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12.2.13 | Teknion LLC opened its renovated 22,000-sq.-ft New York City showroom, which now features products from the new Teknion Studio, Teknion Textiles and B&B Italia Project Collection. “The introduction of these new product groups led us to rethink the way we design our showrooms,” said Maxine Mann, President of Teknion’s U.S. operations. “By showing these new products in the context of the whole Teknion portfolio, their value becomes as apparent as their beauty.
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.”
10.14.13 | 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.
9.23.13 | Biophilia and biomimicry explicitly recognize the capabilities of nature, which include humans’ advanced capacities to understand, explore and exploit processes that evolved over time and to put these processes to use in other contexts. In other words, biophilia and biomimicry are but specific examples of the benefit of building upon what went before, rather than simply destroying what exists to create a clean slate for a new beginning.
9.23.13 | For the past decade IIDEX carried the NeoCon Canada tag line. This meant, effectively, a little NeoCon, one in the hinterlands, so to speak. But the fulfillment of the vision has been elusive, but as one door closes, others open, and the folks that now own and manage IIDEX are moving forward in a new direction. Their timing is right. The world is changing and, while NeoCon will remain NeoCon, other opportunities are calling for new ideas.
9.16.13 | This past summer, a special installation that is emblematic of what a hospital patient room could look like several years from now opened at the DuPont Corian Design Studio in New York. In a unique collaboration between DuPont, fabricator Evans & Paul, solid surface distributor Dolan & Traynor and nonprofit health organization NXT Health, a section of the studio has been converted into a prototype room that works as a sort of incubator exhibit focused on figuring out some of today’s biggest design issues in healthcare.
9.9.13 | NeoCon East is perhaps the most enjoyable exhibition of the year. While not as fulsome as NeoCon WTF, it has enough of the really good stuff, coupled with excellent seminars, to make it a strong experience, but without the crazy pace of NeoCon. officeinsight will be there, of course. Take a look at some of the highlights to see why:
9.2.13 | Now in its eleventh year, Metrocon’s achievements range from the inspiring to the not-quite-there. The inspiring has a couple of facets, the most notable of which is that this is a rare sign of the “collaboration” so much talked about in interior design, but not too often seen in the various professional/business communities. Metrocon, as most of us know, is managed and administered through an exemplary degree of cooperation among the two main sponsoring organizations, ASID Texas Chapter, and IIDA Texas Oklahoma Chapter, working primarily with local dealerships and independent rep groups, aided by some of the manufacturing community.
8.26.13 | IIDEX Canada 2013, Sep. 26-27, is in its 29th year, bringing together interior designers, architects, facility managers, real estate and business executives in a national forum that powers the design industry in Canada. During the two event days, IIDEX Canada's 350 exhibitors showcase hundreds of innovative products and services, from all areas of design - workplace, hospitality, retail, healthcare, lighting and sustainable design.
8.12.13 | Exploring the intersection between the two ends of the business and creative spectrum is what designer Susan Lyons has been doing in her role as president of Designtex for the past year. With an industry reputation as a systems design thinker who understands and implements creative systems into practical business models, she is able to successfully blend aesthetics with the overall design aspirations of the company.