officeinsight Articles on Events
10.5.15 | For one week ONE Workplace in Silicon Valley hosted an event designed to re-ignite the importance of collaboration – when shaken and stirred with artists and thought leaders from around the world: ONEder. The event was conceived by Mark Anderson, industrial designer by trade and graphic designer best known for his work with Apple, and Julie Jarvis, executive vice president of ONE Workplace. The idea was to gather stimulating people and innovative products in an environment that was not a furniture show, but more an atmosphere of surprise and delight, to share stories and inspire designers and end users.
9.21.15 | So much of China is on an enormous scale, including of course the exhibition centres. CIFF – the China International Furniture Fair – is a show held in two parts. At the end of March in Guangzhou and this September, for the first time, in Shanghai at the new, vast, Foster designed National Exhibition and Convention Center (NECC) which at 1.47 sq. m., is claimed to be the largest single block building and exhibition complex in the world. Officeinsight contributor John Sacks provides a review of the exhibition, major exhibitors attending, and trends at the show.
9.7.15 | This past week, officeinsight came across many notable news items from across the industry. Officeinsight Publisher Bob Beck shares his perspective on announcements about changes to NeoCon 2016 at the Merchandise Mart, the upcoming NeoCon East in Philadelphia, and news of recent legal action between prominent furniture manufacturers.
8.17.15 | This year, Metrocon kicked off with an outdoor block party in the Dallas Design District the night before the trade show’s official opening bell. While most shows are run by full-time professionals whose business is trade shows, Metrocon is run by the local members of ASID and IIDA, including a lot of participation by local “industry partner” members. If for no other reason than this high level of cooperation among members of the greater “design communities” involved, Metrocon would be a worthwhile event. Officeinsight Publisher Bob Beck offers his thoughts on the show, including potential improvements to its schedule that would allow suppliers to have a better experience in the future.
8.10.15 | NeoCon 2015 played host to the debut of a fifth seminar by the inspiring Gensler duo Sven Govaars and Dean Strombom, titled Vuja De: Disruptive Workplace. This new chapter addresses the concept of a disruptive workplace, or one that empowers individuals to choose where, when and how they work by disrupting conventional thought of what the workplace is. New generations joining the workforce, the coworking movement, and a learning- and cloud-based way of working are presenting remarkable opportunities and challenges to the way we work. A proper change management strategy will help interior designers and their clients successfully maneuver these inevitable work environment changes.
7.27.15 | Many events that celebrate the design community, but one of our favorites simply embodies the design community in New York for one night. Occurring annually for 11 years now at the New York Design Center (NYDC) in Manhattan, First Look’s festive atmosphere and multitude of contract showrooms displaying new product inevitably draws comparisons to NeoCon, which takes place in Chicago a month earlier. While NeoCon is mostly democratic, where any manufacturer with enough gumption, a marketing budget and visions of success can participate, First Look is where the rubber meets the road. The largest concentration of design lifers in our industry come out to evaluate, discuss and scrutinize the latest product introductions.
7.6.15 | It is fascinating to witness the birth of a movement within an industry. Our last great one – sustainability in design projects – is still unfolding and will likely be less a movement than an intrinsic character of the built environment. Now emerging is the recurrent theme about the importance of authenticity and the many values emanating from the originality of design. Shortly before NeoCon, the Herman Miller NYC showroom hosted an IIDA NY Chapter and Be Original Americas panel discussing several perspectives on originality and authenticity in design.
7.6.15 | Once again members of BIFMA turned out in force for the annual membership meeting held at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza across Orleans Street from the Merchandise Mart. Speakers at the breakfast included BIFMA Executive Director Tom Reardon; interim President of the Board Dan Tuohy of Tuohy Furniture Corp.; Designer Pages President Chris Taylor; Chief Information Officer at ClearArc Capital Mitch Stapley; and VP of Leasing at Merchandise Mart Properties Byron Morton.
7.6.15 | NeoCon is a show bursting with tradition; many of us have traveled from company to company, crafting a career of rich experiences that often come to a point each June at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. And while we might make bounds and leaps between companies, the A&D and contract furniture industries have a storied history of retaining their members for the duration of their careers This year, we’re starting a new tradition at officeinsight honoring those who’ve made a habit of attending NeoCon for 30 years or more.
6.29.15 | As the dust from NeoCon 2015 settles, we at officeinsight are excited to continue a long-standing tradition of offering readers our “Delights of NeoCon.” For people who attended this year’s show in Chicago, we hope this issue reminds you of the things – products, parties, seminars and more – that made NeoCon 2015 special for you. And for our readers who were unable to attend, we hope to bring an insider’s peak into the things and people that caught our eye throughout the show. In addition to the many workplace furnishing debuts of note, one major highlight from the show this year was River Drive Park, a splendid new green space at the Merchandise Mart in the south drive-through.