officeinsight Articles on Events
11.17.14 | Why are companies investing in ways to measure how happy employees are – and how to make them happier? How do work environments contribute to attracting, cultivating and keeping employees happy? The relationship between happiness and workplace design is a slippery, but critical task that the workplace interiors industry must embrace. Gensler duo Sven Govaars and Dean Strombom took on the challenge, presenting their “Happiness by Design” research this year at NeoCon and NeoCon East.
11.3.14 | After traveling to Cologne, Germany to attend Orgatec last week, officeinsight Publisher Bob Beck shares his thoughts on the year’s the most important European office furniture trade show. Mr. Beck examines the show layout, new products that peaked his interest, and the occurance of reverse-trending across the Atlantic.
11.3.14 | While NeoCon East 2013 pulled in a notably smaller crowd due to that year’s government shutdown and subsequent absence of GSA participation, NeoCon East 2014 was busy with business and back in action! 200+ exhibitors, 40+ seminars, two keynotes and good mix of special presentations and events provided a decidedly balanced dose of quality trade show fare, held in Baltimore, MD, at the Baltimore Convention Center. recurring theme of creating products and interiors that help humans own their spaces.
11.3.14 | The transition to autumn occurs in tandem with an A&D event calendar jam-packed with Halloween themed parties and networking events, as well as standard industry business affairs (NeoCon East 2014 and Orgatec, among them). In keeping with the costuming of so many events this time of year, the IIDANE Fashion Show 2014, an annual charity event put on by the New England Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA New England), took the concept of disguise to the next level with its "Adaptation" theme.
11.3.14 | With a “Designer cool or Voodoo ghoul” dress code, how could Global A&D Portfolio’s annual autumn soiree, held two days before Halloween at the swanky Gardiner Museum, have been anything but a spook-tacular success? Le tout Toronto, among the design community, was there, it seemed. Partygoers were treated to sugar-skull face painting, spooky scene-setting, and the announcement of the winners of a pumpkin-carving competition open to all A&D firms in the area.
10.27.14 | It’s commonplace for IIDEX’s organizers to say that the next installment will be bigger and better. But this time, it’s really true. IIDEXCanada will co-locate this year on December 3-5 with Construct Canada and seven related events – PM Expo, DesignTrends, HomeBuilder & Renovator Expo, Concrete Canada, The Toronto Real Estate Forum, Construct International, and National GreenBuilding Conference – to create the Buildings Show. The new umbrella brand is billed as North America’s largest annual exposition, networking and educational event focusing on the design, construction and management of real estate.
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!
10.6.14 | NeoCon East is definitely the most important industry trade-show for the mid-Atlantic Region and possibly for the entire east coast. This year, it will be held on October 29 – 30 at the Baltimore Convention Center as usual. If you have yet to decide whether or not to attend, we hope this article will help. Officeinsight Publisher Bob Beck chats with Julie Amato-Kohl, VP of NeoCon Exhibitor Sales, to get the straight scoop.
9.15.14 | Like it or not, much of commercial interior design today is about predicting the future. As the speed of business increases, blurred lines are inevitable, and one would think that open-ended programs would make a commercial interior designer’s job easier, but the opposite is more often true. Over the summer, Allsteel joined forces with the website Architizer to host panel discussions in markets throughout the country that address how design can embrace the space requirements of the future in a relevant and meaningful way. Officeinsight contributor Peter Carey reports on the New York panel discussion.
8.25.14 | Although it was not billed as the “Keynote” address of Metrocon14 in Dallas, the “Outlook and State of the Industry” presentation by ASID President & CEO Randy Fiser was an excellent high-level overview of the state of the industry in the context of the current economic climate. Officeinsight Editor-in-Chief Bob Beck shares the most significant information from the address.