1.26.15 | Chicago, IL | IIDA recently convened a select group of design, manufacturing, and corporate real estate experts for the 18th Annual IIDA Industry Roundtable. The Roundtable addressed employee well-being as a necessary component in workplace design strategy and provided manufacturers and designers with new perspectives on human-focused design.
1.26.15 | Chicago, IL | Mark your calendars! It is never too early to start planning for NeoCon! The 2015 edition of the largest commercial interiors show in North America will be held Jun. 15-17, and the NeoCon team has already organized an all-star lineup of keynotes. Taking the stage will be prolific design genius Patricia Urquiola, National Geographic host & TED alum Jason Silva, and founders of hot new firm 13&9 Studio, Anastasija Sugic and Martin Leskaj. Show and keynote registration will open the week of Feb. 9 at www.neocon.com.
1.27.15 | Toronto, ON | Findings of a Teknion-sponsored study conducted by Canada's most eminent kinesiologist, Jack P. Callaghan, PhD, reverses the conventional sit-stand wisdom of a three-to-one sit-to-stand ratio. Instead, Dr. Callaghan's team found, you should stand for three and sit for one. The study observed individuals over multiple four-hour time periods while working at a sit-to-stand desk performing a variety of typical office tasks. They were wired with infrared light-emitting diodes (IREDs) on their thighs, feet, pelvis, spine, trunk, and head that were tracked by cameras to record their posture and movement. Electrodes attached to their bodies recorded muscle activity. The data, combined with subjective scores of pain reported by the participants, revealed that an eight-hour workday should ideally break down to two hours of sitting and six hours of standing, or 15 minutes of standing for every five minutes of sitting.
1.26.15 Cary, NC | Civilight North America launched a manufacturer rep network that spans from coast to coast throughout the U.S. and Canada. The network consists today of 30 industry-leading commercial and industrial and showroom representative agencies; additional agencies will be added throughout the first half of 2015.
1.26.15 | Wayland, NY | Deborah Calalang joined The Gunlocke Company as architecture and design manager in New York City, and Grace Kang joined as business development manager in Los Angeles. Ms. Calalang previously worked in outside sales with both Knoll and Bernhardt Design; in her new role she reports to Phil Gerlach, Gunlocke’s vice president, regional sales, northeast. Ms. Kang, who previously served as a sales representative with Knoll Textiles, reports to Jamie Mikkelson, Gunlocke’s division manager of sales, west.
1.26.15 | Lancaster, PA | Armstrong Commercial Flooring's Natural Creations® Luxury Vinyl Tile with the I-Set™ Installation System was recognized by Design Journal and Archinterious as one of the best products of 2014. Featuring a factory-applied adhesive, the I-Set system allows installations to be completed in about half the time of traditional methods, with no wait time and immediate occupancy. It is also said to be easy to maintain, repair, and replace.
1.21.15 | Washington, DC | The American Institute of Architects reported the December Architecture Billings Index score was 52.2, up from a mark of 50.9 in November. The new projects inquiry index was 58.2, following a mark of 58.8 the previous month. Design contracts posted a mark of 49.9, after a 54.9 score in November.“Business conditions continue to be the strongest at architecture firms in the South and the Western regions,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “Particularly encouraging is the continued solid upturn in design activity at institutional firms, since public sector facilities were the last nonresidential building project type to recover from the downturn.”
1.23.15 | Helsinki, Finland | Artek will unveil its new Kaari Collection by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec at the Stockholm Furniture Fair, Feb. 3-7.
1.22.15 | Calgary, AB | DIRTT and NMG Medical Planners are supporting their significant international healthcare market successes with a 2,000sf showcase at Arab Health Exhibition and Congress in Dubai Jan. 26-29. Arab Health is the largest healthcare show in the Middle East and the second-largest healthcare show globally. DIRTT and NMG, DIRTT's Middle East distribution partner, will connect with industry leaders from around the world. Healthcare has proven to be a strong market for the company internationally, with more than 40 projects completed in the Middle East and substantial projects underway in Asia.
1.16.15 | Calgary, AB | DIRTT Environmental Solutions was named Cleantech Stock of the Year for 2014 by the technology newsletter Cantech Letter. The award was announced at the Cantech '15 Investment Conference at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre Jan. 15.
1.19.15 | Concord, CA | The Center For Health Design will host a Pecha Kucha networking and education event on Thursday, Feb. 19 at the Steelcase showroom in San Francisco, 4:30-7:30 p.m. A Pecha Kucha is an informal, energetic, creative, short format presentation. A brief panel discussion will follow the Pecha Kuchas, (worth one EDAC/AIA credit), and the evening will wrap up with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
1.22.15 | New York, NY | FLOS held a holiday card contest for first-year students in the MFA Products of Design Program at the School of Visual Arts. Students, led by the program’s Chair and co-founder, Allan Chochinov, designed and produced one-of-a-kind holiday cards, incorporating ideas around light, dreams, and personal space. The contest came about following a successful discussion with students at SVA led by FLOS’ latest design-collaborator Michael Anastassiades and a continued relationship with Mr. Chochinov. Many creative ideas were submitted including cards with textures, cutouts and even small battery-powered lights. The winning card, designed by Eden Lew, combined silhouettes of both new and classic FLOS designs into the shape “2015.” Lew’s cards were mass-produced and shared with FLOS dealers, vendors and press around North America. She and two runner ups also received FLOS lamps.
