Mitch speaks at Gunlocke/
Metropolis event: ‘Creating Productive Spaces’
As the way we work continues to change, the objects in our offices have had to transform as well. We recognize now that personal and collaborative work areas both have their place in a successful office, as do enclosed and open spaces as well as casual and formal settings and office furnishings have to adapt to all these situations.
IDA volunteers at Habitat for Humanity
At IDA we love giving back, for the past couple years, Habitat for Humanity has been our go-to service project. This year we spent an afternoon painting the ceiling, walls, and trim of a house for a single mom and her son. They will be moving in in a few weeks, and it was encouraging to read their bio and hear stories of how excited the son is to pick the color of his new room.
Although it was over 90 degrees that day, we made it fun, got the job done, and even had time for ice-cream afterwards.
Summertime Team Building on Lake Michigan!
Ah, sweet sweet summertime. Sometimes you need to let loose and enjoy time getting to know your co-workers out of the office. We took an afternoon off, rented a boat, and spent some time on the water. The day was beautiful and we had a chance to eat lunch, climb sand dunes, swim in the lake, and even go tubing.
SileaEH wins silver at NeoCon!
We brought home the hardware this NeoCon! Mitch, Zach, and Cara were in Chicago to accept the award. We are beyond excited that the NeoCon judges love Silea EH as much as we do! Click here to learn more about Silea EH.
Interior Design Interviews IDA about SileaEH
IDA Refreshes their Brand!
This summer IDA went through a brand refresh that included a name, logo, and pronunciation change. (We now pronounce our name “eye-dee-aye”, instead of “eye-dee-uhhh”.) To top it all off, we launched our new website that incorporates our updated brand. This project took months to complete and involved most of our team. We are so happy with the results and the new brand; we hope you are too!
SileaEH featured in Workdesign Magazine
"Building on the successful Silea™ case goods portfolio, designer Mitch Bakker, principal of IDA Design, wanted to expand the possibilities across the workplace with SileaEH by providing furniture applications that would integrate seamlessly in both enclosed and open workspaces. The introduction increases the choice of materials and options and incorporates height-adjustable work surfaces, expanding the flexibility and functionality of the product. Read more...
Mitch and Cara present at Western University
Western University opened their own Product Design and Innovation department. During the opening, they invited our studio to speak on process and designing for the real world. Mitch and Cara presented IDA’s process for design and development to students and staff.
Interior Design: Vicinity Chair Boasts Universal Workplace Appeal
"No longer just your conventional sit-and-snack spot, the workplace café has come into its own, thanks to IDA Design principal Mitch Bakker. For the Vicinity chair, his addition to the Gather series from Allsteel, Bakker considered all the possibilities: connecting, consorting, concentrating. “It facilitates impromptu encounters, encourages the exchange of ideas, and promotes active collaboration,” he says. Whether the user is lounging, slouching over a laptop, or sitting at attention, the low seat promises ergonomic consistency. The tubular-steel base comes in seven finishes. The plywood shell seat, veneered in oak, beech, or walnut, is available partially or fully upholstered, accepting a range of standard covers or COM." Read more...
Christmas time at IDA
There is always a giving spirit that comes with Christmas time. This year we wanted to do something special, so together we bought presents for a family in need. We each picked a family member to shop for and spent time picking out special gifts for them
Briefing featured in Metropolis Magazine
"Once upon a time, cutting-edge office spaces consisted of restrictive cubicle walls that hindered communication. Since then, the trends of workplace design have veered from one extreme to another: designers have been creating open plan workplaces, many with acoustic problems and a debilitating lack of privacy. Design firms and manufacturers are now attempting to scale back, searching for a happy medium that allows for both spirited collaboration and private reflection. Metropolis talked to Jennifer Wammack and Mitch Bakker from Michigan-based design studio IDA about three of their recent collections of flexible office furniture designed in collaboration with Gunlocke, to hear their insights into ways of creating seamless transitions between collaborative and private spaces in office design." Read more...
Approach Wins Best of NeoCon Silver!
“This is a major accomplishment for Allsteel and demonstrates how great partnerships give rise to innovative products,” said Lynda Whittle, Vice President of Marketing at Allsteel. “Approach is part of Allsteel’s comprehensive effort to address evolving industry trends in casual collaboration, adaptive office, health and wellness and other areas, but above to meet our customers’ needs in fresh transformative ways.” Read more...
Trillia and Saranac are Interior Design HiP Honorees
The third installment of Interior Design’s annual recognition program—HiP at NeoCon (Honoring Industry People and Product)—kicked off last night, with designers and manufacturers receiving their awards during the magazine’s Giants celebration. Read more...
Interior Design Interviews IDA about Saranac and Trillia
Trillia Takes Home #MetropolisLikes Award
These stools fill the need for comfortable, aesthetically pleasing bar, counter, and standard-height seating for informal and collaborative areas. A beautifully machined solid wood top flows into the profiled legs, the eased seat promotes easy sitting in many positions. Excellent comfort, without pressure points, no matter how you sit. Read more...
Business of Furniture Magazine Features Trillia and Saranac in NeoCon Issue
Designed by IDa Design, led by Principal Mitch Bakker, Trillia makes a perfect companion for Gunlocke’s BriefingTM line of collaborative furniture, also designed by Bakker and team. It fills the need for comfortable, aesthetically pleasing seating for informal areas outside the four walls of a private office or conference space.
“Trillia epitomizes a simple sophistication that immediately grabs your attention,” Bakker says. “It’s beautiful without feeling too complex or overdesigned.” Read more...
IDA presents CEU's on Trends
IDa Design presents excerpts from the Inspiration & IDa’s (now Lumen) trend report and discuss how trend tracking influences design. The presentation will deliver these objectives: through interactive learning:
1. Trend Tracking Examples:A discussion of the power of trend observations.
2. Design Research. Discuss how web and social media trolling facilitate the creative process.
3. Point of View. How one can develop a unique design point of view in the context of a global internet economy. Power of inspiration from a variety of contexts.
4. Concept to Reality. How trend tracking is a tool for bridging the communication gap in a complex value chain of manufacturers, specifiers and end-users.