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Remodeling expected to have long, hard winter
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A continual bright spot throughout the housing decline, home improvement activity now is showing signs of a potential stall. The Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity report, released July 21 by the Remodeling Futures Program at Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies, forecasts that remodeling spending will be down 4 percent through the first quarter of 2012. Although discretionary funds used for home improvement should continue to increase through fall of this year, indicators such as a downturn in pending home sales and housing starts portend a winter drop that might linger well into next year. More

Daltile Scholarship opportunity opens Monday

In partnership with Daltile, the ASID Foundation is thrilled to announce the 2011 Daltile Interior Design Scholarship competition. The design challenge for applicants is to design an interior space, inspired by a specific artistic style, using ASID Industry Partner Daltile product as a key element. Submissions are being accepted Aug. 1 through Oct. 15.

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

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.

Biophilic design: Creating comfortable spaces
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Biophilic design is wonderfully comforting. It leads to spaces that are similar, at a fundamental level, to the ones that gave us shelter in our primordial past and creates an emotional climate in which people flourish. More

Bathroom design for all ages
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Design considerations for aging in place have become the rule and not the exception. There is an extraordinary amount of information on universal design and its application. By sorting some of that information into three key categories — safety, comfort and sanitation — one can develop a best practice for designing a bath of any size. More

Food design: A new aesthetic
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Paola Antonelli sees a big future for design. "In the coming decades, design will become methodology and philosophy for those politicians, scientists and economists who want to adopt a human, holistic and constructive approach," writes the senior curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. One new place to look for this trend in daily life is "food design." More

Let 'em choose
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In a soon-to-be-published article in Psychological Science, researchers at Rutgers University confirm the psychological power of making choices. These findings reinforce the importance of providing options to your design clients. More

New report spotlights 'hub zones' for learning environments
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The life of today's student is a never-ending blur of reading textbooks in the coffee shop, trekking to the library, quizzing classmates in study group, mingling in the dorm lounge and chatting at the student union. With the rise in learning taking place outside traditional classroom walls, a new survey from Herman Miller sheds light on a new phenomenon: hub zones. These deliberately crafted, indoor collaborative spaces are emerging as key learning centers on campuses throughout the country. More

Common ground among the generations
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Though there are plenty of differences in the interior design needs of our nation's three most influential generational groups of homeowners — baby boomers, Generation X and Generation Y — a recent study has found some common ground in the kitchen. More

The fluid lines, soft contours and organic shape of the solid-surface Elise freestanding tub create a graceful silhouette that will adorn any bathroom. For complete information on MTI products, go to MORE
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.

3 novel lighting designs
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Three new lighting designs blur the lines between lamp and objet d'art. More

Pakistan: Promoting the art of interior designing
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Citing a need for "innovation in the corporate sector for design," the Pakistan Institute of Interior Designers opened an exhibition in July that has been touted as the year's most anticipated event for interiors enthusiasts. The road show exhibition features works of the institute's members, furniture designers and interior professionals, as well as seminars and networking for professionals. More

Applying evidence-based design at the new Parkland Hospital
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The design team for the new Parkland Hospital in Dallas implemented an evidence-based strategy to create a hospital for the future. Mindful of the link between the physical environment and patient and staff outcomes, the designers are striving to improve patient safety and outcomes, increase patient, staff and family satisfaction, improve efficiency and create an environment conducive to the best practices of today and the future. More Artwork Done Right

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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.
Walt Disney's Favorite Chair is Back
Walt Disney Signature & Avant Gallery are proud to launch the re-imagined Airline_009 Chair designed by Cory Grosser, bringing the classic design of the original Airline Chair from 1934 back to life. Solid machined walnut frame with a fine leather upholstery in 10 beautiful colors. Made in the USA.

Professional WordPress themes for interior design studios
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Interior design and luxury furniture oriented professional WordPress themes always are ranked well. These templates are modern and elegant; they have flexible front pages, image slideshows with smooth transition effects, powerful administrator panels and many more features that make them mighty yet universal, suitable for any type of firm. More

AutoCAD of the future
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Need to open an AutoCAD file on your smartphone? Make some notes? Email it to your contractor or client? With the latest update for the successful AutoCAD WS mobile application for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and Android, you can do all of those things. More

8 tips to social media success for interior designers
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Are you among those designers who aren't engaging in activities related to the various social networking sites (Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook)? If so, you aren't realizing the business boom that comes from keeping in touch with your target market. 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.

The presentation story
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Stories can make a great addition to health care interior design presentations. An effective story should tell what is meaningful to the client and how it relates to the facility, and it should get the owner excited about the project. What steps can ensure a presentation has created a unique, special solution to the many issues that surround environments in a health care facility? More

Unpredictable outcomes
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Many design and construction projects are managed and delivered in a manner that makes outcomes unknowable and uncertain. It's time to rock the boat. Start with three simple action words: standardize, analyze and react. More

Asia theme park boom means big business for designers
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A rush of theme park construction in Asia is providing a financial lifeline for designers, as the North American market for big resorts already has topped out. 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. 
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