1.19.15 | Grand Rapids, MI | Heather Robertson Corrigan, FIDC, President, Robertson MacLean Design Limited was honored by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation with the Keith Hooks Volunteer Excellence Award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to CIDA. Ms. Corrigan initially joined the CIDA Board of Directors in 2007 after then Director Keith Hooks was unable to continue his service due to health complications. Just one year later, she accepted the position of Secretary/Treasurer for 2008, and she served diligently in this position for five years until being appointed as Board Chair for 2013. She was reappointed Board Chair in 2014, her eighth and final year on the CIDA Board. From 2007-2014, she served as the Board liaison to Interior Designers of Canada (IDC). She also served as the Board liaison to CIDA’s Standards Committee in 2011.
1.19.15 | Grand Rapids, MI | The Council for Interior Design Accreditation announced the winners of the 2014 Award for Excellence. This award recognizes and celebrates outstanding practices that advance the cause of excellence in interior design education. The first place winner is Travis L. Hicks, Director of the Center for Community-Engaged Design and Assistant Professor in the Interior Architecture Department at University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Professor Hick’s entry, “Impacting a Campus…Engaging the Community,” was a team effort with colleagues from UNCG. The entry documents how UNCG’s Center for Community-Engaged Design (CC-ED) conducts community outreach to extend the teaching environment and encourage students to be civic-minded and committed to creating socially relevant and engaged design for the public good.
1.23.15 | Grand Rapids, MI | The Council for Interior Design Accreditation has published the results of its two-day Future Vision session held in November at the Steelcase University Learning Center. Participants were visionary thought leaders nominated and selected for their rich knowledge base and broad perspective. The primary goal was to synthesize and describe factors having the greatest influence on interior design in the future in order to establish aspirational priorities for entry-level practitioners in 2017 and beyond. The summary, available on the CIDA website, focuses on the following trends: Expanded Professional Reach; Human-Centered Design; Enhanced Building Performance; Urbanization; and Globalization.
1.15.15 | New York, NY | The International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI) announced World Interiors Day 2015 and the theme “Design For All”, to take place Saturday, May 30. World Interiors Day is an annual event spearheaded by IFI and designed to spotlight interior architecture and design. The event actively engages professionals, national organizations, design enthusiasts and the general public to explore creativity, imagination, vision and passion in relation to the role of Interiors in society, culture and our future built environments.
1.20.15 | New York, NY | The Architizer's A+Awards Call for Entries is open until Jan. 30. The A+Awards celebrate the world’s best architecture, spaces, and products and are designed specifically to engage the public with architecture. The international A+ jury includes more than 300 architects, cultural thought leaders, and developers.
1.21.15 | The Applied Brilliance Annual Conference will take place Apr. 20-21 at the International House Hotel + Meeting Center in New Orleans. The program, Lifelines: How Storytelling Can Save Humanity, will explore emerging trends and debate critical cultural shifts. Speakers will include world explorer Keith Bellows on how travel, adventure, and other cultures connect us in ways we cannot imagine; math genius Jason Padget, on how we can learn to recognize patterns all around us; Voodoo priestess Cinnamon Black on how the stories and wisdom of our ancestors feed our lives in the here and now; astrobiologist Caleb Scharf on how life on other planets is a clear and present reality; futurist Jim Taylor on how the five greatest stories in the world have guided our lives, both positively and negatively; Native American elder Dan Wildcat on how the myths and prophecies of the Native Americans have chronicled a future foretold; and more.
1.21.15 | Chicago, IL | The IIDA Illinois Chapter issued a call for entries for the third annual Recognizing Exceptional Design (RED) Awards. Submission deadline is Jan. 30.
1.22.15 | New York, NY | The Center for Active Design: Excellence awards are now open for entries. Now in its second year, these awards recognize outstanding achievement in the advancement of active design. For 2015, the Center will present awards in two categories - Research and Evaluation and Built Projects. Organizations and firms from around the world are invited to submit projects that demonstrate innovation in using the built environment to promote health. Deadline for submission is Mar. 6, and winners will be recognized at the Center’s awards reception in New York City on May 11.
1.22.15 | Houston, TX | IFMA’s Workplace Evolutionaries (WE) and the IFMA Foundation have published a workplace strategy guide, “Applying What Scientists Know About WHERE and HOW People Work Best” by Dr. Sally Augustin. Workplace strategies are a frequent topic of lively debates rooted in strong opinions. This comprehensive repository of research organizes the tremendous body of empirical study that has been conducted in the social and physical sciences which is applicable to workplace managers and designers.
