officeinsight Articles on Events
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.
10.28.13 | The pre-event buzz was whether attendance at NeoCon East would suffer from the government shutdown. It seemed logical that it would given the importance many of the exhibitors attach to the presence of the GSA specifiers and buyers at the show; on the other hand, with nothing better to do … . I’ve even heard some in the “exhibitors” category refer to NeoCon East as “a GSA Show.”
10.21.13 | It’s been a long wait, but the company has come up with an amazing catch, hiring and appointing Mike Wagner to the position of Vice President, General Manager for Kimball Office. Mr. Wagner will assume responsibility for the entire Kimball Office organization. He is just the kind of visionary and veteran contract furniture executive that Kimball Office needs for its breakthrough.
10.21.13 | To call the space a showroom, implying a static display of attractive office furniture, doesn’t do justice to the more ambitious mandate implied in the name of the space: WorkLife Toronto. The Steelcase launch-party invitation describes this as a place that “brings technology and the future of the workplace to the forefront with its expansive digital and virtual experiences.”
10.21.13 | Configura opened its sold-out sixth annual CET Designer User Conference, Oct. 9-10, dancing to Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” – with far less provocative lyrics and, well, choreography – but the song proved prophetic. At many dealerships, the work of the interior designer is merging with that of the salesperson.
10.14.13 | Jim Keane, the “odds-on favorite” to succeed Jim Hackett, was named CEO of Steelcase just twelve weeks after Mr. Hackett announced his retirement. Keane will assume his new position on the date of that retirement, February 28, 2014.
10.14.13 | Marion Weiss, co-founder of Weiss/Manfredi, a New York-based design firm that focuses equally on architecture, landscape and urbanism, spoke to a group of design professionals regarding her firm’s special process of bringing exterior qualities into an interior.