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01.18.10| It was neither the best of times nor the worst of times. While we in the U.S. continue, generally, our charmed lives, there were events and circumstances in the interiors industries to bemoan and many that brought joy and hope. The economy finally struck us with full force, and by the end of November, contract furniture orders were $620 million for the month, with estimated trailing 12-month orders at $7.77 billion, down 30.2% year-over-year. November shipments were $640 million, with trailing 12-month shipments estimated at $8.025 billion, a 28.9% year-over-year decrease -- "the worst drop we have on record," said Raymond James analyst Budd Bugatch. Still, every drastic shift brings the prospect of an inflection point, and we look forward to seeing what we have learn from 2009. Here are a few of the salient developments covered last year by officeinsight.
12.14.09 | Tout le Toronto A&D monde convened at the Four Seasons Hotel’s Regency Ballroom on Dec. 4th for the ARIDO/IIDA Leaders Breakfast. They came to be entertained, enlightened and guilt-tripped by keynote speaker Edward Burtynsky. Described as a photographic activist, he shoots the “after” versions of awe-inspiring, Sierra Club-like vistas after they’ve been ravaged by industry.
12.14.09 | The second annual IIDA NY Chapter Sustainable Design Forum Quilt Auction was held in the Haworth showroom last Wednesday. Haworth's LEED Gold certified showroom showcased eleven large scale quilts all designed and hand sewn by design firm teams and members of the A&D community. The sold-out event was a silent auction to benefit LMNOP, an A&D professional development and support group that was formed earlier this year.
2.07.09 | These are tough times, and there’s no doubt the industry takes comfort in observing certain routines and rituals. Among the highlights of the year for A&D folksalong with Contract’s Interiors Awards Breakfast and the various NeoConsis the annual trek to New York for the Interior Design magazine Hall of Fame Awards ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria. For New Yorkers in the industry, the arrival of their A&D peers from all over the country and beyond marks the beginning of the holiday season as surely as the lighting of the tree at Rockefeller Center.
12.07.09| The holidays are all about giving and there’s no better gift than giving back to the community by helping those who are less fortunate. On December 4, some of New York’s top architectural and design talent gathered at The Children’s Aid Society’s Dunlevy Milbank Center in Harlem for a heart-warming holiday traditionmaking crafts with children who may not otherwise have gifts for their families.
11.23.09 | Teknion is a class act, and fun to boot. Long before others in the industry began focusing on bringing a great experience to the customer and the A&D community, to say nothing of your humble trade press, the relative new comer to the contract furniture industry, Teknion was spot on, right from its very humble beginnings.
11.16.09 | This is the second installment of the annual State of the Industry Panel that was held at NeoCon East 2009. In addition to the remainder of the panel discussion, this installment contains some of the ending Q&A exchange. We apologize that some of the speakers are not identified, but we couldn’t chance incorrect attribution where the speaker’s identity was unclear.
11.16.09 | Herman Miller's subsidiary, Convia, continues to astonish. A few weeks ago we focused on the product and its range of abilities, but when we visited the exhibit floor at Greenbuild we were amazed at the impact it has made on other manufacturers who are clamoring to bring products on board that interface with Convia's platform. Convia was also named by the editors of Environmental Building News and GreenSpec as a BuildingGreen Top-10 Product for 2009.
11.16.09 | This past week Phoenix welcomed the attendees of Greenbuild 2009 with her usual warmth and near constant sunshine. During the opening statements and keynote addresses on November 11, the mayor of Phoenix, Phil Gordon, announced the kick-off of a remarkable pilot program that has been made possible by a consortium composed of a solar technology provider (Solar City), the regional power company (Arizona Power Supply) and a local bank (Arizona Federal).
11.9.09 | The annual State of the Industry Panel at NeoCon East is something we always look forward to. A year ago, the economic problems were surfacing, but the impact on the design industry was still modest. Indeed, some of the firms represented in the panel had felt little if any effects, particularly on the interior design side. This year, every one seems to be quite at sea, all in a rather small and fragile dinghy in a quite large sea of trouble.