officeinsight Articles on Events
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.
3.17.14 | Oft-considered a basic foundational material and nothing more, concrete takes center stage in DOMITALIA’s URBAN accessory family, an integral part of its newest collection of products set to debut at the 2014 Milan Furniture Fair on April 8-13th. URBAN furnishing includes tables, coat racks, bookshelves and lamps. This line and other fresh designs were created by the Italian studio Radice Orlandini design studio.
3.11.14 | Kimball Office just announced that it has hired the cutting edge Studio O+A to redesign its Chicago showroom in time for NeoCon 2014. This is the first signal of the direction Kimball Office will take under Mike Wagner, its new General Manager. Led by Primo Orpilla and Verda Alexander, Contract magazine’s Designer of the Year 2011, Studio O+A, is responsible, in part, for articulating and developing the field of “democratic design,” with its emphasis on sustainability, accessibility and workplaces that are consistent with the culture of its clients.
3.11.14 | Haworth announced The Haworth Collection in 2011. In part, it comprises a collection of three renowned Italian furniture manufacturers – Poltrona Frau, Cappellini, and Cassina – all of whom are members of Haworth’s “global family.” The collection also includes high design products by many others. One question that arose in many minds about The Haworth Collection initiative was, “Well, fine. Haworth is playing catch-up in the aesthetics department, but does it have the dealer community positioned to sell this type of product?” CFI of Mountainside, NJ, has signaled that it is totally on-board.