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I Saloni WorldWide Moscow 2008 Concludes

10.24.08 | Moscow, Russia | I Saloni WorldWide Moscow drew to a close October 11. The fourth annual show of Made in Italy Home Furnishings featured 499 exhibitors and nearly 29,000 visitors. Adolfo Urso, the Undersecretary of State for Economic Development with responsibility for Foreign Trade, made an official visit and also presented prizes to the three most promising designers. 

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National Office Furniture Introduces Myriad Tables

10.24.08 | Jasper Indiana | National Office Furniture introduces Myriad tables in training and occasional selections. Myriad training tables come with wood, laminate or thermofoil surfaces and are designed to accommodate any-size training class or activity. The Myraid occasional table offer a range of floating top, box, cube and cylinder styles and comes with an optional glass kit and a one-touch pivoting power grommet. 

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ART ASIA Debuts In Miami, Dec. 3-7

10.23.08 | Miami, FL | ART ASIA makes its debut December 4-7, in Miami, FL. Close to 60 exhibitors from 17 countries will celebrate the burgeoning presence of art from Asia on the global scene. The fair, located in the ART ASIA Pavilion, 3000 NE 1st Avenue, Miami, FL, will feature painting, drawing, sculpture, prints, photography, mixed media, installations and video from both established and emerging artists. For a list of events and featured artists, visit: www.artasiafair.com

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Circle of Life Reflected In Design Of Costa d'Este Beach Resort

10.23.08 | Vero Beach, FL | STA Architecture created the design scheme for Costa dEste Beach Resort. Owned by singer/producer couple Gloria and Emilio Estefan, the resort is centered on various organic geometrical expressions, namely the circle. Drawing inspiration from sunrises, bubbles and nesting sea turtles, husband and wife team Isabel Saavedra-Tragash and Todd Tragash of Miami-based STA Architecture created an oasis that celebrates nature and heavily reflects the Estefan’s' own personal style.  

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Steelcase Study Looks At Social Networking In The Workplace

10.23.08 | Grand Rapids, MI | A Workplace Index Survey on the nature of work looks at the significance of social networking. Commissioned by Steelcase and spurred by how best to bridge the communications between the Millennial and Boomer generations working together, the survey went out to 300 office workers nationwide. 71% of respondents foresee social networking sites playing a larger role at work in the future. Although there are marketing and recruiting advantages to networking, respondents shared concerns for workplace productivity. Further information on workplace issues is available in the knowledge center on Steelcase's Web site at www.steelcase.com.

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KKE Architects Completes Designs For Three Shopping Centers

10.23.08 | Pasadena, CA | KKE Architects, Minneapolis, MN, completed three shopping centers in California. KKE provided the conceptual and schematic designs, design development, city entitlements, construction drawings and construction administration for Hopkins Real Estate Group. The retails centers are: Imperial Promenade in La Habra; 47th Street Pavilion in Palmdale; and Talega Village Center in San Clemente

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State-of-the-Art Center Underway For School Of Visual Arts

10.23.08 | New York, NY | School of Visual Arts (SVA) will soon have a new cultural center with state-of the-art movie theater capabilities. Aragon Construction, in conjunction with Laurence G. Jones Architects, has begun renovation on a 25,000 sq. ft. two-screen facility for the college of art and design at 33 West 23rd Street. The facility, when Aragon completes construction in January, will host film screenings and other events produced by SVA as well as lectures and cultural programs that support the educational mission of the college. 

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Vista System Provides Pylons For Signage At Red Cross Center

10.23.08 | Sarasota, FL | Vista System International helped with the installation of a sign system in Val D'oise, France. Vista supplied the flexible, easy to install, double sided pylons to StockSignes for installation at the Red Cross Therapeutic Center for children.

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Gensler's Survey Links Office Design To Business Performance

10.23.08 | New York, NY | Gensler released the results of its 2008 U.S. Workplace Survey. The survey reveals that top-performing companies are embracing a restructuring of the workplace for collaboration, learning and socialization, rather than a "heads-down" work approach. Gensler commission Added Value to conduct an online survey with a random sample of 900 participants with full-time, in-office jobs and representing all staff levels of work. The survey makes evident that improving business performance via workplace improvements depends on the quality of space, not quantity of space. For a survey report or tips on workplace design in an economic downturn, please visit: http://www.gensler.com/#aboutus/news/pressreleases/61

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Besa Lighting Offers Energy Efficient Fixtures

10.23.08 | Blacklick, OH | Besa Lighting expanded its offerings of energy efficient lighting fixtures using compact fluorscent lamping technology. Previously offering ceiling luminaires and wall sconces with various CFL lamping options, Besa now offers GU24 2-pin CFL sockets for many of its wall sconces and all appropriately-sized incandescent pendants. The self-ballasted lamps can be a direct replacement for standard medium-base incandescent lamps. 

