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Market Focus: Single-Family Residential
Architectural Record
The recent rise in mortgage rates could dampen this year's housing recovery. However, employment growth and the U.S. economy's overall improvement should sustain the market's upward momentum.
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Award Winners' Work Offers Window to Excellence, Innovation
ASID
The ASID Awards represent the Society's highest level of professional recognition. Recipients of the Designer of Distinction, Design for Humanity, Design Innovation and the Nancy Vincent McClelland Award are outstanding members of the design community who demonstrate an unyielding commitment to advancing the profession and harnessing the power of design to improve the human experience. This year's winners represent important work taking place in healthcare design, education and research, technology innovation and workplace design.
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Registration Now Open for Celebration 2014
ASID
Celebration 2014: The ASID Design Awards gala is the most notable design event of the year! Join us on Saturday, June 21, at Paramount Pictures Studios in Los Angeles as we celebrate the 2014 award winners and the profound impact design has on the human experience. The gala will feature private tours of the Paramount grounds, fabulous food, an open bar and incredible entertainment. Designers and design-lovers alike are invited to attend. Tickets are available for $200 per person for a limited time. Prices will increase weekly leading up to the event. No at-the-door tickets will be available, so purchase your ticket online today!
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ASID Partners with ICFF to Present New CEU Opportunity
ASID
For the first time, ASID is partnering with the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) to create ASID at the ICFF, which will present an exciting collection of Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC)/continuing education unit (CEU)-approved sessions featuring top designers, case studies and professional development. The alliance illustrates the Society and ICFF's longtime commitment to continuing education.

So join us at the ICFF May 17–20 in New York City to explore North America's premier showcase for contemporary design and to experience the design industry's latest trends, a series of educational programs and a packed schedule of exhibits. During the four days, the ICFF will host more than 500 exhibitors and over 29,500 interior designers, architects, retailers, manufacturers, representatives, distributors and developers. On Tuesday, May 20, the ICFF will be open to the public as well.

For a complete list of educational sessions and to register, visit our events webpage www.asidicff.eventbrite.com.

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Understand and Master Legislation Impacting Your Business
ASID
During the next few months, the Society's Government and Public Affairs (GPA) team will be hosting the 2014 Legislative Symposia Series. Events will be held May 9 – 10 in Orlando and June 6 – 7 in New York City. These legislative symposia will offer a great opportunity to discover new advocacy programs ASID is developing to expand the profession at the local, state and federal levels. Attendees will learn how to promote the value of the interior design profession, gain the necessary tools to create effective messaging in legislative initiatives, participate in lobbying training exercises, learn about the legislative process, network with fellow politically active members of the interior design industry and learn the keys to successful advocacy. 0.4 CEU credits will be offered on topics such as the globalization of interior design, messaging, and the development of codes and standards.

Register today! For more information, contact us at gpa@asid.org.

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Mind the Gap: Using Sound Masking in Closed Spaces

Closed offices and meeting rooms are built with the intention of providing occupants with both visual and acoustic privacy. While the first goal can easily be achieved, the second often proves elusive because of the many ways in which sound can transfer from one space to another.
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The Essential Guide to Spring High Point Market
The Editor at Large
Ready or not, Spring High Point Market, April 5 -10, is here. Designers and buyers from around the world will be descending on High Point, N.C., for the semi-annual event. Editor at Large has assembled a handy reference guide of daily events and happenings, both social and educational, to help you navigate the week.
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Pantone Introduces Nine Palettes for 2015
The Editor at Large
Rigid color rules have been replaced by more creative options, according to the latest Pantone View Home + Interiors guide, which takes a look a major color trends that will influence the home and interiors market in 2015.
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Design. Cultured.
ICON Online
Nothing is more important to the success of an organization than its culture, nor is anything more difficult to change. Culture affects not only what we do and how we do it, but how we think about ourselves and the story we share with others. At the American Society of Interior Designers we have begun to reshape our story and share the plans we have for the future, working with our staff and volunteer leadership to develop specific strategies that will drive the changes needed to create ASID 2.0. Now begins the tough work of developing the attitudes, behaviors and actions needed to get us there.
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Home Professionals Bullish on Business Growth, Houzz Survey Finds
Professional Remodeler
Ninety percent of North American home builders, architects, remodelers, landscape professionals and interior designers surveyed on Houzz expect revenue to grow in 2014 according to the first "Houzz Residential Design & Renovation Outlook," a report based on data provided by more than 6,500 service providers on Houzz.
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Functionality and Apparent Spaciousness
Research Design Connections
Spaces that are actually the same size can seem spacious or cramped, depending on how furnishings in the rooms are arranged, according to a new study published in the journal Environment and Behavior. Settings can be of high use and high density and yet not feel crowded if they are structured such that others do not impede one's own activities.
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Discover What Your Clients Really Want
Design Management Company
Happy clients bring more business. A happy client is one who feels his or her needs and wishes have been met. But we all know that often what people say makes them happy is not really what makes them happy, or as happy as they thought they would be. To ensure your own business success, it's your job to know what it is your clients really want.
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How to Best Leverage Advisors for Your Practice: Part II
David B. Mandell, JD, MBA
Savvy interior design firm owners typically expand by adding employees, making additional investments and moving into ancillary activities on which they can bill. These additional steps to increase profitability also increase the complexity of their practices — and for the owners, their personal financial planning. This complexity necessitates a team of advisors for assistance.
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Why Clients Aren't Interested in Your Proposals
Six Revisions
It's tough to handle the rejection after putting in hours of effort building the perfect proposal. But the truth is it can be a struggle even convincing a client to read a proposal in its entirety. Why aren't they interested in what you have to say?
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Prosperity: The Two-Track Path for Design Firms
DesignIntelligence
In order to prosper, firms need to both lead and manage well (the two-track path). Firms that lead well garner higher fees and healthier top lines on their income statements. Strong management contributes to a healthier bottom line, allowing top firms to keep more of what they earn.
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Market Focus: Single-Family Residential
Architectural Record
The recent rise in mortgage rates could dampen this year's housing recovery. But employment growth and the U.S. economy's overall improvement should sustain the market.

