officeinsight: Professional Associations
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.
7.15.13 | We received some comments On Our Article on the NeoCon 2013 Showroom/Booth Competition, 6.17.13 Issue. In particular, Viveca Bissonnette, FIIDA, was “dismayed by the negative tone of that article. But, as we explain, through our comments, we hope to bring some of the perspectives of the non-expert, that is, someone who more closely represents the views of the general public than those of a trained designer. From that perspective, we find that the publishing of the results of design competitions fall short of what might be helpful in a more general understanding of the work of the interior design profession.
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 | The BIFMA Annual Membership Meeting at NeoCon 2013 presented some developments that could have immediate impact on the selection and specification of furniture by the design community, including LEED points generated by BIFMA level-certified products. Another important step was encouraging the refined selection of goods based upon chemical content, some of which presents health hazards in the workplace.
5.27.13 | NeoCon returns June 10-12 to Chicago’s Merchandise Mart for its 45th year. This year’s offering includes nearly 100 CEU-accredited seminars, thousands of new products, and impressive keynote speakers. Before we run our Product Preview on June 7 – so please send in your featured products and images – we give you a little advance on some of the Events and Education offerings at NeoCon 2013.
5.27.13 | The quality and thoughtfulness of the 25th Annual IIDA NY Chapter Leaders Breakfast set the bar for others to follow even higher than previous years. The featured speaker was Cameron Sinclair, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Architecture for Humanity. The morning’s honorees were The Doe Fund and a nonprofit foundation chosen by George Oliphant, host of the George to the Rescue show.