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Talking Sustainability with Teknion’s Sholem Prasow

I owe my status as a LEED AP to Sholem Prasow, even though I had never met him until recently. During the economic freefall that was happening during the early months of 2009, I joined hundreds of other people across the US, Canada and other parts of the world, in each of our respective Teknion showro...

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Haworth Collection Launches in New York

Now more than ever before in history, good design is global design. The plurality of cultures, generations and stylistic influences in modern workplaces has escalated and evolved in leaps and bounds since the office cubicle was first institutionalized across the corporate landscape. Responsible for ...

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2011 IIDA NY Chapter Color Invasion

What is design but a series of interrelated networks? For a people-focused industry like ours, one’s network is literally one’s lifeline. Like any other system of connections, a social network needs to be maintained and cultivated in order to continue to be relevant and vital ...

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Art, Science and Interiors: A Convergence of Materials and Ideas

In every built environment, collaboration among various trades and philosophies is required not only to build the space, but also for the space to function as intended after construction. At its heart, collaboration is recursive, meaning one or more actions in the process invokes or refers to the colla...

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NeoCon Seminar: Working Globally with Perkins + Will

Some design firms have had a global reach and international clientele for decades. Other firms are exploring available international markets and the challenges of working on the worldwide stage for these past few difficult financial years. Whether firms have chosen to design projec...

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NeoCon Seminar: Social Responsibility as the New Green

A mark of good design, sustainable or otherwise, is that it benefits all people across society. Social responsibility is becoming a growing issue within the sustainable movement; it seeks to cultivate a more holistic view of the environment that weighs people’s needs equally with t...

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First Look 2011

It’s no secret that one of the fundamental rules of real estate is: location, location, location. When it comes to furniture, a slight variation of the same concept is used: context is everything. The showrooms at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago during NeoCon do an outstanding job of illustr...

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A Conversation with Designer Brian Graham

In this multifaceted age of design, nothing is off limits. Both clients and designers now have the technology and the capability to either source or create objects and spaces previously out of reach or simply unfeasible. Operating in this wide-open creative playing field is Brian Graham, a San Franc...

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Delights of NeoCon: From Juror's Perspective

The themes, ideas and products that were introduced during this year’s NeoCon are important early indicators of how, where and why the workplace is moving in its current direction; some of the many delights of this year’s NeoCon were: a state of relaxed collaboration and engagement with t...

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30 years of M Moser Associates: A Conversation with Moira Moser

Thirty years ago, the world’s consciousness was just starting to get acquainted with terms like “Global Village” but we had not begun to live in one yet; technology was just beginning to show clues of its world-shrinking potential, and many global corporations were not yet aware of how to l...

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Applied Brilliance: The Future of Happiness at Teknion

While far from being a controversial issue, the condition of happiness in our lives and our environments can prove to be elusive for some. Why do overly happy people have a tendency to annoy others and why do we sometimes get attracted to negative emotions in certain instances? The Future of Happi...
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IIDA NY Leaders Breakfast 2011

Certain events make the local New York design community prove its dedication to design more than others, and the annual IIDA Leaders Breakfast is certainly one of them. This is not intended to be a disparaging remark; creating a path through our current economic climate is not an eas...

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LMNOP Spring Benefit: Carl Magnusson speaks at Teknion

For many of us, the multi-faceted world of design has a tendency to meld one’s career with a certain lifestyle. The framework of professionals that is the design community attracts a host people with a range of skills that more often than not blurs the line between solving problems and c...

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IIDA Pioneering Design: Todd Bracher

Living and working within the design industry in a city like New York has both benefits and challenges; high on the list of design perks is access to a seemingly limitless and diverse array of engaging and informative presentations by design professionals. The IIDA Pioneering Design lecture series se...
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HOK New York Office: Clean, Green and IPD

It is fascinating to watch how New York City neighborhoods evolve. Back in the 1970’s, Bryant Park, located between 42nd and 40th Streets at 6th Avenue, was an unpleasant area that was home to an array of undesirable activities; for many people, it was widely seen as a symbol of the city’s decline. Today, after...
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Artek’s Design Legacy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Within the contract furniture market, a company’s design legacy is their creative currency as well as their operational foundation. Using a stable of iconic designs, benchmarks can be set for future company actions as well as new product...

