officeinsight: Professional Associations
7.7.14 | The occasion of NeoCon brings more members of BIFMA to the same place at the same time than any other event of the year, so the tradition of having the BIFMA Annual Membership Meeting at breakfast on the last day of NeoCon makes perfect sense. officeinsight recounts the meat of this year’s meeting, including a “State of the Association” address by BIFMA Executive Director Tom Reardon discussing its levelR sustainability standard, new initiatives regarding statistical reporting, and the results of its recent collaborative research with IIDA on the relationship between workplace design and worker productivity.
6.2.14 | The 1000 member LMNOP organization hosts two mixers yearly to facilitate networking opportunities and offers select workshops for IDEC CEU credit. Its most recent networking event was hosted by Teknion, NYC, and featured Suzanne Tick, Design Director of Teknion’s new division, Teknion Textiles, as the event’s speaker.
5.19.14 | Even if you have zero interest in entering the hospitality market in a major way, more and more ideas typically associated with “hospitality” are finding their way into workplace design. officeinsight traveled to Las Vegas to attend HD expo, the annual Hospitality Design event, held this year at Mandalay Bay. Along with the usual trade show fare on the convention floor, HD expo featured more than thirty seminars and conference sessions, as well as guided tours of two noteworthy projects currently underway in Las Vegas.
4.21.14 | 3form now hosts the annual Pratt Career Night in Manhattan. This year 50 Pratt students met with This year’s participating firms were Gensler, Mancini-Duffy, Perkins & Will, Ralph Appelbaum Associates, Rockwell Group, Ted Moudis Associates, TPG and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP. In much the way speed dating events are conducted, each of the students was given roughly five minutes to introduce themselves and present their work.
4.14.14 | We approach NeoCon with great anticipation, appreciation and a little trepidation. A preview of NeoCon 2014 shows that the product introductions – always a delight – are only the largest ornaments on a much more varied, colorful and edifying tapestry comprising the latest in product ideas and commercial design trends. The increasingly better and more appropriate Keynotes, excellent educational offerings, and some cheerful and lighthearted social, networking and competition events, as well as some worthy professional association offerings are giving us something to look forward to this year.
4.14.14 | The 2014 annual China International Furniture Fair (CIFF) Office show, held at the Guangzhou Fair Complex in Guangzhou, was extended from four days to five in March and April, and still, attendance was overwhelming. This year’s show hinted at an important evolution in the design, innovation and originality of Asian manufacturers.
3.31.14 | We’re finding more and more that we have an enormous amount of control over how sustainable we actually are or could be, but we are only at the beginning, and what we know about our biosphere is continuously evolving. With the flurry of green/sustainability ratings and systems, the A&D community, facility managers and other contract furniture purchasers often have a tough time making sense of it all. BIFMA’s level® standard takes an important step forward in distinguishing what is truly sustainable in the contact furniture industry.
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.
2.3.14 | The BIFMA Leadership Conference is getting a good reputation, primarily because of its top flight speakers. Sir Kenneth Robinson discussed how to balance talent and passion in your life and livelihood so that you never actually feel as if you’re working! Another speaker was Skylar Tibbits, another TED fellow, who has his own architecture firm and is also the Director of the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT. Then Primo Orpilla, Studio O+A, issued a wake-up call to the furnishings manufacturers, telling them what his hi-tech clients are looking for in workplace furnishings.
1.13.14 | What kind of year was 2013? Not too bad, considering the amount of continuing uncertainty, led by the decision-making – or lack thereof – at the Federal level. One positive marker is that workplace interiors designers have given us great reason to expect better and more productive workplaces. The salient theme of the best workplace design now centers around the effective use of space, rather than being anchored to the idea of the efficient use of space.
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