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A quiet space amid the hustle and bustle

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This year’s NeoCon, held at Merchandise Mart in Chicago, was alive with a variety of trends. One invention pushing the market was BuzziHood, a private, quiet space right in the office.

The Belgium-based company, BuzziSpace, has introduced the wall-mounted booth where workers can make calls in complete silence, CBSlocal.com reports. In noisy office surroundings, this is an option for those who do not want their calls heard. No sound penetrates in or out.

“The BuzziHood, which is our phone booth, is really derived from the public phone cells, which we don’t see in the streets anymore,” said Daniel Verlooven, European sales director for BuzziSpace.

Verlooven said Facebook and Google have recently bought BuzziHoods for their offices.

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June 29, 2012 at 7:00 am

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ForrestPerkins redesigns Washington Plaza Hotel

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ForrestPerkins designed the guest rooms to feature large, dark oak headboards with an espresso finish and dark, wooden dressers.

Sustainable design firm ForrestPerkins (www.forrestperkins.com) recently completed a renovation of guest rooms in the Washington Plaza Hotel in Washington, D.C, originally designed in 1962 by mid-century architect Morris Lapidus. 

The recently-completed Lapidus Suite (the Presidential Suite) of the Washington Plaza Hotel captures Lapidus’ adventurous style. The suite features a master bath, as well as a living area, dining area, powder room, catering kitchen and bar. 

“Using Morris Lapidus’ signature design elements, including his ‘woggles, bean poles, cheese holes,’ and overall free-flowing curvilinear forms, we tried to reflect his spirit in our new design,” says Stephen Perkins, the principal in charge of the project. Inspiration for the designs came from the “woggle,” which The New York Times describes as “something like an artist’s palette squashed by a truck”; the “bean pole,” described as “a purely decorative painted steel pole running floor to ceiling at an angle, extending right through a table”; and “cheese holes,” which are “walls perforated with circular openings for no apparent reason.

In his designs, Lapidus blended new and iconic furniture and lighting together, which ForrestPerkins used to create a fresh environment. Including the Lapidus Suite, ForrestPerkins renovated 340 guest rooms, suites and the guest corridors, which now have Lapidus-inspired burnt orange, burgundy and yellow carpets. ForrestPerkins is currently redesigning the lobby area. The Deluxe King guest rooms feature burnt orange and burgundy pillows and bed linens, large dark oak headboards with an espresso finish and birdcage lamps inspired by the original lamps that Lapidus designed. Dark wooden dressers are inlaid with lighter wooden circles. Suites also feature sliding pocket doors.

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June 29, 2012 at 7:00 am

e2e Office wins Best of NeoCon for bio-composite material workstation

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e2e Office, a division of e2e Materials (www.e2ematerials.com), a clean technology spinoff of Cornell University that develops products made from advanced biocomposite materials used for the furniture and cabinet industries, won the Gold and Innovation Awards in the Best of NeoCon 2012 product competition and 2012 Product Innovation Merit Award from Builders Magazine for its TransForm Workstation.

The TransForm Workstation won the award in the Surfacing Materials/Finishes category. The TransFORM Workstation is a versatile work surface made from e2e’s proprietary biocomposites, made of soy flour and grass fibers that are formaldehyde-free and contain no hazardous chemicals as defined by the Living Building Challenge. 

The 23rd annual Best of NeoCon awards recognize the top new commercial interiors products introduced at the show. NeoCon awards selection is conducted by a team of 46 judges made up of interior designers, architects and facilities management professionals. In total, more than 325 new products were evaluated.

“Winning the highly coveted Best of NeoCon Innovation Award is especially gratifying because only a shortlist of vendors demonstrating remarkable new ideas in commercial interior design and furnishings are selected,” said Pat Govang, CEO of e2e Office. “And as a clean technology company, we’re thrilled to be recognized for bringing a breakthrough product to market that is environmentally friendly and contributes significantly to LEED certification.”

