Many companies that produce environmentally friendly furniture enjoy commercial success. In addition to sustainability, end customers appreciate quality and good design, and they are happy to pay more for it. By Koelnmess via ambista

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Currently, home-based workspaces have developed substantially all over the world, especially in Malaysia. By changing the furniture layout, the lighting quality of a residential workspace can be changed dramatically. By Seyed Mohammad Mousavi, Tareef Hayat Khan and Lim Yaik Wah, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

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Wood is one of the most versatile materials we can use in our home. There are also multiple ways for us to incorporate wood into our spaces by handmade work. By Sandy Sun

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As people live more diverse lifestyles and customer needs become more unpredictable, megatrends can point us to the right direction. By Ursula Geismann, press officer and trend analyst, Association of German Furniture Industries (VDM)

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The furniture business is evolving as consumer habit changes and the landscape become more competitive. Innovation is not always in the form of something completely new, but can also exist in different approaches, thinking and applications. By Jackie Wong

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Inventory management systems and dynamic reliability measures and controls remain challenging at every stage, especially when time variances and operating conditions are considered. A novel, reliability-based robust design optimisation model has been developed to optimally allocate and schedule time while considering uncertainty associated with inventory movement. By AbdulazizAlmaktoom, Effat University

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Wood usually gives people a harmonious and warm feeling with its delicate texture. A study is conducted to clarify the physiological effects of touching wood with the palm, in comparison with touching other materials on brain activity and autonomic nervous activity. By Harumi Ikei, Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute, and Song Chorong and Yoshifumi Miyazaki, Chiba University

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Pantone’s Color of the Year has been used by many as a reference for future product designs. This year, the company’s colour institute has named a colour that it believes will represent new hope after a year of gloom around the world. By Jackie Wong

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When it comes to flooring for a room with an under-floor heating system, it turns out that how well it works depends on not only the wood type but also the structure of the floorboards. Qingqing Chen, Xiaolei Guo, Jie Wang and Pingxiang Cao from the Faculty of Material Science and Engineering, Nanjing Forestry University show us the differences.

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As we move into the second half of the year, FDM Asia rounds up some of the hottest colours of 2016 and share which ones would likely continue to make waves even when 2017 arrives. Keeping abreast of these trends will help your business make the best of them.

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