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Workplace of the future: More open, with fewer private offices
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By 2015, workplace utilization is expected to increase from levels between 35 percent and 50 percent today to 85 percent then, as the desk-to-employee ratio is addressed and space is reapportioned, according to a study conducted by Teknion. Companies are employing more open, collaborative work spaces with fewer private offices in an effort to reduce their overall space needs and provide more flexible work environments. More




Slow but steady recovery for senior housing
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Demand in the senior housing sector continues to inch slowly upward, with the average occupancy rate having consistently increased during the past seven quarters to 88.2 percent at the close of 2011. Much of the fourth-quarter success can be attributed to independent living properties, which are gaining faster than the assisted living sector. More

San Francisco airport opens yoga room
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Designed by Gensler, a new yoga room at the San Francisco airport helps enhance reflections of the mind with shades of soothing blue, low as well as warm lighting levels and a floating wall. Plans include adding a felt Zen garden before the end of 2012. More


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Hotels can drive growth through sustainability
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A new consumer survey by travel website Expedia.com found 75 percent of respondents completely agree that sustainability for hospitality should be defined as building, furnishing and operating hotels in ways that are better for the guest, better for the community and better for the planet. The study also found consumers are more likely to choose a hotel with good indoor air quality, but many hotels do not promote that feature to their customers. More

Design perfectionists at home
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The design perfectionist is a curious breed that outfits its habitat according not to style or fashion, but to a set of fastidious inner rules that usually are minimalist in nature. But even the perfectionist can be won over by good design. 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


Bloomberg launches luxury lifestyle print magazine
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The global financial elite will have a lifestyle magazine to peruse next month: "Bloomberg Pursuits." The magazine will be distributed worldwide to the 375,000 financial professionals using Bloomberg Terminal, and it also will be sold on newsstands. More

How to set the stage for creative collaboration
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It's an excuse as old as procrastination itself: Stuck on a project? Rearrange the office. But as Scott Doorley and Scott Witthoft propose in their new book, "Make Space," shifting focus — and furniture — can be just the thing to fire those creative juices. The pair, who run the Environments Collaborative at Stanford University's design school, fight bland work spaces, one whiteboard at a time. More

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A new generation raises the bar for public interest design
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MASS Design Group's meteoric rise and expanding portfolio of built work is all the more impressive considering the realities and challenges of public interest design. While only a few years into its existence, MASS has raised the bar for the practice of public interest design — and, indeed, for design professions in general. More

Home theater design
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With the Super Bowl clock ticking, many are focusing now on the man cave. Let's delve deeper into home theater design for every size and type of home. More


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Designing for patient safety
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Since the release of the 1999 Institute of Medicine report by Kohn, Corrigan and Donaldson, "To Err is Human," patient safety improvements have remained elusive, in spite of a host of interventions. A growing body of research suggests that an understanding of the multiple components of the health care system (of which the built environment is one component) is crucial for improving patient safety. More

USGBC names Top 10 states for LEED green buildings
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The U.S. Green Building Council recently released its 2011 list of top 10 states for LEED-certified commercial and institutional green buildings per capita. The nation's capital leads the way, with 31.5 square feet of LEED-certified space per person, while Colorado is first among the states at 2.74 square feet per person. More




Wall treatment ideas: Instant mood with pattern, texture, color
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The red spaghetti wall at the new restaurant Maximiliano is a reminder that bold looks can come from the humblest of materials. From etched MDF to chalkboard spray paint to repurposed materials, walls can make a statement when the treatment goes a step beyond basic paint or paper. More

The new waiting room: A health care asset
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Long a neglected stepchild of medical office design, the waiting room is receiving overdue attention. Increasingly, physicians recognize the waiting room affects not only consumer perceptions, but also business efficiency and even health outcomes. 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 www.walkerzanger.com to see the complete Tuilleries Collection.
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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. chandler4corners.com
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.




Your office, your future
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As the architecture and design profession changes and becomes more of an interdisciplinary pursuit, as client expectations grow more complex, as technology continues to evolve at warp speed, firms will need to consider where they want to be in five years and in a decade. More




Getting down to business
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Helping a client understand the cost of services can be a challenge, since much of a designer's work is intangible: A client pays for a designer's style and sensibility, not a product that can be seen or touched. More

Make buddies with builders over breakfast
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So, you're an interior designer who wants to hook up with builders. Good idea. Problem is, so does every other designer within a 500-mile radius. What to do? More




Should you charge for the first appointment?
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Before you know whether to charge for the first meeting with a new client, you must understand what that client wants and expects from the initial visit. You will find many clues when you pay attention to the wording the client uses when making the appointment request. More


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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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Online marketing tips for promoting your interior design business
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When you are ready to bring your interior design business online, you might be overwhelmed by the various choices facing you: a suitable website package, website design, online marketing strategy, social media scheme and more. How do you make the right decisions? More

Interior design business: Get productive, reduce the drudgery
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The business of interior design — accounting, project management and the like — is not what draws most designers to the profession. Glamorous or not, it's important to pay attention to those details in order for your business to thrive. Here are some tips to help reduce the drudgery. 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.
PERFECT PIZAZZ

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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