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1.27.14 | Despite frigid temperatures there were 600 people in attendance at the architecturally stunning dining room at Cipriani on 42nd Street. Resplendent mosaic floors and dramatically lit coffered ceilings set the perfect backdrop for the Contract Interiors Awards breakfast ceremony whose theme was the Power of Place. Bravo to Mr. Czarnecki, Contract magazine and the jurors for giving the competition winners their due and the attending and reading audiences an education.
1.20.14 | Gensler’s Los Angeles office and CBRE’s Workplace 360 team collaborated to create a completely untethered office for the new CBRE headquarters in Los Angeles. In the process they achieved WELL certification, a new standard focusing on issues of employee health by addressing the workplace impacts of air, water, light and nutrition.
1.13.14 | After conferring the Gold Medal, their highest honor, on 72 men since originating it in 1907, the AIA is awarding it to Julia Morgan. Undoubtedly an exceptional architect, Morgan defied staggering obstacles to design something like 700 buildings from 1904 to 1951.
1.13.14 | What kind of year was 2013? Not too bad, considering the amount of continuing uncertainty, led by the decision-making – or lack thereof – at the Federal level. One positive marker is that workplace interiors designers have given us great reason to expect better and more productive workplaces. The salient theme of the best workplace design now centers around the effective use of space, rather than being anchored to the idea of the efficient use of space.
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12.16.13 | In the fourth installment of this series on the Teknion Metrocon 2013 panel, the posed question to Joan Blumenfeld, Global Head of Interior Design at Perkins + Will, was, “Is sitting the new smoking? How are we designing for well-being today? Ms. Blumenfeld, well-known for her work in Active Design and her dry sense of humor, responded, ”I should stand up.” Well-being, including Active design is coming to the fore, a new era in workplace design. “One of the big things that has changed,” she said, “is the interest in the topics of well-being and active design. Not too long ago the reaction to this type of presentation was, ‘Huh?’ Now, it’s ‘Please tell me what this is about.’”
12.16.13 | After the first four presentation by the Teknion Metrocon 2013 Panel, Jo Staffelbach Heinz was asked to sum it up. Her one-word focal point was “balance.” The many elements that are now often discussed – work zones, collaboration, free addressing, well-being, change management, etc. – provide for a common core of knowledge for workplace creation, but these elements must be arranged to take into account individual differences and organizational culture, knowledge and behavior. To do this, designers need to formulate an overarching workplace strategy for the client in question in order to integrate in a way appropriate for that client, all of the essential elements of good workplace design.
12.9.13 | In part 3 of our report on the Teknion Metrocon Panel this year, Nila Lieserowitz gave a few finding from the 2013 Gensler Workplace Survey Report. Among other things, many factors compromise the ability to work effectively, primarily distractions. And as we have learned, an effective workplace must balance focus and collaborative areas, according to the requirements of individual clients. Above all, effective workplaces give workers many choices in where and how they work.
12.9.13 | The Waldorf Astoria was festively resplendent, as one might expect as approximately 1,700 industry veterans and the newbies alike gathered last week to celebrate together and to honor this year’s inductees into the Interior Design Hall of Fame. In her welcoming speech the effervescent Cindy Allen invited attendees to “come see where design resides”.
12.2.13 | Teknion’s Metrocon panel covered such topics as space usage, technology effects, well-being and various types of collaboration in the workplace. The panelists were: John Campbell, Francis Cauffman (Philadelphia), Heidi Painchaud, B+H Architects (Toronto), Nila Leiserowitz, Gensler (Chicago), Joan Blumenfeld, Perkins + Will (New York City), Jo Stafflebach Heinz, Staffelbach (Dallas). This is the second installment of a series, which addresses how is technology impacting work today.
12.2.13 | Teknion LLC opened its renovated 22,000-sq.-ft New York City showroom, which now features products from the new Teknion Studio, Teknion Textiles and B&B Italia Project Collection. “The introduction of these new product groups led us to rethink the way we design our showrooms,” said Maxine Mann, President of Teknion’s U.S. operations. “By showing these new products in the context of the whole Teknion portfolio, their value becomes as apparent as their beauty.