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Interior design billings stay up in November
ASID ICON    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The ASID Interior Design Billings Index stayed in positive territory for the second month in a row, following a weak third quarter that saw the Index dip below 50. Billings were down slightly from October (50.9 vs. 51.4). The Inquiries Index rose substantially (53.8 vs. 50.3), indicating a possible rise in future activity. Billings were strongest in residential, both single family (52.1) and multihousing dwellings (51). Regionally, the West recorded the biggest increase in November as the Midwest rebounded. More

Today's hospitality designers build experiences    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
New hotels no longer are about just a place to stay. According to architects and designers who are creating some of the most acclaimed properties worldwide, hotels today are about unique, fully integrated experiences that are based on well-identified guest tastes and preferences. More

Architecture Billings Index positive for second straight month
The American Institute of Architects    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
December marks the second straight month that the AIA's Architecture Billings Index increased — and it's the first two-month gain since February and March 2011. At 52.0 (the same score as the previous month), the billings figures were strong enough to generate growth in most regions of the country and in most major construction sectors. More

Clinic design: The entry sequence
Healthcare Design    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A well-designed public entry to any health care facility projects a commitment to quality and inspires patients' confidence. From small, storefront clinics to large campuses with multiple access points, the entry sequence draws patients and other visitors intuitively to the "front door." What key features can help designers make the entry sequence stand out? More

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LIRA offers signs of increased home improvement spending
HousingZone    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
After a slow start, home improvement spending is expected to trend up later this year, according to the latest Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity. If this momentum continues to build during the second half of the year, remodeling activity is on course to end 2012 on a positive note. More

All the way with hallways
Sherwin Williams Stir    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In the overall design scheme, hallways often are an afterthought: They're seen as a means to a destination, not a destination in and of themselves. However, hallways can be the perfect canvas to take a chance on color. More

Luxury home goods giant launches flash sales
Home Furnishings Business    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Luxury home furnishings and decor flash sale site LuxeYard launched what it calls a unique approach to home furnishings flash sales recently, combining several e-commerce concepts. Its two flash-sale e-commerce concepts — Group Buy and Concierge Buying — are designed to shift pricing and sourcing power from retailers to consumers. More

Announcing the Baldwin Reserve Portfolio
Baldwin Reserve combines quality craftsmanship with advanced technology to deliver a personalized blend of styles. Easily mix and match knobs, levers, and roses, in eight finishes to deliver a custom look for every architectural style. Reserve offers short lead times, quick installation and an industry leading limited 25-year finish warranty. MORE

Modern marvel: The New American Home 2012
Builder    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
You see its interior before you even enter the house, and its front door serves as an art element as much as a point of entry. Welcome to The New American Home 2012, celebrating a 29-year collaboration between Builder magazine and the Leading Suppliers Council of the NAHB. More

6 lighting trends on the horizon
K+BB Collective    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Some of the season's brightest trends in lighting were on display at the 2012 Dallas International Lighting Market recently. These six developments caught attention at the show. More

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Arise from that chair!
Research Design Connections    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Research again has emphasized that workers benefit from office spaced designed to encourage interaction and make it easy for employees to walk around. A team of British scientists has found that people who sit for longer periods of time at work are more likely to sit when they're not at work — leading to a decrease in mental well-being. More

2012 ASID Design Awards nominations due Jan. 31!

Do you know an inspiring designer or organization that deserves recognition for contributions to the interior design community? Nominate them for one of ASID's most coveted honors: the ASID Design Awards. Judging will take place in February, with a noteworthy panel that includes Deborah Lloyd Forrest, FASID, ForrestPerkins; Nila R. Leiserowitz, FASID, IIDA, Gensler; Michael McCoy, McCoy & McCoy; and Amanda Dameron, executive editor, Dwell magazine. The nomination forms can be downloaded at Submissions are being accepted until Jan. 31. For questions, please email

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

USGBC updates green building report
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The U.S. Green Building Council recently joined with 15 partner organizations to announce the release of a report that recommends nearly three dozen executive actions in 23 agency programs where the Obama administration can drive the economic and environmental benefits of green building without new legislation. More

How hotels are going green
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More and more, the hospitality industry is finding that the cost of sustainability is a good investment. Hospitality designers need to be educated on the topic and do the necessary research to answer more questions about the products they specify. More

Incredible RGB art shifts as lighting changes
Web Urbanist    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A wildlife-themed wall mural seems to invite the viewer to untangle a mess of animals to make sense of the many shapes and colors all thrown together. It looks haphazard at best. But when a light switch is flipped, the method to this madness quickly is revealed. More

Don't hide indoors
Scientific American    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Scientists are uncovering more and more evidence that the air in buildings can be bad for your health. As researchers discover chemicals from carpeting in office workers' bloodstreams, they spread the word: crack a window, open a door — get some fresh air! More


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Start-up style
Contract    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Internet giant AOL wanted to bring the feel of a start-up back to its headquarters. How did the design team capture the zeitgeist of the young and nimble on a scale large enough to accommodate 80,000 square feet and thousands of employees? More

