officeinsight Articles on Events
3.4.12 | IIDEX/NeoCon Canada, Canada’s largest design expo and conference, is developing a personality and purpose that makes it distinctly different from any other design show in North America. It intends to explore and exploit what should exist, but is too often missing, in our built environment: the natural synergy between architecture and interior design. A press conference hosted by Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) and Architecture Canada-Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) indicates that, in Canada, architects don’t just respect interior designers, they’re courting them.
2.27.12 | Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames, and Edgar Kaufmann, Jr. founded the GOOD DESIGN program now administered by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. The GOOD DESIGN Awards bestow international recognition upon the world's most prominent designers and manufacturers for advancing new, visionary, and innovative product concepts, invention and originality, and for stretching the envelope beyond what is considered ordinary product and consumer design. We present a selection of the 2011 GOOD DESIGN AWARDS.
2.27.12 | The International Interior Design Association, New York chapter’s yearly program is a stunning and energizing array of educational, charitable and fund-raising events driven by the talents, curiosity and charitable-inclinations of the the IIDA-NY community. One of its new events – apparently picking up a previous endeavor of ACT - is the annual Quilt Auction. This year’s event, held at the Haworth showroom, produced some striking quilts and raised over $7,000.00 for Fiver Children’s Foundation.
2.20.12 | Last Thursday, contract furniture manufacturer, Allsteel, officially opened its New York Resource Center, committing extra space to more completely portray its furniture solutions for the complex and unpredictable urban workplace interiors of New York. “We believe that it will help clients make major decisions by being able to better relate our products and product vignettes to their individual design projects,” said Allsteel’s Katie Duffy.
2.13.12 | Steelcase and its shining jewel for industry and public relations in New York City, Jeannie Bochette, have followed the example of National Office Furniture and Bob Rigby of Office Furniture Partnership, bringing a badly needed element of civitas back into our daily lives through the recognition of those very few Americans who fight our wars. Last Thursday, Ms. Bochette and Steelcase NYC hosted Interior Designers For Legislation in New York to create Valentines For Our Troops.
2.13.12 | If students can study online, do they need a physical campus? If workers can access information from home, do they need an office? One thing is for sure, if knowledge-building can take place anywhere and at anytime, new opportunities open for how people conceive of and utilize physical space. Under these changed circumstances, the importance of human interaction is becoming a central concern in assessing the need to build campuses and offices.
2.6.12 | The BIFMA Leadership Conference in Houston on January 25th and 26th was the best yet. An example of the excellent presentations was that of Ken Schmidt, who was instrumental in bring Harley Davidson from the brink of bankruptcy back to its present successful position. His lessons are applicable to contract furniture manufacturers and A&D firms alike.
1.30.12 | As an industry tradition, Contract magazine’s Interiors Breakfast has become a valuable barometer for what we can expect the rest of the year to hold for the A&D industry. This year, being the public debut of Contract’s new Editor-in-Chief John Czarnecki, many among the audience looked forward to Mr. Czarnecki’s stamp upon the event following the many successful years of his predecessor, Jennifer Busch, currently Vice President of A&D Market Development for InterfaceFLOR.
1.30.12 | Attendance at this year’s BIFMA Leadership Conference was up about 30% over last year. Part of the jump in registration is probably due to the fact that the industry grew about 14% in 2011, so times are pretty good. But I think the growth in attendance is mainly due to the very high quality of the conference over the last few years.
1.16.12 | It was a good year, right? Perhaps not a great year, as we in this industry have known it, but, sequentially, quite a good year for the those creating interior environments. Employment, one of the key drivers in the interiors economy, has been spotty, yet pent up demand and the every-changing workplace has cut the purse strings, freeing some of the stored profits of major corporations, all to our benefit. Organizations are even more focused on productivity and related efficiencies, causing workplace redesign and furnishing as they pursue more effective use of their real estate, having lived through the second traumatic recession in a decade. At the same time, the scattered rays of economic sunlight have turned organizational minds toward staffing needs and the twin demands of retention and recruitment.
So, for many it was back to making hay, putting aside the difficult tasks of redesigning their business to correct the shortcomings that are so easily swept beneath the carpet during the good times.
Here is a glancing overview of the events that we covered last year.