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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.
3.11.14 | Geiger International, now part of Herman Miller’s Specialty and Consumer segment, is doing well, and last week celebrated the 50th anniversary of its founding. Steve Gane, current Geiger President and Sr VP of the Specialty and Consumer segment, hosted a VIP, A&D cocktail party at Craft in New York City. Craig Bassam and Scott Fellows of BassamFellows relaunched their Clamshell Chair, and Geiger relaunched several of Ward Bennett’s original designs.
3.11.14 | Ruth Lynford is one of the interior design profession’s most ardent advocates. There are not enough of her type; her passion for the profession goes far beyond her own work and clients. One of her projects is the New York 11+ Annual Student Exhibition. This project has as one of its main objectives the demonstration to NY State legislators of the real reach and import of the interior design profession. This, among other things, supports Ms. Lynford’s work on state legislative matters pertaining to the profession.
3.3.14 | One of the endearing things about interior design professionals is their penchant for contributing their creative talents in support of charitable event. Recently, the IIDA NY Chapter’s 6th Annual Sustainable Quilt Auction was helod to benefit the Fiver Children’s Foundation. A collection of nine quilts featuring themes ranging from New York City culture and geography to the contemporary art world and pop culture were auctioned to raise funds for the foundation.
2.24.14 | In part 2 of the presentation and panel discussion about the Gensler Workplace Survey 2013 that took place in Genler’s Chicago office late last year, we publish comments of the panel to the findings of the latest survey. The panelists. offering the perspective of their respective disciplines, were Kimberly Scott, professor or organizational behavior, Ben Jacobson, a behavioral scientist and cultural anthropologist with a business consutancy, and Sven Govaars, a workplace strategist at Gensler. Some very conclusions were drawn, including:
- it comes down to establishing an organizational culture that supports trust and openness and to the important role of leadership
- leadership must have a clear sense of the purpose and the strategy of the organization, the role of the workplace design, and the behaviors and the activities that are encouraged by that design
- we have to look at each sector, and understand each organization, to listen very carefully and help them work through what we call being in-solution and transition on a continuous basis
2.24.14 | This year the China International Furniture Fair runs from 28th March to 1st April and will be held at the China Import and Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou. Over 900 exhibitors will be fill 2 million sq.ft. of some of the most modern and architecturally exciting exhibition space in the world. Exhibitors participating in CIFF-Office Show 2014 will be presenting products of the highest quality: more and more Asian manufacturers of office furniture are investing in patenting their products and creating technological solutions, obtaining environmental certification and working with leading international professionals.
2.17.14 | At the end of 2013, Gensler presented the firm’s findings for the Workplace Survey (WPS) for 2013. In this Part 1, we will publish Cindy Coleman’s presentation of the survey’s three key findings. Next week, we will publish the comments of the three panelists – Kimberly Scott (Prof. Northwestern), Ben Jacobson (behavioral scientist), and Sven Govaars (Gensler workplace strategist) – who were asked to look at the findings and the workplace from from their individual perspectives on the central topic of human capital.
2.17.14 | Chuck Saylor, founder and firm visionary of izzy+, will retire in June. The company named his successor as CEO and president, Kevin Kuske. Mr. Kuske formerly led Steelcase’s Turnstone division. “The izzy+ brand,” said Mr. Kuske, “is aggressively exploring and promoting health and wellbeing in the workplace, once again in the vanguard. Following Chuck Saylor’s visionary path, we intend to continue to be pioneering and come up with innovative, beautiful products and smart solutions for even more customers.”