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Outlook 2013
K+BB
Cautious optimism seemed to be the dominant mood for the industry in 2012. Will that give way to something better this year? In this article, K+BB speaks with Kermit Baker, senior research fellow at Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies, to get his take on what to expect.
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ASID Invites You to Experience Our Impact Report
ASID
ASID is continually focused on not only emphasizing the benefits of our Society but the importance of design on the world around us, both as a potential profession and to potential clients. Our new Impact Report highlights ASID achievements throughout 2012 and our plan for the future, illustrating the immense community of interior designers and the breadth of impact we continue to have.
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Upcoming REGREEN Workshop – March 20, Orlando, Fla.
ASID
The interiors-focused REGREEN Implementation Workshop is an in-depth practicum on sourcing non-toxic materials that contribute to healthy IAQ, maximizing energy and water conservation, and integrating strategies to get everyone on board. Register now for the workshop, led by Annette Stelmack, Allied ASID, LEED AP BD+C, which offers 0.8 HSW CEUs.
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Apply Now for ASID Foundation Scholarships and Awards
ASID
The ASID Foundation invites interior design students and professionals to apply for five awards and scholarships totaling $23,000 before the April 15, 2013, application deadline. Open to both ASID members and nonmembers, the awards and scholarships range from monetary awards for contributions to the profession, to scholarships for all levels of students. Apply now.
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Three Macrotrends Revealed at Las Vegas Market
The Editor at Large
Invention, function, romance and hybrids are among the standout interior trends for the coming years, according to Greg Dunlop, global director of WGSN-Homebuildlife. Here's a summary from his presentation, "Fast Forward: A Future View of Interior Trends," which took place during Winter Las Vegas Market.
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10 Tips for Timeless Luxury
Dwell
In the second of ASID and Dwell's "Design Influencers" series, interior designer Alene Workman, FASID, shares her top ten tips for timeless luxury.
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Michael Graves, FAIA, Joins Obama Administration
DesignWire Daily
President Barack Obama has named Michael Graves, FAIA, to the Architecture and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board. The Interior Design Hall of Fame member has revolutionized architecture and product design and will now lend his singular aesthetic to the world of accessible design. Graves' new role lies within the United States Access Board, which develops design criteria and enforce access for the disabled.
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Mars and Venus Face Off on Home Design
Builder
Men may be from Mars and women from Venus, but they both think a great kitchen is their number one priority in a home, according to an informal survey conducted by two architects, an interior designer and a homebuilder. Even more interesting was that their ranking of priorities for other home features were almost evenly aligned.
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Office of the Future: Popup. Pallet. Modular.
SourceYour
"How Do You Work" was an exhibit at Toronto's Interior Design Show that featured four designers’ unique approaches to today's concept of a work space. One interesting approach was made of recycled shipping pallets, built up into a sort of plug-in modular design.
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30 Design Apps for 2013
Interiors & Sources
It seems like we all have our faces buried in our smartphones and tablets these days, so why not make some productive use of that time? Interiors & Sources has compiled a listing of some of the coolest, most innovative and just plain handy apps on the market.
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How to Beat Your Competition by Innovating in Ways They Can't Copy
Forbes
Dissect the success of any fast-growing, innovative company, and you will see the same pattern at work: Innovators make choices the competition won't follow. For the most part, they share five core habits that help them outthink the competition.
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Must-Know Basics to Managing Your Company's Social Media
Entrepreneur
To help crack the code to the perfect social media messaging mix, Entrepreneur spoke with three savvy business leaders whose passion for social media comes through loud and clear on their Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages. Here are their top three tips to master the basics of social media marketing.
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Key Accounts to Follow on Pinterest (And What You Can Learn from Them)
Business 2 Community
Whenever you are looking to improve or gain mastery in a particular area, it is always smart to carefully examine the practices of those who are already doing a top-notch job. You can learn so much just by picking the brains of existing experts. These six Pinterest users fall into that category. See what they're doing that sets them apart from the pack.
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Bathroom Trends Balance Experience, Function
Kitchen & Bath Design News
Innovations are being introduced almost daily in the bathroom planning sector. Because there are so many dissimilar products used in a bathroom, it can be difficult to keep up with them all. However, trend watchers have been clear: savvy designers must devote research time to learning "what's new" in the various product categories.
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Gaining an Edge: Revolutionary Idea for Laminate Countertops
K+BB Collective
It's not always easy to get jazzed about building materials, but there were some pretty neat things happening at the International Builder's Show, where laminate countertops took center stage.
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65 Stylish Designs for Exciting Walk-In Closets
DigsDigs
Any dream house should have a walk-in closet. But to make it the closet of your client's dreams, take a look at these templates, which offer styles ranging from sleek to glamorous to whimsical — all while remaining highly functional.
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Inventive Materials for Memorable Mantels
Houzz
Whether made from stone, wood or metal, the decorative ledge we call a mantel has rested over fireplaces for centuries. Mantels display our family photos, art and accessories — often all the things that we treasure the most. As the focal draw of every fireplace, it should be worthy of displaying cherished items.
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Favorite Sustainable Home Furnishings at the 2013 Las Vegas Market
Inhabitat
The Sustainable Furnishing Council is an organization that verifies the green credentials of producers who seek the One Good World designation, and these companies are highlighted at the Las Vegas Market. This gallery features some of those who are working to bring eco-furnishings to the fore.
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Making Safe Products Second Nature
Ecohome
Tom Lent, Vision 2020 chair and policy director of the Healthy Building Network, helped to spark a growing interest in materials and health. In this conversation, Lent outlines his hopes and dreams for a healthier future.
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MTI Baths

With its simple lines and aggressive angles, the bold and beautiful Petra freestanding tub claims the focal point of any bathroom. Handcrafted in MTI’s Engineered Solid Stone™ material, Petra is available as a soaking tub or air bath. More information.

Environmental Reporting for Furniture: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back
Facilities Net
The next place to gain LEED points may be the chair you buy. Along with everything else in the "sustainable and green" universe, furniture is evolving to be manufactured, shipped and recycled with less environmental impact, and the changes may ultimately save money over the entire life cycle, as well as saving resources.
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Berkeley Lab Study Finds Big Energy Savings in The New York Times Building
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Designing a building holistically, and making sure that its components and systems work together according to design intent, can pay big dividends in energy savings and occupant satisfaction, according to a study of The New York Times Building by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
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New Alternative Workplace Strategies Part I: Changes to Expect
Officing Today
The workplace as we know it is undergoing a major sociological shift, one fueled by our reliance on technology, employees' desire for greater control over their time and companies' need to reduce overhead costs. In response, organizations are moving toward alternative workplace design, says interior designer Dianne A. Dunnell.
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Burgeoning Retail Clinics Require Unique Designs
Healthcare Design
Retail clinics are flourishing as a convenient, accessible and cost-effective way to deliver and receive basic medical services, putting designers in the position of balancing best practices with shopper-friendly aesthetics.
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The Ancient Feng Shui Philosophy in Modern Healthcare
Contract
Feng shui has been called an art, a science, a philosophy, a belief system, an architectural approach, a design method and a superstition. Today, Hudson Hospital in Hudson, Wis., and other healthcare systems across the country are discovering attributes of feng shui that can support and enhance the healing environment.
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Unused Office Space Is Like A Massive Untapped Natural Resource
Wired
Over the past 30 years, the U.S. has added about 2 billion square feet of office space to its existing stock, much of which today's highly mobile workforce no longer needs, at least not as a permanent home. A startup called Liquidspace has turned to the core technology of the sharing economy, the app, to surface that hidden reserve.
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