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3.18.13 | Innovant continues its westward expansion. The company’s adjustable height benching line, which won Best of NeoCon 2012 Gold, will be center stage at the April opening of its new San Francisco showroom. The formal opening is scheduled for May 2013, and features a full display of Innovant’s latest benching, conference, and private office collections.
3.11.13 | What’s happening in Southern Indiana, where there are more contract furniture manufacturers than in Western Michigan. Tectonic shifts? Perhaps not, but certainly significant for the fairly small contract furniture industry. The events surrounding the recent the surprise retirement dinner in honor of long-time industry veteran Bill Rubino, the departing president and CEO of Jofco, and in particular the acquisition of Jofco by the Jasper Group, are but a case in point.
3.4.13 | Something very important happened in Houston, TX, last month, and it had a lot to do with energy but nothing to do with fossil fue. IFMA publicly endorsed the value of the work being done in the areas of workplace strategy and interior design. The organization officially opened its new headquarters and Service Center of Excellence with the intent that this facility will demonstrate the latest thinking in efficient use of space and cost effective, sustainable design.
3.4.13 | WorkSpaces, headquartered in Washington, D.C. with offices in New York and Baltimore, is said to have closed all offices. This was not the kind of news I was expecting at the beginning of 2013, which, in my opinion, was to be a year of the “new wave” of prosperity, assuming we could engender some form of politically productive governance at the federal level – good luck with that one. WorkSpaces was a major dealership for Inscape, which promptly issue a comfort statement for clients.
2.25.13 | Optimally, each design discipline will inform and inspire the others. Last week, Interior Design magazine and Flexform hosted a lively panel discussion that explored how and where two disciplines intersect. The panel included graphic designer Richard Poulin, James Polshek of Ennead Architects, and Joan Krevlin of BKSK Architects. The event was also a commemoration of Mr. Poulin’s third book, Graphic Design and Architecture: A 20th-Century History.
2.25.13 | For five years, the New York chapter of the IIDA has hosted an auction that encourages interior designers to channel their creativity after hours, as well as keep some material they use in their day job out of the landfill. The fifth annual Sustainable Quilt Auction was held on February 13th at the Open House Gallery in New York the silent auction proceeds going to Fiver Children’s Foundation. Not surprisingly, there was some extraordinary work on display.
2.25.13 | My retirement job will be to travel the Earth visiting furniture fairs and design events. That’s still in the future, but John Jacqua did the visitation to the Stockholm Furniture Fair and Northern Light Fair.
2.18.13 | If you, architects and designers included, have never been to a BIFMA Leadership Conference, it may be time to change your habits. This year’s conference was full of exciting new thinking as BIFMA has put behind it the more standard fare of a pastiche of various economic points of view. If you had never heard of Ray Kurzweil before, heads-up. After all, who entitles a presentation to a bunch of business people The Secret of Human Thought Revealed?
2.11.13 | As NeoCon moves toward its 45 year, Mark Falanga, president and CEO, announced he is moving on, thus marking the end of the Kennedy Merchandise Mart era. The Kennedy family sold the Mart to Vornado in 1998, and Chris Kennedy left in July 2011. Now, the transition is complete, leaving Myron Maurer to man the ship as this fortress of a building continues to navigate some interesting economic tides.
2.4.13 | The annual BIFMA Leadership Conference has become a delight and one of the highlights of the “Industry Year.” The conference has evolved and is now much more like the typical TEDx Conference; this year the conference theme was creativity, with a roster of speakers that included Ray Kurzweil (How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed), Michael Beirut (Eight Myths of Creativity), Paul Pendergrass (Creativity and the CEO), Jason McLennan (the Living Building Challenge), Todd Henry (Creative Leadership, The Essentials) and Steven Johnson (Where Good Ideas Come From).