1.15.15 | Linköping, Sweden | Configura, maker of CET Designer software, released CET Developer, a new platform that allows programmers and developers to create their own CET Designer Extensions. It enables manufacturers to have complete control over all of their content, from the beginning of the project to the release and maintenance of the finalized Extension. Customers can now publish their Extension independently of Configura or still choose to work with Configura for developing and publishing the Extension.
1.21.15 | Cartersville, GA | Shaw Contract Group’s new Cut & Compose collection for the education market supports the USGBC’s Center for Green Schools. The company has pledged that 1.5% of all sales from this collection will go to the Green Apple initiative to transform educational spaces into healthier, safer, more sustainable learning environments. Offered in three 24’ x 24’ tile styles and two broadloom styles, Cut & Compose features a bold, typographic design with letters, numbers and abstract elements cut, rotated and deconstructed, and composed to graphic effect. Manufactured with Shaw Solution Q Extreme 100% solution dyed nylon on EcoWorx Performance Broadloom and EcoWorx backing, this carpet is Cradle to Cradle Certified at the Silver level.
1.22.15 | St. Paul, MN | 3M expanded the options of its 3M™ DI-NOC™ Architectural Finishes and 3M™ FASARA™ Glass Finishes with dry-erase Whiteboard Finishes. These surfacing films are durable, lightweight, and easy to install on a range of surfaces, including glass, and they were developed to nearly eliminate ‘ghosting,’ thereby leaving a clean, mark-free board even after many rounds of erasing. The films are currently proving their collaborative capabilities at New York’s recently launched NEW INC, the New Museum’s incubator dedicated to art, design, and technology. 3M DI-NOC Whiteboard Finishes coat the primary wall and hallway in addition to two conference rooms and a presentation space.
1.14.15 | Wayland, NY | Gunlocke is one of the first companies to successfully complete stringent certification under the new and improved ANSI/BIFMA e3-2014e Furniture Sustainability Standard. All existing Gunlocke product lines have met the rigorous qualifications imposed by this standard, achieving a level® 2 rating valid until the end of 2017.
1.12.15 | Haily, ID | Rocky Mountain Hardware and HOK Product Design joined forces to create Verdura, a new collection of antimicrobial door hardware. With an eye toward healthcare, spa and wellness centers, and even educational institutions, the designs are being hand cast using CuVerro®, a bactericidal copper from Olin Brass. This new generation material is the first class of solid surfaces registered with the EPA to kill 99.9% of infectious bacteria within two hours – its properties never washing out or wearing away. Moreover, CuVerro is highly sustainable, produced from 95% post-consumer materials including recycled copper wires and is 100% recyclable.
1.19.15 | Jasper, IN | JSI's BeSPACE collection of lounge seating and casework is now available to order. Designed to define the space between "we" and "me" and let you "be" where you want to be, the collection features exposed edges, seemly upholstery and molded plywood to revive a mid-century look with organic beauty.
1.20.15 | Boston, MA | Kristin Miner, NCIDQ, LEED AP, was promoted to Vice President of Design at Creative Office Pavilion. Formerly the Director of Design, her responsibilities included personnel and workload management, staff hiring and development, departmental quality, and training initiatives. In her new role, she will continue to manage the Design Department and will be responsible for the strategic development and implementation of all design initiatives moving forward.
1.21.15 | New York, NY | Natalie Borten joined Dauphin, NA as Designer/Showroom Manager in its NYC Showroom. In this position, she will be responsible for day to day administration duties for the showroom, AutoCAD, space planning, and quotes for assigned projects. Ms. Borten previously held positions as Manager/Designer at a tile showroom and worked at the interior design studio at ABC Home as a freelancer providing CAD drawings and working with the director of design on specific client projects. Most recently she worked at the NYC retailer Gracious Home, in the design department as a Senior Design Consultant specializing in the Hunter Douglas brand as well as custom work including window treatments and upholstery.
1.19.15 | Tacoma, WA | Jon Rossman was promoted to Vice President of Chuckals Office Products. Mr. Rossman joined Chuckals in 2011 as an outside sales representative and was quickly promoted to Director of Sales. He played a key role in Chuckals obtaining the NCPA contract, worked closely with Chuckals President Al Lynden on the Speed’s Stationers merger, and has lent a hand serving on several boards around Pierce County.
1.19.15 | San Francisco, CA | Greg Colando, founder of Interface’s FLOR division, joined the Fireclay Tile board. Fireclay started as an artisanal tile company in 1986. While it still makes all of its glass and ceramic tiles by hand from recycled and locally sourced materials in California, the fast growing company now has a robust online experience designed to match the level of service in its showrooms. “I was attracted to Fireclay for its design flexibility and authenticity with recycled tile, handmade in California,” said Mr. Colando. “With its tech-driven business model, the time is right for this kind of brand.”
1.19.15 | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | Ranko Kume recently transitioned into the role of Head of Office for M Moser in Kuala Lumpur. A strong designer with a talent for both managing diverse teams and grasping and articulating client needs, Ms. Kume joined the Kuala Lumpur team as an Associate and immediately played an important role in engaging with clients and designing solutions to fulfil their needs. The last two years have seen her make vital contributions to a wide range of projects, big and small, including for such clients as Google, Nike, and Guinness Anchor Berhad. M Moser Kuala Lumpur’s previous Head of Office, Adrian Symons, is now in the global role of Director – International Projects, but remains based in Kuala Lumpur and will continue to work closely with Ms. Kume and the team.
