Inside Four Hands expanded Las Vegas showroom

The home furnishings brand nearly doubles its showroom footprint to accommodate growing collections and demand

Hudson Valley Lighting Group expands Wappingers Falls headquarters 

Hudson Valley Lighting Group (HVLG), the one-stop-shop for the most comprehensive selection of lighting, is thrilled to announce the expansion of its headquarters in Wappingers Falls. The project, which spanned nearly 15 months and employed over 35 local contractors, has added an impressive 16,000 square feet to HVLG’s office space, creating new workstations and a brand new product design studio to further solidify the company’s presence within and commitment to the Hudson Valley community.

California becomes first state to adopt mandatory measures in building code to reduce embodied carbon

At their Wednesday, August 2, 2023, meeting, the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC), voted unanimously for two building code changes to limit embodied carbon emissions in the construction, remodel, or adaptive reuse of commercial buildings larger than 100,000 sq feet and school projects over 50,000 sq ft. These changes go into effect on July 1, 2024, statewide.

Architectural Workers United

Architects are unionizing – is the industry paying attention?

On December 21st, 2021, the establishment of Architectural Workers United (AWU) ignited a nationwide discourse concerning architectural labor and its value within a system fraught with exploitation. It has slowly been gaining traction ever since. AWU represents a collaborative initiative of architectural professionals hailing from various firms, united in their pursuit to revolutionize the industry through grassroots efforts. Notably, the United States currently lacks a prominent private sector union for architects. While a union briefly existed prior to World War II, the past five decades have seen a void in election activity.

The lava lamp turns 60

MATHMOS, creators of the lava lamp are celebrating its 60th anniversary.

Exceptionally strong growth in nonresidential building spending projected for 2023; slower gains predicted for 2024

Leading the charge is the manufacturing sector, where spending is projected to increase more than 50% over last year’s exceptional performance. Healthy gains are expected across all sectors, including commercial, institutional, and industrial construction categories, with each projected to increase at a double-digit pace. 

ASID releases 2023 economic outlook report

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is excited to announce the release of the 2023 Economic Outlook Report – the third installment in ASID’s annual Outlook Research Series, sponsored by Sherwin Williams.

This report delves into the current state of the economy during a pandemic-recovery period and following a brief recession in 2023, equipping the design industry with insights to inform and prepare practitioners for future shifts and trends.

Key takeaways include:
National employment has bounced back from its initial sharp decline in early 2020 and is now above its pre-pandemic peak.
In general, most major cities have excess office space in their downtown areas, though vacancy rates have fallen somewhat as some workers return to the office.
Residential construction felt the effects of the fallout from the pandemic but quickly recovered.

1st Dibs partners with boutique real estate brokerage The Agency

“We’re thrilled to partner with 1stDibs and provide our agents with first-class service and access to luxury design,” said Mauricio Umansky, CEO and Founder of The Agency. “Our brands share a remarkable synergy, and through this partnership, we can leverage our combined capabilities to offer our agents enhanced access to services that truly differentiate The Agency.”

Go inside the new F. Schumacher & Co. corporate headquarters in NYC 

FS&CO was founded and established in New York City in 1889 by Frenchman Frederic Schumacher and was a pioneer in the world of interior design, getting its start by bringing the art of French textiles to the United States.  It is a sixth-generation family-owned company.  Its new headquarters, located at 459 Broadway and Grand Street are in the landmarked Devlin building, constructed in 1861, the original home to the Devlin department store.  The heritage and impressive history of the 459 Broadway building make it the perfect home for FS&CO’s new offices. In fact, F. Schumacher & Co.’s original office on lower Fifth Avenue was located in a similar era building.

Hooker Furnishings acquires BOBO Intriguing Objects

Hooker Furnishings has acquired BOBO Intriguing Objects, a lighting, décor and furnishings manufacturer based in Atlanta, Georgia. With a variety of one-of-a-kind designs, BOBO’s product line enables Hooker Furnishings to expand its portfolio into the lighting, accessories, textiles, and decor segments of the industry.