New ‘era’ for interior design

The newly formed Association of Myanmar Interior Designers hosted its first seminar last week to foster cooperation and improvement within the industry and introduce itself to the public.

The seminar was held on August 4 at the Myanmar Engineering Society in Hlaing township, Yangon.

U Saw Phyu Thein, a patron of the association, said part of the purpose of the seminar was to introduce the association – which was formed in January and has 40 members – to the public, as well as to provide a venue for sharing information between companies and generations.

Written By Htar Htar Khin

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Office furniture companies ramp up operations

The office furniture industry is bracing for a period of significant change beyond the myriad new products the companies unveiled last month at the NeoCon expo in Chicago.

Crain’s Detroit Business reports that as the new product cadence accelerates to accommodate all the new innovations the industry has developed, companies are scrambling to retool their factories. Luckily, their operational performance has mostly improved with the overall economy, and they are able to find the financing they need for equipment or additional facilities. Given their better positions, more companies also have started hunting for strategic acquisitions.

Written By Joe Boomgaard

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Interior Lifestyle Tokyo enjoys impressive exhibitor figures

“The 23rd edition of Interior Lifestyle Tokyo, held from 5–7th June at Tokyo Big Sight, concluded successfully with a record-breaking 705 exhibitors (473 domestic, 232 overseas) from 32 countries and regions, and welcomed 25,456 visitors. The fairground was vibrant, with buyers from around the world searching for high-end design products, trends and new ideas to meet their diverse lifestyle needs. Numerous business-seeking participants gathered at the stage for the talk-show event Lifestyle Salon 2013 throughout the three days.

Etty Meerovitch, owner of Habitat Israel, says: “I was very impressed by the fair’s organisation and presentation. Interior Lifestyle Tokyo is an interesting, innovative, selective and well-oriented trade fair. I found new companies, new contacts and new products. There were Japanese companies that I didn’t know of before as well as a good selection of international brands.””

Written By Victoria Noakes

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