officeinsight: Professional Associations
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.
4.15.13 | It’s time to give another nod of respect and gratitude to the ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) as it establishes The ASID Leadership Academy, thereby extending under its new executive leadership its now considerable list of solid contributions to the foundation of the interior design profession. The value of this ASID initiative is not just the fostering of better and more informed leadership in the design communities, but the possibility of producing more leaders whose training is in the human-oriented disciplines, rather than in the more competitive endeavors.
2.25.13 | For five years, the New York chapter of the IIDA has hosted an auction that encourages interior designers to channel their creativity after hours, as well as keep some material they use in their day job out of the landfill. The fifth annual Sustainable Quilt Auction was held on February 13th at the Open House Gallery in New York the silent auction proceeds going to Fiver Children’s Foundation. Not surprisingly, there was some extraordinary work on display.
7.23.12 | First Look at the New York Design Center is just as important for design professionals as NeoCon. It may not have all of the pomp and circumstance, but the setting of the NYDC is significantly more practical and manageable. The new introductions presented at First Look are a bellwether for how interiors are shaped in New York, the largest American market for contract products. And, of course, if the largest contract furniture manufacturers hog much of the limelight at NeoCon, the invaluable and important – and sometimes the most innovative – are front and center at First Look.
7.2.12 | After the unsatisfying economic outlook delivered by George Erickcek, and the Catch 22 dilemma of fire retardancy by Dr. Graham Peaslee, Mark Strauss, president of Interior Design Media and publisher of Interior Design magazine, delivered an upbeat view of the near-term future. Plus he had beautiful slides!