Although seemingly small, the contract furniture industry affects all of our lives. The influence is seen in educational institutions, hospitals and nursing homes, restaurants and hotels, factories and offices, and government entities; every place we work and play.

These associations and organizations are the backbone of the industry. In addition, we've included a few of the online resources that add to our collection of knowledge about the built environment, design and the furniture industry.
Trade Associations and Organizations
AAA: The Alberta Association of Architects
ACD: The American Center for Design is a national organization of design professionals, educators and students serving as a center for the accumulation and dissemination of information regarding design and its role in our culture and economy.
AFMA: American Furniture Manufacturers Association - Dedicated to fostering the growth and development of the furniture industry and improving the effectiveness and efficiency of furniture manufacturers in the United States .
AF&PA: The national trade association of the forest, paper, and wood products industry.
AIA: American Institute of Architects
AIBC: The Architectural Institute of British Columbia
ANECMO: Association of Spanish Office Furniture Distributors
ANSI: American National Standards Institute - promotes and facilitates voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment systems and their integrity.
ASOFA: American Society Of Furniture Artists. High-end functional art plus listings of woodworking schools, tools and publications
ASID: American Society of Interior Designers
ASLA: American Society of Lanscape Architects
Archaid Sweden: Web resources of SIR, the interior architects society in Sweden and information from Scandinavian based manufacturers and distributors for the contract market.
AWID: The Association of Women Industrial Designers addresses issues facing women in the industrial design field
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British Columbia Wood Design: Promotes sustainable modern furniture design and manufacturing in British Columbia.
BCFA: British Contract Furnishing Association
BIFMA: Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Organization
BOMA: Building Owners and Managers Association, International
BPIA: Business Products Industry Association
British Design Initiative: Promoting growth and development of export business through ther employment of effective design on an international basis.
BSA: Boston Society of Architects
BTA: The Business Technology Association is an international organization serving dealers, value-added resellers, systems integrators, manufacturers and distributors in the business equipment and systems industry.
Building Concerns: Diminishing the negative impacts building and development have on the earth and on human health
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CAPFA: Council of Asia Pacific Furniture Associations
CFMA: California Furniture Manufacturers' Association
CSIL: Center for Industrial Studies (Italy): Market trends, distribution channels, prices, efficiency indicators, opportunities for export, financial analyses, strategies and forecasts.
CWC: Canadian Wood Council: Federation representing the solid wood products industry.
The Carpet and Rug Institute: the national trade association representing the carpet and rug industry.
The Center for Health Design: Includes discussion, case studies, competition information, and links to related sites, the Æsclepius newsletter and other publications and information about the annual Symposium on Healthcare Design including previous presentations.
The Chartered Society of Designers: Represents the interests of designers in the United Kingdom. Its function is to promote high standards of design, to foster professionalism and to emphasise designers' responsibility to society, to the client and to each other.
Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design - Dedicated to the Art of Design in all areas of the discipline: architecture, industrial, and product design, graphics, and urban planning.
Code Check: Help with building codes
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The Dezine Cafe: Conversation, inspiration and food for thought.
Design Council: Effective use of design means competitive business; everyone knows that - or they should. That's what the Design Council is all about - getting people to realise that design makes the difference.
DESIGNERinfoLINK: Internet Directory For Canadian Designers
DMI: The Design Management Institute envisions a future in which superlative design improves the world's products, communications, and environments - a future in which design is managed in the best possible way, and all industries, organizations, and managers value design as a crucial business tool.
Design Online: A resource library of fine furniture to the trade.
Design Site A website for architecture and design related information, products and services
Design Web: Forum For The British Design Industry
Dezignaré: Interior Design Collective Interior design networking and referral resources for consumers, students, educators and professionals highlighting industry news, events, universities, libraries, organizations, trade publications, design centers and more.
Documentation Office for Fundamental Studies in Building Theory: - Zurich, Switzerland - Architectural Anthropology : Macro-Hypothesis of Habitat Theory of Culture
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Electronic Resource Network of Architecture, Engineering, and Construction:
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network
Envirosense Consortium
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FIAA: Furniture Industry Association of Australia.
FMLink: Internet-based service that gathers together the resources of over ten FM and RP-related publications and organizations, and makes them available in one place.
FIDER: Foundation for Interior Design Education Research - promotes excellence in interior design education through research and the accreditation of academic programs which prepare interior designers to create interior environments for improving the quality of human experience
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GRAFMA: Grand Rapids Area Furniture Manufacturers Association: The first furniture industry advocacy group in the nation. This page by Pamela Lucas
GSA: Government Services Administration: The purchasing arm of the US government
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IDEC: Interior Design Educators Council - dedicated to the advancement of education and research in interior design.
IESNA: Illuminating Engineering Society of North America - To advance knowledge and to disseminate information for the improvement of the lighted environment to the benefit of society.
IFMA: International Facility Management Association
Industrial Design Network: Links to jobs, organizations, portfolios.
IDSA: Industrial Designers Society of America is dedicated to communicating the value of design to society, business and government.
Interior Internet: Online service for sourcing products and services for use in the interiors industry.
IIDA: International Interior Design Association
Internet ArtResources: Searchable database of information on the visual arts with over 6,000 listings.
iTech: Provides supporting information on contract interior design in the areas of programming, space planning, furniture and materials.
IHPA: International Wood Products Association
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LMA: Laminating Materials Association
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Malaysian Timber Council: A guide to Malaysian forestry policies and management
Maryland Institute, College of Art: Established in 1826, the oldest independent, degree-granting, fully accredited art college in the nation.
The Merchandise Mart: Commercial Furnishings and Building Products - The NeoCon® World's Trade Fair, featuring six shows in one - Neocon, Buildings Show™, DECOREX® USA, BPIA MarketPlace, NEWHospitality, and TechnoCon™ - attracts more than 800 exhibitors and 43,000 attendees to furnishings and commercial building products and services. This year at NeoCon 98, the trade fair celebrated its 30th anniversary
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NAM: National Association of Manufacturers
NCIDQ: National Council for Interior Design Qualification - an independent, not-for-profit organization that establishes standards for the design profession.
NFPA: National Fire Protection Association
NCMEP: The North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership provides assistance, information and continuing education to the furniture industry throughout North Carolina
New Designers in Business: This site aims to show you the creative talents of contemporary young designers working in the UK.
New UK Architects Page: Nick Birchall has assembled an excellent collection of links with a concentration on U.K. sites and sources.
NSSEA: The National School Supply and Equipment Association is a not-for-profit international trade organization serving the school market
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OPaF: Office Products and Furniture Business Area: Serves the needs of companies manufacturing and/or supplying office equipment and office furniture in the UK
Oikos: information on green building products and materials along with techniques for sustainable design and construction.
Organization of Black Designers: National professional association dedicated to promoting the visibility, education, empowerment and interaction of its membership and the understanding and value that diverse design perspectives contribute to world culture and commerce
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RMI: The Rocky Mountain Institute - Fosters the efficient and sustainable use of resources as a path to global security
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SEFA: The Scientific Equipment and Furniture Association serves as a forum for designers, manufacturers and installers of scientific equipment and furniture.
SFIC: The Singapore Furniture Industries Council is the representative body of the Singapore furniture industry promoting growth and development
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Totem: European Internet forum and directory of architecture, design and the building industry
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USGBC: U.S. Green Buildings Council - Promotes the understanding, development and accelerated implementation of "Green Building" policies, programs, technologies, standards and design practices
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