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IFI President's Bulletin | A Special Message

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

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Baldanzi & Novelli @ Orgatec 2014

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

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Moroso At Orgatec

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

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Moroso Celebrates Opening of New Retail Store in Singapore

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

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

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

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

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

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Latest News from The Center for Health Design

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

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

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

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NeoCon East 2014 Product Preview

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

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AndNews October 2014

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

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Robert Allen Expands Solids & Textures Collection

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

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ATI Decorative Laminates Expands MirroFlex Offerings for Fall 2014

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

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Kinetex Wins Product Innovation Award

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

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

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

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IIDA Announces 5th Annual Global Excellence Awards

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

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Joseph Aliotta Joins Perkins Eastman as Principal

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

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Brian Scranton Joins Neutral Posture as National Sales Manager

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

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Beaufurn Hires New Representative Groups

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

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DeskMakers Names Seibold Baker as Midwest Rep Firm

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

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

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

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Crossville Launches Yin + Yang Natural Stone Collection

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

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New Sustainable Office Designs from BuzziSpace

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

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Self-Illuminating Light Sources

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

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HNI Corporation Reports Strong Sales And Earnings For Third Quarter Fiscal 2014 And Raises Full Year Guidance

10.15.14 | Muscatine, IA | HNI Corp. reported sales for the third quarter ended Sep. 27 of $614.7 million and net income of $33.6 million, or $0.74 per diluted share. Non-GAAP net income per diluted share improved 33% from the prior year quarter to $0.81, which excludes restructuring and transition costs. Sales were up 8.7% compared with the third quarter of last year. The company raised its full-year guidance to a range of $1.95 to $2.00 per share.

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Stevens & Wilkinson Announces Two New Higher Education Facility and Campus Architecture Projects

10.13.14 | Atlanta, GA | Stevens & Wilkinson announced ongoing progress of two new higher education housing development projects. The projects include renovation of the historic Glenn and Towers Residence Halls at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and a comprehensive redesign of Clemson University's Core Campus Housing Precinct in Clemson, SC.

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A New Book of the Works of Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects

10.13.14 | Helsinki, Finland | Rakennustieto Publishing released Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects: Works. Edited by Peter MacKeith, this monograph presents for the first time a survey of selected built work and projects of the Finnish partnership of Ilmari Lahdelma and Rainer Mahlamäki, from their early work in the 1990s to the present day. Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects was recently shortlisted for the Finlandia Prize for Architecture 2014 with its design of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw.

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A New Book of Paimio Sanatorium – Alvar Aalto’s Gem of Functionalist Architecture

10.13.14 | Helsinki, Finland | Rakennustieto Publishing released Alvar Aalto Architect: Paimio Sanatorium 1929–33. The book takes the reader on a tour of Paimio: the main building comprised of separate wings, the recreational grounds, staff residences and other buildings that served the sanatorium. Also presented are the historical stages of the sanatorium, from the initial architectural competition to the closure of the hospital. The sanatorium, now over eighty years old, was extended and renovated numerous times as its functions changed.

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Kimball International Begins Investor Road Shows as Focused Furniture Company

10.10.14 | Jasper, IN | Kimball International, Inc. will be making presentations to the equity investment community in anticipation of the completion of the company’s spin-off of its Electronic Manufacturing Services segment on Oct. 31. Discussions will include unification of Class A and B Stock. Kimball International will continue to operate its furniture business post-spin under the Kimball brand names of Kimball Office, National Office Furniture, and Kimball Hospitality. The company plans to change its NASDAQ trading ticker symbol from KBALB to KBAL as of the first trading day after completion of the spin.

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Material ConneXion Spotlight, Oct. 23

10.7.14 | New York, NY | Material ConneXion will host a Materials Exhibit and Cocktails event highlighting its top Spotlight materials on Thursday, Oct. 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at its NYC showroom, 1271 Avenue of the Americas, 17th Floor.

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Natural Curiosities from Shaw Hospitality Group

10.10.14 | Cartersville, GA | Shaw Hospitality Group unveiled Natural Curiosities, its second collaboration with renowned architect David Rockwell. Like the first collection, Layered Luxe, this new carpet collection of 27 field, corridor and rug patters further explores elements found in nature. Mr. Rockwell drew inspiration from cabinets of wonder from the 19th and 20th century, where rich arrays of exotic and colorful specimens were on vivid display. Some of the patterns in Natural Curiosities explore the effect of light and shadow on natural surfaces, while others reflect a more textural and abstract approach.

