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RIBA unveils report 'proving' economic effects of good design
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British architecture minister John Penrose has launched a report from the Royal Institute of British Architects showing how good design makes economic sense. Called "Good Design — It All Adds Up," the 12-page document showcases designs in housing, education, health, the workplace and public space that the RIBA says have had a positive effect on the people who use them. More

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Interior Design Research Grant Program

The ASID Foundation announces the second annual Interior Design Research Grant Program, Transform, focusing on applied research in interior design and human behavior. The program will award up to three grants of up to $35,000 each. Research proposals addressing "how interior design impacts human behavior and well-being" are being accepted through Oct. 3. The grant program is open to design professionals, clients, scientists and educators, as well as interdisciplinary collaborations.

To learn more about the research grant program and download the 2011 RFP, please visit www.asidfoundation.org.



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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Cities take creative steps to become age-friendly for seniors
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America's cities are beginning to grapple with a fact of life: People are getting old quickly, and they're doing it in communities designed for the sprightly. Revamping a lot of infrastructure may not happen in a tough economy. But some communities are building age-friendly changes into planned upgrades or maintenance or into requirements for future development. More

Life well lived
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Today's kitchens are multifunctional spaces where you not only prepare a meal or eat a snack, but also do homework and work on your computer. Today's kitchens encourage family togetherness. Design and material choices, therefore, must take into account the client's age, gender, family situation and couple status, as well as who is sharing the home, such as elderly parents or young children. More



Flooring options that put style underfoot
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If you're in the market for new flooring for a kitchen or bath, options abound, be it tile, hardwood or, for those with crunched budgets, vinyl. K+BB shows off a few introductions to hit the market. More

The workplace of the future is here
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Headquartered in New York City, with offices in six global locations, architectural firm KPF exemplifies the workplace of the future: one that allows virtual teams to work together anytime, anywhere. They have video on every end point — from desktop video phones, laptops, tablets and smart phones to room systems. According to James Brogan, AIA director of Firmwide Technology, that's because face-to-face communication absolutely is critical to the firm's success. More


Addison

Simple lines, flat rim and deeply concave ends enable the solid-surface freestanding Addison to exude grace and sophistication. For complete information on MTI products, go to mtiwhirlpools.com.
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The New Look Of Copper

The Vanity Collection offers gorgeous wood vanities with uniquely distinctive copper sinks. Add a taste of luxury and functionality with our exceptional bathroom furniture designs.
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What is summer vacation without some good A&D reading?
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Whether you're a jet-setting designer or simply looking for a good read at the park, these five recently released A&D books are ideal for brushing up on what's new in the industry. More



Infection control by design in the surgical environment
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The Academy of Architecture for Health recently held a roundtable on the topic of design for surgical environments. Of interest was a discussion of suggested workflow practices and design concepts for contemporary invasive environments for patient care. Five experts supported the discussions with health care designers throughout the country. More

Studio furniture growth
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During the past decade in Vancouver and throughout British Columbia, there has been tremendous growth in studio furniture — furniture crafted by independent designer artisans working from small-scale workshops, typically handcrafted and often built to a customer's order. This explosive growth in local studio furniture has been accompanied by a marked rise in the standard of both the craftsmanship and the designs. 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
Accents that Spark Your Design
Chandler 4 Corners accent pillows are handhooked in luscious wool with appealing designs by Vermont artist Laura Megroz.

C4C products—pillows, rugs, accent furniture, accessories—add dramatic spark to any décor. Designers appreciate the handcrafted sensibility, customers love the timeless designs. chandler4corners.com
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. 




How to choose a photographer and avoid common pitfalls
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Advertising, architecture and interiors photographer Adrian Wilson shares tips for architects and interior designers on how to choose a photographer, avoid common pitfalls when dealing with magazines and deadlines, and collaborate and work best with other photographers, clients, architects and designers. More

The interior designer's evolving role
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Ship's captain or concierge? Exactly how much, and in what direction, has the interior designer's role evolved in recent years, and to what do designers attribute the pickup in residential business? Home Accents Today interviewed some ASID members to find out. More

Marketing: The small business bottom line
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Marketing is all-important, but unfortunately, it also is the one thing many small businesses address last — or not at all. When done right, marketing can improve your financial bottom line. When done wrong, marketing can cost you more than you can afford to pay. What really matters is marketing strategy. More


A Unique Partnership with the Design Industry
BR111 Exotic Hardwood Flooring has become one of the most well known and trusted names in the flooring industry and is now available direct to the Trade. MORE
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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Rational results from irrational stakeholders: Obtaining great results from group processes
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Designers and planners can use insights about how people make choices to aid in crafting stakeholder input processes that achieve better long-term outcomes. Behavioral economists Thaler and Sunstein propose packaging behavioral concepts into a framework of "choice architecture" to aid in improved decision-making. Choice architecture is not architecture as planners and designers think of it in the built environment; rather, it involves designing how choices are presented to people in order to obtain the best long-term outcomes. More

Designing for the future: Differentiate yourself
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Differentiation is the key to pleasing the "new" consumer. Great designs are only one part of the success equation. There are a lot of other business, marketing and functional elements to consider. More

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Do your clients always expect more from you?
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Have you ever had a client who just keeps asking for special favors, like calling on a Friday afternoon to see if you will make a "quick trip" out to his/her house on Saturday morning? Or who expects you to answer phone calls on a Sunday afternoon? Does it seem like the more you do, the more the client expects? More

Interior design websites must have this
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You're an interior designer, right? Not an SEO expert. SEO, or search engine optimization, is essential to helping your clients find you on the Internet. Do you know what keywords you should use in your H1 tags? Would you like to know? More
 
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