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June 29, 2012 at 7:00 am

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SawStop contest to award cabinet saw installation to high school

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SawStop, a table saw manufacturer, wants people to vote in the final three days of its giveaway contest, in which one U.S. or Canadian high school will be eligible to win a full industrial cabinet saw installation and accessories. 

To vote, log on to the company’s Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/sawstop and watch the videos submitted by high schools. The sweepstakes will award a table saw to the school and to the teacher to show thanks for the educators and schools teaching the woodworkers of tomorrow. The winner will be drawn at the SkillsUSA National TECHspo Conference on June 25.

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June 28, 2012 at 7:00 am

Doug Mockett & Co. opens entry to annual Design Competition

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Doug Mockett & Co. (www.mockett.com) is encouraging entries to its annual Design Competition, aimed at discovering the most innovative and creative furniture parts, accessories and hardware.

The competition awards up to four first-place winners at a time for their design submissions. First place winners each receive $1,000, an engraved trophy and royalties based on sales.

To enter, submit an idea with a write-up or, preferably, a drawing or model via Registered Return Receipt or Fedex to: Contest Administrator, Doug Mockett & Company Inc., P.O. Box 3333, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, or via email to contest@mockett.com. Entries are due by Sept. 4. For more information, call 310.318.2491 and ask for the contest administrator.

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June 28, 2012 at 7:00 am

International Woodworking Fair 2012 offers discounts to attendees

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The International Woodworking Fair will offer several discount programs on registration, housing, dining and attractions for the 2012 IWF Fair, August 22-25, in Atlanta. 

In addition to the nearly 800 exhibitors contracted for 365,000 net square feet of exhibit space, 2012 IWF Fair will feature five symposiums on Aug. 21, an expanded educational session program beginning Aug. 22, and Cabinet Makers Association certification sessions.

To save on conferences, attendees can buy one symposium and receive one free session, and/or buy one educational session with the second one discounted 50 percent per individual registration. IWF and the Atlanta Hospitality Community are also working together to create the IWF Atlanta Hospitality Program, which will enable exhibitors and attendees to save throughout the city for dining, attractions and hotels. 

To register for IWF please visit www.iwfatlanta.com and for more information on the IWF Atlanta Hospitality Program go to www.atlanta.net/iwf/home.

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June 28, 2012 at 7:00 am

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Manhattan Forest Products to open showroom at Merchandise Mart

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Manhattan Forest Products will showcase its reclaimed and custom wood products at the LuxeHome showroom, opening in June.

LuxeHome, a collection of premier boutiques for home building and renovation, announced that Manhattan Forest Products, manufacturers of restored and reproduced premium hardwood flooring, will open a showroom on the first floor of The Merchandise Mart in Chicago. 

Located in the Design Resource Center, Suite 163, the new space is a primary showcase for the New York-based company’s collection of reclaimed and custom wood products. 

“We all know we have a responsibility to keep this planet healthy,” says Ron Sauer, vice president of Manhattan Forest Products. “People recycle cans and newspapers, we recycle Manhattan’s buildings. So far we have saved over 1,600 acres of forestry. That’s an area twice the size of Central Park and this is just the beginning.”

The company’s mill in upstate New York converts reclaimed wood into flooring, beams, furniture and millwork following “green” principles. The mill is run on electricity generated by solar and wind power, and factory wood waste is recycled into wood pellets, while metal debris from the reclaiming process such as nails, bolts and conduit are recycled.

“Manhattan Forest Products is such a special company, not only because they source reclaimed woods from Coney Island and Manhattan Water Towers for residential and commercial projects, but also the style, color and design of the floors are unique,” said Katherine Flaherty, MMPI’s vice president for building products and special projects. “It’s a compliment to LuxeHome, which offers a wide variety of world-renowned kitchen, bath and building products in more than 115,000-square-feet of space.”

For more information on the new Manhattan Forest Products showroom or LuxeHome, please visit www.luxehome.com.

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June 28, 2012 at 7:00 am

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