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Contract Magazine’s 2011 Interiors Awards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By late January, every New Year has usually revealed some of its business personality traits, or at least clues that indicate a likely speed and direction for all industries and the built environment as we move forward. The Contract ...

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IIDA Sustainable Design Forum Quilt Auction

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The New York design community comes together in many creative ways throughout the year; a relatively new tradition within the industry is the IIDA Sustainable Design Forum Quilt Auction. Now in its third year, the idea originated with indu...

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We Care 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each community is defined by its shared thoughts, actions and intentions. Holiday events, especially at the end of the year, have a tendency to galvanize communities and enable them to share their core values with surrounding neighborhoods. The N...

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2010 Hall of Fame and Best of the Year Awards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s ironic that instead of being a permanent physical location, the only Hall of Fame for the interior design profession is a black tie event that happens only once a year. (We don’t even have to discuss that event is a marketing and a reve...

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Artist Project Launches in New York

 

 

 

 

 

 

For many interior designers, as soon as the hard work of creating a new space to fit their client’s needs and business objectives is finished and orders for furniture are placed, the critical task of fine-tuning the atmosphere for the de...

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Vision Session at ai3: A Conversation with Lucy Aiken-Johnson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When an exciting business opportunity presents itself and experienced design professionals choose to merge their talents and start a firm together, no matter how exciting the idea may sound, the process generally doesn’t happen unless the gr...

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The Power of Pro Bono: Teknion Sponsors Public Architecture in Atlanta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A critical component of any built environment includes a sincere engagement with local site conditions. Just what form that engagement takes depends on the individual participation of the many different stakeholders that parti...

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Pro Bono Design Case Study: Girls for Gender Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A recent officeinsight article reporting on a lecture by John Peterson of Public Architecture (see OI 11.22.10 The Power of pro bono: Teknion Sponsors Public Architecture in Atlanta) outlined the process and incentives a design firm may...

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Architectural Record 2010 Innovation Conference: Big and Super-Green

The continuous discovery and implementation of innovation is a powerful motivator that keeps most of us regularly engaged with the design industry. Not only is it what keeps our clients coming back to us, innovations that deal with how we think about design and architecture move our entire ind...

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Environetics Comes Full Circle

In the ever-changing world of corporate interior design, gauging an accurate history of such a temporal working practice is difficult; a ten-year lease is a lifetime; going back 30 or 40 years is so many design generations that few survivors exist to tell an accurate story; further than t...

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Haworth Global Design Strategies Summit

As the world becomes increasingly more connected, and, by default, more social, the inherent problem-solving systems that design-based concepts bring to the global table become more meaningful to an ever-increasing group of people. In order to get a clearer picture of what globa...

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A Conversation with Textile Designer Mark Pollack

I always look forward to seeing new textile introductions from Pollack. I know that with each collection, there is enough sensory content in their textiles to appease both my eyes and my fingertips; every new batch of samples will inspire solutions for virtually any project which I am currently as...
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Vaastu: The Ancient Practice of Space Planning

Today’s interior designer has a wealth of knowledge at their fingertips that can inform and inspire them. Within the context of contemporary design and culture, many of us look to approach our clients’ problems with unique solutions custom fit to their specific needs. Many of the solutions we f...

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Robin Reigi: On the Leading Edge of Design Materials

Depending on who you talk to in the design industry these days, this is either a challenging time to be working on interior projects or a clear call for change in how business is being done in construction and design. For Robin Reigi, it is both. She is the owner of Robin Rei...
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Marner Architecture Begins a Digital Resource Library

When design firms begin to consider a more virtual approach to their way of working, an often overlooked advantage of establishing a virtual environment is the inherently sustainable practice of reducing their use of ...

