23 Oct 2014 Giving voice to those who create workplace design & furnishings
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Manufacturing Contract Furniture in Oxnard

10.20.14 | Officeinsight travels to Oxnard, California, ripe with strawberry fields and home to ERG International, to learn about the rich history of the contract furniture manufacturer. In the 33 years since he founded ERG, George Zaki has achieved an enviable degree of success, and for the last 20 of those years he has had the pleasure of working with his son Roy Zaki at his side, which just may be the greatest measure of that success.

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Down the Rabbit Hole: IIDA NY Color Invasion 2014

10.20.14 | Once upon a time, in a land not so far away, the dreams of boys and girls working in the interior design profession culminated in the biggest celebration of creativity and imagination we have seen to date. This celebration, put on annually by the New York Chapter of the IIDA, is called the Color Invasion. This year’s event, held at the storied previous nightclub The Tunnel and featuring an Alice in Wonderland theme, was a benefit for The Pajama Program, an organization that has provided more than 2 million pairs of new pajamas and books to orphaned, neglected and underserved children throughout the country. The costumes, treats, performers and part favors did not disappoint!

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Concurrents - Environmental Psychology: Sound!

10.20.14 | Our ears are always working. So, what should we be hearing? Workplace designers and managers soundscape the experiences of office workers. Their sound-related decisions are important because noise, or unwanted sound, creates stress, and stress is a mood-buster. People are more likely to do the sort of work their employers value when they’re in a positive mood, and that means tension is a no-no. Designers and managers need to consider the acoustic ramifications of each design decision they make because office employees are always listening, even if they don’t realize it.

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Interface’s Net-Works: A Study in Do-Gooder Psychology

10.13.14 | At the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), in late September 2014, the carpet tile company Interface announced its commitment to expand its Net-Works program, a cross-sector collaboration that addresses the growing environmental problem of discarded fishing nets in some of the world’s poorest coastal communities. Net-Works, Interface’s effort to create products that speak socially, is an excellent example of all of the things that embody a true “good deed.”

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Cathy Leidersdorff of Architectural Flooring Resource: Long Term Thinker

10.13.14 | Since all construction projects require a finished floor, it helps interior designers and architects to be surrounded by resources in the flooring business that are focused on doing the job right the first time, as opposed to getting the job done quickly and poorly. Cathy Leidersdorff and her team at Architectural Flooring Resource (AFR) have earned their reputation in the New York Tri-State design community as a trustworthy confidant and influential leader in its market. This influence comes from a hearty mix of honesty, experience, and eyes trained on the future of every business relationship.

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A Random Walk: “Yes-AND”, not “Either-Or”

10.13.14 | Officeinsight contributor Jay Brand outlines the dichotomies that many of today’s human experience luminaries employ in support of their arguments. None of these luminaries presents their case in “either-or” terms; rather, their contentions involve more “yes-and.” They’re not so much saying, “Don’t do that; do this instead” as “In addition to that, also do this.” This “Yes-AND”, not “Either-Or” distinction incites an interesting discourse when applied in a design context.

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