1.19.15 | New York, NY | Duravit updated its Pro Site, the company's website for designers and specifiers. New features include collaborative folders, project image uploads, and custom product directories.
1.19.15 | Holly Springs, NC | OFM launched a new and improved mobile site that will help its customers more easily sell OFM products while on the road. The new business-to-business site allows furniture sales people to do everything from search specs on OFM products, to watch a video on how to assemble a given item, to check a particular order status right from their smart phones.
1.19.15 | New York, NY | IMAESTRI, a new company founded to help design professionals source hard-to-find Italian artisanal furnishings, launched its online platform www.imaestri.com. Envisioned as a comprehensive resource for the U.S. design community, the site targets and engages architects, interior designers, and other design professionals using a proprietary platform that allows them to discover products, shop, collaborate, and manage their projects with ease and convenience. The new platform simplifies discovery and sourcing of high-end artisanal Italian design with proprietary software and access to hard-to-find goods.
1.15.15 | Fairfield, NJ | Galaxy Glass & Stone® has partnered with 4walls® to introduce the Galaxy + Level Design Collection™. The collection features sophisticated, eye-catching artwork encapsulated in elegant Architectural Decorative Glass, customizable for corporate, hospitality, fashion, retail, healthcare, museum, and residential projects. “Whether the project is a single space or an entire building, we can assist our clients in scaling their ideas up or down, and in the creation of highly original, decorative glass designs - be they translucent or opaque, satin or transparent,” said Galaxy’s Director of Marketing, Lynda Portelli. “These may be further enhanced with logos or images that can help build an organization’s brand.”
1.12.15 | Holland, MI | Trendway Corp.'s Shimoda ShapesTM, a collection of new Feek® products developed by the Shimoda Design Group, is now available for order. This exclusive new line of furniture brings sophistication to coated foam design while celebrating the fun factor.
1.15.15 | New York, NY | Designtex introduced two new high-performance upholsteries for high-traffic healthcare, hospitality and contract settings: Big Dot and Little Dot. Both are made of 100% polyurethane and feature proven performance finishes, including the ground-breaking Cleangene + Silicone, which Designtex introduced in 2014. Big Dot is a simple, small-scale geometric pattern that from a distance reads as a solid. It functions as a multi-purpose coordinate, is printed on a non-PVC substrate and is available in fifteen colorways. Little Dot features a rhythmic, small-scale pattern and is available in 13 colorways. Both have passed stringent testing for durability and cleanability. Ink and denim transfer are removed with ease, and high concentrations of bleach can be used without discoloration or damage to the surface.
1.15.15 | New York, NY | Coalesse is now distributing the CH88 and CH468 Oculus chairs designed by Hans J. Wegner and made by Carl Hansen & Son. CH88 is a hand-crafted side chair blending wood and steel materials and a minimalist design that can stack four-high. The CH468 Oculus armchair is a fully upholstered lounge chair; its name refers to the “eye” formed by the curved back (oculus is Latin for eye), but it also brings to mind the eye-catching elegance of the design.
12.12.14 | New York, NY | FXFOWLE promoted 19 architects, designers, and allied professionals to Senior Associate and Associate....
1.14.15 | New York, NY | Jeffrey M. Young AIA joined Perkins Eastman's Pittsburgh office as an Associate Principal. Mr. Young will bring insights from his 18 years of experience across a range of building types to help build and lead the commercial office and mixed-use practice area in Pittsburgh.
1.13.15 | New York, NY, and Kansas City | HOK completed the acquisition of Kansas City-based 360 Architecture, a 200-person firm that is a leader in the design of sports, recreation, wellness, entertainment and mixed-use facilities. The completion of this transaction provides immediate benefits to both firms’ clients through the creation of HOK’s new global Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice and expanded capabilities in Kansas City, Columbus and San Francisco.
1.13.15 | Orangeburg, NY | Marisa Pichigian was promoted to Executive Vice President at Arc-Com. Ms. Pichigian began her career at Arc-Com in 1994 as Director of Human Resources. As she grew in that position her role expanded, working directly with the company's principals in managing all aspects of the organization, and she was subsequently promoted to Vice President of Human Resources.
1.13.15 | Princeton, NJ | Michael Graves is the recipient of the 2014 AIA Presidential Citation. This award is given to those individuals or other entities that are believed to merit acknowledgement for outstanding contributions to the profession of architecture. Michael Graves Architecture & Design has designed over 350 buildings worldwide encompassing many building types and designed over 2,000 products. Mr. Graves taught for 39 years at Princeton University, where he is now the Robert Schirmer Professor of Architecture, Emeritus. He has received 12 honorary doctorates and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as a Fellow of AIA. He has received many awards including the 1999 National Medal of Arts, the 2001 Gold Medal from AIA, the 2010 Topaz Medallion from AIA and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, and the 2012 Richard H. Driehaus Prize from the University of Notre Dame.
