officeinsight Articles on Materials
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.
7.29.13 | Now in its ninth year, First Look at the New York Design Center in NYC continues to be the largest and most relevant event in New York that is concerned with commercial interiors; the breath, diversity and sophistication of the products on display from the contract manufacturer/independent rep showrooms there is inspiring and often encourages repeat visits to the many showrooms at the NYDC. The chance to win one of twenty iPad Minis that night was also enticing, and the icing on the cake for many attendees.
7.29.13 | Unlike most furniture manufacturers that have permanent showrooms at the Merchandise Mart, carpet manufacturers usually need to start with a clean slate and remake their showroom each year for NeoCon. If you are a carpet manufacturer like Shaw Contract, that means aligning the look of your new product introductions with the design of the showroom, as well as filling it with the necessary marketing materials, all done in record time each year.
7.22.13 | After 19 years at the helm, Steelcase CEO James P. Hackett announced that he plans to retire on February 14, 2014. "Jim Hackett helped change the conversation at Steelcase from merely selling office environments to providing insights about how spaces can impact performance," said Rob Pew, Board Chair, Steelcase Inc. "He adopted design, and design thinking, as core beliefs and spread them throughout the company. In his 19 years as the CEO, Jim has led the company through some difficult times as well as periods of growth. We appreciate his calm hand on the tiller."
7.22.13 | Robert Allen periodically joins our journal to cover major design expositions and provide a designer’s perspective. He observes: “Lately, the industry has looked to refinement to distinguish product. The result has rendered some well-considered responses and pleasing products. The month of show coverage and highlights focused on many of the larger award-winning initiatives, but this piece will focus on some of the smaller, quieter and less-audible initiatives.”
7.8.13 | For many end users, the formality of broadloom has given way to the more informal carpet tile, with plenty of hard-surface flooring thrown into the mix. The future of the industry is anyone’s guess, but Shaw Contract will be among the leaders in manufacturing and designing commercial carpet. With recent designs, On The Edge and Hexagon, Shaw Contract has the size and shape of tiles critical to their inherent design.