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A Short History of the Hot Seat
The New York Times
As the weather warms up and outdoor living takes center stage, this short pictorial shows the seminal moments in the history of alfresco seating. Extruded vinyl, Textilene mesh — what other materials and styles have made their presence known on the patio?
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ASID Unveils New Member Benefit – The ASID Leadership Academy
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Leadership is frequently cited as the most important skill for business in the 21st century. The leadership training and development opportunities provided by ASID to its volunteers have long been cited by recipients as a major catalyst for both professional and personal growth. Now, through the generous support of the ASID Foundation, the ASID leadership "DNA" has been mapped and made available to all ASID members through the new ASID Leadership Academy. Click here to learn more.
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Join ASID to Celebrate the Best of Design!
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Join ASID for the highlight of ASID@Dwell on Design — a glamorous evening honoring the past and toasting the future of design at Celebration – the ASID Design Awards. Taking place on June 21, at the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel, the evening includes a black-tie, red carpet gala, three-course dinner, an open bar and an evening of live "Roaring 20s"-style entertainment. For more information, visit www.asid.org/celebration.
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Five New-Generation Materials in the Upscale Market
Dwell
A creative imagination is a key ingredient in timeless, luxury designs. Clients are often seeking surprises in design. As part of ASID and Dwell's ongoing Designer Influencers series, Alene Workman, FASID, shares some of her finds for the newest and most advanced products and materials to incorporate into projects to make the unexpected happen.
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Style is Not Just About Design, It's About Communication
ASID ICON
Even for designers who are lucky enough to have carte blanche and an unlimited budget on their projects, one challenge remains constant for all: building a common language and vision with the client. A positive designer/client relationship sets the tone for the duration of the project, so mastering the art of communication should be a top priority for differentiating your services.
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German Scientists Engineer Earthquake-Resistant Wallpaper
Architect
As seismologists often like to say, "Earthquakes don't kill people. Buildings do." The fact that most earthquake-related deaths are due to collapsing structures suggests there's still much work to do in seismic-proof design. Researchers in Germany agree and have developed an earthquake-resistant wallpaper to give occupants more time to escape buildings when an earthquake hits.
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The New Rules of Sustainable Product Sourcing
Inc.
Looking for inexpensive labor? Cheap materials? They can be beyond unreliable. Instead, try these tips for sourcing products a healthier — and more sustainable — way.
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Special Library Houses Thousands of Historical Design Books
The Editor at Large
We all know High Point, N.C., as the furniture capital of the world, but who knew it was also a mecca for design books? With more than 4,000 furniture and design-specific volumes, High Point's Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library is the largest furniture specialty library in the world. With Spring High Point Market just around the corner, it might be the perfect time to drop in.
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Emotions: The Key to Selling Luxury
Kitchen & Bath Design News
No one can argue that an Aston Martin is not a luxury car. A yacht is definitely a luxury item, as is a mink coat and a diamond necklace. But when it comes to the home, the boundaries blur. What makes something a luxury?
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Small Business Tax Credit: Are You Giving Up Free Money?
American Express OPEN Forum
It isn't often that a business owner will turn down a tax credit, but that's exactly what's happening with the Tax Credit for Employee Health Insurance Expenses of Small Employers, a key part of the Affordable Care Act.
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Service Today, Success Tomorrow
Bob Fortune
Superior service pays off. It leads to increased revenue, increased pricing power, word-of-mouth advertising and avoiding unhappy clients badmouthing your reputation. Research shows that on average, a one percent improvement in customer satisfaction is associated with a 4.6 percent increase in a firm's market value.
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Seven Ways to Get More Clients
The Interior Design Resource Agency
Like all small business owners, you want to get more clients but sometimes feel that nothing you do is getting the results you want. Rest assured that you are not alone. But seven things could be the key to unlocking more business.
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Presenting: A Short History of the Hot Seat
The New York Times
As the weather warms up and outdoor living takes center stage, this short pictorial shows the seminal moments in the history of alfresco seating.

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How to Successfully Deal with a Toxic Client
Harvard Business Review
When you're dealing with difficult clients, in any industry, what is the best way to stop them from abusing you — and you from taking it out on someone else?

