Haworth sales down 19% amid coronavirus pandemic

Friday, 19 March, 2021

HOLLAND, MI — Furniture manufacturer Haworth reported global sales of $1.81 billion in 2020, a 19% drop from the previous year.

Despite the loss, the Holland-based company says its performance was “better than expected.” It credited efforts to diversify its product offerings.

“Haworth responded to the events of 2020 by leveraging our differentiation and global reach,” President and CEO Franco Bianchi said in a statement.


Soft North American contract furniture market drags Herman Miller sales lower

Thursday, 18 March, 2021

ZEELAND — Office furniture maker Herman Miller Inc. continues to feel the sting as office workers stay home because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In reporting its 2021 fiscal year results for its third quarter that ended Feb. 27, the company said it generated $590.5 million in sales for the three-month period, down 11.3 percent from the same time last year.

Herman Miller Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2021 Results

Wednesday, 17 March 2021

In the news release, Herman Miller Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2021 Results, issued 17-Mar-2021 by Herman Miller, Inc. over PR Newswire, PR Newswire inadvertently excluded the Contact details, which are now included for credentialed media.

Herman Miller Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2021 Results

ZEELAND, Mich.March 17, 2021 /PRNewswire/ —

  • Retail and International sales growth helps offset near-term demand pressures in North America Contract
  • Retail momentum accelerates with sales growth of 63%, order growth of 81%, and operating margin of 20.1%
  • Consolidated operating margin expansion over the prior year

Trendway products in new BIFMA Compliant registry

Tuesday, 16 March, 2021

HOLLAND, Mich. –Trendway announced that 15 of its products have been certified as BIFMA Compliant. Launched on March 1, 2021, the new BIFMA Compliant registry is an industry-wide list of furniture products that meet BIFMA performance, safety and sustainability standards.

To secure the BIFMA Compliant marks, Trendway worked with an independent International Organization for Standardization 17025 accredited lab testing BIFMA specifications ranging from safety and performance to durability.

Woodworking Industry News Eames chair not ‘famous’ enough: Supreme Court denies Herman Miller trade dress appeal

Friday, 12 March 2021

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on March 8 declined Herman Miller‘s trade dress appeal petition, holding that the contract furniture company’s popular Eames office chair is not “famous” enough to qualify for trade dress dilution protection. The Supreme Court’s decision on Herman Miller Inc. v Blumenthal Distributing Inc. means the Ninth Circuit Court’s ruling to partially overturn a jury verdict will stand.

Special Report: Q&A with Hawaii’s office furniture dealers

Friday, 12 March 2021

Pacific Business News polled the Hawaii companies on this year’s Office Furniture Dealers List on the new trends and challenges in the office furniture and design industry.

What has been the biggest challenge over the last year?

Stephan Edwards, president, The Systemcenter Inc.: One of the biggest external challenges we have faced in the last year has been adapting to the shipping and other logistic obstacles to continue to meet the needs of our customers and the community. This is along with the internal challenge of maintaining our company culture and making sure we take time to connect as a team, mostly virtually, through our weekly lunch and company update meetings.

AIS furniture continues churning out face masks, donates 25,000 more

Thursday, 11 March, 2021

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – Massachusetts-based commercial office furniture specialist AIS has donated 25,000 face masks to the city of North Charleston, South Carolina. The company has been producing masks for communities in need since the pandemic began.
“We are extremely grateful for the generosity of AIS and its President and CEO Bruce Platzman, as there is no question that this nationwide charitable initiative has saved lives,” said North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey.

Steelcase Introduces More Than 40 New Products For New Employee Needs In The Office

Wednesday, 10 March 2021

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.March 10, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Steelcase today announces the introduction of over 40 products designed to meet the emerging needs and expectations of workers based on new global research. The pandemic has reshaped what people need and expect in the office, according to studies the company conducted in 10 countries, which engaged over 32,000 people in multiple studies. Synthesizing these studies uncovered new overarching needs that will drive macro shifts in the overall work experience and lead to new ways of planning and designing offices. The research also finds 95% of organizations plan to return to the office, most exploring hybrid work experiences and embracing new ways of working after employees reported drops in productivity, engagement and innovation while working from home. Steelcase designers crafted a new collection of product solutions designed to address employee needs that were amplified by or emerged during the pandemic.

BIFMA launches product registry platform: BIFMA Compliant

Thursday, 04 March 2021

The Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association launched the BIFMA Compliant product registry to provide clarity in the market about products that meet established industry standards.

The Grand Rapids-based nonprofit trade association BIFMA said Monday that it launched BIFMA Compliant, an industrywide registry of furniture products conforming to BIFMA safety and durability standards.

Herman Miller Introduces Fabric Line Made of Plastic Bottles

Wednesday, 03 March 2021

Herman Miller, a Zeeland-based (northeast of Holland) home and office furniture company, has introduced a sustainable textile collection, including fabric entirely made from recycled and ocean-bound plastic materials as well as a 100 percent post-consumer biodegradable polyester.