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Pivot Welcomes Amy Storek to Executive Leadership Team


Amy Storek Joins Pivot

Pivot Interiors, California’s premier source for creative workplace design and strategy, space planning, and furniture services, has hired Amy Storek to the newly created role of Chief Revenue Officer. Amy comes to Pivot from world-class manufacturer and Pivot’s close partner, Herman Miller, where her roles included West Area Vice President and most recently, Vice President of North America A+D Sales.

A Warm Welcome

“I am excited that Amy Storek will be joining Pivot in the new position of Chief Revenue Officer,” said Ken Baugh, President and CEO. “As a member of the Executive Leadership Team reporting to me, Amy will be responsible for leading all revenue-related functions including sales, marketing, design and customer support across our six Northern and Southern California locations and all vertical markets. Amy brings a unique set of skills and experience to the company and has a passion for sales excellence and design. We are thrilled to have her leading our team as we move forward into the next chapter of Pivot’s growth and success.”

Proven Track Record

Amy’s career has included successful turns with several industry-leading furniture and design companies, and she brings a strong creative point of view to lead Pivot’s Sales, Design, and Marketing initiatives. The creation of this new Executive role reinforces Pivot’s ongoing commitment to excellence in design and sales, and to the importance of the company’s valued relationships with its clients and esteemed A+D and industry partners. With a background in Design and Architecture, Amy received her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley. She lives in Marin County and will be based out of Pivot’s San Francisco location.

2016 Leaders Breakfast – Herman Miller: Behind the Red Stool


Herman Miller — Throughout the years, Herman Miller has presented recipients of the Leadership of Excellence Award with an innovative and steadfast symbol of design excellence. Until late 2014, Herman Miller honored award recipients with a molded plywood splint in its original packaging from World War II designed by Charles and Ray Eames. With the splint in limited quantities and held in the Herman Miller archives, Herman Miller produced a special edition stool made from sustainable ash, stained in a signature translucent aniline red, a favorite color of Charles and Ray Eames. Exclusive only to Leaders Breakfast award recipients, the stool is now the symbol of the Leaders Breakfast series. A specialty book about the history of the stool, including a framed print from the Herman Miller design archives, accompanies the award.

Leaders Breakfast
Friday, September 16, 7 – 10am
The LA Hotel Downtown
333 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Celeste Headlee
Public Broadcast Radio Show Host & Author of Heard Mentality

Skid Row Housing Trust

To purchase tickets and sponsor visit iida.org. For up-to-date information about the event and to read more about the speaker and honoree, visit iida-socal.org. See Sponsorship Opportunities here.

2016 IIDA Western Regional Student Design Charette – Sponsor Spotlight



“Herman Miller believes the design industry is stronger when we partner and share knowledge in our pursuit of the best possible future for interior design. We are proud to support the IIDA in its efforts to develop and inspire design students, preparing them for a successful career through participation in the West Region Student Design Charette.” Amy Storek, Vice President – North America A+D Sales.

Herman Miller is a 100-year-old-plus company that places great importance on design, the environment, community service, and the health and well-being of its customers and its employees. Innovative ways to improve the performance of its customers’ organizations have become its hallmark. Award-winning furniture and related services and technologies are available through dealers and retailers around the world. Whether your world is an office, a school, a home, or a hospital—and whether you are a customer, an employee, a shareholder, or a member of our community—Herman Miller works hard to create a better world around you.



“We are proud to continue IA’s support of IIDA through the WRSDC and other activities at the local chapter level. We continue to emphasize excellence in design and collaboration that leads to great solutions for our clients” – Jeffrey Miller, Managing Principal

Founded in 1984, IA Interior Architects is the first and largest global architectural firm focused on approaching design, planning, and innovation from the ‘inside-out’. IA’s approach to design explores how the aesthetics and organization of a space can reflect brand, improve efficiency and productivity, increase employee satisfaction, and support sustainability. We design environments that improve people’s lives by honing in on how people utilize space and what they need from it to be successful.  IA supports clients worldwide with 19 offices, over 500 employees, and a network of over 1000 through our Global Alliance.



