officeinsight Articles on Materials
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.
7.8.13 | This year’s INDEX (International Design Exposition) in Dubai enjoyed a welcome upswing in participation. Venders filled halls one through eight of the Dubai World Trade Center and all present buzzed with genuine optimism. Doubling in size from last year, INDEX promises to thrive in 2014. Perhaps more American companies will find the exposition beneficial as building recovers in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries and surrounding areas. Dubai is, after all, a portal to the Middle East and beyond.
7.1.13 | Interface is again leading the way in forging a new and more complete understanding of sustainability. Net Effects is the first fruit of Net-Works, a new alliance that is advancing Interface’s goal of closed-loop manufacturing by recycling nylon waste from fishing nets into new nylon carpet fiber. 22 communities in the Philippines are already participating, cleaning up the sea shores and providing local economic benefits.
6.24.13 | It was quite a delightful NeoCon 2013, thanks in good measure to the new team at MMPI, Myron Maurer, General Manager, Susan McCollough, SVP Trade Shows, and Byron Morton, VP NeoCon Leasing. And thanks greatly to Eileen McMorrow and Contract magazine for giving us additional insight to the wealth of new products featured this year. Sometimes we forget what a great aid – to exhibitors and to visitors – the annual Best of NeoCon competition is. Of course, to a select group of products, we like to add our perspective on things – people, products and places – that gave the officeinsight folks a little, extra special lift. We call these our delights. We hope that this will help those who could not attend a little better feel for the exhibition, and remind those who did attend of some of the pleasure of being there. Take a look.
6.17.13 | The Best of NeoCon 2013 competition of contract furnishings products recognized 86 products in 36 categories, a record year and one consistent with the optimism pervading NeoCon 2013. The honors included seven Innovation Awards and four Editors' Choice Awards. Bluescape, a collaboration between Haworth and San Francisco-based creative technology studio Obscure Digital, won Best of Competition and the Gold Award in the Workplace Technologies category. Steelcase and Herman Miller, including their respective subsidiaries, each received five awards. Teknion, Tandus Flooring, and Andreu World each won four awards.