19 Apr 2014 Giving voice to those who create workplace design & furnishings
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Research by Listening: Smith System

4.14.14 | Whether adapting its book shelving system to “media storage” in the 1970’s or introducing computer desks ahead of the curve, the family-owned Smith System has always been a place schools could look to for innovation in design. The company continues its leadership in the field by tackling the most recent trends in the K-12 education market – 21st Century Learning, engaging students through the 4Cs and flipped classrooms, to name a few – with an attitude that embraces new thinking and new technologies.

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NeoCon 2014 On The Horizon: June 9-11

4.14.14 | We approach NeoCon with great anticipation, appreciation and a little trepidation. A preview of NeoCon 2014 shows that the product introductions – always a delight – are only the largest ornaments on a much more varied, colorful and edifying tapestry comprising the latest in product ideas and commercial design trends. The increasingly better and more appropriate Keynotes, excellent educational offerings, and some cheerful and lighthearted social, networking and competition events, as well as some worthy professional association offerings are giving us something to look forward to this year.

Companies >>, Competitions and Awards >>, Events >>, People >>, Product >>, Prof. Associations >>

CIFF Office Guangzhou-2014

4.14.14 | The 2014 annual China International Furniture Fair (CIFF) Office show, held at the Guangzhou Fair Complex in Guangzhou, was extended from four days to five in March and April, and still, attendance was overwhelming. This year’s show hinted at an important evolution in the design, innovation and originality of Asian manufacturers.

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Concurrents: Environmental Psychology – Designers Are Different From Users

4.14.14 | Studies show that, probably due to their design training and attention to design matters, designers have different design-related preferences than everyone else. While designers are designing, most people hanging out in offices are busy creating their company’s next big marketing campaign, becoming familiar with new tax laws, or what have you. These end user opinions can be a valuable factor in your research for any project.

Environment >>, Research >>, Crosscurrents >>

LJ Duffy: The Game’s Afoot

4.7.14 | Independent dealerships, those who are selling contract furnishings and related services but are not aligned with one of the largest manufacturers, are pushing their way through walls in this industry that even a few years ago seemed as solid as the increasingly gone, but not lamented, sheetrock walls in the work environment. Officeinsight sits down with Larry Duffy of LJ Duffy, Inc. to discuss how nonaligned dealers are carving a path around the larger players to offer designers an alternative solution.

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Jhane Barnes: 2.0

4.7.14 | Last fall, Jhane Barnes announced that her 2013 Fall Menswear Collection would be her last; that she would focus in the future on the design of products for the workplace. We wondered what led to such a surprising decision, so we asked. Of course, the answer turns out to be as complex yet simple as one of her famous textile patterns.

Companies >>, Events >>, Materials >>, People >>, Product >>

A Random Walk: Some Thoughts on Haworth’s Bluescape

4.7.14 | Steelcase and Herman Miller have been the leaders integrating technology into the workplace, but at NeoCon 2013, Haworth played a strong card with the introduction of Bluescape. This week, officeinsight traveled to Haworth’s New York City showroom to experience the technology firsthand and to offer our thoughts on the tool’s strengths and potential for the future.

Companies >>, Product >>, Technology >>, Random Walk >>

Project Focus | Drukta & Formail | Five AM

4.7.14 | Design atelier Five AM of Belgium makes the most of unconventional workspace design in its 2012 project for printing office Drukta and mailing company Formail, two partnered businesses that had purchased a former textile company’s warehouse for their conjoined offices. Five AM chose the unconventional means of upcycling existing shipping containers into a new life of sleek, simple unit workspaces.

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