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Architectural Systems Introduces Ecolinea Porcelain

10.9.14 | New York, NY | Architectural Systems, Inc. introduced Ecolinea® Porcelain, a new interpretation of natural stone designed to evoke the illusion of movement. Suitable for both walls and flooring, it is available in honed and semi-polished finishes with striated patterns simulating marble. It is made of low-emitting materials and is GreenGuard Children and Schools Certified.

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Ergotech at ErgoExpo Dec. 2-5 in Las Vegas

10.7.14 | Elmsford, NY | Ergotech Group is offering a promo code with a $75 discount on registration for ErgoExpo, Dec. 2-5 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. In addition to ergonomics products and services on display in the Expo Hall, including Ergotech's innovative technology mounting equipment in Booth 412, the conference will feature 53 educational breakout sessions in five program tracks. Leaders of major corporations will share their experience and insights on the latest practices to help build or improve ergonomics, safety, and wellness initiatives.

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Asure Software's New NowSpace App Provides Agile Workers with Comprehensive Workplace Scheduling Capabilities

10.7.14 | Austin, TX | Asure Software launched AsureSpace NowSpace, an intuitive new mobile app that provides users with all the scheduling functions of a desktop or laptop on their mobile device. It enables users to check attendee and room availability, reserve meeting rooms and workspaces, and schedule meetings in three easy steps. Asure has scheduled a free webinar to introduce and demo NowSpace on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 11:30 a.m. Central Time.

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OFM Announces ‘My Desk Says’ Contest

10.6.14 | Holly Springs, NC| OFM is asking office workers to share what their desk says about them on Twitter as part of a new contest called “My Desk Says.” To enter, workers simply post a photo of their desk on Twitter with the handle @OFMINC along with the hashtag #Mydesksays and a brief description about what their desks says about them. The contest will run Nov. 1. OFM will then select three winners in the following categories, each of whom will receive the OFM chair of their choice: 1) The Catch All Desk; 2) The Messiest Desk and; 3) The Most Organized Desk.

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Interface Greenbuild Event With Janine Benyus and Paul Hawken, New Orleans Oct. 23

10.7.14 | LaGrange, GA | Interface will host an evening event Thursday, Oct. 23, in New Orleans with Janine Benyus and Paul Hawken to investigate the relationship between beauty and sustainability. Nadav Malin will moderate this intimate conversation between two iconic leaders of the sustainability movement, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Renaissance New Orleans Art Hotel. Interface also has a full schedule planned for the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, Oct. 22-24 at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

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LMNOP Digital Marketing Workshop Oct. 21

10.7.14 | New York, NY | LMNOP and the NY Chapter of SMPS, Society for Marketing Professional Services, will present a Digital Marketing Workshop at the iGuzzini Showroom Oct. 21, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Presenters Sarah Kelley, Digital Marketing at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc., and Jenna M. McKnight, Digital Editor at SOM, will share their experiences and success with digital marketing as a key medium and their knowledge setting policy and implementing best practices. Each will present a case study highlighting their recent professional experience.

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John Snellinger Named Vice President at Chambers

10.7.14 | Baltimore, MD | John Snellinger was promoted to corporate Vice President at Baltimore-based Chambers, a 360°planning, architecture and interior design firm specializing in private country, golf, city and yacht clubs. He also retains his role as Director of Planning.

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Architect Ted Moudis To Be Honored At Autumn Leaves Gala Oct. 14

10.10.14 | New York, NY | Ted Moudis of Ted Moudis Associates is being honored by James Lenox House and Carnegie East House at its Autumn Leaves Gala Tuesday, Oct. 14. The Gala raises funds to support much-needed services and activities at NYC’s premiere not-for-profit independent and enriched living communities for older adults. It will be held at 6:00 p.m. at The University Club, 1 West 54th Street in Manhattan. Mr. Moudis will receive the Mary Lenox Sheafe Award, presented to those who demonstrated extraordinary dedication and leadership to NYC and its older adults. Also being honored are NYC Council Member Daniel R. Garodnick, recognized as a problem-solver and champion for maintaining affordability in housing; and philanthropist William C. Patterson, who will receive the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Eric Holland Named Principal of ADD Inc

10.8.14 | Miami, FL | Eric Holland was promoted to Principal at ADD Inc. Mr. Holland represents ADD Inc’s Workplace Practice in Miami, where his design talents and leadership abilities have played a significant role in the expansion of the firm’s client base. He joined the firm in 2007 as a Senior Designer and most recently held the position of Senior Associate Principal. Prior to ADD Inc, he worked at Swanke Hayden Connell Architects in Miami. His recent work in South Florida includes new offices for accounting firm Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra; the award-winning headquarters of advertising agency BGT Partners, now part of PwC; Brickell Link, a co-working space; Inktel Contact Center Solutions; and the offices of Hamburg Sud.

