4.22.14 | Houston, TX | In honor of Earth Day 2014, IFMA is offering a limited-time discount for its sustainability credential, the Sustainable Facility Professional® (SFP®). The association also recognized sustainable exhibitors at its Facility Fusion Conference and Expo held last week in Washington, D.C.
4.21.14 | Marlton, NJ | Global - The Total Office introduced two new collections as extensions of its Zira desking line: Zira Boardroom and Zira Reception.
4.21.14 | New York, NY | ASID will offer exclusive education programming for residential and commercial design professionals at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in NYC May 17-20. Through a new partnership between ICFF and ASID, ICFF will make available educational sessions developed and managed by ASID and approved by the Interior Design Continuing Education Council. Each session is approved for 0.1 CEU.
4.21.14 | Holland, MI | Haworth, Inc. published its ninth annual Sustainability Report, which outlines the company’s goal to remove 56 chemicals of concern from its products, globally, by the end of 2015. The 56 chemicals were selected based on a review of common materials identified by customers, governments or nongovernment organizations as potentially harmful to users’ health or the environment.
4.21.14 | New York, NY | Designtex announced that April 2014 marked its fifth year in a row of operating as a carbon-neutral company. Designtex assessed its full operational footprint for the past year at 2,961 CO2e (carbon equivalent) tons and has reduced or offset the total emissions associated with its business, resulting in a net-zero footprint.
4.21.14 | New York, NY | Designtex’s Surface Imaging facility in Portland, ME, has achieved recertification to the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership’s program for sustainability in the print industry. The SGP program was established to provide third party verification of sustainability efforts and reduced environmental impact in the printing industry. The requirements include taking specific steps to reduce the facility’s environmental footprint, implementing pollution prevention, and committing to fundamental social and ethical norms.
4.21.14 | Jasper, IN | Kimball International, Inc. will announce its third quarter fiscal year 2014 financial results on Monday, May 5, prior to the opening of the market. The company's conference call to review the results will be held the same day at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time.
4.15.14 | Grand Rapids, MI | Steelcase Education Solutions, in a recent survey of college students, found that classroom environments are more important than dining halls and fitness facilities in enrollment decisions. The commissioned study, conducted by Widmeyer Communications in February, surveyed 600 U.S. college students at both 4-year and 2-year institutions. More than half (51%) of students reported that classrooms are the most important campus environment that influenced their decision to attend their current school. Less than a quarter of those surveyed said dining facilities (24%) or athletic facilities (23%).
4.17.14 | New York, NY | LMNOP NYC will present an IDCEC-accredited Mock Interviews, Portfolio and Resume Review Workshop at the Gunlocke Showroom on Apr. 22, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Participants for the mock interview portion of the workshop should arrive prepared for an informational interview. The firm profile will be a global architecture and interiors firm looking to recruit architects and interior design talent for their national and international offices of all levels.
4.17.14 | Northbrook, IL | Glen Raven's Sunbrella Contract Indoor-Outdoor Upholstery Fabrics are the first to be third-party certified by UL to the NSF/ANSI 336 sustainability standard. In development for more than 10 years, NSF/ANSI 336 is a consensus-based, multi-attribute sustainability standard that addresses the environmental, economic and social aspects of contract fabrics used in furnishing commercial spaces.
4.17.14 | Toronto, ON | Teknion Corp.'s Atlanta and Chicago showrooms were both awarded LEED for Commercial Interiors 2.0 Gold by USGBC. Teknion now has a total of eight showrooms in North America certified to a LEED standard.
4.16.14 | New York, NY | Cracked Cement, a new laminate design from InteriorArts, was chosen as the backdrop for runway shows this February during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in NYC. More than 300 sheets of the laminate covered the walls and floors in the “Pavillion” area at New York’s Lincoln Center, where designers presented their fall 2014 collections.
4.16.14 | Chicago, IL | The Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) selected Kellen Company to provide full-service management. Kellen Company is a global leader in association services including management, conference planning, communications, regulatory, and public affairs. It serves more than 100 trade associations, professional societies and charitable organizations representing over 10,000 companies and 100,000 professionals worldwide.
4.16.14 | Holland, MI | Haworth, Inc. recognized its 2014 Best In Class dealerships. The annual distinction is awarded based on exceptional performance in marketing and brand development, sales and customer satisfaction, operational excellence, and enterprise development.
