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Interior design billings rebound
ASID ICON    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The ASID Interior Design Billings Index returned to positive territory in January after a slight dip in the month of December. Billings were up substantially from the end of 2011 (57.4 vs. 49.4). The Inquiries Index rose dramatically (65.9 vs. 52.0), signaling increased interest in future activity. The Interior Design Billings Index showed greater improvement than the AIA Billings Index, which also registered positive (50.9) for the third month in a row. Interior design billings were up and positive across all industry sectors, with the most gains reported in the commercial arena and government. More

Pantone peeks at 2013 in Pantone View Home + Interiors trend report
Dexigner    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Pantone View Home + Interiors 2013 Trend Forecast predicts consumers will want their homes to reflect a growing optimism and a need for something novel — while remaining practical. Pantone's guide contains the nine most directional color palettes for home furnishings and interior design in 2013. More

What it take to be truly sustainable
Hospitality Style    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In the end, sustainability is a holistic process. Green is not just a matter of the final product or material being green, but it is a continuous state of mind in the whole process of transporting, manufacturing, treating employees and, at the end of the chain, respecting the client. It all goes together. More

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Hotel designers really ought to see the light
The Australian    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
To create a trendy ambiance, hotel lighting often is provided by a series of table lamps but rarely by a ceiling light. Contemporary hotel rooms specialize in sleek, low-to-the-table lamps. What's a reader to do? More

New standards for accessible design compliance now in effect    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Beginning March 15, any new building projects started by companies covered under the American with Disabilities Act must comply with the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design, says the U.S. Department of Justice. 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

Sustainable living: Modern Family
Luxury for the Home    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The modern family is sustainable-minded, may be looking to update their home with a modern aesthetic and gives only the best products to their children. How can designers deliver to this market segment? More

USGBC introduces new, updated credits in LEED library
Interiors & Sources    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The U.S. Green Building Council's next update to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green building program, LEED 2012, will include various updates to credits within the LEED Pilot Credit Library. More

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Follow the 'LEEDer': Home Depot, USGBC offer product database
Mother Nature Network via The Miami Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The United States Green Building Council has teamed with Christmas light-recycling, personal wind turbine-selling home improvement mega-retailer Home Depot to launch an online product database geared toward homeowners and builders attempting to rack up LEED points for green building projects. More

ASID Web Event: Take Your Business to the Next Level Through Business Benchmarking

Wednesday, March 21 — 1 to 2 p.m. EDT

As seen in ASID ICON! Marc Molinsky of Designer Advantage will present a case study of how you can use the benchmarking information available through the new Design Business Benchmarking tool to reduce costs, improve profitability and set growth targets for your business. Marc Molinksy is a former CPA at Ernst &Young LLP and founder and CEO of DesignerAdvantage Inc., the leading provider of bookkeeping and business management services for the interior design trade. (This presentation is not available for CEU credit.)

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What's cooking in design: Recipe for aging in place
Senior Housing News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Whether a senior is living at home or in an assisted or independent living apartment, it's important to ensure the ability to age in place, especially in important, high-traffic areas such as kitchens. More

Clinic design: Reception and check-in
Healthcare Design    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A medical facility's reception area usually is the first place patients have face-to-face interaction with staff. The design provides an opportunity to project a positive impression, so it's important to pay attention to several key design features that affect everything from wayfinding to privacy. More

Are flexible workers making the office obsolete?
DesignBuild Source    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When it comes to office buildings, the notion of interior design is undergoing a drastic change. Many of us spend a majority of our working lives in office spaces, which is why the effects of these interior environments are so thoroughly explored. The way these spaces are designed influence our mood, health and productivity, lending great importance to using techniques to maximize the impacts of design. However, the office building itself is facing a major threat in the form of workplace flexibility. More

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Ceramics take on bigger role in homes
The Associated Press via The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Ceramics traditionally are a great supporting player on the home decor stage, but this season they're grabbing more of the spotlight. Today's ceramists are exploring creative textures and finishes, and even the mass market is offering exciting new examples of the pottery arts. From velvety soft, lacy tea light holders to chunky, colorful platters, there's something for everyone. More

