6.29.09 | Just prior to NeoCon WTF 09, on June 1, 2009, BIFMA International, the trade association for the North American commercial furniture industry, announced the official launch of its product sustainability certification program, levelTM. This is the latest chapter in the nearly four year saga of the “BIFMA e3 Sustainability Standard.”
officeinsight: Professional Associations
6.29.09 | When Barbara Dunn, FIIDA, Principal of Gensler’s Los Angeles office, was announced president-elect of IIDA’s Southern California Chapter, we all knew it would be an exciting year. She has always been known to bring people and good ideas together, while at the same time promoting the power of great design. The proof in her vision came at the organization's annual meeting during NeoCon at the Museum of Contemporary Art when IIDA announced the Southern California Chapter as the winner in the category of Large Chapter of the Year.
5.25.09 | Interior designers and architects traded their workstations for chef's aprons at the Sixth Annual Designer's Culinary Challenge. The signature philanthropic event for the International Interior Design Association's Northern California Chapter, Silicon Valley City Center, was held on May 14th at the Milpitas headquarters of corporate sponsor One Workplace. Nearly $1,100 was raised for the Marine Mammal Center to assist it rehabilitation of marine mammals and to advance environmental education.
5.11.09 | Samba Carnivale was the theme as party goers entered the ballroom of the landmark Century Plaza Hotel in Century City for the 21st Annual International Interior Design Association-S.CA Calibre Awards and formal dinner. This year's show was co-chaired by Jim Klawiter, Robyn Taylor and Hillary Luckenbaugh.
5.4.09 | IIDA New York's 20th Annual IIDA Leaders Breakfast packed New York's interior design community into Gotham Hall in NYC last week. It was John Lijewski and Hilda Longinotti's tenth year as co-chairs of the event, and the IIDA NY members and the contract community came in droves, even for the 7:30 AM call time. It was apparent that they were there to celebrate 20 successful years of the event, enjoy the bagel and lox, take in the speakers lined up for the morning and mostly to enjoy each other's close (very close) company.
4.27.09 | Kimball Office and Teknion joined forces to carry the message of Sustaining Interior Design Education to over a thousand interior design firms and studios in architectural firms across North America. (The support of all vendors of interior products are invited and encouraged to participate.) These companies and others were prompt to act to create awareness within the interior design profession of the realistic concern about where the next generation professional interior design educators will come from. This concern is becoming critical as many educators in this field near retirement.
04.13.09 | Teaching interior design students to write and integrating writing into the design curriculum has been the preoccupation of many a design educator. This concern was no less apparent this year at the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) Annual Conference, where the conversations were abuzz with ideas about the role of writing in the design process.
3.30.09 | The IIDA Northern California Chapter received rave reviews by combining two of its signature annual events into an evening celebrating both design pioneers and winners of its design award program. And they did it in grand style. Over 750 patrons entered the majestic Fox Theatre beneath a deco movie marquee with the double feature bill of Pioneer's in Design and Honor Awards lighting the night sky.
3.9.09 | In the ordinary course of behavior, not many are interested in legislation, although we have recently seen and it has ever been the case that laws and regulations, or the lack thereof, can affect each of us quite significantly, e.g., U.S. banking regulation and the unexpected application of some provisions of the Florida interior design legislation to non-qualified designers, manufacturers, dealerships and related services.
2.16.09 | This year the BIFMA Leadership Conference was in held in Las Vegas and what a difference a year makes! Last year everybody was goin' and blowin'; informally reporting high single digit growth with many enjoying teen-type percentage increases over the prior year.