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9.2.12 | Incremental tweaks have moved IIDEX Canada, as it is now called, steadily from its origins as a contract furniture show. For 2012, however, as the MMPI connection is severed (Informa plc acquired Merchandise Mart Properties Inc. Canada, a division of Vornado’s Merchandise Mart Properties Inc.), IIDEX planners went further and did a fundamental rethink of this year’s Toronto event – Sept. 20 and 21 – as a more comprehensive built-environment presentation. To judge from the show floor map, exhibitors are delighted, although not so much in the contract furniture area (somewhat peculiar, since the future seems to be tied to a more holistic understanding of the built environment). The new more tightly packed floor surely will help build the daily buzz.
8.27.12 | It’s new, IIDEX Canada; no more NeoCon Canada, but the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC ) has joined the force, bringing a welcome punch and perspective to what was once a Canadian interior design and contract furniture event; Ontario Association of Landscape Architects will also participate. That’s a watershed worth supporting, but sadly, most of the prominent North American contract furniture manufacturers are taking a pass. Maybe they’ll return if the event can establish its merit and a new bona fides.
The show is now a production of IDC, which has take over from sponsor ARIDO. With the design community putting its heart and soul into this new event, it is no time for the contract manufacturers to bail. Rather, they should take another look to see if they can work with the designers to do some show innovation.
8.20.12 | METROCON Expo and Conference in Dallas, TX is an extraordinary cooperative effort among the sponsoring organizations and their volunteer members: ASID Texas Chapter and IIDA Texas/Oklahoma Chapter. In its tenth edition, METROCON is now an established local tradition and is fast becoming one of the favorite small trade shows of its participants, national organizations acting through their local members and representatives, so much so that the exhibitor booth spaces for METROCON12 were sold out a week before NeoCon WTF. Event profits are split evenly between the sponsors to fund scholarships and other charitable activities.
8.13.12 | The Shaw Contract Group "Design Is...” Award program honors architecture and design firms that are changing the idea of what design is. The winning projects are selected from commercial spaces around the globe as illustrations of how design is redefining the way we work, play and organize our lives. All in all, we have an awards program the presentation of which begins to do justice to the effort and achievement of the winning projects and the judging process. Five winners were selected from 285 entries from 19 countries.
7.30.12 | There are few things as instructive as getting a look at oneself through someone else’s mind, the so-called visitor-from-Mars perspective. Lauren Saab, a senior interior design student and summer intern at Desks, Inc., a Chicago Knoll dealership, gives us a glimpse of her thoughts about NeoCon 2012.
7.30.12 | Last week, Peter Carey gave his products-eye-view of First Look event for 2012. This week, we provide some additional thoughts on this NYC showcase for the small and medium sized contract furniture manufacturers housed in the New York Design Center. As the industry drifts away from total systems domination in workplace design, these manufacturers are playing an increasing role in furnishing the spaces-in-between.
7.23.12 | First Look at the New York Design Center is just as important for design professionals as NeoCon. It may not have all of the pomp and circumstance, but the setting of the NYDC is significantly more practical and manageable. The new introductions presented at First Look are a bellwether for how interiors are shaped in New York, the largest American market for contract products. And, of course, if the largest contract furniture manufacturers hog much of the limelight at NeoCon, the invaluable and important – and sometimes the most innovative – are front and center at First Look.
7.23.12 | NeoCon 2012 had several jewels embedded into the carnival and cornucopia of people, products and educational events. One thing that has arisen to the top is that some A&D firms are doing research and data collection that begins to give a much clearer picture of the evolving workplace, something especially needed amidst the fog of marketing hype, half-baked notions and ideas primarily of historical interest. Gensler is one such firm. This year’s informative seminar was from the folks at Gensler Houston, Dean Strombom, who has been generous with his time, talent and experience for NeoCon crowds, and Sven Govaars. Their seminar was entitled You’re not listening. I need an office.
7.15.12 | I relate some impressionistic fragments of this year’s WTF before moving back into our non-NeoCon mode, leaving only the agreeable task of sifting through some of the thoughts emanating from seminars I attended and the annual Teknion panel. Herein we speak of some showrooms, some noteworthy seating, just a little on benching/tables, and textiles.
7.15.12 | Have you thought about our troops lately, you know, those men and women who bear day-to-day hardships that most of us can’t bear to think about (what air conditioning?), let alone risk losing limbs, life and sanity? Office Furniture Partnership, a NJ Kimball Select dealership keeps them in mind with its annual Hugs From Home.