Expansive exhibition showcases 'Duncan Phyfe, Master Cabinetmaker'
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Metropolitan Museum of Art's show, the first Phyfe retrospective in 90 years, offers a sumptuous visual cornucopia. Nearly 100 works from private and public collections — including pieces still owned by Phyfe's descendants — document the craftsman's mastery of evolving styles, from Federal to Grecian to pillar-and-scroll Classical. The exhibit runs through May 6 and then travels to Houston. More

Charles Dickens' world of home interiors
The Guardian    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Charles Dickens wasn't just a stickler for the intricacies of plot and character development. From his time at his first London home, Dickens was fascinated with interiors and threw himself into choosing furniture, paint colors and wallpaper designs as well as the installation of a shower and a conservatory. More

Guestrooms designed for tech-savvy travelers
Hospitality Design    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When the Hotel Brussels launched its guestroom overhaul, it wanted to appeal to the tech-savvy, cosmopolitan traveler. Gone are the traditional desk, corner armchair, curtains and lamps. Say hello to a cleaner layout, leather touches and a focus on light. More

Introducing Walker Zanger's Tuileries Collection

The Tuileries Collection of handmade tile from Walker Zanger, offers a fresh take on classic French motifs. Tuileries’ carefully edited decorative patterns and harmonious colors are perfectly suited for today’s refined take on traditional style. Visit to see the complete Tuilleries Collection.
Runners Designed for More than Hallways
Our 8 foot runners, 30 designs in all, make the perfect accent for behind a couch, in the kitchen, and yes, even down a hall! C4C products—pillows, rugs, accent furniture—add spark to any décor. Designers appreciate the handcrafted sensibility, customers love the timeless designs.
DINOFLEX® - Flooring That Lasts!
DINOFLEX® manufactures high quality, recycled rubber surfaces. From custom designed resilient rubber flooring to acoustic underlay, DINOFLEX® offers Architects and Designers a wide variety of choices to create personalized designs for education, sports and fitness, retail, hospitality, recreation, and commercial applications. Our products help achieve LEED credits and our Indoor products are FloorScore® Certified.

Bathroom remodels bring aging in place benefits
PRWeb via San Francisco Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Even the tiniest bathroom remodel can bring significant universal design improvements to an existing house. Smart space planning and thoughtful design are the key ingredients to managing compact "aging in place" retrofits. More

At home in a billboard?
DesignBuild Source    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Bangkok-based architecture and design team Apostrophy have created one bizarre, and perhaps genius, residential space that is offering to promote an entirely new and unique construction process in addition to a full-term lifestyle shift. More

Tips to help you claim a home office deduction
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
To claim a home office deduction, you must use the space in your residence as a principal place of business, as a place to interact with customers on a regular basis or as a separate structure used for the business. But while the home office deduction rules are written in black and white, there are some uncertainties that could affect your home office deduction. More

Study: Weak websites lead to lost business for small design firms
Interiors & Sources    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A total of 46 percent of U.S. consumers have canceled plans to spend money with a small business after discovering a poor website, according to research recently released by 1&1 Internet Inc. Among more than 2,000 respondents, 35 percent reported they have walked away from a project completely and an additional 7 percent have opted to spend less as a direct result of a firm's online presence. More

Pinterest for business: 5 hot tips
American Express OPEN Forum    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
We've all been hearing a lot about Pinterest lately, so you're probably wondering whether you should take the plunge and create a profile for your company. Go for it, especially if women are your target consumers — 70 percent of pinners are female. Pinterest has a highly engaged audience — a reported 3.3 million users logging more than 421 million page views — so there's plenty of opportunity for businesses to flesh out pinboards and catch pinners' eyes. More

Pro bono service encourages architecture, design contributions to communities in need
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The American Institute of Architects and Public Architecture have embarked on "The 1 Percent," a new partnership challenging architecture and design firms to commit a minimum of 1 percent of their time to pro bono service for communities in need. Service contribution pledges currently stand at $40 million annually. More


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10 ways to monetize your communications strategy
The Globe and Mail    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Establishing an effective communication strategy may seem like a costly undertaking, but done right, it can add visibility to your small business, spread ideas and demonstrate your value to potential clients. Here are 10 tips to help turn your communications strategy into a profitable development tool without spending a fortune. More

The biggest myth in time management
Harvard Business Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There is no escaping the nonstop surge of email, text, voicemail, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn — and that's just the technology-based stream. How can we ever catch up? We can't. The idea that we can get it all done is the biggest myth in time management. 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. 
Textured & Colored Planks
Design & Fashion United
Junckers Hardwood introduces the highly anticipated Design collection featuring fifteen unique textured and colored boards. The collection offers modern, dramatic, and traditional styles for commercial and residential use. Click here to view the collection. Please contact Junckers at 800-878-9663 to request samples.

Richly textured with plenty of sparkle and shine, Access Lighting’s newly released Pizazz Collection is a contemporary play on traditional crystal, and simply divine. Dramatic enough to incorporate in a formal entry, the contemporary edge to this series lends itself to more playful informal settings too. Not to be missed.
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