2014 Business Continuity Survey, makes a strong business case for the importance of practicing emergency preparedness/business continuity planning, and then provides a step-by-step guide to do so effectively.
8.15.14 | New York, NY | With ancestral roots in Manhattan dating to 1770, Laura Hanshe is a true New Yorker. She works as a designer/specifier at Meadows Office Furniture Company, a Haworth dealer in New York City. She holds a bachelor’s degree in interior design from the New York Institute of Technology. Her passion for interior design started when she was a little girl.
8.14.14 | Cartersville, GA | Kris Stanfield will be taking on many of the editorial duties of former Shaw Contract Group Marketing Specialist Katie Holcomb, who has accepted a marketing position with Perkins+Will in Atlanta.
8.14.14 | Atlanta, GA | Katie Holcomb accepted a marketing position with Perkins+Will in Atlanta. Previously, Ms. Holcomb was Marketing Specialist/media contact at Shaw Contract Group.
8.14.14 | Greensboro, NC | Dave Orbegoso joined ATI Decorative Laminates as western regional sales manager. Mr. Orbegoso is a veteran of the architectural products industry, with extensive experience in wall panel products. In his new role, he will work to expand the health care, hospitality, education and retail markets for ATI in the western U.S. His responsibilities include the training and management of sales representatives and distributors in 12 states.
8.14.14 | Muscatine, IA | Tim Baxter joined Allsteel Inc. as a business development manager in the Canadian region. Mr. Baxter will be responsible for generating sales opportunities within the corporate and post-secondary markets to maximize aggressive profitable growth.
8.14.14 | Dalton, GA | J+J Flooring Group received two GreenStep Awards from Floor Covering Weekly. The annual awards program honors “organizations and individuals in the flooring industry for their stewardship, initiatives and accomplishments in the area of environmental sustainability,” according to the publication.
8.14.14 | London, UK | The World Interiors News Annual Awards Ceremony, Oct. 30 at the Saatchi Gallery in London. promises a lively mix of delicious food and drink, networking opportunities with industry leaders, and the chance to celebrate work that is redefining the possibilities of interior design.
8.12.14 | Seattle, WA | Kyle Jeffery joined Callison as a Design Director in the Dallas office. Mr. Jeffery, whose career in design spans 29 years, will oversee projects in the department store studio.
8.13.14 | New York, NY | Perkins Eastman announced recent senior-level promotions in several offices and affiliate companies. The promotions occur annually and reflect the company’s commitment to building and maintaining a strong and dynamic leadership team across its many practice areas, multiple offices, and network of affiliates.
8.14.14 | New York, NY | Avenue Road was selected as a primary furniture resource for the flagship Park Hyatt New York hotel with interiors by Yabu Pushelberg. The hotel is located within the first 25 floors of One57, a 90-storey building by Pritzker-prize winning architect, Christian de Portzamparc. Avenue Road is a relatively new furniture company that caters mostly to residential customer, but here they are producing the furniture for this major hospitality project. Many of the pieces designed by Yabu Pushelberg have subsequently become a part of the Avenue Road collection.
8.14.14 | Grand Rapids, MI | Steelcase Education® and the Steelcase® Design Alliances teams launched the NEXT Student Design Competition to encourage the creation of innovative active learning environments for the future. College junior and senior level design students have the opportunity to compete against other Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)-accredited programs across North America to create new learning environments.
8.14.14 | New York, NY | Republic of Fritz Hansen™ qualified for the GREENGUARD certification as of July 2014. GREENGUARD certified products include Egg™ and Egg™ footstool, Swan™, Series 7™, Ant™, Grand Prix™, Lily™, Oxford™, Ro™, Nap™, and Dot™.
8.14.14 | Antwerp-Kontich, Belgium | BuzziSpace unveiled BuzziBox Penta, a new sound-absorbing solution to be launched at Maison et Objet in Paris this fall. The alternating depths of the panels help to prevent sound waves from reflecting off of the wall's surface, absorbing different wavelengths of reverberation into the thick layer of foam. The company also introduced a new oak finish for its BuzziPicNic table and bench system.
8.13.14 | Sedia Systems, Inc. released three new product videos highlighting its fixed seating solutions...
