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Business of Furniture - January 25, 2023

  •   Top Eight Workplace Trends for 2023 - A company culture that prioritizes employee health and wellbeing has the best chance of attracting and retaining top talent, as well as amplifying the employee experience.
  •   9to5 Seating Wins Four GOOD DESIGN Awards - "Last year, 9to5 Seating received three prestigious GOOD DESIGN Awards and to receive four awards this year is representative of our continued commitment to providing high-design products to the market that are both functional and attainable," said Dara Mir, President and CEO of 9to5 Seating.
  •   Framery Builds Best-In-Class Hybrid Workspaces with Logitech - All-in-one video conference set-ups equip the office for effective and intuitive hybrid work.
  •   Finch™ Takes Flight - Byrne's clever new accessory is perfectly positioned to elevate any space with easily-accessible power from both the front and back.
  •   Allsteel Moves Sales Organization to Chicago - In late Spring of 2023, Allsteel will open the doors to its new Experience Center in Fulton Market in Chicago, one of the fastest growing markets for Allsteel and the HNI family of brands.
  •   Years In The Making: The McKenzie Family's Continued Investment In Watson's Future - As CK McKenzie takes on the role of President, we look at the ways the McKenzie family has shaped Watson's culture, and how they're committed to help guide its future while maintaining its deeply-held values.
  •   As New Year Rings in, Wyatt Seating Celebrates with New Staff and Promotions - As operations continue to grow, a trusted leader in seating solutions promotes new VP, adds fresh talent to operation.
  •   Louis Poulsen Announces Appointment of CEO, US and Canada - "We see an incredible potential in the US and Canada, and we're excited to bring Carly Conelli in to ensure continued growth." said Tommy Rothoff, Louis Poulsen's chief sales officer.
  •   Formica Celebrates 110th Anniversary - Iconic inventor of laminate will commemorate its history and future with events, product highlights throughout the year.
  •   Choosing Color, Materiality and Design - The Davis Color Story continues to expand with the release of the Aurora Leather Collection.
  •   KAI Enterprises and The UP Companies CEO Michael Kennedy, Jr. Named a 2023 St. Louis Titan 100 - As CEO of Minority Business Enterprise KAI (architecture, engineering and construction firm) and UPCO (electrical, carpentry and labor subcontractor services), Kennedy has successfully embraced change in the ever-evolving design and construction industry.
  •   Stephen Says - "Is Your Email Address Costing You a Job?" - by Stephen Viscusi - Before we get into the fun and games, let me just point out why the email address on resumes is so important.
  •   UPFRONT: BOS Orlando Names New Executive Team - BOS, a 100% ESOP, full-service Haworth Preferred Office Furniture Dealership, is pleased to announce new executive leadership as Robert Bagley, III joins Mike Berry.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Introducing Spinni by Division Twelve - The bent metal furniture brand takes on the classic drafting stool, with a twist.
  •   NOW REPPING: Landscape Forms Appoints Annette Baubie as Business Development Representative for British Columbia - Baubie brings to Landscape Forms over 25 years of experience in the furniture industry, working extensively with architecture and design professionals, contractors, and end users alike.
  •   INDUSTRY FABRIC: Bernie Gordon - Bernie Gordon, Co-founder of Wolf-Gordon and beloved father of former Executive Vice President David Gordon, recently passed away.
  •   PLACES - Nestlé Offices – Jakarta | The Customer Engagement Centre for Nestlé Professional is designed for team meetings and training sessions with customers.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - Ware Malcomb Announces Promotion of Yamini Mudaliar to Studio Manager, Architecture in Atlanta Office / FK Architecture Adds Talent and Continues Growth, Hires John Anderson, Linda Rodriguez, and Hamilton Carias / Momentum Textiles & Wallcovering Welcomes Commercial Interiors Industry Titan Paul Cleary as New President and CEO- Former Mohawk Group SVP Brings Years of Industry Leadership Experience to Momentum / Hollman Announces Promotion of Sue Hwang to President and COO / Material Bank Expands Global Presence with Launch in Europe
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Kirei Unveils Geo Collection of Printed Acoustic Panels / Flos Skynest: Hypnotizing Woven Light
  •   NEW CLASSIFIED - Page 74: Looking For Energetic Sales Professional
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Business of Furniture - January 18, 2023

