officeinsight Articles on Events
11.8.11 | NeoCon East 2011, held last week (November 2-3), was once just another regional NeoCon, but is now a contract design focal event for the Mid-Atlantic A&D community and those dealing with the federal government. This was year nine for the event, which began in NYC and then moved by the Merchandise Mart to the Baltimore Convention Center in an astute play to help the show gain an identity and serve multiple purposes.
10.24.11 | NeoCon East, now in its ninth year, will feature more than 250 exhibitors, more than 35 CEU-accredited programs, and the opportunity to network with more than 7,500 industry professionals from both the federal government and public sectors. The show is now in its 9th year and during that time has firmly established itself as the premier design exposition and conference for the East Coast A&D community, with a special focus on showcasing products on the General Services Administration (GSA) schedule.
10.24.11 | What is design but a series of interrelated networks? For a people-focused industry like ours, one’s network is literally one’s lifeline. Like any other system of connections, a social network needs to be maintained and cultivated in order to continue to be relevant and vital to its respective community. Top on the list of mandatory events for design professionals in NYC looking to expand their network and renew old contacts is the IIDA Color Invasion, the tenth occasion of which was held last week.
A Study of the Haworth HQ Renovation, Bringing Science To The Interior Environment, Part II Before and After Design
10.24.11 | As an adjunct to discussing the findings of the Haworth study of its headquarters renovation, we publish a few before, during and after photos of the workspaces, images that correspond to the data collection periods of “before, during (at the Swing Space), and after (6 months and 1 year).” This will help put the findings – to be published next week – in context.
10.17.11 | Bringing Science To The Interior Environment
The Haworth headquarters renovation was completed in 2006, and, having received much favorable press, you would think it was time to move on. But Haworth had something else in mind: It decided to bring some science to play in examining the validity of what this industry – interior designers and contract furniture vendors alike – has been serving up as reasons for clients to invest in the work environment.
10.10.11 | A mark of good design, sustainable or otherwise, is that it benefits all people across society. This year at NeoCon WTF 2011, a panel moderated by Jennifer Busch, VP of A&D Market Development for InterfaceFLOR, addressed how socially responsible initiatives benefit design practices and how thinking in a socially responsible manner applies to the A&D community.
10.3.11 | Despite stormy weather, both meteorological and economic, attendance at IIDEX/NeoCon Canada 2011 – said to be Canada’s largest trade show for the built environment – held steady at 15,000 on Sept. 22 and 23 at the Direct Energy Centre at Toronto’s Exhibition Place. Indeed, one has to admire IIDEX’s adroitness in coping with a host of adverse conditions. “So,” said Tracy Bowie, VP, IIDEX/NeoCon Canada, “we worked with the committee at IDC to find ways to keep the show exciting, relevant and new, and in the process developed something unique.
9.19.11 | It's time to think IIDEX/NeoCon Canada, an increasingly important show whose 2011 version will be held Sep. 22-24 at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto, that most international of cities. In addition to product exhibits that you may not find elsewhere, there are some seminars that seem to be about as good as you will find anywhere. And, as always for the interior design community, there will be some scintillating architecture keynotes.
9.19.11 | Healthcare is hot, and that’s good because we will all need it, sooner or later. Moreover, its instructive, and presents many challenges to make form out of function. And so healthcare designers fall all over themselves when they find cryptons, solution dyed fabrics and carpets, antimicrobial and Nano-Tex finishes, non-VOC. paints, way-finding systems, patient room furniture, ADA light fixtures, headwalls, wall protection, cubicle curtains and all those marvelous products that help them create functional yet beautiful healing environments. Zooming in on NeoCon WTF 2011, manufacturers at the top of the list were Steelcase Nurture, Herman Miller for Healthcare, Nemschoff, Carolina, IOA and Krug, along with some of the healthcare introductions of other manufacturers such as Peter Pepper Products, Momentum, Tandus, and C.F. Stinson.
9.12.11 | International design work is emerging as a new normal. Whether firms have chosen to design projects out of the country to add to their bottom line or because that is simply where their clients are located, the method and process of working globally consists of an entirely different set of design and logistic challenges.