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High-tech kitchens of the future
Networx via Local 10    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
What does the future hold for kitchen design? With the technology available today — robot vacuum cleaners, refrigerators with built-in computers on the door, microwaves that scan directions on a box and cook the contents, faucets that turn on with a tap, drawers and cabinets that open from a slight touch or a remote — what else can the future possibly hold? Just imagine: Cabinetry that can change color or play a movie and a cooktop that can be relocated on a countertop with the stroke of a hand. You deem this preposterous? Read on. More

2012 Top 100 Giants report gains
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This is the year the firms in Interior Design's Top 100 Giants list confounds the pundits, not to mention themselves. The first surprise: These giants took in 14 percent more in design fees than predicted in the previous survey, grossing $2.4 billion. That's the most earned since before 2008 and a 10 percent jump from the most recent reporting period. More

Despite recession, remodels drive demand for bathware
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Although recent economic and building news suggests a continuation of the flat recovery, it's not all gloom and doom. In fact, designers and other industry experts are reporting they are busy with remodeling activity, heavily focused on bathrooms. More

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ASID Foundation awards $115,000 for design research
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The American Society of Interior Designers Foundation announced the recipients of the second annual Interior Design Research Grant Program, Transform, which focuses on applied research in interior design and human behavior. More

Healthy ingredients list for the home
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Peter Syrett, an architect, and Chris Youssef, an interior designer, believe building materials should be labeled, just like cereal boxes and soup cans, so consumers can avoid ingredients that might be harmful. Their new database links common forms of flooring, lumber, wiring, pipes and other construction materials to government warnings about the substances contained in them. 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

MASS Design Group named Contract's 'designer of the year'
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The story of MASS Design Group is one of the power of young designers with tremendous vision, ideas and energy coming together in collaboration and partnership. MASS thinks big and executes — and it is on a trajectory to continue designing for dignity. More

Multifamily market experiences continued growth
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The latest survey from the National Multi Housing Council indicates that improving market conditions continue to be an advantage for the multifamily industry. Most markets displayed an uptick in development activity, with 53 percent of respondents reporting increases in land acquisition, lining up financing and obtaining building permits. More

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Open work environment produces mixed results
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A post-occupancy study of an open space work environment several years later concludes that while the open plan succeeded in creating a stronger sense of team among employees working in close proximity, it failed to address other significant negative issues, such as noise and departmental isolationism. More

Learn to advocate effectively for your profession

Register now for the 2012 Legislative Symposium being held at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, March 16-18! Attendees will join ASID President Lisa Henry, FASID, Representative Sean Jerguson, NCIDQ Executive Director Jeff Kenney and other advocates for two days of networking and grassroots leadership training. Participants earn 4 credit hours (0.4 CEU credits). Click here to register and for event information.

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

Curated interiors are revealing
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A curated interior is one where all the items appear to be collected over time, and all the pieces, although quite different from one another, seem in sync and complementary. By no means is a curated space the easiest type of interior to pull together, but when done well, it can produce masterful results. More

Give and take: The rise of interaction design
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A wave of interest in interaction design is bringing the world a new kind of interior that turns users from innocent bystanders into active participants. More


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The psychology behind interior design
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As we begin to understand the psychology behind design, especially interior design, we can start to uncover the incredible influence that space and design have over individual behavior, mood and actions. More

Energy use projections drop sharply for US buildings
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The built environment in the United States is moving toward significant reductions in energy consumption at a faster pace than previously projected, even taking into account the slowdown in new construction and remodeling during the past several years. More

How Lean strategies can streamline hospital design
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The complexity of the health care environment requires an inclusive and collaborative approach to the design process. Designers must propose solutions that meet the needs of a facility operationally and financially while providing an environment conducive to healing. In this challenging era, the access, affordability and delivery of health care requires designers and caregivers to work together toward improving outcomes and defining new standards. More

The spa: 10 ways to dazzle guests
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An outstanding spa experience can help set a hotel or resort apart from its competition. Great spa design must be beautifully pristine, yet highly functional: Imagine spa employees floating like butterflies in rarefied air, creating a guest experience deluged in relaxation and rejuvenation. More

Simple embellishments
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Hardware and accessories are the crowning touches in the bathroom, the elements that pull a design together. This doesn't mean, however, these details need to be fussy or fancy. Just as overall design trends are favoring cleaner, more streamlined looks, so too are hardware and bath accessories. More

Report shows environmental benefits of retrofits
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Renovating an existing building almost always is more environmentally beneficial than demolishing an existing structure and building a more energy-efficient one, according to a new report by the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Preservation Green Lab, a Seattle-based initiative that seeks to explore the value older buildings bring to their communities. 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.

Are you making mistakes and losing money with your fees?
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According to a recent survey, 52 percent of all interior designers say they need more business. Another survey found 80 percent of consumers want to pick a fixed or value-based fee. It's time to think about whether your business model is costing you money and clients. More

Social media by design
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The work environment has become more and more collaborative. The experience of one colleague becomes the shared experience of others in the profession from which we can all learn. Social media can be a useful tool to increase sharing. More

No style — by intentional design    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Fred Berns shares insight picked up from an interior designer who chafes at being labeled as having any "style" of design. The point of hiring an interior designer is to get custom, personalized results that speak to the homeowner — not a cookie-cutter style reflective of the designer. More

When communication leads to legal trouble
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What happens if your interior design clients call a supplier directly to discuss their project — without talking to you first? One case led to a lawsuit because a supplier told homeowners the details of his agreement with the interior designer. More

The 5 fears of negotiating design fees
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A simple awareness that bargaining is the normal first step in any project contributes directly to a company's bottom line. When creative service professionals pay as much attention to negotiating the deal as they do to scoping the project, their financial and emotional positions improve. More

LinkedIn for interior designers
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LinkedIn can be a great resource for interior designers to connect with colleagues, potential clients and even journalists. Find strategies for using LinkedIn, and see if existing groups could be helpful for you. More

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MechoSystems presents the McDonough Iceland Collection™

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Make a good impression in 30 seconds
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Here in the U.S., the Super Bowl showed the power of 30-second advertisements. But how often do we craft our own 30-second spots for audiences we want to influence? In conversations there almost always is a 30-second moment that can make the meeting memorable. 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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