officeinsight Articles on Events
4.21.14 | While workplace design, through providing a range of choices and opportunities for employee control, can support the creation of an engaged workforce, the organization’s culture is an essential element. HNI Corporation and its subsidiaries foster engagement in many ways. One of these is the practice of giving its leaders a variety of experiences within the organization. An excellent example of this was embodied in the recent HNI announcement that Jeff Lorenger was appointed president of the newly created HNI Contract Furniture Division.
4.21.14 | After the BIFMA Outreach Committee gave MMPI a vote of confidence, Byron Morton , MMPI VP in charge of NeoCon, announced the formation of a NeoCon Advisory Council to work with his team to find ways to improve upon NeoCon as we’ve known it. As preparations for this year’s NeoCon hit fever pitch, we asked Mr. Morton how the idea of an Advisory Council worked out.
4.21.14 | 3form now hosts the annual Pratt Career Night in Manhattan. This year 50 Pratt students met with This year’s participating firms were Gensler, Mancini-Duffy, Perkins & Will, Ralph Appelbaum Associates, Rockwell Group, Ted Moudis Associates, TPG and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP. In much the way speed dating events are conducted, each of the students was given roughly five minutes to introduce themselves and present their work.
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.
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.
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.
3.31.14 | The 2014 Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban stands apart from previous Pritzker honorees for his extensive and ingenious efforts in disaster relief projects. Ban is the seventh Japanese architect to earn the award, the second highest of any other nation, and his diverse range of elegant design projects are all underscored by his humanitarian work.
3.24.14 | Capturing the crazy, intangible energy of youth and transforming it into a business that can thrive is a challenge that several companies are addressing by experimenting with new types of office spaces. Galvanize 1.0, an “innovation ecosystem” space in downtown Denver, CO, furnished by Knoll, offers entrepreneurs a sophisticated, cutting-edge environment that provides all the tools needed to be productive and innovative and to accelerate their business growth.
3.24.14 | Only a generation ago, some of the largest companies, e.g. Steelcase and Haworth, appointed an overall director of design. Now almost everyone from the HNI-family of companies to small family companies, most recently Stylex, have been convinced of the value of this position. Kevin Stark, former design director of HBF, was named to lead design for HNI. Just last week, Aodh O'Donnell was named Director of Design at Stylex.
3.24.14 | Mallory Jindra, who joined officeinsight as Associate Editor, is a 2011 graduate of Indiana University with a major in journalism. Ms. Jindra has added a desirable dash of youth, with all of the usual characteristics of energy, enthusiasm, worldly wonder, and of course, a healthy dash of unjustified audacity. With her, the average age here has dropped almost 20 years.