1.13.15 | Grand Rapids, MI | Kentwood Office Furniture moved into a new 12,000sf space in Lombard, IL. The space incorporates a new office furniture showroom, a used office furniture showroom, and an inventory warehouse for pickup of quick ship products. Operations of the company's former Addison store and Wood Dale warehouse were consolidated into a single, more centralized location to provide faster turnaround to Chicago-area customers looking for immediate solutions to their office furniture needs.
1.12.15 | New Milford, CT | Mark Skerik will be the new President at Edelman Leather. Mr. Skerik is a seven-year Knoll veteran with prior upholstery/seating operations experience at a luxury brand. Since 2007, he has served as the Marketing Director of KnollStudio, at the epicenter of its sourcing, operations, sales promotion, customer service, and brand initiatives as well as at the helm of product introductions such as the David Adjaye Collection.
1.12.15 | Jasper, IN | Jon Leach was promoted to the position of A+D Representative for National Office Furniture's North Texas market. This newly developed role specifically focuses on the A+D community to address their distinct needs. Mr. Leach joined National in 2008 with previous office furniture experience in both dealer and manufacturing roles. He has an Interior Design degree from Texas Tech University.
1.12.15 | New York, NY | Kevin Kennedy joined Arenson as the company’s new Vice President and Sales Director. He will be responsible for directing all business development initiatives within the organization. Mr. Kennedy has 30-plus years of furniture industry leadership experience. Having started his career at age 17 working as a furniture service technician, he quickly moved up the ranks of a large Steelcase dealership to eventually become General Manager and Vice President of Sales for the dealership’s New York office. Most recently, he was District Sales Leader for KI in New York.
1.9.15 | New York, NY | Dattner Architects promoted Sara Agrest AIA, IIDA, LEED AP; Steven Frankel AIA, Douglas Freeman RA, Eric Epstein AIA, and Ruth Ro AIA. These individuals are being recognized for their demonstrated project leadership, high design and technical standards, and dedication to our firm culture.
1.7.15 | Grand Rapids, MI | The Council for Interior Design Accreditation Board of Directors elected Dr. Pamela K. Evans, FIDEC, IIDA as the 2015 Board Chair and Jan Johnson, FIIDA, LEED AP, as Secretary-Treasurer. Dr. Evans is the Director of Interior Design at Kent State University and serves as the accredited program representative on the CIDA Board. Ms. Johnson is Vice President of Design and Workplace Resources at Allsteel and serves as the industry representative on the CIDA Board. In addition, two new Director appointments were made to the nine-member board - Dr. Lisa Waxman, FIDEC, ASID; and Caroline Hughes, IDC - and Mark Strauss, Hon. IIDA, was re-appointed to serve a second three-year term.
1.8.15 | Fort Worth, TX | Alicia Ellis joined ECi Software Solutions as Marketing Project Manager for the Office Products and Office Furniture divisions. This includes DDMS, Britannia, Red Cheetah, Red Falcon, and Team Design. Ms. Ellis was previously Marketing & Communications Director for the Independent Office Products & Furniture Dealers Association (IOPFDA), parent association of the National Office Products Alliance (NOPA) and the Office Furniture Dealers Alliance (OFDA). Prior to that, she worked as an editor for Imaging Network in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, where she acted as editor-in chief for three different dealer publications: Office World News, imageSource, and Office Furniture & Design.
1.7.15 | Austin, TX | Asure Software shared a list of strategies to help business leaders set mobile workplace plans in motion....
1.2.15 | Grand Rapids, MI | Compatico Inc. named two representatives for its panel systems and stackable floor-to-ceiling movable wall products: Keat de la Torre & Associates in Alabama, East Tennessee, and the Florida Panhandle; and Robert Wilson Associates in the New York Metro region (including N. NJ and LI).
1.14.15 | New York, NY | Tickets are now available for Contract magazine’s 36th Annual Interiors Awards Breakfast, Friday, Jan. 30 at Cipriani 42nd Street. The Interiors Awards will honor a new Designer of the Year, latest industry Legend David Mourning, Founder of IA, plus the 14 category winners.
1.13.15 | Houston, TX | IFMA's 2015 Facility Fusion, Apr. 21-23 in Orlando, will feature 40+ expert-led education sessions, innovative, small-group facility tours to epic sights such as the Kennedy Space Center and a must-attend networking Open Evening event. Attendees can save up to US$200 if registered before Mar. 27.
1.13.15 | Concord, CA | The Center For Health Design on Thursday, Jan. 22 will host a webinar, The Drive for Healthier Buildings: Implications of the Findings from the Groundbreaking Dodge Data & Analytics Study for Healthcare and Beyond. Presenter is Donna Laquidara-Carr, Ph.D., LEED AP, Manager, Industry Insights and Communications at Dodge Data & Analytics (formerly McGraw-Hill Construction). Time is 11:00 a.m. Pacific; 2:00 p.m. Eastern.