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Mancini•Duffy Names Christian Giordano President As Firm Heads Into 100th Year

10.6.14 | New York, NY | Christian D. Giordano, Principal and Director of Architecture, was appointed President of Mancini•Duffy. In this role, Mr. Giordano is charged with leadership of the growing firm as it moves into its 100th year in 2015 and beyond. The announcement was made by Anthony P. Schirripa, FAIA IIDA, the firm’s CEO and Co- Chairman. Mr. Schirripa also announced that Theodore Hammer, who most recently served as president of Mancini•Duffy, is taking on the role of chief operating officer and co-chairman.

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Brian Rutherford Named President of Neutral Posture

10.9.14 | Bryan, TX | Brian Rutherford was named President of Neutral Posture, Inc. During his tenure with Neutral Posture, he has served as Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Controller.

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Stone Source Appoints Regional Managers: Edward Pedrick – New York and Sean Ozlu - New England

10.8.14 | New York, NY | Stone Source appointed Edward Pedrick Regional Manager of New York and Sean Ozlu Regional Manager of New England. Both have extensive experience in leadership roles and client relations, specifically with architects and designers. Mr. Pedrick most recently served as Senior Vice President of Arenson, a Knoll office furniture distributor with offices in New York, New Jersey and Stamford, CT. Mr. Ozlu, who joined Stone Source in 2012, has more than 15 years of experience in the stone and tile industry, with extensive experience in sales management, client relations and project management.

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ROCKFON Announces Three Managers Serving North America

10.7.14 | Chicago, IL | ROCKFON® announced two promotions and one new hire. Tom Smith was promoted to business development manager, overseeing the company's complete offering of ceiling system. Kirby Williams was promoted to product manager of acoustic stone wool ceiling tiles. Jill Reninger was hired as manager of construction services.

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New LED Task Light Offers Twice the Illumination

10.6.14 | Elmsford, NY | Luxo introduced Split, a powerful new task light designed by Aleksander Borgenhov for large, demanding workplaces. With twice the light output of other LED task lights, it is particularly suitable for large worksurfaces where more light is needed.

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Falcon Custom Lounge and Booth Seating

10.7.14 | Newport, TN | Falcon offers custom lounge and booth furniture for creative options in reducing noise and distraction. Applications include dining, meeting and training rooms, and lobbies.

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DAM New Products

10.8.14 | S. João da Madeira, Portugal | DAM launched Pipo, Dora, and Dina - inspired by Portugal's Douro Valley wine region. Pipo is a stool/side table that won POPs Serralves 2014 and is the first piece created by DAM in cork. Dina and Dora are a pair of chairs designed for both elegance and simplicity featuring an ash wood frame and agglomerated black cork seat.

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IIDA Northern California - Leaders Breakfast

10.7.14 | San Francisco, CA | At the IIDA Northern California Chapter's Leaders Breakfast, held Oct. 1 in San Francisco, Anna Hernandez, founder and CEO of Luna Textiles, received the Distinguished Achievement Award; and Laura Guido-Clark, principal of the Laura Guido-Clark design studio, received the Leadership Award of Excellence. Tony Smith, San Francisco Market Manager for Teknion Studio, provided a report on the event, attended by more than 500 guests. Keynote speaker was Chip Conley, founder and former CEO of Joie de Vivre and current head of global hospitality at Air BnB.

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Carnegie Sponsors Museum of Arts and Design LOOT Event

10.8.14 | New York, NY | Carnegie is a sponsor of the 14th edition of the Museum of Arts and Design, LOOT MAD about Jewelry annual exhibition, on view though Oct. 10. The exhibition features designs from fifty emerging and acclaimed international jewelry artists. LOOT has become known as the ultimate pop-up shop for contemporary artist-made jewelry. Carnegie partnered with highly regarded designer and LOOT veteran Danielle Gori-Montonelli for the event. Ms. Gori-Montanelli chose multiple styles of the company’s high performance Xorel textile to create ornate works of wearable art.