Medical practices: The design of the future
Medical Office Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As the practice of medicine continues to evolve, so does medical office design. New practice models are emerging, along with new demands from patients and new methods of delivering what's important to them, and office design is changing to meet those needs. More

Therapists, patients form similar expectations based on office photos
Research Design Connections    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Patients and psychotherapists formed similar expectations of care based solely on photos of a provider's office, according to recent research by Devlin and Nasar. The authors are continuing their important and innovative study on the design of therapists' offices. More

Laws of perception
Light Talk    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Lighting design is very much a matter of perception. Our perception is very much driven by the so-called Gestalt Laws, developed in Germany during the Bauhaus period. Researchers have found we see things according to very predictable principles. Here are some of these principles we (should!) apply as part of our lighting design concepts. More

Introducing Walker Zanger's Pietre di Borgogna Collection
Pietre di Borgogna is a new porcelain tile collection that perfectly captures the look and beauty of natural French Limestone, a material that has captured the imagination of architects for centuries.

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Murphy Bed

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
Focus on Education... Flooring that Lasts!
Recycled rubber flooring typically outlasts many other traditional floors. DINOFLEX® Recycled Rubber Surfacing provides outstanding durability, slip resistance, easy maintenance, superior stain resistance, and unparalleled comfort. Additionally, our indoor flooring products meet standards for low VOC emissions, and are composed of pre and post-consumer materials, making DINOFLEX® a preferred choice for educational facilities.

Competing for the future
DesignIntelligence    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Is the future of the design professions going downhill? Or is it being reinvented? It's true this is a time disruptive to traditions. The new professional practice paradigms are quite different from those being taught at most colleges and universities. The game has changed. The new game is full of challenges — and rewards. More

Self-employment: Don't count it out
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Self-employment allows you to chase the dream. Beyond that, there are all sorts of other reasons to go the self-employment route, and more and more people are opting to do so. More

What I learned from design bloggers
Digital Sherpa    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The recent Design Bloggers Conference — or Blogfest 2012 — was a whirlwind of sessions and networking with a crowd of passionate designers who are relatively new to blogging. As a treat for those who weren't able to attend the conference, "Digital Sherpa" compiled a few observations and tips that will help kick-start your own design blog this year. More

Photos, video make way for new kid: SpinCam
Mashable    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new iOS app called SpinCam attempts to blur the line between video and panoramic photos, claiming to create a new type of photographic media entirely: Spins. Unlike traditional photos, Spins capture a 360-degree image of a moment that can be experienced interactively. More

Getting paid while shopping for accessories — in big-box retail
Design Biz Blueprint    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
How do designers in more remote locales — or even in the heart of a city — break even when they must spend hours shopping for home accessories and pay the same prices consumers fork over? The first step is to exclude accessory shopping from your fee for services and instead provide the added service at an hourly rate. 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.

Promote your business with online slideshows    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
You know what you're doing. Your clients are in awe of the work you do. You're proud of your work. You have photos of almost every job, many from beginning to end. So, are you sharing your expertise with the world? If not, it's time to do just that. And nothing tells the story better than photos. More

10-minute videos walk you through social media training
The Social Media Shop    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Jane Van Velson, founder of The Social Media Shop, listened carefully and realized what small-business owners all want is a quick way to learn social media to apply it to their own businesses. A new series of videos breaks down the steps of each social media channel in 10-minute increments. More

Interior Contract Furniture Collection

Grosfillex, a US manufacturer, designs and builds a complete line of distinct, durable commercial furniture to meet or exceed industry standards – indoors and outdoors! Focused on new materials and technologies, Grosfillex is proud to introduce a new contemporary interior furniture line with slim HPL tables and stack chairs in youthful colors and trendy designs. Grosfillex product line offers professionals and designers performance, durability, functionality, style and comfort at an affordable price. MORE
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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