1.13.15 | New York, NY | Interior Designers for Legislation in New York will hold a town hall gathering, "What's Next for Legislation in New York" on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Teknion showroom.
1.13.15 | Chicago, IL | The Illinois Interior Design Coalition has scheduled a Town Hall Meeting for Tuesday, Jan. 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at IIDA headquarters in the Merchandise Mart. The an evening of debate and discussion will focus on the upcoming Illinois Design Practitioner Act, a future practice act for the interior design industry.
1.12.15 | Chicago, IL | The IIDA Illinois Chapter is offering QPrep's NCIDQ Prep Class Friday Feb. 6 through Sunday, Feb. 8. It will be held at the National Office Furniture showroom, 325 N Wells Street Suite 110.
1.12.15 | Chicago, IL | The IIDA Illinois Chapter will celebrate the 10th Annivesary of its annual Stitch Masquerade on Thursday, Feb. 12 at Chicago's House of Blues. The event, "A Stitch In Time," promises a night of merriment, music, and masks through the decades - past, present, and future. Earlybird registration discount is available through Friday, Jan. 23.
1.12.15 | Brighton, UK | World Interiors News is now accepting entries for the 2015 WIN Awards. The competition encompasses 14 categories in two sections: Interior Projects and Interior Products. Submission deadline is Jun. 5, but entries received before Mar. 16 will get a 20% discount on the registration fee.
ARCHIBUS Cited as a Leader in Gartner 2014 Magic Quadrant for Integrated Workplace Management Systems
1.12.15 | Boston, MA | ARCHIBUS, Inc., developer of real estate, infrastructure, and facilities management software, was positioned in the Leaders quadrant in Gartner, Inc.'s 2014 “Magic Quadrant for Integrated Workplace Management Systems” report. This is the 7th consecutive leadership position for ARCHIBUS in this report, which analyses IWMS software companies according to their vision and ability to execute. The company's latest software release emphasizes work process simplicity.
1.13.15 | New York, NY | LAUNCH by Editor at Large will present Interior Photography: The Intensive, a six-week course beginning Feb. 3. During six three-hour sessions, all of which will be held at Christopher Peacock, 222 East 59th Street, 5th Floor, interiors photographer Emily Gilbert will equip designers with the information they need to be their own best photographer. They will learn to navigate their way around a camera and decipher which camera and settings to use, how to set up a shot, the importance of lighting and composition, image processing and much more.
1.12.15 | New York, NY | LAUNCH by Editor at Large will present Client Management on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 9:30-11:30 a.m., at the 200 Lexington Ave. Conference Center. In this course, creative business consultant Sean Low will guide designers on best practices and techniques for managing clients, and will demonstrate how essential it is to set boundaries from the very beginning of the project.
1.12.15 | New York, NY | LAUNCH by Editor at Large will present Charging Strategies on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 9:30-11:30 a.m., at the 200 Lexington Ave. Conference Center. In this class, business consultant Sean Low will outline the different pricing structures relevant to interior designers, highlight the advantages and disadvantages of each and share real-life scenarios. He will also discuss how the amount charged and when it is charged can affect the overall success of projects.
1.12.15 | New York, NY | LAUNCH by Editor at Large will present its first online class, Social Media Marketing, on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
1.12.15 | New York, NY | This past December, Adopt-A-Soldier Platoon and Lane Office teamed up in New Jersey to pack and ship over 600 Holiday care packages to our Troops! Owned by Gregory F. Burke of Garden City, NY, Lane Office is the exclusive NYC DIRTT distributor and preeminent Knoll dealership. A dozen employees from Lane Office traveled from the New York City office to volunteer in an effort to make our overseas heroes' holidays a little bit brighter.
1.12.15 | Wayland, NY | Gunlocke made significant donations to two local nonprofit organizations: Noyes Health in Dansville, NY, and the EquiCenter in Mendon, NY. Noyes Health is the only healthcare system in Livingston County, and its busy emergency room was outdated and undersized. To support the building of the new Mary Saunders Beiermann Emergency Department, Gunlocke supplied furniture for the waiting and patient rooms and also made a $25,000 donation to assist with expansion efforts. EquiCenter is a non-profit organization that provides a wide range of therapeutic equestrian activities for people with disabilities, at-risk youth, veterans, and their families. Gunlocke donated two custom Medley Conference Tables, 12 Austin Executive Swivel Chairs and a credenza for EquiCenter's new board room, used for board of directors’ meetings and community events.
1.12.15 | Concord, CA | The Center for Health Design is currently accepting presentation proposals for educational sessions and roundtable discussions for the 2015 Healthcare Design Conference. The conference takes place Nov. 14-17 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Washington, DC. Presentation proposal submission deadline is Friday, Jan. 30.
1.12.15 | Frisco, TX | The Call for Presentations for METROCON15 Expo & Conference, Aug. 13-14 at Dallas Market Hall in Dallas, TX, is now open. Deadline for submissions is 5:00 p.m. Central Time on Friday, Feb. 27.
