officeinsight Articles on Events
10.28.13 | The pre-event buzz was whether attendance at NeoCon East would suffer from the government shutdown. It seemed logical that it would given the importance many of the exhibitors attach to the presence of the GSA specifiers and buyers at the show; on the other hand, with nothing better to do … . I’ve even heard some in the “exhibitors” category refer to NeoCon East as “a GSA Show.”
10.21.13 | It’s been a long wait, but the company has come up with an amazing catch, hiring and appointing Mike Wagner to the position of Vice President, General Manager for Kimball Office. Mr. Wagner will assume responsibility for the entire Kimball Office organization. He is just the kind of visionary and veteran contract furniture executive that Kimball Office needs for its breakthrough.
10.21.13 | To call the space a showroom, implying a static display of attractive office furniture, doesn’t do justice to the more ambitious mandate implied in the name of the space: WorkLife Toronto. The Steelcase launch-party invitation describes this as a place that “brings technology and the future of the workplace to the forefront with its expansive digital and virtual experiences.”
10.21.13 | Configura opened its sold-out sixth annual CET Designer User Conference, Oct. 9-10, dancing to Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” – with far less provocative lyrics and, well, choreography – but the song proved prophetic. At many dealerships, the work of the interior designer is merging with that of the salesperson.
10.14.13 | Jim Keane, the “odds-on favorite” to succeed Jim Hackett, was named CEO of Steelcase just twelve weeks after Mr. Hackett announced his retirement. Keane will assume his new position on the date of that retirement, February 28, 2014.
10.14.13 | Marion Weiss, co-founder of Weiss/Manfredi, a New York-based design firm that focuses equally on architecture, landscape and urbanism, spoke to a group of design professionals regarding her firm’s special process of bringing exterior qualities into an interior.
10.14.13 | Tracy Bowie, Vice President of Informa, the show organizer stated, “Our goal for the last few years has been to diversify the show into all areas of design and attract more design attendees from across Canada, more architects, and more international visitors.” Thus IIDEX this year took on more of a residential, even artsy-craftsy feel.
10.7.13 | David Feldberg, President and CEO of Teknion recently hosted Teknion’s biggest product unveiling of the year, held at Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto’s Don Valley. Using the 30th anniversary of the company’s T/O/S panel system as a springboard Mr. Feldberg introduced the products as well as the movers and shakers of the new Teknion Studio to the Toronto design community.
10.7.13 | The Praemium Imperiale, sponsored by the Japan Art Association, is a close second in prestige to the Pritzker Prize as an annual international honor for outstanding achievement in painting, sculpture, music, theater/film, and architecture. The prolific David Chipperfield of London was recently named the 2013 Praemium Imperiale recipient for architecture.
10.7.13 | ASID announces their 2014 National Board of Directors. Incoming President, Rachelle Schoessler Lynn, FASID promises to tackle the challenges facing the organization with laser-focus on implementation of the organization’s Strategic Plan