  •   Imperfections Are the Perfection — Mantra Inspired Furniture Finds Beauty and Sustainability in Solid Wood - "Every plank, every knot, that's the beauty of it. When I see knots and 'imperfections' it makes me wonder, where was this tree? What animals climbed this tree? What did this tree see? There's so much life in wood. That's so cool to me."
  •   Five Foundational Shifts You Should Make Now To Avoid Falling Behind In 2023 - A ThinkLab survey of in-industry leaders found that only 56 percent of companies surveyed feel their model today is more successful than it was pre-pandemic.
  •   Stephen Says - "Who Are the Nepo Babies?" - by Stephen Viscusi - I can't address examples of nepotism in industries other than our furniture and interiors industry. However, I personally know, and have done business with, many furniture executives who have helped their children find jobs in our industry and my take is that both the parents and the children are hard workers and successful on their own merit.
  •   Frank Bucher Assumes Role of Formaspace CEO - Thanks to Frank Bucher's leadership, the company had its best year ever in 2022, with revenue doubling despite significant economic headwinds due to pandemic and supply-chain issues.
  •   KI Announces Inaugural Classroom Furniture Giveaway for Teachers - Three winners will each be awarded $40,000-worth of KI furniture of their choosing to receive the classroom makeover of their dreams.
  •   Palmer Hamilton Partners with NOOK to Launch the NOOK Huddle pod - Palmer Hamilton manufactures the NOOK Huddle pod at its Elkhorn, Wisconsin manufacturing plant.
  •   Acer Unveils the eKinekt Bike Desk to Empower Active and Sustainable Lifestyles - As the rider pedals, the eKinekt converts kinetic energy into an electric charge. One hour of constant cycling at 60 RPM on the bike desk can generate 75 watts of self-generated power.
  •   Landscape Forms Announces Third Phase of Lighting Road Show - Beginning in the new year, the company will continue showcasing their latest lighting solutions with designers of outdoor space throughout the US South and West Coast.
  •   Teknion Brings Festival of Trees to Dallas - Fourteen of some of Dallas' most talented designers gathered with Teknion in a competition to transform the Dallas Teknion showroom into a festive forest of trees.
  •   CIFF Guangzhou 2023: Ready to Welcome International Visitors Again - All of China's entry restrictions have been lifted and all services have been safely resumed. This good news means that CIFF is finally able to warmly welcome back its large community of international partners.
  •   Styling Pantone's Viva Magenta - Pantone's color of the year may seem like a brave choice for paint if you're a more classic and reserved decorator who usually remains loyal to the steadfast nature of a neutral.
  •   Tangram Furnishes Innovative New Chapman Swenson Family Hall of Engineering - The original Keck Center for Science and Engineering received a 31,000 square foot interior build-out for the new engineering school.
  •   Renovation Of University Engineering Lab to Spark Urban Design Innovation - The transformed space is already having a big impact on the experience of students and faculty, with state-of-the-art fabrication equipment and vibrant environmental graphics in a flexible academic setting.
  •   UPFRONT: Saul Feldberg, 1935 – 2023 - Saul founded Global in 1966, with a singular vision; to manufacture an office chair the average person could afford.
  •   PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Maharam Introduces Prism by Paul Smith - Based on the pixelated image of a checkered textile featured in a Paul Smith womenswear collection, Prism uses intricate color blending to create a painterly grid animated by value, arrangement, and scale.
  •   QUICK SHIP: The Agility Company Introduces New Quick Ship Height Adjustable Table - The Slope Desk's sophisticated design pairs a simple rectangular column with an eye-catching angled foot.
  •   PLACES - Emerson Offices – Warsaw | The new office had to be tailored to the staff – engineers who work there need large desks because they own a lot of equipment.
  •   INDUSTRY PULSE - FitzGerald Welcomes Elma Milanovic / Ware Malcomb Promotes Lyz Ward to Studio Manager, Branding in New York City Office / Ware Malcomb Promotes Lynne Orlowski To Director, Interior Architecture & Design In Phoenix Office / LET'S NEOCONNECT: NeoCon Launches a New Year-Round Events and Programming Series / Katie Clark Joins KI as Higher Education Market Manager / Woodstock Introduces Logo Designed by Specify Creative / Kimball International Named One of America's Most Responsible Companies / Tarkett Announces Partnership with Midwest Floor Coverings / Inscape, in Trouble, Files for CCAA Protection
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Artaic's New Tile Mosaic Design Evokes the Serene Nature of the Outdoors / JSI Launches Poet Lounge / Watson Launches CET Extension
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, Industry Classifieds & Careers


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