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Sustainable products and trends in 2012
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Green building expert Alex Wilson, founder of Environmental Building News and winner of the 2010 Hanley Award, shares his industry predictions for 2012. In addition to continuing economic factors that influence the industry, weather patterns — ranging from earthquakes to floods to drought and water scarcity — will result in greater focus on "resilient design." Products that facilitate resilient design and sustainability should move to the forefront of professionals' arsenals, Wilson advises. Some of his favorite selections are outlined here. More



Accentuate the positive
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Salutogenic design, grounded in biomedicine and psychology, may be the key to turning sustainability into more than a buzzword. Salutogenic strategies go beyond hospital healing spaces or community fitness programs to find the foundations of somatic health and disease. More

Boutique or lifestyle: What's in a name?
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The recently formed Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association has released its first white paper, which takes a first step toward developing a universal standard and criteria for defining boutique and lifestyle lodgings. More


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Evidence-based design part of facility's farsighted approach to care
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At a time when there's a lot of talk about evidence-based design in health care, Lakeland HealthCare has taken an unusual approach to the idea. Instead of just talking about the idea, it's actually implementing evidence-based design. And it has the research to show measurable gains in everything from noise levels to patient, visitor and physician satisfaction. More

Luxurious furniture for a luxurious lifestyle that benefits all
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These days, luxury living means you always are on the prowl for the latest in artisan interior design. Unlike the past patterns of style that focused on the look of one particular country or time period, today's exquisite interiors are popping up in the form of regional styles. 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


Next-generation universal designs for bathrooms and kitchens
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To answer the demand for universal design, manufacturers continue to develop products for the home that help make the user's experience safer and more comfortable. More

Plates and eating behavior: Implications for health care design?
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Although research recently conducted at Cornell University and London Metropolitan University relates to adult's and children's plates, it ultimately may be shown to have repercussions for a broad range of design decisions — such as color use in health care facilities where eating needs to be encouraged. 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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MESSAGE FROM ASID
Registration open for ASID Legislative Symposium

ASID will be hosting the Legislative Symposium in Atlanta, March 16-18, 2012! Attendees will join other advocates of the interior design profession from across the country in this educational exchange to gain firsthand knowledge of state-level grassroots movements, lobbying efforts and coalition management. Click here for more event information and to register.

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





BIM vs. CAD and interior design education
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Mike Dudek writes, "Personally I am struggling with the transition from CAD to BIM. However, as an educator with an irrelevance phobia I am forcing myself through it. I was thinking the transition from the 2-D CAD platform to the BIM platform might take several years. After reading Randy Deutsch's book I think that is wishful thinking on my part. BIM appears to be here now." More

Restructuring for BIM success
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To find success with BIM, firms need to look beyond the CAD processes their staff members are comfortable using. Assessment, planning and communication are key. 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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Textiles expert highlights 3 flooring trends
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Amsterdam-based textile designer Ulf Moritz has identified three key trends in flooring for the 2012-2013 season: primal nature, urban classic and fashionable rainbow. More

Transformations at the flip of a switch
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Residential lighting expert Linda Morley predicts a trend toward lighting fixtures with simpler, cleaner lines, updated finishes and unusual styles as homeowners take advantage of the transformational power of lighting. More



Anodized color
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Designers are being inspired to incorporate new ideas of color within their designs, including the chemical treatment of anodized finishes. Science and lab experiments have led to an emergence of new materials and surface effects that have crossed a broad range of product sectors. More

Boomers moving to downsize
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As the U.S. population ages and the baby boomers begin to hit retirement, more and more people are feeling the urge — or, because of the recession, the need — to downsize. Interior designer and author Gretchen Robinson offers advice about how seniors can transition from a house to a condominium or an assisted living apartment. More


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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


Mortgage applications rise
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Applications for mortgages, a gauge of future homebuying, increased 8.1 percent for the week of Jan. 1, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. The purchase index on an unadjusted basis now stands 41.9 percent higher than last year, indicating more eligible mortgagees are borrowing to buy homes. More

Ingenious fabric pods
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Italian studio Antonio Ravalli Architetti converted an old factory in Migliarino, Italy, into a youth hostel where guests can stay in tall, fabric-covered pods. Fabric is making its way into other ingenious interiors as well. More





How much should you pay yourself?
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When Greg Quinn started as an independent commercial interior designer, he used a basic technique to figure out how much money he would make from his business: How much did he need to bill to make ends meet? Now that his business is growing, deciding how much to pay himself has gotten more complicated. More

Designs on success
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Tom Horowitz, principal and senior vice president of FRCH Design Worldwide's Hospitality Studio, kicks off a new blog that focuses on sharing lessons learned to help recent graduates and emerging professionals succeed in their design careers. More



Your interior design bio — and 19 ways to use it
InteriorDesignBusiness.net    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Your most important personal selling tool is your promotional biography. It's the online and print profile that spells out your strengths and identifies who and how you help as an interior design professional. You need to make your bio available to everyone — everyone — you seek to influence in 2012. There are numerous ways to use this vital marketing piece. More

How to protect your business when accepting payments
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When it comes to accepting payments for your small business, security for both your business and your customers is crucial. Protecting your business and your customers when accepting payments should be your No. 1 priority. More

New clarity for new year of interior design business
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Use the natural momentum of entering a new year to clarify your business and ensure you are on the right path. Refining your firm's key characteristics is a great place to start. 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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Best tip for getting more organized: Don't
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How much time do you spend each day getting better organized? Cut it in half. When it comes to investing time, thought and effort into productively organizing oneself, less is more. In fact, not only is less more, research suggests it also may be faster, better and cheaper. More

The curse of the passionista
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One of the most old-fashioned and overrated pieces of advice is to "be passionate" about your cause. But as you strive to get your projects adopted and/or make the sale, you are the underdog and are engaging in upward influence. Persuading up the food chain requires different techniques; it is markedly different from peer-to-peer influence, and passion isn't the panacea. 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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