26 Apr 2015 Giving voice to those who create workplace design & furnishings
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One’s beliefs are not, and need not be, true for everyone.Alexander Nehamas (explaining Friedrich Nietzsche’s perspectivism)

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Yikes! It’s Almost NeoCon Already!

04.20.15 | All you “NeoCon attendees” out there – architects, interior designers, facility managers and other consumers of workplace design and furnishings – should count yourselves very special, because the hundreds of NeoCon exhibitors are killing themselves right now to meet their deadlines and make their exhibits at NeoCon 2015 the best ever. At officeinsight, we’re already receiving lots of press releases on new products and new showrooms. Here, a curated look at the top tech products scheduled to debut at NeoCon 2015 from Novita Communications and officeinsight publisher Bob Beck.

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MKDA Pushes Legacy into the Future at YMCA Retirement Fund in NYC

04.20.15 | Few organizations embody the word ‘legacy’ more than the Young Men’s Christian Association, known as the YMCA or even just “the Y.” Legacy entities become legacies in the first place because of their ability to weather decades of both triumph and strife, continuously keeping themselves relevant and successful. The YMCA Retirement Fund (YRF), a pension fund for the YMCA established in 1922, recently moved into its new digs in New York City at 120 Broadway. Space planning and interior design firm MKDA in New York City designed the new offices on a tight budget but with a bold design approach. The new YMCA Retirement Fund encapsulates past, present and future with an elegant, flowing precision.

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Pratt Career Night 2015

04.20.15 | As creative communities go, the A&D community in New York tends to celebrate and cultivate our creativity more than scrutinize or cannibalize it, at least when the economy is doing well. One of the more uplifting annual events that encourages opportunities for young designers just entering the workforce is the Pratt Career Night. Hosted by Jon Otis, owner of Object Agency and professor of the Exhibition Design Intensive Program at Pratt Institute, and joined by Stone Source Direct Senior Vice President Diane Barnes at the New York Stone Source showroom, this introduction to the business of networking between students and senior design professionals is now in its 12th year.

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IIDA New York’s 2015 Design This! Student Challenge

4.13.15 | The high-intensity one night Design This! Competition hosted by IIDA New York Chapter’s Student Mentorship Committee is a rare opportunity for students to gain on-the-spot exposure to fast-paced design work with the potential for real-world execution of their designs. This year’s competition was inspired by IIDA member Hana Getachew, founder and creative director of bolé road textiles. Ms. Getachew challenged participants to create patterns inspired by her two new collections, bolé road to Brooklyn, influenced by urban culture, and Modern Take, a line that reinterprets traditional Ethiopian textile patterns for a modern setting.

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CIFF Office Guangzhou 2015: A Review

4.13.15 | The 35th China International Furniture Fair (CIFF) in Guangzhou attracted more than 900 exhibitors and overwhelming crowds again this year. John Sacks, an office furniture design, sales and marketing consultant based in London, reviews the five-day CIFF Office portion of the fair and reports on notable trends and a selection of companies and products.

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