4.16.12 | We were particularly pleased that Stylex Seating from the U.S. received one of the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2012 awards for its SAVA chair, introduced at NeoCon 2010. The SAVA is an excellent chair that easily avoids stuffy formality while capturing an elegant comfortability, along with all of the expected ergonomic flexibility and adjustability.
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4.16.12 | HBF and HBF Textiles added its annual contribution to the ushering in of some of the interior design industry’s uninitiated by hosting the ninth annual Pratt Institute Career Night at its showroom at the New York Design Center. Over fifty students were on hand to meet with key decision-makers of ten design firms in the New York area. Diane Barnes, HBF’s New York manager, made some opening remarks before the speed networking began.
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4.16.12 | Does the contract furniture distribution model inhibit innovation in the industry because some contract furniture manufacturers restrict their aligned dealerships from selling certain “competitor” products? This is not a very thoughtful question, placing, as it does, a tactical problem in a strategic context. Surely, the market doesn’t always welcome “innovation,” especially when new products simply don’t add meaningful differentiating value to the market. But, this in turn, spurs innovation in other directions, such as new types of products and new means of distribution.
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4.16.12 | The New York Eleven 2012 Student Exhibition, titled Interior Design: Raising the Bar will run in Albany’s Legislative Office Building from April 17th until April 19th. After that, it will be on display in Knoll’s New York City showroom from April 25th – April 27th. These exhibitions raise the awareness of the complexity and responsibilities of the interior design profession.
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4.16.12 | Following its award-winning launch at NeoCon 2011 – Best of NeoCon Gold in Architectural Products and an Innovation Award – Seeyond Architectural Solutions will bring a new library of fully customizable Thought Starter concepts to NeoCon 2012. The Minneapolis-based company has also expanded its range of material options.
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4.16.12 | An article recently posted on ScienceNordic highlights gender-based differences in sensory systems that influence the experience of design and design research. Women have a keener sense of smell than men … however, “The tables are turned when studies are being made of navigation skills. That’s where men rule.”
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4.9.12 | A recent study by Randolph Barker and his team indicates that, when people bring their dogs to work there are positive psychological ramifications. Their 2012 research corroborates findings from a 2001 investigation by Wells and Perrine.
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4.8.12 | Charlie Bell was president of HBF when it was purchased by HNI. Recently, Kevin Stark was named President of HBF Brand, so, we wondered “What happened to Mr. Bell?” Apparently he is doing well. He will now lead a new Teknion venture, Teknion Studio Group, LLC, which will develop and manufacture collaborative furniture products. That sounds like a sweet spot, for sure, and Mr. Bell has proven himself both in company leadership and sales and marketing at HBF.
4.8.12 | Currently celebrating its tenth anniversary, OHNY (openhousenewyork) has spent most of that time inspiring and educating the public about New York City's architecture and design heritage, while enabling special access to wonders of design throughout the city. To celebrate the past decade of programs, OHNY is organizing a series of events that cover New York City’s special places, design personalities, and buildings throughout this year. “Our first openstudios took place last month in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn,” said Renee Schacht, Executive Director of OHNY.
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4.8.12 | From her role as creative director for Knoll Textiles or design director of Tandus Flooring to her transparent designs for Skyline Glass, Suzanne Tick’s professional work is emblematic of the contemporary look of surfacing for commercial interiors: cool, sophisticated, and typically very flat. But, her personal weaving artwork, on display at the New York office of Gensler until the end of May, is a departure from the familiar designs that everyone knows.
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4.8.12 | Two years ago Dauphin North America launched something new under its Valo brand: Konstrux, an “adaptive furniture solution that enables people to thrive and connect in today’s interactive environments.” What is more interesting is that Dauphin has taken this to a further place, conceptualizing the nature of these new environments, which it refers to as Dynamic Spaces. To us, Dynamic Spaces is a breakthrough point of view since it encourages everyone to develop a new perspective of what a workplace should be like and look like.
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4.1.12 | Architecture and design have changed substantially and some have found professional management helpful. It should not be surprising that the shift to professional management, that is, to people who are formally trained in and are primarily interested in the business aspects of the design professions, would be second generation of family founders. One such person and firm is John “Ozzie” Nelson, Jr., son of founder John Nelson, Sr. of NELSON, one that the fastest growing firms during the past ten years.
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4.1.12 | Carnegie is introducing its Tribute Collection, inspired by founder Robert Goldman’s wool WWII Navy Officer’s overcoat. To this more traditional offering, the firm is introducing is startling, holographic Illusion series, which adds a dynamic, yet comfortable, fabric for indoors or outside. It also has some remarkable extensions to its Xorel line, Xorel Graphics, that combine Xorel’s durability and sustainability with the flexibility of digital printing.
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4.1.12 | For many interior designers, selecting artwork takes place during the final stages of a project, usually after their fee is almost, if not completely, exhausted. This is also the stage where those critical finishing touches are usually the first thing that a client or visitor to the space would see; in the case of a newly-designed interior, the icing on the cake contributes to everyone’s first impression and, to a large extent, the overall success of each project. Artexpo New York offers many interesting options to cap any project.
4.1.12 | A team led by Stephanie Lichtenfeld linked seeing the color green and creative performance. In a rigorous set of experiments that eliminated saturation and brightness as potential explanations of the effects found, this team “demonstrated that a brief glimpse of green prior to a creativity task enhances creative performance . . . "
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