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Design outlook positive for 2012
ASID ICON    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Although early indications pointed to another positive month, the ASID Interior Design Billings Index in December slipped just below the line into negative territory, at 49.4. The Inquiries Index, however, stayed positive at 52.0 for the second month in a row. Despite the year-end dip in billings, ASID firms expect business conditions to be better in the future. The ASID Business Outlook Index for the fourth quarter was 74.3, up substantially from the prior quarter's index of 56.4.


Oscars preview: The year's best sets
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"Architectural Digest" spotlights the 2012 nominees for Best Art Direction and talks to the designers behind the five visually stunning films. More

Builder confidence rises for 5 consecutive months    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Homebuilder confidence in the market for new single-family homes increased for the fifth consecutive month in February, rising from 25 to 29 on the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index released Feb. 17. It is the highest level the index has reached in more than four years. More

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Top kitchen and bath design trends for 2012
Woodworking Network    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Although the use of cherry wood in cabinetry is declining slightly, the preference for darker finishes continues to grow. These and other findings are among the top design trends for 2012, as determined by a recent survey by the National Kitchen & Bath Association. More

Heading the bed in a new direction
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When it comes to the bedroom, one painless route to design bravery is to modify the furniture arrangement. The, um, nonmissionary approach would be to "float" the bed slightly into the room. Fabric or a screen can be used to create the illusion of a back wall or headboard. 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

Palette pusher: Technology transforms images into palettes
One Kings Lane    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
While no one is suggesting it will replace Pinterest as the newest image addiction, the folks at One Kings Lane are hooked with the discovery of Chip It! on the Sherwin-Williams site. The technology allows you transform any image into a paint palette instantly. More

Measuring sustainable return on investment
Eco-Structure    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The sustainable return on investment process monetizes social and environmental effects related to projects. It also provides the equivalent of traditional life cycle cost metrics, or financial return on investment, in its analysis. Other relevant incremental social and environmental impacts include air quality, water quality, waste reduction, human health and labor or productivity costs. More

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Design Business Library reports updated for 2012

All 10 ASID Business Library reports have been updated to reflect 2012 tax and regulatory changes. Get the answers to your most critical business questions, from taxes and benefits to optimizing cash flow. ASID members pay only $12 for each report — a savings of $27 off the regular price. Purchase all 10 reports for only $68 and save $362 off the regular price! Click here for a listing and description of all reports.

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Joining the national health care conversation
Healthcare Design    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
What role does the built environment play in providing better health outcomes and reducing the cost of care? The Center for Health Design's Debra Levin discusses how the health care design industry can take a seat at the table as the nation redefines the U.S. health care system. More

The small but smart kitchen
Kitchen & Bath Design News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Attention to detail is the foundation of designing small but smart kitchens. These projects demand creative planning so the finished space fits the most important needs of your client's family. You must establish your client's priority list, understand how the family cooks and lives in the kitchen space and determine whether it's necessary or even possible to expand the area's boundaries. Be ready to think creatively, plan obsessively and work flexibly to deliver a well-executed design. More

Keys to a successful hotel lobby redesign    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Lobby redesigns not only create a more welcoming first impression, but also improve hotel functionality and generate more revenue. But before you begin any lobby renovation, it's important to prioritize planning and strategy. More


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Affordable prefab? LivingHomes C6 debuts during Modernism Week
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The concept is simple: Make a modern, prefabricated home with the lowest environmental impact — and price — possible. The C6 is touted as the first production home designed to achieve LEED platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, and it's the first to incorporate a range of products certified by Cradle to Cradle. More

Wayfinding with color
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Need to help people find their way through a maze of corridors? Recent findings about color in hallways can help you get travelers to their destinations — a task made more complicated by the increased modularity of interior design. While cost-effective, it can lead to spaces that seem to be repeating, causing visitors to lose their way. More

The next office: Why CEOs are paying attention
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Executives everywhere are being asked to deliver higher performance from every company asset. Yet they often overlook an asset that's both highly leverageable and pivotal to the organization's success: the office. More

LED ceiling features for restaurants, bars
Interior Design Source    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Lighting systems in interior design provide one of the highest visual impacts upon entering a space. In the same way color affects the senses and has the ability to create a mental and physical reaction, lighting sets the tone and atmosphere of a space — perhaps nowhere more than in public bars and restaurants. More

Introducing Walker Zanger's Lucca Collection

Lucca, Walker Zanger’sexclusive new limestone collection is inspired by traditional stone working techniques, but decidedly modern in design sensibility. Crafted in Italy, Lucca combines honed, patinato and rift finishes, creating exciting blends of texture that will lend dimension and visual drama to any room. Visit us at to learn more.
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Effortless. Comfortable. Undetectable. The perfect place for a flatscreen TV. Press the wireless remote – a sumptuously comfortable bed floats into the room. With its 10-year limited warranty, Zoom-Room, the electronic retractable Murphy Bed, provides the most elegant, practical and intelligent guest bed solution for convertible spaces. MORE
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.

Time to spring-clean your management practices
Hospitality Style    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
No principal or project manager who works in the design services environment has enough hours to do what needs doing. Here's a checklist of good habits aimed at helping you streamline management practices and fuel your staff's creative fire. More

Everything you wanted to know about benchmarking — but were afraid to ask
ASID ICON    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Maybe you've heard about benchmarking your business but weren't sure how or why to do it. We've got the answers you're looking for. More

Using your clients' learning style to close sales    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Regardless of what a client is like, a good part of your sales success will relate to his or her personality and how it personality relates to yours — and, more important, how this relates to your sales approach to them. For that reason, it's critical to understand how to identify your prospects' learning styles early in the sales process and tailor your presentations and closing techniques accordingly. More

Self-promotion: Are you a pro or a no?    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
How effective are you at blowing your own horn? It's a key element of a successful business. Take this quiz of "toot your flute" tasks to see how you rate. More

Designers on how to succeed in business
The Editor at Large    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Panelists at the recent Student Design Day, sponsored by ASID and The Editor at Large, offer insight on the trials and tribulations of getting started in a design business, landing that first job and recognizing their big break. More

Easy, inexpensive ways to build your own media list
The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Traditionally, public relations firms spend a lot of money on yearly subscriptions to online databases that give them access to every media contact in the U.S. — and sometimes in the world. As a business owner, speaker or author, you don't need a media list that big; you just need a strong set of contacts you can reach when you have a news item, a launch or an interesting story to tell. More

21st Century Murphy Bed
Effortless. Comfortable. Undetectable. The perfect place for a flatscreen TV. Press the wireless remote - Zoom-Room provides the most elegant guest bed solution for convertible spaces. MORE
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.

Working solo
Design Biz Blueprint    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The one-person design studio is a business model with a lot of advantages: flexible hours, low overhead, unlimited creativity. But do you know the biggest problem facing single-practitioner designers and preventing their businesses from being successful and profitable? More

4 rules of successful negotiation
American Express OPEN Forum    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Small-business negotiations are common with vendors, employees and customers. Michael E. Sloopka, the negotiating coach, explains how to negotiate calmly and come to an agreement that satisfies all parties. 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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