18 Apr 2014 Giving voice to those who create workplace design & furnishings
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Geiger Turns 50

3.11.14 | Geiger International, now part of Herman Miller’s Specialty and Consumer segment, is doing well, and last week celebrated the 50th anniversary of its founding. Steve Gane, current Geiger President and Sr VP of the Specialty and Consumer segment, hosted a VIP, A&D cocktail party at Craft in New York City. Craig Bassam and Scott Fellows of BassamFellows relaunched their Clamshell Chair, and Geiger relaunched several of Ward Bennett’s original designs.

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New York 11+ Annual Student Exhibition 2014

3.11.14 | Ruth Lynford is one of the interior design profession’s most ardent advocates. There are not enough of her type; her passion for the profession goes far beyond her own work and clients. One of her projects is the New York 11+ Annual Student Exhibition. This project has as one of its main objectives the demonstration to NY State legislators of the real reach and import of the interior design profession. This, among other things, supports Ms. Lynford’s work on state legislative matters pertaining to the profession.

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IIDA, NY, Sustainable Quilting

3.3.14 | One of the endearing things about interior design professionals is their penchant for contributing their creative talents in support of charitable event. Recently, the IIDA NY Chapter’s 6th Annual Sustainable Quilt Auction was helod to benefit the Fiver Children’s Foundation. A collection of nine quilts featuring themes ranging from New York City culture and geography to the contemporary art world and pop culture were auctioned to raise funds for the foundation.

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Gensler: Workplace Survey 2013 - Part 2

2.24.14 | In part 2 of the presentation and panel discussion about the Gensler Workplace Survey 2013 that took place in Genler’s Chicago office late last year, we publish comments of the panel to the findings of the latest survey. The panelists. offering the perspective of their respective disciplines, were Kimberly Scott, professor or organizational behavior, Ben Jacobson, a behavioral scientist and cultural anthropologist with a business consutancy, and Sven Govaars, a workplace strategist at Gensler. Some very conclusions were drawn, including:

  • it comes down to establishing an organizational culture that supports trust and openness and to the important role of leadership
  • leadership must have a clear sense of the purpose and the strategy of the organization, the role of the workplace design, and the behaviors and the activities that are encouraged by that design
  • we have to look at each sector, and understand each organization, to listen very carefully and help them work through what we call being in-solution and transition on a continuous basis

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Preview: CIFF Office 2014, Guangzhou

2.24.14 | This year the China International Furniture Fair runs from 28th March to 1st April and will be held at the China Import and Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou. Over 900 exhibitors will be fill 2 million sq.ft. of some of the most modern and architecturally exciting exhibition space in the world. Exhibitors participating in CIFF-Office Show 2014 will be presenting products of the highest quality: more and more Asian manufacturers of office furniture are investing in patenting their products and creating technological solutions, obtaining environmental certification and working with leading international professionals.

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Gensler: Workplace Survey 2013 - Part 1 Findings

2.17.14 | At the end of 2013, Gensler presented the firm’s findings for the Workplace Survey (WPS) for 2013. In this Part 1, we will publish Cindy Coleman’s presentation of the survey’s three key findings. Next week, we will publish the comments of the three panelists – Kimberly Scott (Prof. Northwestern), Ben Jacobson (behavioral scientist), and Sven Govaars (Gensler workplace strategist) – who were asked to look at the findings and the workplace from from their individual perspectives on the central topic of human capital.

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Kevin Kuske To Succeed Chuck Saylor As CEO of Izzy+

2.17.14 | Chuck Saylor, founder and firm visionary of izzy+, will retire in June. The company named his successor as CEO and president, Kevin Kuske. Mr. Kuske formerly led Steelcase’s Turnstone division. “The izzy+ brand,” said Mr. Kuske, “is aggressively exploring and promoting health and wellbeing in the workplace, once again in the vanguard. Following Chuck Saylor’s visionary path, we intend to continue to be pioneering and come up with innovative, beautiful products and smart solutions for even more customers.”

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Cherryman Does Dallas

2.17.14 | Cherryman, founded by Frank Lin ten years ago, is a mid-market casegoods and seating manufacturer dedicated to the proposition that all orders should be shipped within 48 hours of receipt. Last Wednesday and Thursday the company celebrated the opening of its fifth U.S. distribution center and showroom by hosting an open house for its local area clients and dealers at the new digs. At the same time, Cherryman signaled a change in its market approach with the appointment of Carl Gustav Magnusson as Executive Vice President, Director of Innovation.

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Haworth in the News

2.11.14 | Haworth announce its 2013 year end revenue results of $1.41 billion and the acquisition of a 58.6% stake in the Poltrona Frau Group of Italy for €243.3Million or about $328.4 Million. Apparently it will be required to make a tender offer for all other shares in the coming years. Poltrona Frau Group’s 2013 revenue figures we estimate to be around $345 million. Adding that to Haworth’s $1.41 billion should move Haworth very close to the $1.8 billion range of Herman Miller and HNI.

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Knoll Acquires HOLLY HUNT

2.11.14 | Knoll, Inc. has acquired the Chicago-based luxury design brand HOLLY HUNT for $95.0 million in cash, plus contingent future payments dependent on the performance of the business over the next three years. Knoll said that the acquisition advances its strategy of building its global capability as a go-to resource for high design workplaces and homes, including the commercial contract, decorator to-the-trade and consumer markets. Of note, Knoll CEO Andrew Cogan said, “We estimate the global market for luxury home furnishings and coverings to exceed the market for contract furnishings.”

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