officeinsight: Professional Associations
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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11.25.13 | The biggest event in the New York City interior design community solely dedicated to pure, unadulterated networking and social interaction is the IIDA NY Chapter Color Invasion. This year’s party was the biggest, most fun special event the Color Invasion Committee has put on to date, and was produced in loving memory of Selena Thompson and Ellen Kushman.
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.
10.7.13 | ASID announces their 2014 National Board of Directors. Incoming President, Rachelle Schoessler Lynn, FASID promises to tackle the challenges facing the organization with laser-focus on implementation of the organization’s Strategic Plan
9.30.13 | Recently, IIDA NYC held an engaging and lively discussion at the KI showroom on the healthcare industry’s approach to designing responsibly for unexpected events. Speakers Ophelia Roman, Deloitte, Robin Guenther, Perkins + Will, and Deborah Breunig, KI, proposed that sustainability concepts are inextricably tied to issues raised by abrupt climate change and hazardous conditions, and the need for adaptation strategies.
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.