Founded in 1915, Mannington Commercial is a fourth-generation, family owned company that offers a wide range of flooring solutions from a single point of contact – so its customers need never compromise between styling, performance, sustainability and customer service. The range of choices that work in carpet and hard surface categories is unparalleled, and its sustainability platform is built upon innovative measures to close the recycling loop, reduce waste streams, reuse waste materials and continue its leadership position in energy efficiency.



“I see the Western Region Student Design Charette as part of the student’s educational development in preparation for their future professional life experiences. They have the opportunity, in front of highly respected industry leaders, to practice following the client’s instructions; meeting the client’s needs and design criteria; working with others; think on their feet; and they get to practicing their presentation skills.” – Aram Arakelian, Founder of Environmental Contracting Corporation

As the founding Chapter of Student Design Charette competitions, Southern California’s Firms, Industry Partners and Design firms have been gracious supporters of student programs within their Chapter and in the Western Region.  This year, they collaborated to raise the funding needed to become a Host Sponsor of the Western Region Student Design Charette. The IIDA Western Region is grateful to have the support of the following sponsors in providing this opportunity for IIDA Student Members:

Environmental Contracting Corporation

Western Office

Beckson Design Associates
Studio V Architecture
Neiman Studios
Wolcott Architecture and Interiors

Door Tec
Rountree Glass
Town & Country
Seeley Bro
Muir Chase
Premier Acoustics

Student Portfolio Competition Event Recap


Our Annual Student Portfolio Competition took place this past Saturday at Herman Miller’s Los Angeles showroom. Twenty-four students from schools across Southern California showcased their work in front of panel of eight judges consisting of design leaders from Los Angeles and Orange County firms. This successful event was organized by our VP’s of Student Affairs, Trish Drummy and Cassie Sanchez, aided by a great group of volunteers. This annual event awards prize money to the most talented and skilled design students. The winning students will be recognized at the upcoming Calibre Awards gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on May 1st. We will be honoring 25 years of our student awards program at the event this year. Tickets to Calibre are still available here.



Leaders Breakfast 2014: Last Chance for Early Bird Pricing

IIDA doesn’t have an annual convention. Interior architects, being the restless, inquisitive types they are, would never stay seated long enough to resolve or legislate anything.

What we do have is the annual Calibre Awards, a grand, gleeful party wherein we see and honor the teamwork that goes into the creation of our finest projects (and then wake up with a rueful headache the next morning).

There are the fashion shows in which we improvise and fabricate design originality outside of our day-to-day pursuits. Who knew so many runway idols worked at design firms?

The Speakers Series brings in the best and brightest to share their knowledge and experience, often with CEU credits available. These occur throughout the calendar year.

And then there is Leaders Breakfast. Each year, IIDA selects an honoree who represents a role-model of creativity and professionalism, and who, through the continuing generosity of Herman Miller, receives one of the few remaining original tissue-wrapped Eames splints to display above the mantle. As if that weren’t enough, there is an inspiring speaker who will send us out into the morning light with a renewed motivation to create something astonishing and unique. Who needs a convention?

IIDA has done this year after year, for twenty years, through the voluntary efforts of its 13,000 worldwide members in partnership with our wonderful sponsors and industry colleagues. Nine cities across the U.S. and Canada put on Leaders Breakfasts; the attendees number in the thousands. One thing is always true, these are memorable events.

Scott Johnson, IIDA, IALD, CID, LEED AP
Principal, Wolcott Architecture Interiors and Brilliant Lighting Studio

Beverly Russell – 12 Things I Can't Live Without

Beverly Russell, Beverly Russell Enterprises

Eames coffee table with gold leaf top, one of 100 made in a special edition by Herman Miller. which the company generously gave me in celebration of being honored with a Life Time Achievement Award from IIDA Co-Cal Chapter – dare I say – in 2003.

My collection of Killim rugs and Indian fabrics. I love the “wabi sabi” imperfection of these rugs and fabrics which reflect a true artisan handcraftmanship.

