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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.
6.17.13 | Part 2 of the Best of NeoCon 2013
6.7.13 | Everything was changed when Charlie Bell was contacted by David Feldberg, Teknion President & CEO, to create Teknion Studio. What followed was a frenzied, fun year. Fortunately, Mr. Bell had the supportive entrepreneurial spirit of Teknion behind him, and he was able to recruit the skills of Matthew Agostinelli as Director of Product Development. Before long, Jeffrey Bernett and Nicholas Dodziuk of CDS studio were in the picture, and things were taking on a very promising shape. Before long, Mario Ruiz of Spain joined the fun and Teknion formed relationships with the very talented Suzanne Tick to create Teknion Textiles.
6.7.13 | Here is our showroom/product preview for NeoCon 2013. Let this be your guide to a very promising show. The latest BIFMA figures should certainly be buoyant: According to industry analyst Budd Bugatch, “April's 13% order growth rate marked the highest percentage increase since June 2011.” While Mr. Bugatch cautions against against “getting carried away,” our view is that this just an inkling of what we’ll see in 2014. We expect to see plenty of smiling faces at this years event, a many new exciting products. Here’s a glimpse.
6.7.13 | Part two of the Product Preview of what is to come at NeoCon 2013, June 10-12
6.7.13 | Part three of the Product Preview of what is to come at NeoCon 2013, June 10-12
6.3.13 | Carnegie President Cliff Goldman, just completed a seven-year process to make Xorel the first bio-based high performance textile. Xorel continues to be made from polyethylene, but the resource for creating the bio-based Xorel is the sugarcane plant.