8.13.14 | Farmingdale, NY | LaMar Lighting Company's new Atria Series of premium-grade architectural pendant lighting fixtures are targeted for offices, educational facilities, retail and similar spaces. The luminaires, available as LED units or fluorescent lamps, provide direct/indirect lighting with maximum uplight and controlled downlight for balanced illumination.
8.12.14 | Dallas, TX | Concept Surfaces added Icon porcelain tiles to its growing inventory of tile options. Made in Italy and exclusive to Concept Surfaces, Icon is available in a proprietary hexagonal shape as well as a variety of square and rectangular sizes. The hexagonal tile is produced from a 24"x24" format, designed to make installation easier.
8.12.14 | New York, NY | Bendheim and the Lamberts glass factory of Germany have revived the production of antique crown glass, introducing historic decorative Crown Bullion (Bullseye) Glass to complement the company’s line of refined reproduction antique window glass varieties. Bendheim’s Crown Bullion Glass allows period architecture professionals and enthusiasts to achieve historically accurate restorations or recreate the look and feel of authentic traditional architecture.
8.13.14 | New York, NY | Designtex unveiled an upholstery version of Hardwear, originally introduced in 1994 as the industry’s first extreme performance wallcovering. Both the original wallcovering and the new upholstery were developed in collaboration with textile designer Nancy Giesberger. Both employ PVC-coated polyester yarns in the weft, derived from a yarn first used in geotextiles to mitigate erosion in road beds. The resulting fabric offers durability along with a sophisticated aesthetic. The new upholstery uses solution-dyed nylon in the warp, giving it a level of durability and bleach-cleanability suitable for seating in hard-working, 24/7 environments. In addition, the PVC-coated weft yarns have been re-engineered to replace the phthalates with an FDA-approved softening agent that is used in the production of children’s toys and complies with the phthalates restrictions of State of California Prop 65.
8.13.14 | New York, NY | Designtex's new collection of Healthcare and High Performance fabrics is designed to provide an integrated color palette across eight styles, offering the ability to create diverse mix-and-match combinations. The selection of a minimal set of colors for each pattern—characterized by harmonious tones with occasional accent colors—also allows these fabrics to be easily integrated into existing settings, coordinating with pre-established color palettes.
8.13.14 | Archdale, NC | Paul Brayton Designs’ new Writer’s Block is a proprietary ink resistant technology for faux leather that offers the highest level of cleanability. With its repel and release stain inhibiting system, Writer’s Block prevents ink and other stains from setting into the material and allows for easy cleaning. Writer’s Block also offers excellent cleaning of other tough food and healthcare stains including mustard, coffee, red wine, iodine, or blood.
8.13.14 | Boston, MA | ADD Inc, a 210-person architecture, interior design, planning, and branding firm based in Boston and Miami, signed a letter of intent to merge with North American design firm Stantec. The deal, which helps Stantec strengthen its capabilities in the Buildings business line in the eastern United States, is expected to close in September.
8.12.14 | New York, NY | This October, Editor at Large will introduce the first-ever printed version of its “Essential Guide to High Point Market”—a multi-page tabloid-size newspaper for interior designers. The free publication gives trade and industry professionals a comprehensive look at the 80+ interior design events happening throughout High Point—from product introductions to cocktail parties. It will also offer tips for navigating market and a list of market veterans' favorite places.
8.12.14 | Irvine, CA | Ware Malcomb recently celebrated the topping off ceremony of the new corporate headquarters for Mark IV Capital Inc. in Newport Beach, CA. Ware Malcomb serves as Architect for the new two-story Class A, office building, which is expected to be completed in November. Developer for the project is Mark IV Capital and the General Contractor is C.W. Driver.
8.12.14 | New York, NY | Duravit has given its New York showroom a makeover. This year’s showroom reset focuses on the new Vero furniture collection, designed in collaboration with Kurt Merki Jr., as well as a selection of "best of" suites – furniture, toilets, washbasins, and tubs - staged with interior décor suggesting a wide scope of bathroom solutions.
8.11.14 | Keene, NH | Shannon & Waterman, a recently launched brand of all-custom, wide plank flooring, is offering walnut wood floors with the company's specially crafted satin finish. Walnut is just one of a range of species that Shannon & Waterman has available.
