Marking its fiftieth anniversary, not-for-profit BIFMA International—the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association—plans to kick off 2023 by celebrating the milestone at its annual 360 Leadership Conference at The Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island January 23-25. The conference is BIFMA’s signature event, bringing industry leaders together around current topics facing the industry.
Strengthening the Commercial Furniture Industry – Advocating for Innovation, Sustainability, & Education
An Old Company with New Ideas
IOA Healthcare Furniture
IOA Healthcare Furniture has roots that go back to the mid-1920s when Gigi Delmestri launched a furniture business in northern Italy. “He inherited a company that was making horse-drawn steel ploughs for agricultural use, and when the tractor finally came around to Italy, he had a workforce of about seventy people, and he didn’t want to have to shut down,” says Gigi’s great-grandson and IOA’s Executive Vice President Matthew Delmestri. To save the jobs on which his rural village depended, Gigi reinvented his company as a steel furniture manufacturer.
Committed to Sustainable Practices in the Seating Solutions Market
Dauphin Americas (a division of Dauphin HumanDesign Group), based out of Boonton, New Jersey, is the western wing of the Germany-based global office seating manufacturer, Dauphin HumanDesign Group. The organization was founded by designer Friedrich-Wilhelm Dauphin in 1968.
Getting the Message Across: Ghent Brings Communication Home
Gone are the bleak old days of stuffy office decor and felt notice boards crammed with memos—and thank goodness. Employers with an eye for the latest trends are going all out to make their offices plush, functional, and environmentally conscious. Alongside this wave of modernity and comfort comes the need to communicate and share information during idea-generating sessions, training, and meetings in fresh and fun ways that work.
The Science of Productivity
Since 1982, Symbiote, a family-owned company founded by Travis Randolph, has been designing flexible, mobile, modular laboratory solutions for the education, technology, security, biotechnology, and health markets.
Reimagining Healthcare Furniture through Design and Engineering
Who says furniture can’t be strong and functional while also embracing stylish construction? Spec Furniture, a completely integrated company with a manufacturing process that utilizes North American sourced products and materials, shows that it can.
A Company that Gives Back
Special-T delivers Grade-A tables at Grade-C prices through innovation, supply chain best practices, and a customer-first attitude. The company’s story began twenty years ago when Loren Rozeboom recognized an opportunity. As a furniture dealer, he saw a need for a budget table base, and as the father of a son struggling with addiction, he saw the need to give a second chance to people who had completed rehabilitation and were seeking employment.
Over 30 Years of Excellence
As businesses across the globe struggle to adapt to the hybrid post-COVID work environment, one company has emerged as a leader in office furniture and equipment, surpassing the quality found at the retail level. From its base in the sun-baked desert of Mesa, Arizona, ESI provides ergonomic equipment and furniture to suit the fast pace of modern office environments. It is reaching new horizons with a planned expansion in Chicago.
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