Office Furniture is Finally Changing

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As it turns out, computers revolutionized everything but our office furniture. It’s been three decades since the personal computer was introduced into most American workplaces, yet the average worker remains chained to a desk, tied down by three-prong power cords, phone cords, USB cables, and phone chargers. That’s about to change. Some companies are exploring getting rid of landline phones…. Read more »

West Elm’s Office Furniture: Make Yourself at Home at Work

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Jeff Hannoosh is getting ready to move offices. For five years he’s worked at West Elm, the midrange-end-but-not-quite-Ikea furnisher that’s come to define today’s urban apartment aesthetic. Sales of all that blond wood, Middle Eastern fabric, and affordable marble led to revenue of $670 million for the company in 2014, up from half that in 2012. So 13 years after… Read more »

The EPA Spends How Much On Office Furniture?


Confronted with our data analysis and hard questions from the Washington Times, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tries to justify $92 million in mostly upscale furniture costs during the past decade. Data posted at shows that the Obama administration cut the number of EPA employees by nearly 2,000 positions from 17,359 to 15,492 over the past five years. But… Read more »

Pittsburgh’s Coolest Offices: Animal Inc.


Pittsburgh Business Times’ Coolest Office Month Presented by Ikea is over, but we’ve had such an overwhelming response that we’re going to continue running cool offices as long as we have them. (If you’d like to enter your office for potential publication on our website. WHY IT’S A COOL OFFICE:”Animal, Inc.’s studio occupies the entire top floor of the First… Read more »

Nova Lifestyle Wins Outstanding Import & Export Enterprise Award


ANGELES, Sept. 29, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nova LifeStyle, Inc. (NASDAQ:NVFY) (“Nova LifeStyle” or the “Company”), a U.S.-based, innovative designer, manufacturer and distributor of modern LifeStyle furniture, today announced it has won the Outstanding Import & Export Enterprise Award from The Hong Kong Chinese Importers’ & Exporters’ Association (“HKCIEA” or the “Association”) on September 14, 2015 following the Company’s participation… Read more »

Naperville chamber names first outstanding member award recipient


There’s a smile in Mark Galati’s voice when he talks about the surprise award he received from the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce as the group’s first Outstanding Chamber Member. Chamber leaders say it matches the smile that’s always on his face as he helps mentor new members, greet attendees to events and make business connections. Galati, 60, of Aurora,… Read more »

Whole Foods to stop selling products made by inmates


Whole Foods will stop selling products made using a prison labor program after a protest at one of its stores in Texas. The company said the products should be out of its stores by April 2016, if not sooner. Whole Foods said it has sold tilapia, trout and goat cheese produced through a Colorado inmate program at some stores since… Read more »

Oil downturn contributes to glut of used office furniture in Denver


James Manuel, pastor of Green Mountain Christian Church, was ecstatic when his small congregation won a drawing to receive $5,000 in free office furniture from Office Liquidators in Lakewood. “It is a tremendous blessing. We have been using the same office furniture for a long time now. It is showing its age,” Manuel said. Manuel and four other nonprofits will… Read more »

10 days of office-design nirvana: One Workplace’s ONEder starts next week


Hundreds of design professionals, real estate types and workplace groupies will descend on Santa Clara next week for an event that’s part industry exhibition, part speaker-series, and part salon. Plus, where else can you try out an office-style “picnic” bench with solar panels so you can plug in outside? It’s all part of ONEder, a 10-day event at One Workplace,… Read more »

Office furniture industry posts second quarter growth; BIFMA tempers 2016 outlook

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GRAND RAPIDS — While the office furniture industry continued to post strong shipment growth during the second quarter of 2015, industry forecasts show signs of the sector plateauing by the end of the year. Shipments from April to June grew to $2.55 billion, an increase of 5.4 percent over the same period a year ago, according to updated data from… Read more »