#DesignStandsTogether: Positive Stories + Good News – No. 9

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.” – John Lennon

From Novità Communications:

Happy almost Memorial Day! We have some mood-boosting stories, designer spotify playlists, back to work ideas and special events to ease your mind and get you into relaxation mode.

And we did a little something….We created our own homemade Be Well series video on IGTV and YouTube  to inspire you to submit to us your Be Well moments.


Leading with Creativity

Call for Video Submissions: Novità Issues Creativity & Wellness Request for New #Designstandstogether Be Well Series
Novità is putting out a call for submissions to the newly created Be Well series on IGTV and YouTube. Launched as part of Novità’s DesignStandsTogether (DST) — a platform for creativity, connection and wellness during the COVID-19 crisis.  The DST initiative includes a hashtag #designstandstogether, IG channel @designstandstogether, virtual cocktail series DesignGetsTogether and Be Well video library of behind-the-scenes tips from the industry on creativity and wellness. Now is the time to tap into your creativity and passions, to unveil your hidden talents, hobbies and rituals – and to share your videos! [Guest Form]

Designer Playlists by Duravit: Starck, Seiger, Merki & Werner Spinning Music for Creativity
Have you ever wondered what kind of music a designer dances to, sings along to and plays while working? Duravit asked a few of their longstanding design partners, Philippe Starck, Christian Sieger, Kurt Merki Jr. and Christian Werner, to curate a custom playlist for Duravit’s creative initiative to share inspiration through music on the brand’s newly launched Spotify Account: Duravit Music. Born out of an idea to offer positivity and inspiration during this time, Duravit Music will live beyond COVID-19. For many, music is a connector, a creative outlet and source of comfort. Does good music inspire good design? Does music connect us when we are apart? To both questions, Duravit say “yes”! [Link]

Helping Hands

DIFFA Grants Emergency Funds to Organizations Serving Those Affected by HIV/AIDS
DIFFA, in partnership with the ASID “Design Impacts Lives” Fund, will provide $50,000 in emergency grants to six of the organization’s grantees who have been working diligently throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether it’s caring for at-risk LGBTQIA youth, housing those living with HIV/AIDS, or feeding the elderly and those with compromised health, their service to the community has been astounding. DIFFA gladly stands with Ali Forney Center, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, Gay Men’s Health Crisis,  God’s Love We Deliver, Hetrick-Martin Institute, and Housing Works (Bailey House) for continuing to advocate and serve the HIV/AIDS community. [see press release on officenewswire]

Back in Action

Beetle Mania: HBF Reissues an Icon
HBF has re-released the iconic Gubi Beetle chair. The instantly recognizable Gubi Beetle was inspired by the shape, shell, and structure of the eponymous insect. Designers GamFratesi found the anatomy of the beetle captivating, the thin and sculptural outer shell providing structure, form, and protection. The design of the chair reinterprets the elements of the beetle’s body: rigid on the outside, soft within. [More Info]

Working Smarter

How Will Your Office Change After COVID?
No matter where you live, the future of your work is top of mind. Designers and manufacturers of workplace products are rethinking their approach to the office and answering the question: how will office design — corporate offices, home offices, and your own personal office — change as a result of COVID? From innovative material science to a focus on comfort and creative approaches to collaboration, ASID explores what some of the design industry’s leading minds are considering. [Link]

Spacestor Envisions the Workplace Return
In a recently published white paper, Spacestor highlights the fundamental pillars that they believe will define the post-pandemic workplace. Although the process of returning to the office will initially be met with short-term design solutions, Spacestor predicts that employee safety & wellbeing, organizational culture, workplace operations, and design strategy are four essential areas of focus that will help guide a longer-term reinvention of the pre-COVID workplace. [White Paper]

Humanscale HQ | Photo by Eric Laignel

Humanscale Webinar on Antimicrobials and the Workplace
In the latest installment of Humanscale’s The New Workplace webinar series, Jane Abernethy, the company’s Chief Sustainability Officer, tackled the subject of antimicrobials in the workplace. Antimicrobials have recently been touted as the go-to solution for designing germ-free offices. Though antimicrobials can be helpful, there are many details to understand before incorporating them into the workplace. [Link to replay]

Protecting the Public: CARVART Expands Innovative Glass Solutions
After releasing its revolutionary product, glassSCREENS>ShieldCARVART quickly expanded the collection to include new Frameless and Benching variations. The recent crisis initially pushed the team to reimagine how people connect in public spaces, especially those deemed essential businesses. From the start, its glass screens were uniquely pioneered and intentionally made from glass, as glass is naturally an anti-porous and scratch resistant material that is more resistant to bacteria and increasingly durable, ensuring a greater product longevity. In an effort to protect employees and customers, as other industries resume operation, CARVART created a wider range of screen solutions that can be customized to fit any business environment providing the opportunity for everyone to benefit from a screen that prioritizes health and safety while maintaining interaction and business transactions.

Living Well

Ceramics of Italy Reveals Spring-Summer Tile Trends
Following Coverings Connected – a digital experience that revealed hundreds of new product introductions from tile manufacturers around the world – Ceramics of Italy recently announced their take on this season’s top six trends in tile design. While some of these trends are more seasonal – such as Blue, Geometric Stone, and Oxides – others showcase the Italian tile industry’s answer to broader design movements, such as Biophilia. [Trend Report + Images]

Double Duty: Room & Board Indoor/Outdoor Furniture Provides Utility with a Splash of Color
Room & Board Business Interiors Slim C-tablesAmbrose Swivel Chairs & Brook Stools are the perfect indoor/outdoor pieces, stunning enough to work inside the home with the added benefit of being weather resistant. Offered in a range of eye-catching colors and with a luxe outdoor velvet made of moisture resistant polyester yarns (Ambrose Chair), these pieces are ideal for outdoor and indoor environments alike, no matter what the weather. [View Outdoor Collection]

Virtual Tour: Turett Collaborative Top Outdoor Spaces
Named Best Residential Architecture Firm in NYC, Turett Collaborative has created not just beautiful interiors, but jaw dropping outdoor spaces too — from sleek rooftops to zen sculpture gardens to lavish poolside escapes. If you are looking for some design inspiration or simply need a virtual vacation from your own space, indulge in these outdoor oases. [View All Outdoor Spaces]

AMEICO Launches Virtual Lighting Exhibition Showcasing Three New International Brands: BEEM, Made By Hand and Le Klint
Turning to digital and virtual opportunities to showcase three new international lighting brands that were set to launch at ICFF 2020, AMEICO is thrilled to announce the launch of its Virtual Lighting Exhibition video and new dedicated lighting website. BEEM, a British lighting brand alongside Made By Hand and Le Klint, two Danish brands, debut as official collections represented by AMEICO in North America. A virtual walkthrough, this video shares how these three new brands add dimension to AMEICO’s curated collection of lighting solutions. [Watch Here]