officeinsight Articles on Events
12.2.13 | Teknion’s Metrocon panel covered such topics as space usage, technology effects, well-being and various types of collaboration in the workplace. The panelists were: John Campbell, Francis Cauffman (Philadelphia), Heidi Painchaud, B+H Architects (Toronto), Nila Leiserowitz, Gensler (Chicago), Joan Blumenfeld, Perkins + Will (New York City), Jo Stafflebach Heinz, Staffelbach (Dallas). This is the second installment of a series, which addresses how is technology impacting work today.
12.2.13 | Teknion LLC opened its renovated 22,000-sq.-ft New York City showroom, which now features products from the new Teknion Studio, Teknion Textiles and B&B Italia Project Collection. “The introduction of these new product groups led us to rethink the way we design our showrooms,” said Maxine Mann, President of Teknion’s U.S. operations. “By showing these new products in the context of the whole Teknion portfolio, their value becomes as apparent as their beauty.
11.24.13 | Knowledge advances through sharing, re-testing and confirming (or not); know-how is usually proprietary and is passed on within a project or organization or through apprenticeships. As most professionals working in the area of workplace interiors know, there has been an increased willingness of participants to share their knowledge and know-how. Teknion, for one, has regularly sponsored panels at industry trade shows to convey the thinking of interior design professionals.
11.25.13 | The biggest event in the New York City interior design community solely dedicated to pure, unadulterated networking and social interaction is the IIDA NY Chapter Color Invasion. This year’s party was the biggest, most fun special event the Color Invasion Committee has put on to date, and was produced in loving memory of Selena Thompson and Ellen Kushman.
11.25.13 | IIDA Southern California Chapter leadership has a rich history of producing amazing events including education programs, student events, post-NeoCon trade shows and the Calibre Awards. Gensler's David Loyola and Carlos Posada, both vice presidents of Professional Development with the IIDA Southern California Chapter, picked Jhane Barnes for the recent IIDA Speaker Series; she spoke three nights in a row in downtown Los Angeles, Newport Beach and San Diego.
11.18.13 | OFS Brands recently named Ryan Menke Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, succeeding Mike Wagner. Mr. Menke joined the family business eleven years ago starting working in the warehouse, learning the business from the floor up. Previously, he was the Sr. VP of Supply Chain, overseeing the planning, purchasing and seating manufacturing divisions, Caroline Healthcare, as well as the group’s transportation subsidiary, Styline Logistics.
11.11.13 | Despite its improbable title, this recently concluded workplace design competition was a design competition we can all really like. Sponsored by Business Interiors by Staples and Metropolis magazine, How We Will Work In 2020 proved that workplace design competitions can be instructive, speaking the language of designers and clients alike. The net result of this competition was a nice articulation of concepts that designers think will improve the workplace, and represents a clear break from the primarily visual presentations that we now have.
11.11.13 | Herman Miller introduced its Living Office concept and initial portfolio just before NeoCon 2013 (See officeinsight 6.7.13, Brian Walker and Herman Miller: Most Excellent As They Introduce The Living Office, http://www.officeinsight.com/1864), representing the company’s “most ambitious rethinking of the office since the Action Office in 1968.” While the company’s initial portfolio of products was quite impressive, an important feature of the new office concept is the integration of all of the company’s products in this re-thinking of the office landscape.
11.4.13 | Gary Miciunas, NELSON’s Principal of Advisory Services, discusses how to align project design strategies with the priorities of the C-Suite, the top two of which presently are: Human Capital and Operational Excellence. Mr. Miciunas also identifies three critical junctures that occur in a broader business context that help explain the benefits of proposed physical changes: Enterprise Transformation, Cross-Functional Collaboration, and Individual Transition.
11.4.13 | We all recognize the necessity of continually expanding the scope of our understanding of our world. This is especially true for those upon whom we rely to create new environments for us. Deborah Patton’s annual Applied Brilliance event gives us a peek beyond horizons that we don’t even expect are there. Every year Teknion sponsors a group of young designers, exposing them to the world of Applied Brilliance. Here is a sampling of their impressions.