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Reinvention Time: Life Stories of Renewal & Realignment
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Industrial designer Stephen Burks on furniture, race and change
Last week, Business of Home published an article outlining research done by designer and data scientist Jomo Tariku that uncovered a stark lack of diversity in the world of high-end furniture. Tariku’s method was simple: He went to the websites of major furniture companies and counted the number of Black people he saw. The results? Of 4,417 collaborations, only 14 of them were with Black designers. Three of those were with Stephen Burks.
Can the subscription model work for high-end furniture?
Let’s take a moment to marvel at how quickly the marketplace for tech-driven subscription furniture has matured. Five years ago, the idea that Silicon Valley entrepreneurs would develop entire platforms to rent coffee tables to young people would have sounded like a joke. Now, it’s a robust ecosystem, with a fast-growing class of companies backed by well over $100 million in venture capital.
5 Workplace Concepts to Start Taking Seriously After COVID-19
When COVID-19 hit, the workplace was already in flux. The beginning of this decade saw corporations, brokers, designers, and product manufacturers, all busily discussing how to support employee needs. At Metropolis, we were hosting discussions about amenity packages, work-life balance, and how workplaces can connect to cities. It was heartening to see organizations commit to the wellbeing of workers and to purposeful work, and prepare to invest in those goals.
WantedDesign’s Conscious Design Awards Honor Student Projects that Promise to Make a Difference
Devised to showcase innovative student work from around the world, the Conscious Design Best Student Project Awards are typically presented during WantedDesign’s annual NYCxDESIGN programming, when winners are featured among a wide range of exhibitions at Wanted’s Manhattan and Brooklyn events. This year, with design fairs cancelled, postponed, due to COVID-19, the Conscious Design awards are being unveiled online.
Healing Spaces: How the Office May Look Post-Pandemic
From new layouts to re-engineered furniture and staggered hours, the workplace of the future is being designed on the fly. To help clients and customers navigate the post-COVID return to work, Allsteel has turned to the decades-old Japanese “mistake-proofing” approach of Poka-yoke. Developed in the 1960s by Japanese engineer Shigeo Shingo, the philosophy espouses “preventing and eliminating errors by making use of simple but effective tools and signals.”
How Furniture Makers Are Tackling a Post-COVID Marketplace
From facilitating distancing to digitization, the strategies being adopted by some of the world’s top manufacturers suggest ways forward for the industry as a whole.
Design brands emerge from shutdowns with a new perspective
For the companies that manufacture for the interior design trade, COVID shutdowns were sudden and painful—but clear. Everyone knew what “close the factory” meant, and why they were doing it. Opening up again is a happier but more confusing enterprise. The guidance handed down from federal, state and local authorities is a patchwork of occasionally conflicting information. Some employees are eager to get back to work; others are hesitant. And then there’s the little matter of retooling a manufacturing process so teams can work together, 6 feet apart.
Survival: being a designer in the post-Covid era
It is never easy to make ends meet by being a designer. With the pandemic, the problems have been multiplied. Lockdown has revealed the limits and contradictions of the entire system of production and remuneration.
Most People Want to Return to the Office-But They Expect Changes
There’s no place like work. Just before the pandemic hit, Gensler released the U.S. Workplace Survey 2020 research findings, the latest in our research series that measures how people work, as well as the effectiveness and experience of the workplace.
Business strategy for the rebound
Italian design firms are coming to grips with emergency choices, including those regarding the safety of employees. But the post-Covid restart is also forcing them to rethink chains of supply and production, while updating system of communication and distribution
NYCxDesign Award Winners Honored in Virtual Ceremony
On Monday, May 18th, the A&D community celebrated New York City’s top products and projects during the first ever virtual NYCxDESIGN Awards, presented by Interior Design and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair.
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Facebook gets into the e-commerce game
With people doing more of their shopping online, it makes perfect sense that Facebook would pick this moment to unveil an extensive new e-commerce platform, simply titled Shops. Operating on both Facebook and Instagram, Shops will allow businesses to sell to users directly through both apps, with the integration rolling out on Facebook this week and coming to Instagram sometime this summer.
Covid-19’s Impact on interior design, by the numbers
Here’s a number to get things started: 63. That’s the number of days since actor Tom Hanks told the world that he and his wife, Rita Wilson, had contracted COVID-19. By then, thousands across the world had already died from the novel coronavirus, but the couple’s diagnoses marked a wakeup call for most Americans—the disease had reached celebrities and everyday people alike.
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Building a post-COVID furniture brand: service equals survival
As the global economy prepares for a collective belt tightening, consumers will likely loosen their fixation with ownership even further. Making an outright purchase for many high-value items has long been anathema to most under 35, and it’s liable that the furniture sector will increasingly be impacted by this change in mindset.
How COVID-19 could impact workplace design: from open office to open air
Will COVID-19 lead to a suburban renaissance?
The coronavirus may forever change American cities. What does that mean for designers?