An Integrated Palette for Evolving Design

In 1948, schoolteacher GW Haworth borrowed $10,000 from his parents with the intention of moving his woodworking business out of the family garage. Sixty-six years and many strategic acquisitions later, Haworth Inc., is truly a titan in the world of office interiors, with over $1 billion in global sales annually, 650 dealers and operations in 126 countries. Still family-owned and headquartered in Holland, Mich., Haworth continues to expand and refine its comprehensive product offering.

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Retail with Iconic Allure

Listen to that idle. Pop-pop…pop-pop…pop-pop… So distinctive. It’s the sound of an engine with a V arrangement of cylinders, two pistons and a crankshaft with one pin. There’s only one bike on the road today that makes that sound – Harley-Davidson, an American icon.

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For the Right to Be Heard

Surface & Panel magazine focuses exclusively on the global secondary panel processing industry. Uniting materials, technology and design is our mantra. Panel processing is the largest and fastest growing processing system in the world. It was once considered a vertical niche in the woodworking arena, but now dominates worldwide. 

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Making Connections

Ah, the furniture and store fixtures issue. What I love about this emphasis in general is that it is about connections.

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Automating for the Better

Automated finishing technology offers consistency, transfer efficiency and increased production – with the added benefit of a cleaner finishing environment. It is a significant investment. For Four Woods Laminating, an Amish-owned family business, the move to automation was a carefully planned process with far-reaching benefits. “Our number one priority is to take care of our customers.

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Bringing Style to the Table

Although Nucraft has been in the contract furniture business for 70 years, its entry into conferencing products in the mid-1980s was a defining moment for the company. That specialization drove material and processing innovations that are a departure from standard casegoods on many levels. One is scale. Designing for large expanses requires an understanding of materials that goes beyond four-by-eight panels and box construction. 

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Color Me Durable

“People draw on anything,” says Christie Kratzer, interior designer and principal for Cincinnati- based Reztark Design Studio. Anyone who has ever handed a child a crayon knows this to be true.

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Building an Environment for Healing

It is somewhat tongue in cheek when Landon Lawson, Project Director for Vanguard Health Systems quips that "Vanguard is the Vanguard of outcome-based quality healthcare," but the company is certainly part of what is driving the big philosophical changes in healthcare design.

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