updated May 3, 2015

News FORO features

Woodstock, Ontario, manufacturer Maglin Site Furniture introduces the FORO chair and table in a choice of colours and laser-cut patterns.

News UK Awards

UK's Wood Awards expands its furniture award to include wood "products" in three categories: bespoke, production made, and student designer. Deadline May 26.

News Ventura vision

Milan's alternate exhibition district, Ventura Lambrate, publishes this 65-page booklet about their thousands of projects.

In memoriam

Frank Brzek, a generous, witty and amazing human being (also a cabinetmaker for over 40 years), passed away peacefully at home in Vancouver, March 8, at the age of 66.

News Red Dot winner

Infurma Magazine shows Move the sectional sofa designed by Francesco Rota for Italian manufacturer Paola Lenti that won a 2015 Red Dot Award.

News EU stats

The EU Furniture Market Situation and a Possible Furniture Products Initiative, an EU report, contains world furniture growth rates in billions of euros (above), per cent year-to-year change (below) and other useful statistics.

News Treeless wood

A Bloomberg video shows how Ecovative Design (Green Island, NY) adds mycelium to ground wood waste, waits four days for the natural fungus "adhesive" to grow/combine, then presses it into panels for furniture applications.

News Irish ideas

New York's Wanted Design (May 15-18) hosts Liminal, Ireland's government-sponsored exhibit that celebrates the work of their national and international designers.

News Local support

Atlantic Monthly reports how "makerspaces, fab labs" and other technology incubators support local manufacturing economies.

News LCA listed

UK designer/maker Sebastian Cox releases the carbon emissions figures for some of his products and this spreadsheet showing his calculations.

News Stand and deliver

Fast Company gives an overview of several scientific studies that document the health benefits of working at "standing" desks.

News Canada's best

The 18th annual Canadian Interiors magazine's Best of Canada Awards (furniture in the "products" category) invites entries from Canadian designers and residents. Deadline May 29.

News New deadline

IIDEX Woodshop sponsors an innovative competition that redirects Toronto-area ash lumber killed by the Emerald Ash Borer from the landfill to market-ready commercial and consumer furniture prototypes. New deadline June 15.

News Second life

KPBS Public Broadcasting summarizes the objectives of Urban Woods, a recent conference about urban forestry held at Palomar College, San Marcos, CA.

News Green award

Sweden's Green Furniture Award invites submissions of furniture with "outstanding sustainable design" currently not in production. Deadline November 1.

News Orders optimistic

The March newsletter from Smith Leonard reports US orders for retail furniture in January 2015 increased by seven per cent over January 2014.

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