4.17.14 | Chicago, IL | Kimberly Schlegel joined AGATI Furniture as Territory Manager for Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. Ms. Schlegel has 17 years of experience actively engaged in the commercial and government Interiors industry, connecting clients with solutions through space planning, account management and account development. In her new role, will be responsible for developing the AGATI brand to the A&D community as well as to the dealer community within vertical markets.
4.17.14 | Garrett, IN | Bonnie Joustra joined Group Dekko as Marketing Manager. She will report to the company’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Larry Colstock. Ms. Joustra's prior industry experience in office furniture, health care, automotive, and consumer appliances is expected to benefit Group Dekko as it continues to expand its new product collections for the office furniture and architectural lighting industries.
4.15.14 | Mendon, MA | Visual Magnetics' VM-DRYerase, VM-CHALKboard, and VM-Bamboo, from the company's MagnaMedia product line, won Awards for Design Excellence (ADEX). Both VM-CHALKboard and VM-DRYerase won platinum level awards and VM-Bamboo won a gold level award.
4.14.14 | New Canaan, CT | Glass House Presents, an ongoing series of public programs at the Glass House in New Canaan, CT, will feature Maya Lin + Edwina von Gal on May 18 and David Adjaye + Thelma Golden on Jun. 8.
4.15.14 | Philadelphia, PA | Karen Daroff, founder of Daroff Design Inc., will be awarded the Leader of Innovation medal by Philadelphia University at a benefit gala Apr. 26. Four other noteworthy Philadelphians will also be recognized with this award: William A. Finn (Asten Johnson), Estefano Isaias (Pacific Cable Television), Christopher K. McHugh (Turner Investment Partners), and Ed Rendell (Former Governor of Pennsylvania and Mayor of Philadelphia).
4.16.14 | Jasper, IN | Jasper Group announced that it will be merging its Jofco product offering into the JSI brand portfolio over the next few months.
4.15.14 | New York, NY | Melvin (Mel) Wolf, pioneer of the commercial wallcovering industry and founding partner of Wolf-Gordon, died peacefully at his home in Boynton Beach, FL, on Mar. 22. He was 90 years old.
4.15.14 | Chicago, IL | DIFFA/Chicago is gearing up for its 26th annual black-tie fete, the Believe 2014 Gala – The Crystal Ball, scheduled for June 7. Following the success of last year’s sold-out event, this year’s Gala will be held at one of Chicago’s iconic destinations - Navy Pier at the Grand Ballroom. The Crystal Ball intends to shine a light on what is possible and imagine a world without AIDS. Fourth in a series of six Believe Galas dedicated to DIFFA/Chicago grantees, this year's event will recognize organizations supporting education and advocacy.
4.15.14 | Nashville, TN | 2ND AVE Lighting received the People’s Choice Award for “Most Interesting Light Products” at Hi Connect Design 2014. The award was determined via popular vote by attendees of the hospitality industry trade show, which was held Mar. 25-27 in Nashville.
4.15.14 | San Francisco, CA | Cushman & Wakefield reported that first quarter occupancy gains in the U.S. office sector increased 133% percent year over year. “The big story for the first quarter is the market’s 9.7 million square feet in positive absorption, which compares to 4.2 million square feet of gains last year at this time,” said Maria T. Sicola, C&W's head of Research for the Americas. “Many markets with negative absorption at the start of 2013 turned around to positive gains to kick off 2014.”
4.17.14 | East Greenville, PA | Knoll, Inc. reported 2014 first quarter net sales of $229.3 million, an increase of 14.3% from first quarter of 2013. Organically, excluding the impact of HOLLY HUNT®, sales increased 5.7% when compared with 1Q13. Operating profit was $11.8 million, an increase of 14.6% when compared with $10.3 million in the first quarter of last year, and adjusted operating profit was $12.4 million. Net income was $8.2 million, an increase of 34.4% over 1Q13. Diluted EPS was $0.17 for the quarter compared to $0.13 in the prior year.
4.16.14 | Muscatine, IA | HNI Corp. reported first-quarter FY14 consolidated net sales of $452.2 million, a 2.2% increase over 1Q13. Sales in the company's Office Furniture segment decreased 2.0% to $358.4 million, while sales in its Hearth Products segment increased 22.7% to $93.8 million. Net income for the quarter was $11.1 million, or [[htmlareaTextareaContent]].24 per diluted share.