My 2001 VW Beetle which I bought carefully because I knew it would outlive me. Only 72,000 miles on the clock so far, so my prediction will probably be accurate.

Jeremy at Vidal Sassoon’s salon on Little Santa Monica. He is the creative director and from the UK, lives in a downtown loft and keeps me up to date with everything hip and happening, as well as giving me the best haircuts.

My Mac Book Pro, so exquisitely designed. I have been an Apple fan since 1986 (before many IIDA members were born!).

My Poltrona Frau 1929 red leather armchair and ottoman given to me by my good friend James Goodwin when he was running the Italian company in New York, in celebration of an amazing fundraiser event we pulled off for Interior Designers for Licensing.

Four foot square glass table/desk commissioned from New York artist Mark Schaeffer which rides on a minimal skeleton of tensile steel supports. It’s almost invisible, multi-purpose for multi-tasking, very elegant.

Aum & Garden, a favorite shop on Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks where Jerome the owner “gets” my metaphysical books and is holding a book signing for me on Dec 7.

My Bose radio which is permanently tuned to 91.5 the KUSC classical music program (also my station of choice when driving my Beetle.)

The Arboretum, Huntington Gardens and Descanso Gardens for playing hooky when I should be working.

The ultimate necklace by artist Anado McLauchlin made with hundreds of non-precious beads, buttons and bits of rubbish. It beats diamonds and pearls any day.

The New York Review of Books. I have been a subscriber for decades. As soon as it comes in the mail I drop everything and read, read, read.

Beverly Russell was born and educated in the UK and began her career in journalism and publishing in London working on Fleet Street newspapers. She emigrated to the United States in 1967 and was renowned as a magazine editor in New York, where she was a Senior Editor at Conde Nast’s Brides and later House & Garden. In 1978 she became Editor in Chief of Interiors and subsequently Editorial Director of Architecture magazines. She has also contributed to the Home section of the New York Times.

She launched Beverly Russell Enterprises in 1991, acting as a creative consultant to major corporations and educational establishments, formulating traveling exhibitions, nation-wide seminar programs and other promotional activities to enhance corporate and educational themes. At the same time she authored and packaged a number of best-selling books on architecture, design, and cuisine. Her most recent self-published works are inspirational, including Ask the Flowers, The Adventures of Kundun the Golden Cat, Crossings, Espacios, and Lines on Aging.

She has received numerous honors for her achievements, including Honorary Doctorate Degrees in Fine Arts from Kendall College of Art & Design, andParsons School of Design, New York.

Highlights from Leader's Breakfast

On September 20th the design industry gathered at the LA Hotel downtown to celebrate the 2013 Leader’s Breakfast. The morning began with mingling and networking over coffee along with numerous photo opportunities for IIDA members and their guests. Moving into the large ballroom the attendees were greeted by a welcome from IIDA Southern California Chapter president David Fridlund who kicked off the morning event. James Bonar was presented with a Tiffany award and Eames Splint to honor his work with Clifford Beers Housing which was thoughtfully exhibited in a video highlighting the achievements of both James and the non-profit. It was an honor to host James at the event and to introduce him to the industry.

The program then led into a poignant and at sometimes humorous introduction of Pixar’s Jay Shuster by IIDA’s Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl Durst. She underscored the importance of Pixar Animation Studios in the world of design as well as Jay and the company’s ability to create films that are universally recognizable. Jay’s presentation gave guests a look behind the scenes into the full process of creating a movie from concept to release, a labor of love, one of which many people were unaware. The down to earth presentation of Jay took Pixar’s enormous presence and distilled it down to the individuality of each employee, from the caterers to the illustrators. Plus, any presentation that involves cat memes is sure to be memorable. Among the many insights Jay presented, a major theme was the creative process and how anything in life can be an inspiration, even a simple pair of binoculars at a baseball game.

The morning highlighted the importance of inspiration and a love of one’s career, something that can often be overlooked during busy work weeks and approaching deadlines. The committee has already begun discussing next year’s Leader’s Breakfast and is looking forward to planning another landmark morning for the IIDA Southern California Chapter.

