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Industry slump hasn't dulled new hotel designs
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The hospitality industry may be in a slump, but that’s not stopping hospitality designers from putting their best foot forward. The New York Times looks at some of the most noteworthy new hotels for 2010. More

11 elements that the best children's hospitals share    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
To design, construct, and manage the best children's hospital, you need to listen to children. An ad hoc family advisory group made up of a dozen patients and family members, in addition to the standard staff advisory group, can offer extraordinarily useful advice about how a facility should be designed or updated. Although every hospital is unique, some elements are critical to patients of all children’s hospitals. More


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Parsons teams with Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center on alternate design models
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Parsons interior design students were asked to create designs for a 7,745-square-foot ground-floor satellite chemotherapy delivery site in downtown Brooklyn that would provide treatment to patients closer to their homes in a more streamlined manner, which reduces waiting times by separating ancillary services like blood work and x-rays from the standard treatment experience. The goal for Parsons was to challenge the roles that interior designers can play in contemporary society by shaping the physical, emotional, and psychological experience for patients in ways that empower them. More
Submissions Being Accepted for Two ASID Sustainable Design Competitions

ASID teams up again with two leading industry magazines, Hospitality Design and Interiors & Sources, to recognize groundbreaking leaders in sustainable design. Entries are open for the Earth-Minded Awards (EMA) and the BLOOM Awards, with deadlines of Feb. 1 and Feb. 15, respectively.

Bloom Awards: In its second year, the BLOOM Awards with Interiors & Sources magazine honor manufacturers and their inventive sustainable products across five categories: Flooring, Lighting, Innovative Materials, Textiles and Furniture. To enter, go to

Earth-Minded Awards (EMA): In its third year, ASID and Hospitality Design magazine honor hospitality interior designers, architects, manufacturers and students with EMAs in three categories: Project EMA, Product EMA and the Tomorrow Award. To download submission forms and to view complete rules, visit

Housing permits and starts improve
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After three consecutive months of declines, housing permits, starts, and overall completions saw modest improvements in November 2009, according to the latest "New Residential Construction Report" released by the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Permits for single-family units increased 5.3 percent in November, starts 2.1 percent and completions 8.7 percent. More

Slow recovery predicted for A&D industry
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Most professional practices in the design and construction industry will experience an agonizingly slow comeback after the poor and often painful business conditions of the past year, according to a new report in the journal DesignIntelligence. Signs point to a sluggish recovery; however, there is hope, say the authors. More

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Architects cut and cutting
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Architects have been especially hit hard by the recession. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of employed architects slumped to 189,999 last year from 230,000 in 2008, a 17.8 percent decline—one of the steepest among all professions. (Figures on interior designers are not available yet.) Architects are experiencing fierce competition and having to resort to cost-cutting to satisfy discount-seeking clients. More

Murano Glass Chandeliers lighting collection
The most modern and contemporary lighting designers and traditional Murano glass chandelier masters demonstrate wonderful custom made collection of high-end quality lighting fixtures. See all chandeliers catalog MORE

Bonuses not expected to lift luxury real estate market
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Big end-of-year compensation packages have returned, but the bonus money is unlikely to trickle down into housing markets in any significant way. Developers say finance professionals that would normally splurge on luxury homes are still skittish because of stock-market volatility and a shaky job market. More

Introducing Baldwin Couture

Like jewelry for the home, this exquisite collection of high-styled hardware dresses the luxury home with singular style.

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Soviet fish factory retrofitted into beautiful modern home
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Architect Zaigas Gailes Birojs has transformed an abandoned Soviet fish factory in Kaltene, Latvia into a beautiful modern residence. Situated on the coast of an island in the Baltic Sea, the industrial-chic home is a stunning example of adaptive reuse that comes complete with a shiny nautilus-inspired bathhouse. The greenest buildings are those that are never built, so we’re always inspired by projects that rejuvenate existing architecture and infuse it with new life. More

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Interior designers plot more traditional kitchens for 2010
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As is the case in most art forms, trends in interior design are often a reflection of the times they are born out of. In a time of increased accountability and financial struggle it may be a small wonder that analysts are predicting a return to traditional styles when it comes to remodeling one's kitchen. More

Think Big with Fire Farm Lighting!

Click link above for this week’s blog about one of our biggest projects yet! Each drum measures 11 feet in diameter and 3 feet tall.

Recycled Glass and Porcelain Countertops, Flooring and Landscape Materials

EnviroGLAS converts recycled glass and porcelain into decorative hard surfaces and landscape materials.
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Spacify Inc

Provide comfort and style to your living room with BAIA 2 Seater and T-Shape Sofas.

Langhorne Carpet Co., Inc.

Woven wool carpet manufacturer 90% biodegradable and renewable Made in USA.
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The Fallingwater Color Collection

Receive the colors that inspired Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater from PPG Pittsburgh Paints. (registered marks after Fallingwater, Color, and Pittsburgh).
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