August 4 -- John Wall|
Building Corporate Furniture:
A Reflection on 40 Years of Collaborative Furniture Design Process at Wall Goldfinger
Through slides, videos, drawings, materials, and samples, Wall Goldfinger owner John Wall will explain the collaborative furniture design process that Wall Goldfinger facilitates with many of the largest architectural firms in the US. At their Vermont factory, Wall Goldfinger integrates the latest communication technology into furniture created with fine hardwood veneer, marble/granite, steel, and glass. Clients include the White House, the New York Stock Exchange, the United Nations, most of the largest law firms on the East Coast, and many of the Fortune 500. John will talk about WG's efforts with green manufacturing, Open Book management, and current implementation of Lean Production and communication techniques.
John Wall graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree. Joining Union Woodworks, in Warren, VT, in 1976 as an apprentice woodworker, he showed little native ability. Fortunately, he became partners with then owner Michael Goldfinger, and in 1981 they renamed the company Wall Goldfinger. Assuming full ownership in 1993, John and his team have grown the company into one of the most trusted national manufacturers of contract furniture. The factory uses FSC certified lumber, and has received the Governors Award for Pollution Prevention. In 2006 John was named the Vermont Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S Small Business Administration. www.wallgoldfinger.com
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