updated June 26, 2015

News Floating originals

Conran & Co., Ernest Race and Timothy Rendle designed the original furnishings for the P&O liner Canberra, launched in 1960.

News Shell shock

Be Original America's video compares the strength between Arne Jacobsen's original Series 7 formed plywood chair and two knock-offs.

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 Green award

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

News EU training

This 82-page booklet reports on core competency training initiatives for upholsterers and cabinetmakers in Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Poland and Romania.

News Micros multiply

The UK's Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) publishes nine key statements from their recent report on micro businesses.

News Wood expands

The UK's Guardian newspaper's The Material World series recently included plywood with the moniker Wood 2.0.

News Furnished rooms

Writing for Gizmod, Adam Clark Estes illustrates his sponsored visit to the Ikea design museum in Ă„lmhult, Sweden, with room settings from the 1950s to today.

News Singapore awards

The Singapore Furniture Industries Council invites entries from around the world for jury by an international panel of designers for their 2016 Furniture Awards. Deadline: August 10.

News Design for Spain

The design brief for the 2015 Andreu International Design Award requests a seat and/or table that meets technical parameters the Spanish company established. Deadline: November 30.

News Local support

John Tierney in Atlantic Monthly reports how "makerspaces, fab labs" and other technology incubators support local manufacturing economies in the US.

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.

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