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Fee, salary survey results offer hope
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Design Success University's 2012 Interior Design Fee & Salary Survey eBook shows surprisingly positive results. Gail Doby, cofounder of Design Success University, said, "Interior designers continue to show their determination to survive. Projects are smaller and consumers are fickle. If consumers can purchase online and steal a designer's ideas, they will. However, few consumers have the ability to create magical interiors that inspire. Designers need more business savvy to succeed in spite of the triple threat of the economy, consumer attitudes and the Internet." More



Steep jump in improving housing markets
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The list of improving U.S. housing markets tracked by the National Association of Home Builders almost doubled in January with the addition of 40 new metro areas. The NAHB's first Improving Markets Index now counts 76 improving markets, up from 41 in December. More

Applying good design to a child's room
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Children have a gift for decorating. When you decorate a child's room, you really are giving them a canvas. To appeal to these young clients, use color and small prints rather than fussy princess fabrics or toy car patterns. More


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What's in your product?
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The great thing about an environmental product declaration is that it explains the life cycle analysis information in a clear, concise and consistent manner from product type to product type. Because EPDs must follow product category rules, they allow you to compare products that serve the same function but have completely different chemical and physical properties. More

Workplace lighting affects performance
Research Design Connections    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A study of how workers perform in the afternoon and early evening when exposed to different types of workplace lighting — daylight versus artificial lighting — found subjects felt significantly more alert at the beginning of the evening and displayed better cognitive performance under daylight conditions. More

Announcing the Baldwin Reserve Portfolio
Baldwin Reserve combines quality craftsmanship with advanced technology to deliver a personalized blend of styles. Easily mix and match knobs, levers, and roses, in eight finishes to deliver a custom look for every architectural style. Reserve offers short lead times, quick installation and an industry leading limited 25-year finish warranty. MORE


LED virtual sky promises more pleasant cubicles
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Stacking people into windowless offices may be a cheap way to run a business, but it certainly takes a bite out of productivity. Most people prefer the soothing luminescence of diffused sunlight over a static fluorescent din. Fortunately, the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO has developed a solution for dreary interior environments: a series of LED panels that mimic the sky — indoors. More

Tasting Table offers inspiration
Kitchen & Bath Design News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Tasting Table recently hosted an event in its test kitchen, a loft in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan. While this kitchen definitely has demands not placed on the typical residential kitchen, its design offers some great inspiration. More

Floor to Ceiling Art - Free Sample
New Era Walls by HP has revolutionized wall design technology.

With HP’s Wall Art Design Tool, designers can select from millions of images in New Era Portfolio’s exclusive collection to create personalized, high-definition walls. Printed with HP’s Latex Inks, this PVC-Free wall paper carries the GREENGUARD Children & School certification.

Complimentary samples at www.newerawalls.com are now available.
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Historic preservation, modern fire protection
Peter Li Inc.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Fire safety ranks as one of the most daunting challenges to successful adaptive reuse of historic buildings. Key fire safety issues for historic buildings include the path of egress — a clearly marked, unobstructed escape route to be used if a fire does break out. Meeting preservation requirements and ensuring safety requires thinking creatively to satisfy the intent of fire safety building codes. More

MESSAGE FROM ASID
DEADLINE EXTENDED:
2012 ASID Design Awards nominations due Jan. 31!

Do you know an inspiring designer or organization that deserves recognition for contributions to the interior design community? Nominate them for one of ASID's most coveted honors: the ASID Design Awards. Judging will take place in February with a noteworthy panel that includes Deborah Lloyd Forrest, FASID, ForrestPerkins; Nila R. Leiserowitz, FASID, IIDA, Gensler; Michael McCoy, McCoy & McCoy; and Amanda Dameron, executive editor, Dwell magazine. The nomination forms can be downloaded by visiting www.asid.org/DesignAwards. Submissions are being accepted until Jan. 31. For questions, please email designawards@asid.org.

Keep up with all the ASID news on our ASID ICON News page online.



Brass: A luxury trend
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Brass, long thought to be an outdated finish, is making a resurgence among the designer elite. Finished either in a tarnished overlay or with a look of finely spun gold, the use of brass in design is adding a new, luxurious layer to metals design. More



Right stuff: Design-driven approach to boutique hotel
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There's a new lifestyle hotel brand on the block — but don't expect trendy, modern hot spots. King & Grove's founder Ben Pundole and vice president of design Heather Maloney discuss achieving the perfect balance, crafting experiential service and getting back to the basics in their design-driven approach to boutique hotels. More

Design tips to accommodate obese patients
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More than a third of the population is considered obese, and the number is rising. To accommodate these types of patients, it's important for health care providers to rethink the concept of the clinical space, taking a patient-centered approach that ensures an accessible environment for everyone, including obese patients. More

From commodity to quintessence: 25 trends for A&D firms
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The annual DesignIntelligence trends forecast for 2012-2015 sheds light on new opportunities for greater relevance. Globalization, sustainability, collaboration and the economy will drive design professionals in the foreseeable future. More


Versailles

The Versailles is a freestanding tub that combines nostalgia for the luxury of yesteryear with contemporary grace, crafted in today’s materials, with today’s technology. For complete information on MTI products, go to mtiwhirlpools.com.
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Not Your Neighbors Copper Sink