1.12.15 | Tarrytown, NY | Ultrafabrics®, a pioneer in the polyurethane synthetic leather industry, released its first annual Color Stories, a compilation of distinct color profiles highlighted for 2015. Influenced by fashion, accessories, furniture, and interior design, these combinations showcase inspiring color trends as distilled by the company's product development team and industry-leading consultants.
1.12.15 | Tokyo, Japan | IFFT/Interior Lifestyle Living, held Nov. 26-28 at Tokyo Big Sight, hosted 391 exhibitors from 25 countries/regions and 15,872 visitors. The design show offered events and edited zones that responded to potential market needs including the Atrium Highlight “THE HOTEL” by interior stylist Mitsuko Kuroda. This zone presented new accommodation styles through products ranging from high-grade furniture, fabrics, bath tub to chocolate.
1.14.15 | Toronto, ON | Teknion Corp.’s new Journal casegoods, Variable multi-purpose seating, Thesis learning and library tables, and two Teknion Textiles collections – Duality and Form + Structure – were honored with 2014 Good Design Awards. The annual competition is sponsored by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, and The European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies.
1.12.15 | Chicago, IL | FLOS received recognition of the OK lamp designed by Konstantin Grcic and String Lights by Michael Anastassiades in the 2014 GOOD DESIGN Awards. Founded in Chicago in 1950 by architects Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames, and Edgar Kaufmann, Jr., GOOD DESIGN bestows international recognition upon the world's most prominent designers and manufacturers for advancing new, visionary, and innovative product concepts, invention and originality, and for stretching the envelope beyond what is considered ordinary product and consumer design.
1.12.14 | New York, NY | Carnegie earned 2014 GOOD DESIGN Awards from the Chicago Anthenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design in the textile category for its Xorel Cirque Couture and Xorel Monocle Embroider patterns and for Alphacoustic, Betacoustic, and Gammacoustic from Creation Baumann of Switzerland. The oldest competition of its kind, GOOD DESIGN has evaluated entries based on innovation, form, materials and construction, concept, function, utility and aesthetic appeal since 1950. In 2014, the museum received submissions from several thousand of the world’s leading manufacturers and industrial and graphic design firms from around the world representing the most important and influential corporations worldwide in the design industry from over 48 countries.
1.12.15 | Zeeland, MI | Nemschoff’s new Palisade™ Collection by Jess Sorel has now earned seven industry design awards since its introduction in June at NeoCon 2014. Most recently, Palisade earned a “Good Design™ Award” from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. In December, Palisade earned Interior Design magazine’s prestigious “Best of Year” Award in Healthcare Furniture. Also in December, Palisade was named a “Record Products Winner” by Architectural Record. In November, at the annual Healthcare Design Conference, Palisade earned both Nightingale Gold and “Best of Show” wins. And in June, it earned a Best of NeoCon Silver Award and was a HIP at NeoCon honoree.
1.12.15 | Chicago, IL | Ligne Roset’s Cosse sofa, designed by Philippe Nigro, received a 2014 GOOD DESIGN award in the furniture category. Both Cosse and Mr. Nigro have been highly celebrated by the design community over the past year. Cosse also received Architectural Products’ Product Innovation Award in the furnishings category and Philippe Nigro was the 2014 “Designer of the Year now! design à vivre” at Maison et Objet in Paris.
1.12.15 | Bloomfield Hills, MI | Tony Hepburn. who served as Artist-in-Residence and head of the Ceramics Department at the Cranbrook Academy of Art from 1992 through 2008, passed away at his home in Chicago on Jan. 5. He was a beloved mentor to many students during his tenure, as evidenced by the touching tribute crafted by Paul Kotula who represented Hepburn later in his career through his gallery, Paul Kotula Projects.
2.6.14 | Valdese, NC | Michael Shelton, president and CEO of Valdese Weavers LLC, announced that the company has purchased Dicey Mills Inc. Valdese Weavers will begin the integration of Dicey immediately, with the expected completion of an orderly and deliberate transition of the Dicey business into the company’s facilities in Valdese by the end of December 2015.
1.2.15 | Wheeling, IL | The Brentano Design Studio, led by Iris Wang, is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Since its founding in 1990 with a modest eight patterns, the textile house has grown into an international design leader, having expanded representation to ten countries and opened a flagship showroom in the Merchandise Mart. It is marking its first quarter century with two collections: the Studio collection, a tribute to the many artists who have inspired Brentano’s designers, and Jubilee, the herald of a new era.
1.2.15 | Grand Rapids, MI | Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announced free January webinars...
12.31.14 | Grand Rapids, MI | Tracy Lanning was promoted to vice president of global customer experience at Configura, and Brooke Snow was promoted to business development manager. Both will be based at Configura’s North American offices in Grand Rapids, MI.
12.31.14 | Grand Rapids, MI | Configura, maker of CET Designer™ software, announces CLEO™ as a new customer in Configura’s Catalogues solution. CLEO cabinet furniture is a full line of free-standing, custom-manufactured, commercial-grade cabinets and countertops made in Michigan.
