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100 Big Ideas
Interior Design
Making the extraordinary from the ordinary by sculpting in paper, innovating in a decaying paint factory, exploring your inner child while defying gravity. These are mere morsels of the delicious — and staggeringly creative — feast Interior Design serves up in its Big Ideas issue.
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  Five Tips to Design Smarter

Download Five Tips to Design Smarter to learn how Crestron home automation can enhance your design and expand your practice – without having to be a technology expert. Crestron delivers optimal convenience, security and energy savings in an exciting way, balancing function and form with a worry-free installation.

"Pin It to Win It" with the Dwell on Design Pin-spiration Competition
Announcing an exclusive contest for ASID members! Using a distinct color theme, create a Pinterest board showcasing your personal design philosophy to the @DwellonDesign Pinterest page by April 3. The top 10 selected designers will receive an invitation to showcase their board in the ASID member Pinterest Pavilion at Dwell on Design, June 21–23 in Los Angeles. For more information and to enter, visit
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Spend Time with ASID at NeoCon in Chicago, June 10 – 12
If you're attending NeoCon this June, be sure to stop by the ASID booth (#7-2106) to celebrate and frame your design experience — it'll be picture-perfect! This year ASID is featuring an Association Forum on "Assessing and Predicting the Future of Interior Design," a tour of the Lurie Children's Hospital and a joint Fellows Event and Student Career Day, in conjunction with IIDA. Check back with in the next few weeks for additional programming and registration information!
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Earlybird Registration Discounts for ASID at Dwell on Design
ASID will have a large presence at this year's Dwell on Design Conference and Exhibition, June 21–23 in Los Angeles. Don't miss our full roster of inspiring and informative programs, including Celebration – the ASID Design Awards gala event, GO PRO/LA for emerging professionals and the acclaimed REGREEN Workshop. Visit the Dwell on Design website for more information, or click here to go directly to the registration page.
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Spring High Point Market Highlights
The Editor at Large
The countdown to High Point Market is on, and the design community will make its way down to the Furniture Capital of the World next month, April 20–25. Editor at Large has assembled a list of events and happenings from ASID and others — both social and educational — that punctuate this spring's "Inspiration" Market.
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A School Furniture System Designed To Make Sitting Healthier
Fast Company's Co.Design
Curing childhood obesity isn't about forcing kids onto a treadmill. Encouraging constant movement throughout the day could help just as much.
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Active-Design Concept is a Fitness Movement
San Antonio Express-News
Those of us who work in office towers have seen the signs urging us to take the stairs — a plea for fitness in our increasingly obese society — as we board the elevator for the second floor. A recent conference hosted by the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District focused on the impact of building and urban design on public health.
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Designers: Mind Your Language
As interior designers strive for the professional recognition merited by their training and expertise, they constantly come up against those who seek to diminish the role of designers

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ASID Quarterly Interior Design Billings Index Slips
While quarterly billings slipped slightly, an Inquiry index of 54.4 in December 2012 implies that a greater percentage of respondents expect to experience growth in the coming months.

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Better Outdoor Kitchens: Tips to Keep in Mind
Designers weigh in on the evolution of outdoor kitchens, what indoor kitchen designers bring to the outdoor table and how to capture the business opportunities represented by outdoor kitchens.

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Can an Email Legally Bind an Interior Design Contract?
Molloy Management Group
Most designers could use good advice when it comes to guidance on the myriad legalities associated with the business of design. Here, one lawyer's answer to the question: Can an email legally bind an interior design contract?
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Self-Promotion: Six Ways to Get Noticed
Effective self-promotion lies somewhere between being a wallflower and a flaming narcissist. Find the sweet spot with these tips.
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Making People Feel Good About Doing Business With You
Business 2 Community
Customer service is what defines any business. It is a unique quality that varies from business to business, ultimately determining what it is that makes them special to the customer. Thus, it is indisputable that any brand or organization must take their ongoing relationship with the customer seriously.
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Four Easy Ways to Boost Your Lead List
The Design Trust
If you want to go beyond selling to your friends and family, then you need to have an up-to-date and thriving database of potential clients, contacts and other relevant people who are interested in what you do and who might want to purchase from you.
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Design Details: Doors
Residential Architect
Doors offer a unique opportunity in home design. They're the first point of contact with a home — the first chance to make a big impression. This collection of front doors, back doors and doors in between all offer a unique entry.
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A Craving for Casual Dining Spaces
Chicago Tribune
Carmin Awadzi's children have another name for the dining room: the "forbidden room" — a white-glove, no-touch zone that houses formal furniture, including a polished mahogany table. Awadzi admits to using the room a scant once per year, on Christmas day. But as chief executive and founder of Magnolia Custom Homes, she is seeing her clients today make very different choices when it comes to family eating areas.
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Tile a Wall in Style
Kitchen Ink
Tile is a significant element of design, but kitchens can present some design issues that will affect the type of materials you use. See how different styles of tile can turn an entire design concept in a new direction.
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Unique Products for the Home
There are many fantastic places to visit for lighting and décor options, but one of the most captivating is Rejuvenation, a brand within the Williams-Sonoma family including, of course, Williams-Sonoma, Industry Partner of ASID, and Pottery Barn, among others. Rejuvenation features classic American lighting and house parts, with styles running the gamut from antique to vintage to modern.
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Micro-community Meets Ultra-low Energy Standards
Jetson Green
The first spec home in the Pacific Northwest to meet Passivhaus standards is in the Columbia Station green micro-community. Passivhaus is an energy standard that is more difficult to achieve than LEED with respect to energy efficiency.
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The Active House: Yet Another Green Building Standard
Welcome to the Active House, sponsored by VELUX, the big skylight manufacturer. It's a new building standard that promotes energy saving, healthy indoor conditions with lots of fresh air and — you guessed it — lots of natural light and ventilation from windows and skylights.
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From Derelict to Dynamic

EcoBuilding Pulse
Restoring and updating a 100-year-old building in Cleveland required vision and creativity, especially when the potential occupant's first thought upon walking into the decrepit building was "Get me out of here." Where the law firm COO saw disaster, however, his architect saw through to the building's strong bones and Beaux-Arts detailing, envisioning something different.
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Newest Trend in Offices: The Third Space
Franchise Focus
The "third space" is something that everyone in office design is talking about — but what is it, and how can it change the workplace for the better?
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Survey: Poor Acoustics Affect Office Productivity
Specification Online
Working in a shared or open-plan office is considered the norm, yet a survey of 2000 workers commissioned by Ecophon, part of leading international materials company Saint-Gobain, has revealed that a lack of acoustic treatment in these spaces is having a negative impact on employee productivity.
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"Serendipitous Interaction" Key to Tech Firms' Workplace Design
Google has spent a lot of time studying what makes workplaces innovative and casual interactions are important. John Sullivan, a management professor at San Francisco State University and workplace consultant, lists three factors to make that set companies apart: learning by interaction, collaborations and fun.
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