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Outdoor living gets back to basics
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As the economy begins to stabilize, homeowners are still spending on outdoor living and landscape architecture, but they're forgoing many of the bells and whistles that became fashionable during the housing boom and instead are refocusing on the basics, according to a recent survey by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). While classic outdoor living elements such as dining and seating areas, grills, lighting, and fire pits or fireplaces remain very popular, interest in elements such as outdoor sinks, refrigerators, and showers, as well as high-tech systems such as outdoor televisions and stereo systems has declined overall. More

Powder rooms with personality
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Interior designers called in to dress up houses find that more of a client's personality is poured into the powder room than any other part of a home. Frequently, it serves as a shrine to the owner. If the host really wants his or her guests to notice an award, prize or achievement, the sitting room mantelpiece is nowhere near as effective as the powder room wall. More

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Getting hospitalized should be like flying first-class
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Hospitals usually attempt to solve their design requirements with architecture, which is both expensive and hard to adapt when technology changes. PriestmanGoode, a London design house, came up with a different approach for Britain’s Design Council. They argue that the central problems facing hospital design happen to have already been solved in the design of first-class cabins for airlines. More
ASID at NeoCon Website Launches

ASID recently launched to provide the design community with information on the ASID at NeoCon experience. ASID at NeoCon is ASID's national conference that takes place at NeoCon World’s Trade Fair in Chicago June 14 to 16. The site includes: information on keynote speakers, experiential learning tours, event listings just for students, and much more. continues to be updated with new information, including a live component that will launch June 14. This live coverage will include pictures and videos from ASID at NeoCon as events take place.

Visit today and make plans to attend ASID at NeoCon!

Resorts Going Green
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Ecotourism is "in." People want to believe their precious vacations are not creating a giant carbon footprint to harm the environment, but rather are at least carbon neutral. And the hoteliers are responding. Going green is not just a good idea for impressing guests and supporting the environment, but energy-saving practices also often benefit the bottom line. For now, some resorts will use it as their "unique selling propositions." More

RDI announces winners of 2009 store design competition
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Toronto-based design firm Yabu Pushelberg earned Store of the Year honors in the 2009 Retail Design Institute's annual International Store Design Competition for its updating of the St. Regis Room (now, the Room) at Hudson Bay Co.'s Toronto flagship store. View photos of all the winners on VSMD's web site. More

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Interior room design in essential to effective telepresence
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As the global marketplace continues to grow with the expansion of multinational organizations, the demand for streamlined communications and collaboration is emerging as a key focus. Face-to-face communications are still a vital part of communication and collaboration, but geography is a consistent obstacle. To overcome this challenge, more and more companies are implementing telepresence into their communications strategy. It is not enough, however, to simply offer telepresence technology. To optimize on the communication and collaboration experience, the company must also consider the design of the room. More

Murano Glass Chandeliers lighting collection
The most modern and contemporary lighting designers and traditional Murano glass chandelier masters demonstrate wonderful custom made collection of high-end quality lighting fixtures. See all chandeliers catalog MORE

Reinventing the public bathroom
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Dwell magazine asked New York-based firm Smart Design to examine the intersection between Universal Design principles and the limitations of public bathrooms in the Big Apple. See the results in two eye-opening videos on the Dwell web site. More

Introducing Baldwin Couture

Like jewelry for the home, this exquisite collection of high-styled hardware dresses the luxury home with singular style.

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How do you know if a building product is really green?
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What "green values" determine whether a product is "green enough": carbon miles traveled, emissions, energy efficient manufacturing, eliminating toxicity? The National Building Museum brought together a panel of experts to discuss these and other supply chain issues related to the use of green products. Their discussion makes clear there are no easy answers. More

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Possibly the world's best interior design web site
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The web site for Wonderwall, Inc., a Japanese interior design firm specializing in office and hospitality design, exploits the potential of virtual space to generate excitement for its physical environments. More

New Products from Fire Farm Lighting!

See sneak peeks of our upcoming Constellation Series: pendant light fixtures available in 3ft, 6ft, 9ft, and 12ft diameters with multiple finish and lamping options. More.

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The Fallingwater Color Collection

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