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IIDA NY 101 Series Discusses Small Commercial Lighting

10.23.08 | New York, NY | IIDA NY continues its 101 Series on November 6. The lecture will be held at Con Edison, 4 Irving Place, 19th Floor Auditorium, NYC, 5:45-7:00 pm. Titled, Small Commercial Lighting, Creating the Right Light, Using Effective, Energy Efficient Solutions, the course will teach attendees practical lighting design fundamentals and how to achieve energy-efficient solutions that meet quality design criteria. 

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IFMA Names Awards Of Excellence Winners

10.23.08 | Houston, TX | The IFMA announced its Awards of Excellence winners. Recognizing companies and individuals for their achievements that advance the facility management profession, as well as chapters and councils for outstanding performance, winners were announced in 19 categories. For more information about IFMA Awards of Excellence categories, nomination procedures or judging, e-mail awards@ifma.org

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Living The Italian House In Soho Opens October 27

10.23.08 | New York, NY | Living the Italian House in Soho opens October 27. The showroom at 172 Mercer Street, NYC, showcases the design style of the Lombardy region of Italy by recreating five spaces using items from 35 design companies.  The event runs from October 27-December 20 (Tuesday-Sunday/ 12 am-7 pm.)

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IALD Announces Public Policy Hire

10.23.08 | Chicago, IL | John Martin was hired as Director of Public Policy for IALD. The International Association of Lighting Designers has actively participated in the energy and public policy arena. With the addition of Mr. Martin, IALD will have the leadership to guide its members in public policy efforts. Mr. Martin is a former congressional staffer for the Committee on Education and Labor and he has worked as Director of Federal-State Relations with the Council of Chief State School Officers. 

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World Workplace 2008 Brings US $12.8 Million To Dallas

10.22.08 | Houston, TX | The World Workplace 2008 Conference & Expo concluded last week in Dallas, TX. Nearly 4,500 attendees from 40 countries were present, generating  $12,853,728 in revenue for the city.  World Workplace 2009 will be held Oct. 7-9 in Orlando, FL.

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Joe MacIssac, Knoll International, Juries Architecture Awards

10.22.08 | East Greenville, PA | Joe MacIsaac, President, Knoll International was a juror for the 2008 International Architecture Awards. The awards are a program of the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, which celebrates architectural solutions. A total of 114 projects were selected to receive the prestigious Award.

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John Motley Associates, Myers Brazell & Associates Announce Merger Plans

10.22.08 | Laurel, MD and Roswell, GA | John Motley Associates and Myers Brazell & Associates will merge to represent the office products industry. While the formal merger of John Motley Associates and Myers Brazell will be effective January 1, 2009, the two organizations have already begun work on consolidating operations and coordinating market coverage.  

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ErgoGenesis Withstands Hurricane Ike

10.22.08 | Navasota, TX | ErgoGenesis withstood the impact of Hurricane Ike using ingenuity and imagination. Although the building sustained little damage, power was lost and the Texas heat was up.  With large orders to fill and livelihoods dependent on a functioning facility, the company rerouted phone lines to homes with operational phones. A makeshift production line was moved to a central location in the plant, a network of laptop computers were assembled in the lobby, and generators were installed.  By Wednesday, four days after the storm hit, a 500 chair order was shipped.

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Kasian Appoints 11 Global Design Leaders

10.22.08 | Vancouver, Canada | Kasian appointed three Senior Associates and eight Associates firm wide. The new Kasian leaders for the Vancouver office are:

  • Ken Mah, Senior Associate, Sarah Nelles, Senior Associate, Joanne Stich, Senior Associate, Deborah Day, Associate, Kristalina Dinovsky-Kutev, Associate, Judith Horvath, Associate, Terry Smith, Associate, Douglas Steele, Associate, Andrew Thomson, Associate.
Jason Hess was named Associate for the Edmonton office and Ralph Dopping was named Associate in Toronto. For information about the new Kasian leaders visit: www.kasian.com/2008appointments

Donghia, Inc. Expands Chicago Showroom

10.22.08 | Chicago, IL | Donghia, Inc. expanded its showroom at the Chicago Merchandise Mart. Donghia’'s enlarged space in suite 631 will encompass over 8500 sq. ft and will feature multiple lines including Blackbird, Calvin Fabrics, Townsend Leather, Bergamo Fabrics, and Pollack.