The Legacy copper collection blends artistry and functionality. Each handcrafted work of art has surpassed our stringent standards for unparallel design and durability.
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Kitchens: Dreaming online
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Imagine social media as a kitchen table, where neighbors share their thoughts and hopes for any number of topics. This is what the Research Institute for Cooking & Kitchen Intelligence did recently, conducting an analysis of online conversations to explore what consumers want in their "dream kitchens." From 1,400 posts, RICKI extracted 428 that were most relevant to the home kitchen sector for further analysis. More

Leading luminaries
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Seven lighting designers discuss new tools, new technologies, new challenges and the way forward in bringing light to the masses. More

Ambulatory design in a post-reform world
Health Facilities Management    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As the practice of medicine and the delivery of health care change, the design of the physical environment is changing to enable and facilitate a new way of delivering health care. In ambulatory and outpatient care facilities, these changes feature specific design elements. More



Simple genius: Drawers for sitting
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Tight New York City apartments practically beg for multifunctional furniture. But well-crafted pieces are about as hard to come by as a rent-controlled pad. One new concept has emerged to offer a fresh take on storage and seating. More

The perfect retail interior design
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There was a time when a shop had shelves with products on them. It really was as simple as that. However, the experience customers now demand has meant the quality of retail interior design has had to change drastically during the years. More

Net zero? Really?
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Daniel Gehman explores the functional aspects of going green, from home design requirements for electric cars to the meaning of truly net zero homes. More

Leather belt floors
UK Flooring Direct    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A flooring option made entirely from leather belts has caught the interest of the flooring market with an attractive appearance and exclusive style. More


PrintedArt.com: Artwork Done Right

- Sign up for a designer account to take advantage of our art locator service and get instant trade discounts.

- Use our collection to find limited edition photography, ready to hang.

- Produce custom images on our gallery-grade material (acrylic, aluminum dibond and canvas) for float-on-the-wall displays.

- Ask us about custom materials: sales@printedart.com
Runners Designed for More than Hallways
Our 8 foot runners, 30 designs in all, make the perfect accent for behind a couch, in the kitchen, and yes, even down a hall! C4C products—pillows, rugs, accent furniture—add spark to any décor. Designers appreciate the handcrafted sensibility, customers love the timeless designs. chandler4corners.com
Roppe Corporation is Proven. Flooring. Experiences.

Roppe Corporation, a leading commercial flooring manufacturer headquartered in Fostoria, Ohio produces a wide selection of rubber and vinyl wall base, tile, tread and accessory products. Roppe Corporation has been preserving jobs and improving the quality of life for the residents of their community since the company’s inception in 1955. MORE




Sell yourself
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Recall the last time you made a purchase through a salesperson. Did you buy solely because of the price or product? Mostly likely you did not. The deal probably was made because you liked and trusted the person sitting on the opposite side of the table. More



How to avoid losing money when suppliers go bankrupt
World Interior Design Network    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Interior designers can lose serious money, not to mention precious time, when suppliers go bankrupt, but it doesn't have to be this way, Vanessa Brady says. More

5 tips for dealing with difficult clients
Custom Builder    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Since the housing crash, clients are getting aggravated about more than a day of inactivity on the job site or a window detail that doesn't look the way they pictured it. Some smell blood in the water and focus only on securing the lowest bid. Others want an unreasonable amount of control over the process. The best strategy is to try to prevent problems from occurring from the very start. More



How to compete on value — not price
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Use these three steps to get customers to look beyond price to see the value your company truly offers. More

Do you have a million-dollar mind-set?
Design Biz Blueprint    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The trick every day is to act with the confidence and make decisions in the way that a designer who has "arrived" would do. More


NightOrbs™

A distinctive new concept in landscape illumination. Beautiful, durable hand-blown glass that adds enchanting, color-filled light to any outdoor environment
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MechoSystems presents the McDonough Iceland Collection™

Recyclable shadecloths developed with William McDonough and inspired by his photographs are PVC-free, Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM, and can be recycled indefinitely.
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Mastering the art of communication
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Considering the potential risks and liabilities associated with miscommunication, business professionals would be wise to spend more time and energy on improving their communication skills and practices. Mark Richardson offers a few helpful tips. More

Motivation down? Take on a rival
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If your motivation or enthusiasm is on the wane, sometimes a rival is exactly what you need — even if your "competition" is completely one-sided and imaginary. Healthy competition is motivating. It helps spark creativity and innovation, raises performance, provides greater focus and helps individuals and teams accomplish their goals. More


Case Studies: Sound Masking
Moving your employees from enclosed offices to a primarily open-plan space? Pursuing LEED® credits for your facility and concerned about the impact that green choices will have on acoustics? See how two companies successfully solved their speech privacy and noise concerns by installing the LogiSon sound masking system. 
Textured & Colored Planks
Design & Fashion United
Junckers Hardwood introduces the highly anticipated Design collection featuring fifteen unique textured and colored boards. The collection offers modern, dramatic, and traditional styles for commercial and residential use. Click here to view the collection. Please contact Junckers at 800-878-9663 to request samples.
PERFECT PIZAZZ

Richly textured with plenty of sparkle and shine, Access Lighting’s newly released Pizazz Collection is a contemporary play on traditional crystal, and simply divine. Dramatic enough to incorporate in a formal entry, the contemporary edge to this series lends itself to more playful informal settings too. Not to be missed.
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