12.22.14 | Chicago, IL | John Baechle, former CEO and Chairman of RJF International, now known as Koroseal Interiors, was named recipient of the 2014 Justin P. Allman Award from the Wallcoverings Association. The Allman Award, the industry's highest honor, recognizes an individual who has made a lasting contribution to the industry over a significant period of time. During Mr. Baechle's tenure at RJF, he guided the business through successful acquisitions and grew the company organically and by adopting innovative business models. He sold the company in March 2014 and is now focused exclusively on running its legacy charitable foundation.
12.18.14 | Los Angeles, CA | Emser Tile's newest location has officially opened in Orlando, FL. The Orlando branch increases the number of Emser sales and service locations to 62. It is the second location for Emser Tile in the state of Florida joining Jacksonville and marks the fifth new location that Emser has opened within the past 12 months.
12.19.14 | New York, NY | Alan M. Schlossberg AIA, LEED AP, a Principal and Executive Director of Perkins Eastman, was inducted as president of the Pittsburgh Chapter of AIA for 2015. He served as Vice President in 2014 alongside outgoing president Jen Bee AIA.
12.18.14 | Seattle, WA | Callison Director Joan Insel was recognized by the 2014 design:retail Portfolio Awards as one of their Retail Design Influencers of the Year. This award was bestowed to only ten professionals in the country. An industry veteran of 25 years, Ms. Insel holds comprehensive knowledge of retail branding, strategy and design. In 2012, she took on her current role as Director and Retail Design Strategist at Callison, leading brand initiatives for projects ranging from retail to hospitality including Sperry Top-Sider, Sterling Bank, Hilton, and Vera Bradley.
12.22.14 | New York, NY | IIDA NY Chapter will present "iconnect: Designer Gone Rep," Wednesday, Jan. 21, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Teknion's NYC showroom. Several designers who have "crossed over to the other side" will share how they made the change, discuss the pros and cons, and share the possibilities of work beyond design. This networking event for young professionals is limited to IIDA members with up to six years of professional experience.
12.18.14 | Chicago, IL | IIDA Illinois Chapter announced upcoming professional development opportunities: A self-defense course on Wednesday, Jan. 14; NCIDQ Prep class on Friday, Feb. 6; and a "Creative Soul" workshop on Thursday, Feb. 26.
12.18.14 | Jasper, IN | JSI and Community offer a wide range of sit-to-stand solutions. Tables with electric motor, pneumatic or crank mechanisms are available in most JSI casegood series. JSI's iXY accommodates workplace needs with kinetic elements including electric-powered adjustable height primary and secondary worksurfaces as well as mobile worktables. JSI's Swish adds flexibility with pneumatic or ratcheting adjustable height worktables. Community's Cruz training collection is accompanied by a pneumatic, kidney shaped instructor table and stand up height lectern and utility carts.
12.17.14 | Dallas, TX | Campbell Contract introduced the 167C Vera Club Chair by Michael Wolk. Featuring a sleek "C" shape design, a small footprint, and a square metal base with user-friendly return-to-center memory swivel, Vera is targeted for any collaborative environment where space is at premium.
12.16.14 | Atlanta, GA | Sander Seating introduced Woodlook®, a new concept in seating featuring the look of wood and the strength of aluminum. It is designed for high traffic environments without compromising design. The collection includes side chairs, arm chairs, and barstools in a variety of designs and options. Sandler Seating also offers a bespoke service that can produce Woodlook models to the customer's own designs.
12.17.14 | Holly Springs, NC | OFM announced the winners of its “My Desk Says” social media contest. The contest asked office workers to share photos on Twitter of their desks along with the hashtag #MyDeskSays and a brief description of what their desk said about them and their work. Jan Repman of Etters, PA, won the “Messiest Desk” award, while Philip Bock of Kohler, WI, was the winner of the “Most Organized Desk”. Krista Bainbridge of Milwaukee won the “Catch-All Desk” award. The winners will all receive an OFM chair of their choice.
12.17.14 | Chicago, IL | IIDA, in collaboration with BMW Group DesignworksUSA, announced the winners of the 2014 IIDA Global Excellence Awards. This annual worldwide design competition honors and celebrates outstanding originality and excellence in the creation of international interior design/interior architecture projects. Projects were submitted from 39 countries with 16 winners in 10 categories.
12.16.14 | Toronto, ON | Interior Designers of Canada is the latest supporter to announce the granting of funds dedicated to supporting the major standards development project currently underway by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. “Support received from IDC will help further the momentum of the standards development project already underway, and is another solid example of commitment to the interior design profession and confidence in CIDA’s mission,” said CIDA Board Chair and IDC Liaison Heather Robertson Corrigan.
12.15.14 | Shrewsbury, MA | Source International launched a new website, sourceinternationaldesign.com, designed by Jayne Hunt of J Studio. “We are the same company as we have always been, focused on offering a blend of sophisticated design and realistic pricing,” said Source International President Dave McGlynn. “The new website does an excellent job of promoting these core values through enhanced photography and images.”