8.11.14 | Austin, TX | Asure Software, a leading provider of workplace management software solutions, acquired Roomtag. Roomtag is a Baltimore-based provider of SaaS-based space, occupancy, assets and move management solutions, as well as a visual directory that enables users to locate staff members, work and meeting spaces, and resources. This strategic acquisition complements Assure's AsureSpace workspace management suite.
8.12.14 | Entry deadline for the Workplace of the Future 2.0 Design Competition, sponsored by Metropolis magazine and Business Interiors by Staples, is Oct. 6. The competition invites architects and designers to submit concepts that answer the question: How will we work in 2020? A total prize purse of $10,000 with $7,500 for the winner and $2,500 for a runner-up, will be awarded, and winning submissions will be publicized globally.
8.12.14 | Grand Rapids, MI | John Cary, a dynamic leader and champion of design for positive social change, has been announced as the keynote speaker for the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) Future Vision event taking place in November 2014.
8.12.14 | New York, NY | Scott L. Danielson, a Vice President and Technical Director of Architecture at Parsons Brinckerhoff, was elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) during the 2014 AIA national convention in Chicago.
8.12.14 | Chicago, IL | Scott Delano, AIA, IIDA, NCARB, LEED AP joined IA Interior Architects as a Design Director in the firm's Chicago office. Mr. Delano has over twenty years of experience creating inspiring design solutions and mentoring staff. Most recently, as Vice President and Design Director at Chicago-based VOA, Scott led the design efforts for a wide range of workplace clients and was a key contributor to business development.
8.12.14 | Chicago, IL | Elizabeth Rack, AIA, LEED AP joined Perkins+Will's Chicago office as Healthcare Planning Principal. Ms. Rack has more than 25 years of experience working with some of the world's top healthcare institutions, responding to client needs for innovative care delivery methods, adaptability, and design excellence. Most recently she served as Principal and Healthcare Architect with Cannon Design.
8.12.14 | Denver, CO | Terry A. Willis, AIA, LEED AP, joined KTGY Group, Inc., Architecture + Planning as a principal in the firm's Denver office. With more than 30 years of design practice, Mr. Willis' experience and project leadership has successfully guided a broad range of development projects to completion including high-profile commercial, retail, residential, entertainment and resort projects. He most recently served as a Senior Architect with Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc. (SEH) in Denver and as Associate Principal and Denver Studio Manager of 4240 Architecture, Inc.
8.11.14 | Oakland, CA | Elizabeth A. Jordan-Teicheira joined Guidepost Solutions, LLC as Northern California regional director for its Security and Technology Consulting group. In addition to driving business development efforts throughout the Western region, she will work closely with project team leaders on retention initiatives for current clients. Ms. Jordan-Teicheira has been a business development professional for nearly 20 years and has been working in the architectural, construction and engineering sectors for the past seven. Most recently she was a senior business development associate for Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc., a fire and life safety engineering firm.
8.6.14 | New York, NY | Dwell Media, just shy of its 15th anniversary, is bringing its flagship annual event, Dwell on Design, to New York for the first time and in an entirely new form. From Thursday, Oct. 9 through Saturday, Oct. 11, the show will welcome 5,000 attendees to 82MERCER for a three-day design workshop featuring editor-led discussions with a focus on the intersection of the design and the contract market. Visitors will filter through more than 35,000 square feet of space boasting innovative installations, cash-and-carry opportunities and Dwell Design Week events in and around 82Mercer.
8.6.14 | Grand Rapids, MI | Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces the complete schedule for the 7th annual CET Designer User Conference being held Oct 22-23 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, MI. Keynote speaker on Oct. 22 is Primo Orpilla, who will speak on The Paradigm Shift in workplace design. Another highlight will be a live, virtual tour of Orgatec via video stream from Cologne, Germany.
8.8.14 | Grand Rapids, MI | Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free August webinars...
8.5.14 | Milan, Italy | COPPER CROSSINGS, Copper Shapes in Contemporary Art, Design, Technology and Architecture will be presented at Milan's Triennale from Sep. 16 to Nov. 9. The exhibition, curated by Elena Tettamanti with Antonella Soldaini, celebrates copper, interpreted in all its multiple forms and applications. It will include more than 250 pieces as a journey through works of art, design and architecture, applications in science and technology together with photos and videos where copper is the leitmotif.