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Conneaut Leather Acquires Cortina Leathers

10.7.14 | New York, NY | Conneaut Leather, a U.S. manufacturer of upholstery leather since 1903 in Conneaut, OH, has acquired the sister companies Cortina Leathers and DMS Leathers. “Bringing together these two great companies offers our customers a ‘best of both worlds’ leather solution” says Jack Prause, President of Conneaut Leather. “In addition to what Conneaut Leather has always stood for—producing American-made leathers with competitive pricing and short leadtimes--we are now able to offer a broad array of in-stock, high-end Italian leathers as well. This is a combination that no other company in the U.S. can match.”

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Wolf-Gordon Overlay/Underlay Collection by Kevin Walz Now Available

10.7.14 | New York, NY | Wolf-Gordon’s new licensed collection Overlay/Underlay by artist and designer Kevin Walz is now available online and in Wolf-Gordon showrooms. The collection, which consists of five Type II wallcoverings, explores two-sidedness in a distinctly painterly way. Walz has utilized translucent inks for visual richness, replicating the effect of paint seeping through canvas from the other side. While taken through serialized manufacturing, these geometric designs retain a sense of craft, evoking silkscreen or block print.

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ZweigWhite Unveils New Corporate Name and Logo

10.7.14 | Fayetteville, AR | ZweigWhite has changed its name to Zweig Group and introduced a new corporate logo. “We are bringing the mission that we were founded on into sharp focus along with a renewed commitment take this company to the next level,” said Chad Clinehens, Zweig Group Executive Vice President. “It is important that our new name and new logo preserve those equities we built over the past 25 years, while communicating we are changing and evolving with the times and that we will be exactly what our clients need us to be. Going forward, we are going to look and feel different.”

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Interface Announces Expansion Of Credit Facility, Planned Bond Redemption, Share Repurchase Program And Preliminary Third Quarter Results

10.7.14 | Atlanta, GA | Interface, Inc. announced the consummation of an amendment of its existing syndicated facility agreement, effective Oct. 3. The amendment expands the aggregate borrowing availability for revolving loans under the credit facility from $200 million to $250 million, and provides new borrowing availability for a $200 million Term Loan A which may be used to repurchase or redeem, before Dec. 31, the company's existing 7.625% Senior Notes due 2018. The amendment also extends the maturity of the facility until Oct. 3, 2019. In furtherance of its capital allocation strategy, the company also announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a program to repurchase up to 500,000 shares of common stock per fiscal year, commencing with the 2014 fiscal year.

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Kimball International Announces Form 10 Effectiveness; Company Expects Final Separation of Kimball Electronics, Inc. on Oct. 31

10.7.14 | Jasper, IN | Kimball International, Inc. announced that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has declared effective the Form 10 Registration Statement filed by Kimball Electronics, Inc., regarding the company’s spin-off of its Electronic Manufacturing Services business. Kimball International anticipates the completion of the separation of Kimball Electronics on Oct. 31.

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Kimball International Declares Spin-off Dividend of Kimball Electronics, Inc. Shares

10.6.14 | Jasper, IN | Kimball International, Inc. announced the timing and details regarding the spin-off of Kimball Electronics, Inc.  Kimball International's Board of Directors has approved the final distribution ratio and declared a pro rata dividend of the outstanding shares of Kimball Electronics common stock, which will result in the complete legal and structural separation of the two companies. On the distribution date of Oct. 31, Kimball International shareholders of record as of 5:00 p.m., New York Time, Oct. 22, will receive three shares of Kimball Electronics, Inc. common stock for every four  shares of Kimball International Class A or Class B common stock they hold on the record date.

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DIRTT Provides Operational Update and Announces Director Resignation

10.6.14 | Calgary, AB | DIRTT Environmental Solutions reported that the timelines for a project it announced in June valued in excess of $30 million have accelerated slightly. The company now anticipates recognizing approximately 10% of the project's revenue in the fourth quarter of 2014. As previously stated, most of the revenue from the project will still be recognized in 2015. The company also reported that sales volumes returned to anticipated levels in the third quarter following the negative impact of adverse weather conditions in the second quarter, and that early sales forecast data for the month of October suggest a positive start to the fourth quarter of 2014. Finally, DIRTT announced that Rowland Fleming has resigned as a member of the board of directors of the company to focus on other interests, effective Oct. 3.

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