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Luxury by design
Hotel Interactive    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Catering to the new luxury design paradigm is a much-discussed topic in the hospitality industry. At the recent BITAC Luxury conference, a star-studded panel discussed how consumers and tighter budgets are making designers more creative and inspired. HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates CEO Michael Bedner says, "We are always working eight years ahead of what goes into the market." But it's not about just keeping ahead of the trends. It's also about meeting consumers' higher expectations with a specific budget. The panel talked about the progression of hospitality design. More

ABI remains positive for fourth straight month
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Led by the commercial sector, the Architecture Billings Index has remained in positive territory four months in a row. The February ABI score was 51.0, following a mark of 50.9 in January. The new projects inquiry index was 63.4, up from mark of 61.2 the previous month and its highest reading since July 2007. More

Starts, permits signal recovery for home sector
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New home construction has been one of the sectors hardest hit by the recession, but signs of a recovery finally are coming to fruition: This year, construction actually may add to the GDP for the first time since 2005. More

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New stickers ensure color accuracy in various lighting
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The quality of light plays a critical role in color appearance. Making a color decision under the wrong lighting conditions can lead to costly and time-consuming mistakes. The new Pantone Lighting Indicator Stickers make it easy to determine if colors are being viewed under the right lighting conditions for accurate color evaluation, specification and matching. More

Multifunctional spaces help interior design evolve
DesignBuild Source    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In the traditional interior design world, the kitchen always has been seen as the heart of the home. With open-planned living becoming more prevalent, however, traditional room boundaries hold less relevance, and more people are gravitating toward the lounge room. 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

In new office designs, room to roam and to think
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Two-thirds of American office space now is configured in some sort of open arrangement. But even as these designs save employers space and money, they can make office workers feel like so many cattle. So how to humanize the setting? More

Young at heart: Designing for the new 50+ market
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Discard old-hat approaches to home and community design. Aging baby boomers are more active, independent and youthful than the preceding Eisenhower generation. More

New Era Walls by HP has revolutionized wall design technology.

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With HP’s Wall Art Design Tool, designers can select from millions of images in New Era Portfolio’s exclusive collection to create digital, customizable, sustainable wall coverings. Printed with HP’s Latex Inks, this PVC-Free wall paper carries the GREENGUARD Children & School certification.

Tips for creating accessible bathrooms for senior living
Senior Housing News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's becoming increasingly important to design with aging in mind, especially with the population about to get significantly older. Similar to kitchens, bathrooms are high-traffic areas where it's imperative to create a safe, accessible and functional environment for individuals as they age, whether they're still at home or in a senior living community. More

Early Bird Registration Open for ASID@NeoCon

ASID@NeoCon® 2012 National Conference, June 11-13 at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, will showcase the people, places and potential our members represent. Whether you are a chapter leader joining us for Chapter Leadership Workshops or an Emerging Professional excited to walk through hundreds of exhibitors for the first time, ASID@NeoCon has something for you. We invite you to join our community and experience the possibilities! Register today! Discounted rates are offered to those who register early. Be sure to stop by the ASID booth (Booth #7-1086) each day to see what we're up to. To learn more about the networking and educational opportunities being offered, visit

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6 exciting new takes on boring old floral
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In honor of spring, "Interiors & Sources" gathered a few examples of how some manufacturers are shaking up the traditional floral pattern and making it into something fitting for the 21st century. More

Women and public changing rooms
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Designers developing spaces such as health clubs, where women can be expected to change their clothes, will find Marianne Clark's recent research at the University of Alberta readily applicable: She learned many women are uncomfortable getting undressed in front of other women. More

Not Your Neighbors Copper Sink

The Legacy copper collection blends artistry and functionality. Each handcrafted work of art has surpassed our stringent standards for unparallel design and durability.

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Lifting the ceiling on successful interior design
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Interior design, done right, is composed of a number of facets. In addition to aesthetics, there are issues of color, texture, greenery and layout, all of which have a marked impact on those who inhabit or even simply enter the space. Another key aspect to consider in an interior space is ceiling height, with many in the industry touting its importance. More

A specific perspective on universal design
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Philip Rubin, a hearing-impaired designer, offers unique insight on how universal design can improve everyone's lives. More

Building a foundation for evidence-based design research
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Two exciting trends in evidence-based design could have a huge effect on the health care design industry. One is a growing interest in using and conducting research as a part of the health care facility design process, and the second is an increasing focus on health care design as part of the curriculum in university design and architecture programs throughout the United States and Canada. More

Design shaping the 21st-century college campus
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With the expansion of for-profit colleges, on-site corporate-sponsored degree programs and online classes from prestigious universities, design professionals wonder if there is an optimistic future for the traditional campus-bound institutions of higher education. More

Introducing Walker Zanger's Wood Age Collection

Inspired by nature, Wood Age Porcelain Tile captures the look and beauty of end grain wood, exposing the character of the concentric rings and graining. Unique in appearance and eminently function, Wood Age is a new generation of Porcelain tile. Visit to see the complete Wood Age Collection.
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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
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

Asking the right marketing questions
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During a difficult economy, it takes much more ingenuity and determination to get business. If you are one of the designers negatively affected the past few years, consider these questions. And then think about how your answers can lead you on the path to increased business success. More

Compensation up in architecture and design firms
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The new "DesignIntelligence" Compensation and Benefits Survey 2012 shows salaries and bonuses are up in America's architecture and design firms. Among the representative findings, an interior designer with 10 to 14 years of experience earns a salary that is 3.3 percent higher than last year. 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.

SEO for interior designers
Molloy Management Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Julia Molloy writes, "I see poor utilization of the Alt Tag fields in your interior design blogs all the time. The Alternate Text, or Alt Tag, is the place where you tell search engines like Google what the images are on your page. This is a great opportunity to incorporate some context and support your keyword and SEO goals." More

'Multiple' is meaningful with commercial design contacts    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When you work with large commercial clients, focus on the quantity as well as quality of your contacts. Don't lose a valuable client because your sole contact leaves. Develop rapport with several people at each firm and grow your business when they leave — without losing your existing customer. More

The psychology of sales    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As a business owner or sales manager, how many times have you wondered whether you really are a good salesperson? Maybe you think, "I'm not bad — I'm closing 30 to 40 percent." But is that really because you're a closer or because you have the authority to do whatever it takes to close the sale? You need to understand the psychology of sales as it relates to your business. More

Great leaders are great vision-casters
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Clients might have great vision and develop executable plans, but they often fail when it comes to sharing that vision effectively throughout the ranks of an organization. If a company's strategy does not cascade through the organization and engage each team and functional area in a meaningful way, the plan is more likely doomed for failure. More

Chair Company Dazzles Clients

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The right way to reward your employees for innovations
Fast Company's Co.Design    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Even creative geniuses need incentives. Motivate them with an evaluation program that compensates innovation; your employees will thrive and your business will improve its ability to offer innovative solutions. More

Don't let expenses snowball
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Expenses snowball. One expense begets another. The true cost of one object is often far greater than the initial price tag would lead you to believe. This is an important thing to understand before a founder opens up his or her checkbook to buy something for the company. 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.
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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