8.6.14 | London, UK | Data from recent OnePoll survey correlating office temperatures with both productivity and morale is visually illustrated in a new infographic.
8.6.14 | Quarry Bay, Hong Kong | M Moser Associates' adaptive reuse project for Huabao International was featured in the South China Morning Post as an example of the growing trend toward repurposing buildings. Associate Architect Teresa Jan offered insights into this movement as well as a detailed look at the project, which transformed an outdated Shanghai Factory into a new global headquarters.
8.6.14 | Brookly, NY | Flavor Paper founder Jon Sherman shared a list of "Top Wallpaper 10" trends, illustrated by new product examples from the company's 2014 Look Book...
8.8.14 | Dubuque, IA | Matt Prochaska joined Flexsteel Industries, Inc. as National Sales Manager for Flexsteel’s Commercial Office division and DMI Office Furniture, a DMI business owned by Flexsteel Industries, Inc. Most recently, Mr. Prochaska served as President at Chromcraft Contract and prior to that, Vice President for ErgoGenesis.
8.5.14 | Dallas, TX | Campbell Contract's extensive GSA contract - # GS-28F-0012U - includes lounge seating, benches, guest chairs, occasional tables, modulars, and tandem seating.
8.6.14 | Elmsford, NY | Luxo, worldwide pioneer in multi-adjustable spring-balanced task lighting, has expanded its contract furniture representation with four new partners: Contract Interior Solutions, Deas Setzer, O’Neil Sales, and Suncoast Contract Furniture.
8.6.14 | Atlanta, GA | Sandler Seating introduced Uni, a durable and competitively priced range of stack chairs with integral flexi back.
8.7.14 | Cary, NC | Civilight, headquartered in Shenzhen, China, launched Civilight North America, specializing in high-performance indoor LED lamps in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. The company focuses solely on LED products and offers a complete line of indoor LED lamps, with three series: Architectural (highest quality), Professional (best price-performance) and Commercial (best ROI). Products include PARs, BRs, linear tubes, bulbs (A19 and candelabra), spots (MR16s and GU10s), and LED downlights.
8.5.14 | Woodbury, CT | York Street Studio unveiled Swarovski Elements, a new collection of knobs and drawer pulls featuring chunky crystals surrounded by cold rolled steel. The collection is also available in 22K gold.
8.5.14 | Woodridge, IL | Magnuson Group is the exclusive North American distributor of the new KYO self-watering plant pots designed by Joan Gaspar and manufactured by Made Design of Barcelona, Spain. The funnel-shaped plant and soil holder is constructed of rotational-molded, mostly recycled polyethylene. A double-bottom portion of the planter contains porous ceramic that keeps soil moist after watering.
8.7.14 | Concord, CA | The Center for Health Design continues to expand its ICONS and Innovators on-demand webinar library. It offers a line-up of today's leading healthcare thought leaders, covering a wide variety of topics. All provide AIA and EDAC continuing education units.
8.7.14 | Concord, CA | The Center for Health Design will host "Innovations in Healthcare Design," a Pecha Kucha healthcare facility networking and design event, at the Steelcase showroom in NYC on Sep. 18.
8.7.14 | Concord, CA | The Center for Health Design announced upcoming events including a webinar Aug. 14 on the opportunities that healthcare reform provides for architects, designers and facilities managers; and much more.
8.4.14 | Irvine, CA | Ware Malcomb was recognized for its leadership in social media outreach by the Society for Marketing Professional Services. The National Marketing Communications Awards were presented at the SMPS national conference July 31 in San Antonio, TX. This is Ware Malcomb's 10th SMPS award; the firm has won awards in the Social Media category in three of the past four years.
8.4.14 | Chicago, IL | Savanna Eaglen was named Sales Team Leader of Desks Inc.'s DID - Architectural Products Division. Ms. Eaglen joined Desks Inc. in September 2013 as a Sales Team Associate, acting as a resource for all sales activity and supporting all of the Sales Team Leaders to better service their customers. In her new position, her primary responsibilities involve the maintaining of existing account relationships as well as the development of new business opportunities for the DID (Doing It Differently) team.