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Sept. 4, 2009
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Be sure to check out the new Product Showcases for interior designers:
    DuroDesign Inc.
  Stonepeak Ceramics
    Bradley Corporation
  Cosentino USA

LEED for Homes Gets Local Partners
from Custom Home Online
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently announced a program to expand the residential green building market around the country. As part of the program, regional and local green building organizations collaborate with USGBC as LEED for Homes Affiliates, receiving support for education, marketing, and initiatives at the local level and for local programs while promoting LEED for Homes. More    E-mail article

Stewart Furniture Design

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Everyday Savings of 35-65% off retail on Plus 10% trade discount. Description: Beautiful handmade carpets. Call for details at 800-928-6671.More Info.

Finalists for 29th Annual Gold Key Awards Announced
from Hospitality Net
The International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show® has named finalists for the prestigious Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design. Finalists were selected by a panel of notable industry experts from more than 225 projects in 24 countries. Alexandra Champalimaud was named "Designer of the Year." More    E-mail article

With Markets Down, Homeowners Turn to Phased Remodeling
According to a recent Consumer Reports poll on home remodeling, 36% of homeowners who plan to remodel plan to do so in phases. For homeowners who can't fund the entire project upfront, breaking elements of a major home remodel into stages can help extend costs over time and buy homeowners more time to save or find funding. Embarking on a series of smaller projects also keeps homeowners less stressed. More    E-mail article

Some Buildings Not Living Up to Green Label
from The New York Times
Builders covet LEED certification — it stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design — as a way to gain tax credits, attract tenants, charge premium rents and project an image of environmental responsibility. But the gap between design and construction, which LEED certifies, and how some buildings actually perform led the program last week to announce that it would begin collecting information about energy use from all the buildings it certifies. More    E-mail article

Conversation with a Fibers Designer
from Fast Company
"You can't escape fibers. We're everywhere," proclaims Cayewah Easely, chair of the fibers department at SCAD. Fast Company talks with Easely about fiber design and education. More    E-mail article

A Message from ASID

Discounted, No-Risk Registration for Healthcare Design 09

ASID members who register for Healthcare Design.09 by Sept. 25 will receive a $200 discount, as well as the opportunldity to cancel for any reason up to five days before the conference.

Healthcare Design.09 is being held Oct. 31 - Nov. 3 in Orlando. To register, click here. To take advantage of this offer, be sure to use code HCD09RF. More

Worlds Away

Zeppelin House is a Treetop Escape
from Inhabitat
Magically appearing from the trees along Great Ocean Road, Australia is Cocoon, an incredible weekend getaway by the terrific design duo Bellemo & Cat. One part zeppelin, one part finely-crafted yacht, Cocoon was conceived as a "a matchbox inside an egg, a rectangle within an oval." More    E-mail article

Pending Home Sales on a Record Roll
Contract activity for pending home sales has risen for six straight months, a pattern not seen in the history of the index since it began in 2001, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said the housing market momentum has clearly turned for the better. More    E-mail article

Trade Pricing on Home Lighting at LAMPS PLUS Professionals
Join the #1 home lighting and décor trade source for ASID members. Choose from a wide selection of dazzling lighting designs including top brands like Robert Abbey.

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An American Perspective: Skyscraper Architecture Goes Modular in the U.K.
from Building Design & Construction
The city of Wolverhampton, England, enters the architectural history books this month as residents move into Victoria Hall, their brand new high-rise modular apartment building. At 25 stories, Victoria Hall is the world’s tallest building built with off-site construction methods. More    E-mail article

Designers Turn the Heat Up on Latest Kitchen Trends
It could be a crack in the floor tiles, a nasty chip in one of the cabinets or one too many times reaching awkwardly for a needed utensil. But it’s usually a small defect that starts the ball rolling toward a total kitchen renovation. More    E-mail article

Fire Farm Lighting


Job Title Company Location
Interior Designer Mona Hajj Interiors Baltimore, MD
Senior Interior Designer Bohlin Cywinski Jackson San Francisco, CA
High-end Antiques Salesperson Rosalie Nashville, TN
Interior Design Assistant CW Design House Alpharetta, GA

Product Showcases

More ways to be LEED efficient and accumulate points

Prime quality Duro-design Cork and Bamboo flooring are environmentally friendly renewable resources as they are harvested with minimum impact on nature. They not only contribute to add beauty, design and value to your trendy projects.

They contribute to:
LEED 2.0 MR Credit 6
LEED 2.0 EQ Credit 4.01

The only Cork and Bamboo flooring available in 54 colors! More info

StonePeak's Marble

Nothing satisfies the senses like the look and feel of real marble. StonePeak’s marble features all the unique colors and minimal veining of choice natural marble, and is more scratch and stain resistant, longer-lasting, and more durable and cost-effective than real marble. Marble is available in both polished and honed surfaces. Trims for this series include bull nose, bull nose corners, and stair tread. StonePeak’s marble is perfectly suited for commercial and residential settings such as hotel lobbies, restaurants, upscale shopping malls, airports, libraries, and in residential floors and walls. More info


Bradley Corporation’s new Terreon®RE recycled solid surface material combines eco-friendly recycled materials and unmatched durability. Resistant to stains, burns, chemicals and impact, TerreonRE is comprised of 25% pre-consumer recycled content and a bio-based resin, has earned GREENGUARD Certification, and is one of the greenest product materials available. More info

ECO™ by Cosentino

ECO™ by Cosentino announces it has been awarded silver level Cradle to Cradle Certification and has been recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council for contributing towards five to nine credits in the LEED certification system. ECO™ by Cosentino is an innovative new line of eco-friendly countertop and surfacing material composed of 75% recycled material. For more information visit

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Moz Designs

Langhorne Carpet Co., Inc.
Woven wool carpet manufacturer 90% biodegradable and renewable Made in USA.
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High performance interiors
Trespa® offers designers freedom of expression with a wide choice of colors textures and surfaces
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Unique Custom Presentation Folders, Binders, Accessories
Impact Enterprises will manufacture your design, or our design, using a wide selection of materials.
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