4.15.14 | New York, NY | Sina Pearson Textiles introduced Walking the High Line. Designed by company owner Sina Pearson, the high-performance collection of four geometric patterns in 21 colorways was inspired by the High Line, the elevated park incorporated into 1930s railroad tracks on Manhattan's west side. Facade's irregular grid suggests modernist buildings as seen from a distance; Windows' jockeying squares depict tightly-crowded windows close by the park. Tracks, with its abstracted train tracks, pays homage to the High Line's original function as a railroad. Skyline is a larger-scale perspective on the urban horizon at night.
4.15.14 | Minneapolis, MN | Seeyond® Architectural Solutions recently installed three cellular resin wall facings in a new casino space located in Coquitlam, BC, Canada. One of the facings features remote-controlled programmable LED lights inside each module, delivering a full spectrum of RGB colored light. The other two facings are both wrapped in wood-grain architectural film.
4.15.14 | Atlanta, GA | Interface, Inc. plans to release its first quarter 2014 results on Wednesday, Apr. 23, after the close of the market, with a conference call webcast scheduled for Thursday, Apr. 24, 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Daniel T. Hendrix, Chairman and CEO, and Patrick C. Lynch, Senior Vice President and CFO, will host the call.
4.15.14 | Jasper, IN | Kimball International, Inc.'s Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of 5 cents per share on Class B Common Stock and 4.5 cents per share on Class A Common Stock. It is payable Jul. 15 to Share Owners of record on Jun. 25.
4.12.14 | Washington, DC | The Security and Sustainability Forum on May 9 will present a webinar to discuss new insights and implications from the third U.S. National Climate Assessment (NCA). The NCA is a climate status report authorized every four years under the Global Change Research Act of 1990. It is based on the best available science and written by hundreds of scientists and experts from academia, government, non-profits, and the private sector. The draft report was released for public comment nearly a year ago by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, which is scheduled to release the final report in the first week of May. The webinar will reconvene the leaders of the assessment in a panel discussion that will take questions from the audience.
4.10.14 | Exmore, VA | New Ravenna Mosaics presents textile-inspired mosaics designed by Sara Baldwin....
4.11.14 | Green Bay, WI | KI, Pallas Textiles, and Patterson Pope recently hosted an evening of fun, food and adventure at KI’s “Gilligan’s-Island” A&D cruise in Miami.
4.9.14 | Hertfordshire, UK | Optoma has expanded its range of projectors targeted to businesses and educational institutions with the launch of two new high-specification projectors – the EH415 and W415.
4.11.14 | New York, NY | NYSID will present a lecture, "Contemporary Art in Healthcare Environments" on Wednesday, Apr. 23, 6:30 p.m. Jennifer Finkel, curator, Cleveland Clinic Art Program, will speak about how Cleveland Clinic utilizes its contemporary art collection comprised of nearly 5,400 artworks and how the art program is an integral part of the patient experience. Diane Brown, founder and president, RxArt, a non-profit organization that transforms pediatric hospital facilities into comforting and engaging spaces through site-specific installations by contemporary artists, will speak about projects working with artists such as Jeff Koons, Rob Pruitt, Kenny Scharf, and many more.
4.10.14 | Dalton, GA | Objects Made, the traveling exhibit and presentation by designer Sarah Miller commissioned by Invision, will be in Boston May 1. Ms. Miller spent more than a year meeting with 21 craftspeople from various industries to discover how object makers approach the design process. In her presentation, she will share the results of this research, including 10 design themes and four color and materials palette trends. All 21 objects will be on display. The presentation is IDCEC accredited for 0.1 CEU.
4.10.14 | Chicago, IL | ROCKFON®’s North American portfolio of stone wool acoustic ceiling solutions has earned UL® Environment’s GREENGUARD Gold Certification for low-emitting products. To achieve certification, ROCKFON voluntarily submitted its North American stone wool product line of suspended and monolithic ceilings, clouds and baffles to a series of rigorous tests as determined by UL Environment. ROCKFON products are made from stone wool, which is produced from volcanic rock and recycled material. Its inherent properties provide superior performance characteristics including high sound absorption, dimensional stability, fire protection, and humidity resistance.