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RealWorld DesignWeek In Full Swing

10.22.08 | Washington, DC | The first ASID national career development program kicked off October 20. RealWorld DesignWeek gives interior design students nationwide hands-on shadowing experiences for better preparation in interior design. This week students are working in host design firms across the country learning about corporate design, private jet design, hotel design, restaurant design, hospital/healthcare design, sustainability, universal design,  and multi-housing design.  ASID is supplementing the program with a pair of instructional, online seminars leading up to and following RWDW. 

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Chad Wentz Returns To IA Denver

10.22.08 | Denver, CO | Chad Wentz, Senior Associate for IA Interior Architects returned to the Denver, CO office. Mr. Wentz has been in Columbus, OH on assignment. His ongoing role in project and client leadership remains the same.  www.interiorarchitects.com

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Mayer Fabrics Hires OEM Market Manager For Midwest

10.22.08 | Indianapolis, IN | Lisa Kieffner joined Mayer Fabrics as its OEM Market Manager. She will serve manufacturers and specifiers in southern Indiana, southern Illinois, southern Ohio, Kansas, Missouri and Kentucky. Previously, Ms. Kieffner was marketing director for the Jasper Group in Jasper, IN.

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Holcim Awards Announced

10.22.08 | Montreal, Canada | The Holcim Awards competition winners for Sustainable Construction projects were announced. In the second annual North American competition, nine projects from Canada and the United States were presented with awards for their approach to housing affordability, employment, renewable energy, and water efficiency.  The competition is run in parallel in five regions of the world by the Swiss-based Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction. Almost 5000 projects from 90 countries entered the competition. The winners are:

  • Gold: The Solar 2 Green Energy, Arts and Education Center, NYC
  • Silver:  A self-contained day labor station, San Francisco, CA
  • Bronze: The Freshwater Lake Restorations and Research Facility, Ontario, Canada

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EMCOR Subsidiary Contracted For Giorgio Armani Flagship Store

10.22.08 | Norwalk, CT | EMCOR Group subsidiary, EMCOR Services New York/New Jersey will install the mechanical systems for the Giorgio Armani flagship store, NYC. The company will be responsible for the installation of all the mechanical systems including the furnishing and installation of a 180-ton chilled water plant. 

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Meyda Lighting Introduces Jonquil Floor Lamp And Chandelier

10.22.08 | Yorkville, NY | Meyda Lighting introduces the Jonquil floor lamp and chandelier.  Designed for home or commercial spaces, the three-light floor lamp features white frosted glass floral shades that wind around a white and green speckled enamel-finished steel frame. A matching 6-light chandelier, 25.5" wide, also is available. 

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HPFI Reopens Showroom

10.22.08 | High Point, NC | HPFI reopened its recently redesigned showroom.  The space was updated as part of High Point Furniture Industries' rebranding effort for the mid-market contract and healthcare furnishings industry. Business partner, Mayer Fabrics, also will showcase its latest products. Roughly half of the graded fabrics in the HPFI upholstery books are provided by Mayer Fabrics. 

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SMWM Merges With Perkins+Will

10.22.08 | San Francisco, CA | SMWM, San Francisco, CA joined forces with Perkins+Will. SMWM has planned neighborhoods, districts, waterfronts and entire communities in the United States, Latin America and Asia. Examples from SMWM'S architectural portfolio include the San Francisco Ferry Building, numerous mixed-use urban buildings, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

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Michael Roughan Joins HDR As Healthcare Principal

10.22.08 | Boston, MA | Michael Roughan joined HDR Boston as a healthcare principal. He will be responsible for strengthening firm's practice in the Northeast, focusing on client relationships and developing marketing strategies. Previously, Mr. Roughan worked as the director of healthcare planning and programming with Payette in Boston. 

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Energy Center I Receives LEED-Silver

10.22.08 | Dallas, TX | Energy Center I received LEED-Silver certification from the USGBC. The project is the largest speculative office building in Houston to receive LEED certification as well as the first office building in Houston's Energy Corridor to the receive the designation. Energy Center I is fully occupied by Foster Wheeler USA, which uses the building as its corporate headquarters. 

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Material ConneXion is Moving!

10.21.08 | New York, NY | Material ConneXion is moving its New York headquarters to 60 Madison Avenue. Along with a newly renovated showroom and new spaces for workshops and meetings, the Material Library will be expanded for greater material viewing. Material ConneXion will transition from October 27-October 31 and will open at its new location on Monday, November 3.  During that time, to conduct on-site materials research, contact Michael LaGreca at T: 212.842.2046 or email: miagreca@materialconnexion.com

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Perkins+Will Hires Jim Fredden For Minneapolis Office

10.21.08 | Minneapolis, MN | Jim Fredeen joined Perkins+Will Minneapolis as Associate Principal and Director of Operations. Mr. Fredeen brings more than 30 years of experience as a senior project architects and senior project manager. 

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