officeinsight Articles on Events
1.31.11 | The 32nd Annual Interiors Awards was an inspiring and informative event that offered several glimpses into the future of the profession and provided an accurate read for the state of the design industry. Hopefully many left this event in a forward-looking mood about what the rest of 2011 holds. What a great way to start the design year.
1.24.11 | Susanne Swift found a way to do well by doing good, in this case moving forward on the sustainability front and helping design education through her Save A Sample! program. Design firms and dealerships work together to salvage product and material samples no longer needed and bring them to design schools for student project use. Her scholarship program provides some of the connective tissue to hold everything together. Now advancing to the next level and expanding to three cities, Ms. Swift is looking for national and local sponsors to work with her, participating design firms and design schools and dealerships.
1.17.11 | Sustainability conversations are the pain quotidian of many who work in the interiors business, but rarely do we look at the subject’s core concern: Will life continue to exist as we know it? Teknion sponsored an Applied Brilliance follow-up debate between bio-ethicist Dr. Gregory Stock and Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman. The upshot: Most likely the human race will avoid extinction by blundering its way forward through self-centered technological achievements. At best, it remains up in the air as to whether humans will ever be able to rise above immediate comforts for the sake of a future goal, such as saving the planet as an environment as we now know it.
1.17.11 | As the year progressed, office furniture manufacturers saw improvements in their financial results. Quarterly reports increasingly showed year-over-year percentage increases in sales and income instead of negative numbers. We are in the midst of a genuine recovery in demand," commented Knoll CEO Andrew Cogan in October. Herman Miller CEO Brian Walker in December reported improved order entry "across virtually every area of our business."
1.10.11 | The IIDA Sustainable Design Forum Quilt Auction. Now in its third year, the idea originated with industry veterans Abigail French and Daniel Tillman transporting a time-honored practice of communal collaboration and creativity that gained popularity in rural communities and bringing it to the big city; the added twist was to encourage interior designers to save fabric memo samples from the landfill and use them to create the beautiful images displayed on their quilts.
1.10.11 | Each community is defined by its shared thoughts, actions and intentions. One of the best examples of this type of community collaboration by the interiors community is the annual We Care, an event sponsored by Herman Miller/Geiger at the Children’s Aid Society in Harlem. Now in its fourteenth consecutive year, We Care delivers seasonal cheer to over 3,500 deserving children in twenty-six cities across the U.S. and Canada. In other cities, We Care works closely with The Boys & Girls Clubs of America for the local events.
12.13.10 | Mark Strauss, publisher of Interior Design magazine explained, “We all lead proletariat lives and everybody has parts of our jobs that we like and parts that we don’t. The purpose of the Hall of Fame is really to elevate and celebrate design. No interior designers were inducted this year. The BoY Awards are about achievement in a year for single aspects, products and projects. Shaw Contract’s 18x36 modular tile was the only product that was also a Best of NeoCon winner.
12.13.10 | Eileen Jones, Perkins + Will/Eva Maddox Branded Environments, presented the last of this series: How design supports corporate culture, brand development and evolution. More companies are discussing brand and identity at the beginning of a project, rather than treating these as something that is applied as surface dressing at the end.
12.13.10 | Carrier Heating and Cooling, the first company to join USGBC and build a LEED certified factory, sponsored the International Forum. The day of panel discussions, presentations, breakout sessions, and networking drew an audience from over 40 countries, creating opportunities to exchange experiences, thoughts, concerns, and dreams.
12.13.10 | Culver City based Wolcott Architecture Interiors, a 35 year old interior design and architecture firm catering primarily to the commercial segment, shows why the Southern California architecture and design business is bouncing back. Many of Southern California’s Design community leaders are optimistic that the market has bottomed and economic rebound is well underway.