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The latest trend in interior design has been a while in coming. First came the slow disappearance of orchids and taupe from our living rooms. Next a revival in color and pattern. Then a nostalgia for things from the past, largely fueled by the recession, which lead to the rethinking and reworking of what we already had. Add to that a burgeoning green movement and a renewed interest in craftsmanship, and you have what is loosely being called the "New Romanticism"—a return to good old-fashioned British design. More

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Pantone introduces 175 new colors for designers
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Color specialist Pantone announced this week the addition of 175 new colors to its Color System, bringing its total to 2,100 shades. The new PANTONE FASHION + HOME colors are being touted as a boon to designers of all stripes throughout the world. All color families were expanded to include a broader range of nuanced neutrals and midtones; an increased number of vibrant brights; complex hues with greater depth and intensity; and more subdued and smoky variations of popular colors. More

Security. Convenience. Style.

Baldwin is pleased to introduce its latest security advancement, a keyless entry door lock. It features convenient one-touch locking with decorative hardware's only motorized deadbolt and two customizable access codes-one for family, one for temporary access. The keyless lock is easy to install in a standard door prep and can be integrated with wireless home automation systems utilizing Home Connect™ technology.
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Skype connects employees with fully branded environment
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The design of the new Stockholm office interior was based on the Skype motto that they should be the company that is useful and able to connect people to each other no matter where you are. The cheerful interior design is formed with interconnected nodes that create triangular and rhomboid patterns, which are echoed on the floor and in the furniture design. The playful theme in the colors and the furniture comes from the Skype graphic, and the logo tag is reinterpreted for the lighting design throughout the space. More

Design for the S-factor, hotel owners advised
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Hospitality design authority Jeffrey Ornstein, founder of J/Brice Design International, urged international hotel owners, operators and commercial real estate developers at a recent hospitality industry conference in Mumbai to design for the "S-Factor" if they expect to create world-class luxury hotels that resonate with sophisticated travelers being drawn to India in record numbers. Ornstein, who called for the elimination of the term "hospitality design" a few years ago, created "The S-Factor" to underscore "three fundamental criteria—Style, Setting and Story—that are essential to distinguish the great—even iconic—hotels of the world from their ordinary cousins." More



Improving the patient experience by improving the health care environment
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Nearly 93 percent of the top-level U.S. health care executives say that patient experience is among their top five priorities, and more than one-third say it is their top priority. Yet how the physical environment improves the patient experience is one of the hardest things to quantify. One approach is to look at the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey, an important quality management tool, and see how health care facility designers and planners can help hospitals score better outcomes and, ultimately, better financial success. More

Function key in cottage design
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"I always say anyone can make a pretty room, but if it's not functional it's missed its mark," says Canadian interior designer Karen Sealy, host of a new HGTV series, "Summer Home." Sealy says people tend to be more emotionally connected to their cottage or summer homes than to their primary residence. "Most people will tell you that their cottage is a pretty special place," says Sealy, "so they might as well let it function for them." More



Dishwasher tops wish list for busy moms
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According to the results of a national survey fielded by Impulse Research on behalf of Bosch home appliances, 50 percent of Americans think Mom would prefer a new dishwasher—over other kitchen appliances—to make her life easier. After the dishwasher, 23 percent of Americans think their mothers would prefer a new stove or oven, followed by 19 percent who think a new refrigerator would make mom happy and 8 percent who think a new coffee maker tops the list. One third of mothers surveyed said that out of all of their kitchen appliances, the dishwasher is the appliance they love the most. More

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Time for Business - Time for Trends
Tendence is held on August 26-30, 2011 in Frankfurt, Germany. The event is the meeting place for the international giftware, decorative accessories, furniture, outdoor living and home furnishings industry for the second half of the year. Don't miss out on the opportunity to meet with over 2,000 international exhibitors and preview the trends for Spring/Summer 2012.
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Business and business schools need re-designing for design thinking
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In the past few years, there have been interesting attempts from within both business and design schools to elevate the potential of design and creative thinking as drivers of differentiated value. But at a very basic level, business school isn't designed for design. In fact, business isn't designed for design, either. Business and design leaders need to address these disconnects directly if they want to engage the new minds—and modes of thinking—that will be key to their companies' ongoing success. More

Ambient controls get really personal . . . and save energy, too
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A runner-up in the 2011 Metropolis Magazine Next Generation Design Competition, Comfort-on-Demand, a system that heats, cools, and lights individual work environments allows each person to tune her workspace by controlling table-integrated fans, touchactivated heating surfaces, and lighting level through a smartphone interface. The system directs energy to where it is needed and provides a personalized work experience. Comfort-on-Demand also addresses the growing tension between slow-to-adjust brick and mortar buildings and ever-increasing workforce mobility in the commercial real estate market. Each day, people are away from their desk 50-60 percent of the time. All this mobility points to a need for energy systems tied to the office worker, not tied to the building. More

The New Look Of Copper

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Hotels take the bath out of bathrooms
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Want to take a long hot bath the next time you're on the road? Good luck finding a tub. Bathtubs are disappearing from many hotels across North America, going the way of a mint on the pillow, as chains use the freed-up space to install ever more luxurious showers. More



How kitchens of the future will change our lives
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The kitchen of the future will be "compact, eco-friendly, interactive, self-sufficient, adaptable and adjustable, and will minimize the carbon 'cookprint' wherever possible," says Tarquin van der Westuizen, one of 12 finalists in the LG Conceptualife 2011 kitchen design competition, in which 750 students from universities and colleges across the Middle East and Africa developed their vision of the kitchen of the future. More


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