officeinsight Articles on Events
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.
8.18.14 | It’s August in Dallas, and for the design community here that means Metrocon and the opportunity to nail down more CEU credits than imaginable in any other two-day period. While most trade shows are run by full-time professionals whose business is trade shows, Metrocon is run by the members of ASID and IIDA, including a lot of participation by local “Industry Partner” members. officeinsight scopes out the event, full of CEU seminars, new products on display and, of course, networking.
8.11.14 | Attaining a compensation package commensurate to an individual’s worth within our industry is crucial, both to that individual and to the industry’s perceived worth as a whole. However, negotiating compensation is often difficult to maneuver, particularly for people who are just joining the workforce or others who have had a long tenure at one company. Officeinsight contributor Jeanette Rodriguez reviews the July 15 accredited IDCEC “What Is My Worth?” workshop, sponsored by a collaboration between Leadership Mentoring Networking Opportunities for the A+D Profession (LMNOP) and IIDA NY, at the Henricksen Showroom in New York City.
8.11.14 | A few weeks ago, contract dealer Waldner’s Business Environments celebrated the triumphant victory of keeping its doors open for 75 years, a feat well worth a good dose of self-reflection. Founded in 1939 by Daniel Waldner, the company is in its third generation of family ownership and is certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Steelcase, for which Waldner’s is an authorized dealer, hosted the celebration at its 4 Columbus Circle Steelcase Worklife Center overlooking Central Park.
7.28.14 | In its 10th anniversary year, First Look has become an institution in the swirl of A&D events on many New Yorker’s calendar. And while the prevalence of Gatsby-esque parties has gained traction again since the Great Recession, First Look continues to give A&D community members and end users an event with some serious meat on its bones. It is work hard, play hard at its finest.
7.21.14 | In the third installment of a three-part series, Robert Allen, architect, interior design professor and furniture designer, reviews four final products that debuted at NeoCon 2014 which he considers superior: Freedman Chair by Simon Freedman, Nessel by Geiger, Mitt by Bernhardt Design, and CP 1 and CP 2 Bench and Ottoman Collection by Bernhardt Design. Mr. Allen often reviews products that fall outside the larger, well-publicized product launches and we think his observations expand our understanding of both the products he reviews and of the processes and considerations of product design in general.
7.14.14 | In the second installment of a three-part series, Robert Allen, architect, interior design professor and furniture designer, reviews four products that debuted at NeoCon 2014 which he considers superior: Connected by LightArt/3 Form, Zeroquindici.015 by Diemmebi, Molo benchwall+thinwall by Molo, and Agora Conference and Collaboration by Rouillard. Mr. Allen’s observations, found in officeinsight’s product design section, expand our understanding of both the products he reviews and of the processes and considerations of product design in general.
7.14.14 | For many design professionals, NeoCon is a meeting of the minds, taking place amidst thoughtfully curated seminars spanning the show. Officeinsight contributor Peter Carey attended a panel discussion, Shattering the Glass Ceiling in Architecture: One Firm’s Quest for Gender Equality in the Workplace, consisting of panelists who were all from the Baltimore, MD, office of design and planning firm Ayers Saint Gross (ASG). The discussion revolved around gender imbalances that exist in the architecture and design industry and the effective solutions ASG are implementing.
7.7.14 | The occasion of NeoCon brings more members of BIFMA to the same place at the same time than any other event of the year, so the tradition of having the BIFMA Annual Membership Meeting at breakfast on the last day of NeoCon makes perfect sense. officeinsight recounts the meat of this year’s meeting, including a “State of the Association” address by BIFMA Executive Director Tom Reardon discussing its levelR sustainability standard, new initiatives regarding statistical reporting, and the results of its recent collaborative research with IIDA on the relationship between workplace design and worker productivity.