officeinsight Articles on Events
2.2.15 | New York's Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum reopened in December 2014 after a renovation project that kept it closed for three years. As the only U.S. museum devoted to design of all periods from pre-history to the present, it is a precious resource. Now, it has 16,000 square feet of exhibition space, up from 10,000, all of it designed to current standards. Perhaps the most significant change for visitors is the extensive installation of interactive digital devices.
1.12.15 | As we kick off a new year at officeinsight, we take a look back at what all transpired throughout 2014. As it turns out, that’s a lot! Progressive concepts such as evidence based design and active design have become much more mainstream, and the idea of providing office workers with choices among workspace types is gaining momentum. Contract furniture companies also spearheaded a trend of expansion into the education, healthcare, and residential/consumer markets.
12.8.14 | Last Wednesday evening simultaneous events lit up Manhattan big time. The City of New York flipped the switch on the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center and Interior Design Magazine put on a glittering show in the Grand Ballroom of the storied Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Feasts and ritual celebrations build community and strengthen bonds among the members of the community, and the annual Interior Design Hall of Fame dinner is one such event.
12.8.14 | IIDEXCanada, to use the updated moniker of Canada’s largest design expo and conference, sported a new look and feel this year. It co-located with Construct Canada and seven related events to create the Buildings Show. The new umbrella brand is billed as North America’s largest annual exposition, networking and educational event focusing on the design, construction and management of real estate. The mega-show featured 1,600 exhibits and 350 seminars and demonstrations. Officeinsight correspondent David Lasker shares impressions of some of the more interesting booths.
11.24.14 | The Philadelphia Museum of Art opened a retrospective dedicated to the history of Swiss furniture company Vitra. Outside of the Vitra Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany, there has never been an exhibit encompassing the complete history of Vitra from the very beginning of its American roots on U.S. soil. The exhibition, on view from November 22, 2014 to April 26, 2015, includes some 120 works of furniture, design objects, publications and videos.
11.17.14 | Why are companies investing in ways to measure how happy employees are – and how to make them happier? How do work environments contribute to attracting, cultivating and keeping employees happy? The relationship between happiness and workplace design is a slippery, but critical task that the workplace interiors industry must embrace. Gensler duo Sven Govaars and Dean Strombom took on the challenge, presenting their “Happiness by Design” research this year at NeoCon and NeoCon East.
11.3.14 | After traveling to Cologne, Germany to attend Orgatec last week, officeinsight Publisher Bob Beck shares his thoughts on the year’s the most important European office furniture trade show. Mr. Beck examines the show layout, new products that peaked his interest, and the occurance of reverse-trending across the Atlantic.
11.3.14 | While NeoCon East 2013 pulled in a notably smaller crowd due to that year’s government shutdown and subsequent absence of GSA participation, NeoCon East 2014 was busy with business and back in action! 200+ exhibitors, 40+ seminars, two keynotes and good mix of special presentations and events provided a decidedly balanced dose of quality trade show fare, held in Baltimore, MD, at the Baltimore Convention Center. recurring theme of creating products and interiors that help humans own their spaces.
11.3.14 | The transition to autumn occurs in tandem with an A&D event calendar jam-packed with Halloween themed parties and networking events, as well as standard industry business affairs (NeoCon East 2014 and Orgatec, among them). In keeping with the costuming of so many events this time of year, the IIDANE Fashion Show 2014, an annual charity event put on by the New England Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA New England), took the concept of disguise to the next level with its "Adaptation" theme.
11.3.14 | With a “Designer cool or Voodoo ghoul” dress code, how could Global A&D Portfolio’s annual autumn soiree, held two days before Halloween at the swanky Gardiner Museum, have been anything but a spook-tacular success? Le tout Toronto, among the design community, was there, it seemed. Partygoers were treated to sugar-skull face painting, spooky scene-setting, and the announcement of the winners of a pumpkin-carving competition open to all A&D firms in the area.