Click here for photos of the event!

Jaclyn Giuliano
Herman Miller 

The History of the Eames Molded Plywood Splint

It has always been a tradition to present the Leader’s Breakfast honoree with an Eames Molded Plywood Splint. The piece created by Charles and Ray embodies the idea that innovation and the continuous need to advance existing technology will always be prevalent within the design community. Presenting the Leader’s Breakfast guest with this historic piece connects a notable figure in the industry with an iconic piece of history.

The splint was not always seen as a piece of art, but rather a necessity during war time. Charles and Ray Eames were commissioned by the U.S. Navy during World War II to create a lightweight leg splint after sighting that the traditional metal splints caused additional pain to the soldier during transportation. The new wood design needed to be created quickly and inexpensively and would utilize a production method that was previously difficult to achieve. The molded plywood technique was a process that Charles and Ray were trying to achieve for years, but due to the complex nature of molding a flat material, they did not have the technology to perform the method. Their collaboration with the Navy gave them access to the manufacturing facilities that would make this design a reality and forever change the aesthetic of wood as a material for design. The successful outcome of the splint and its 3-dimensional form began a long history of molded plywood manufacturing which would become an iconic technique in furniture design.

This simple piece of durable plywood changed the way the material was viewed and its utilitarian development continues to inspire design today. James Bonar will be receiving the Eames Molded plywood Splint this September 20th at Leader’s Breakfast.

Tickets for Leaders Breakfast are going fast! We’ve sold half the tables and early bird pricing ends in August. Buy now for best seating! Make sure to buy your tickets to this year’s event here.

Jaclyn Giuliano, IIDA
Herman Miller

Modern Love

Looking for an inspiring getaway? Love all things mid-century modern? Take your Valentine to Palm Springs in February for Palm Springs Modernism Week, a celebration of mid-century modern architecture and design. While there, don’t miss the 2013 Modern Living Expo and the Herman Miller | Pivot Interiors pop-up shop showcasing the timeless classics of Eames and Nelson along with some great new modern icons.

Want the cool classics without leaving your Aeron chair? Let your fingers do the shopping at the pivotshop.com

Companies have turned to Pivot Interiors since 1973 for great design and work environments that support productivity, encourage innovation and promote growth. To learn more visit pivotinteriors.com


Herman Miller Hosts We Care 2012

Last month, Herman Miller along with partnering company Geiger hosted their annual philanthropic event We Care at the Boys and Girls Club of Hollywood. Nearly 150 kids of all ages flooded the club to create handmade gifts for their family and friends this holiday season. Santa made an appearance to pose for a few photos and to listen to the wish lists of excited children waiting to meet the famous Christmas icon. Festive balloon animals floated throughout the space and face painting stations allowed kids to dream up their own artistic visions, all while Christmas music hummed in the background keeping everything lively and buzzing with holiday spirit.

Thirteen design firms participated along with Herman Miller and dealers Pivot Interiors, M3 Office, and The Sheridan Group to put together one of biggest and busiest events to date. Crafts like homemade cookie mix jars, snow globes, scarves, and frames kept the children busy as they worked with participating design firms About Space, AECOM, DLR Group, Gensler, HLW, HMC, HOK, IA Interior Architects, Wirt Design, Perkins + Will, Rapt Studios, Wolcott Architecture Interiors, and ZGF. The evening concluded as kids left with bags full of wrapped gifts and a few snacks to reward their hard work while volunteers sat down to a communal dinner to recap the day’s events.

Herman Miller and Geiger also coordinated an Orange County version of the yearly We Care event which entertained one of their largest crowds of children yet. Combined, both the Los Angeles and Orange County versions of We Care continued a tradition that the families of the Boys and Girls club and the designers look forward to every year. The night kicks off the holiday spirit and is an event that the Herman Miller team gets excited to plan every year.

Jaclyn Giuliano, A&D Associate
Herman Miller