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Gary Lee Designs New Casegoods for Halcon and Decca

In this day and age, if you are a well-known designer, setting the standard for your vision and the execution of interior design projects is one thing, but when sights are set for success in adjacent markets like furniture...

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iGuzzini Launches NYC Showroom

It’s always a good sign for the industry when new manufacturers enter our marketplace. Late last month, Italian lighting manufacturer iGuzzini opened its very first showroom in the United States. Located at 60 Madison...

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Profile: Amy Bearss of Tobron Office Furniture

It's no secret that businesses that cater to interior design have a reputation for high employee turnover. Whether it is a design firm, manufacturer or furniture dealer, employee turnover is normal and expected. A compreh...

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Behind the Scenes: NeoCon from a Juror’s Perspective

Considering the divergent nature of the interior design industry, it’s pretty remarkable that a vast amount of energy, attention and money in the industry is spent on a single event – the NeoCon World Trade Fair in Chicago. Since 1969, t...
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Jon Otis Launches Object Agency

When the business of design intersects with the concept of design as a cultural imperative, it is usually not an accident. To get the synergy to work properly and last longer than a single project, the studio practicing this approa...

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Delights of NeoCon 2010

This year’s NeoCon was a success on many different levels. Even though the general consensus is that contract interiors are still affected by the economic downturn, the many people and markets of design that converged duri...

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IIDA Pioneers in Design: Piero Lissoni

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I am a fan of Italian design like most people, but when I was pressed to name a single building or a particula...

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Gerard Robertson Memorial Event

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It was somehow appropriate that I entered this memorial event on a packed freight elevator that opened up to reveal...

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ICFF 2010

Download the PDF The middle of May marks the return every year of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair to the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New ...
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Leaders Breakfast: Yves Behar and Bill Moggridge

Download the PDF The IIDA Leaders Breakfast is generally my favorite annual IIDA event in New York City. Compared t...
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IIDA NY Chapter Pioneering Design: Michael Maharam and Maira Kalman

Download the PDF On a rainy Monday evening, the New York design community came out in force to the 12th annual Pioneering Design lectu...
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Design 4 Healthcare: Perkins Eastman Architects Presentation

Download the PDF The fourth and final installment for this year’s Design 4 Healthcare series happened at the New York Design Center...
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What is the Value of Bamboo?

Download the PDF If the US Green Building Council has done one thing in a supremely effective manner, it has been to motivate interior designers to seek o...
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IIDA Design Dialogue: The Future of Design

Where is design headed? Just what exactly is good design today, and how can anyone qualify it? In recent years, design has become more integrated and elevated in the public’s collective psyche. During a panel discussion at the...

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Ted Moudis Associates: Creativity Within Restrictions

Download the PDF I don’t have to tell anyone reading this article how bad our economy is or the condition of the architecture and design profession today. ...
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Virtual Technology into Reality: Integrated Project Delivery

Download the PDF The forward march of progress and technology has impacted architecture and design significantly in the last decade. Faster computers and a more inter...
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Eric Chan: Everyday Meaningful Use

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Material Connexion Comes Into its Own

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I always wondered why Material ConneXion was spelled that way. And why is the X capitalized? It was clearly a choice that emph...

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LMNOP

Download the PDF The first thing that Jennifer Graham and Stephanie Chiuminatto wanted was to keep in touch with their friends and work colleagues, not to sta...
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Design 4 Healthcare: HOK Speaks on Their Harlem Hospital Modernization Project

Attendees at the New York Design Center experienced a rewarding journey last Wednesday. The New York office of HOK arrived with five senior participants to talk about their soon-to-be-completed Patient Pavilion for ...
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Aluminum: How Sustainable is It?

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Aluminum, it's everywhere: in our cars, trains, airplanes, buildings, soda cans, antiperspirants, dyes and right on our ki...

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