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The Billionaire Whisperer
Forbes
When interior designer Joan Behnke brought Bob and Audrey Byers to Paris, one of their first stops was the Grand Palais. "You have to bring clients along on a journey," explains Behnke.

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Pinterest Analytics: Know What Resonates and What Drives Traffic
Kissmetrics
Many companies have taken to Pinterest to promote products and share content. The site allows your customers to share your content they find interesting as well. This is where Pinterest's Analytics feature comes in. Now you can track what content your customers are engaging with the most.
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Baker Showroom in NYC Hosting Free CEU
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Join Susan Slotkis, Allied ASID, at the Baker Showroom at the New York Design Center for "Connect the Dots . . . Design Style in Context." This event is free and is approved for 0.2 CEUs. For more information or to register, click here.
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Hidden Universal Design Feature: Blocking in Bathroom Walls
Universal Design Partners
A big part of universal design is flexibility and adaptability. This is especially important in the bathroom. Although the bathroom can be a tricky place to design for changes that may occur functionally over the years, blocking is one important thing to consider doing inside the walls.
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Beautiful Basements
Washingtonian
Need more square-footage? Take a look downstairs. From a sprawling wine cellar to a compact English basement, these lower levels make the most of their space.
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Smarten Up Your Home in 2013
Dwell
They say home is where the heart is. And now your home can have a brain as well. Sound futuristic? Thanks to advances in smart technology, your home can be greener, safer, more secure and just plain more enjoyable than you ever thought possible. Here's a look at some new smart technologies to help you create a smarter home in 2013.
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A World of Sustainable Materials at the Click of a Mouse
Hotel Designs
How can architects, designers and the building industry find out about new, sustainable construction materials? That's the question that Jakki Dehn, of London's Kingston University, tried to address when she started work cataloging more than 1,200 sustainable materials for use in the construction industry.
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Students Design Ecolabels for Building Projects
Ecobuilding Pulse
When it comes to building products, consumers have little or no access to information such as the key ingredients, life cycle, carbon footprint or toxicity of products. As a result, many consumers have expressed a strong desire for a clear, authoritative and comprehensive environmental label.
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Design Professor: Sustainable Design Can Keep Your Wallet Green
Missouri State University News
Riding your bike, eating more organic foods and recycling are three common, easy ways of incorporating sustainable practices into everyday life. Small changes add up, according to Marciann Patton, senior instructor of interior design at Missouri State University.
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Carbon Challenge Winners Announced
Ecobuilding Pulse
Two architecture firms have been honored for their winning designs in the Carbon Challenge, a home design competition that challenged participants to consider the environmental impact of building materials. The top projects focused on lowering greenhouse gas emissions and energy efficiency.
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Seven Design Trends for Commercial Interiors
Workspace Design Magazine
Designing interiors for commercial properties is a tricky business. The space must be efficient and cost-effective, but also create a unique and engaging experience. To further compound the problem, expectations are constantly evolving, so businesses must regularly adapt their interiors to reflect current tastes. Fortunately, some modern trends are helping them stay nimble with their designs.
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An Ad Agency's Seriously Surprising New Office Space
Design Milk
Ad agencies are well-known for being a hot bed of creativity, and the new offices of JWT Amsterdam perfectly reflect that. Housed inside a former department store building in one of Amsterdam's hottest neighborhoods, the new space is now open for some seriously surprising business.
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Office Furniture Designed to Spark Inspiring, Random Encounters
Fast Company
By now, the concept of "spontaneous collaboration space" in the office is starting to fray around the edges. Despite the proliferation of zany themed meeting rooms, sofas and bars in the workplace, there's still no recipe for engineering the random encounters and unplanned work that can lead to breakthroughs.
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Five Unusual Ideas for "Greening" a School
The Atlantic Cities
A Center for Green Schools report estimates that America's public schools will undergo $542 billion in updates and modernization over the next decade. Districts could use that money for buildings that conserve energy, cut down on waste and make students healthier.
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Lean Design: What's It All About?
Healthcare Design
The goal of Lean design is to eliminate waste. This isn't a one-time effort, but a never-ending journey of continuous improvement. To determine how the built environment can foster this type of performance and process improvement, you need to identify what waste is and where it occurs.
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