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Architectural Digest Show's Top Trends
Consumer Reports
Despite the rarified air at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show, there are plenty of trends that are likely to find their way into mainstream design. Here are five of the most interesting.

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Listen to Me: Stop Designing for People
ICON Online
In this commentary, Victor Ermoli, dean of the School of Design at Savannah College of Art and Design encourages designers to take it to the next level.

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Getting Smart in the Kitchen
Kitchen & Bath Design News
Kitchens have become the heart and central nervous system of the home, says Pat Borg, owner/president, NEFF of Chicago. "People are coming back to the kitchen. There is definitely a resurgence." One factor leading that revival is the advancement of "smart" appliances — everything from dishwashers to ovens/cooktops/ranges to refrigerators.
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Objects That Make a House a Home: Seven Designers' Personal Insight
The New York Times
As part of Key, a mini-magazine on real estate and design, The New York Times asked seven designers to tell readers about the most comfortable things they own.
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20 Secret Rooms That Bring Fantasy Into Everyday Life
Demilked
From the time we first read Alice in Wonderland or see our first spy movie with secret panic rooms or ghostly castles, we imagine secret rooms to be something remarkable, mystical and ultimately unattainable. But secret rooms — disguised by bookcases, stairwells or wardrobes — are a lot more about entertainment and personal privacy.
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Top Five Kitchen Trends of 2014
CBS MoneyWatch
Move over, robot vacuums and single-cup coffee makers: Vintage cookware and gadgets controlled by a smartphone are poised to be the next big trends in kitchens.
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Will Sustainability Literacy Be Required for Graduation by 2040?
Ecobuilding Pulse
By 2040, will high school graduates be required to demonstrate proficiency in sustainability before they're allowed to take home their diplomas? This is a main goal of the National Action Plan for Educating for Sustainability, released recently by the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
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ASHRAE, NAHB, ICC to Develop New National Green Building Standard
Housing Zone
The National Association of Home Builders, building science society ASHRAE and the International Code Council agreed to jointly develop the 2015 edition of the ICC/ASHRAE 700 National Green Building Standard. This is the third edition of the standard and the first time that ASHRAE has partnered on its development.
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If Only… A Lighting Device That Monitors Carbon Footprint
Design/Curial
You offer "Your" fitting up to the universal magnetic coupler in the ceiling and it comes on. The mobile device in your pocket streams out a set of verbal information about your previous use and tells you how much time you have left to use "Your" fitting before exceeding your personal carbon footprint. Instantly, the building's BMS chimes in with a welcome, telling you the amount your company will be charged for using the host's electricity.
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Winery Raises Glass to Hemp Cellar, Net-Zero Building
GreenBiz.com
Hemp is used in hundreds of products, but here's a new one: a hemp wine cellar. Chateau Maris, a bio-dynamic and organic French winery, has created a net-zero energy building by using bricks made from organic hemp and lime. Topped by a green roof with solar panels, it produces as much energy as it consumes.
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Farewell to the Corner Office
Comstock's Magazine
Walk into any coffee shop and it's obvious that the place we call "the office" has changed. Many of the people sitting at tables are likely mixing laptops with lattes as they browse email and write reports. Some may be pitching a sale over coffee. In the changing world of work, the corner office with a desk the size of an aircraft carrier is no longer the hallmark of success it once was.
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Outpatient Trends and Hospitable Destinations of Choice in Urban Centers
Contract
The trend is for healthcare systems to bring healthcare portals closer to the patient's workplace, in more appealing and accessible facilities. These signature spaces help spread the institution's identity throughout the community, blend a multitude of specialties for enhanced and collaborative care and, importantly, heightened convenience for the patient. Design plays an important role in creating the overall impression of these spaces.
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Sales Combination: Understanding Retail Design in Terms of Commercial Space
Explore B2B
The practice of retail design is defined ordinarily as an architectural and design combination — that is, of interior design and standard architectural practices. It is, however, truer to say that the process also involves elements of advertising, ergonomics and even interior decoration.
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Listen Up: Survey Reveals Contentious Attitudes Toward Noise in the Workplace
Officing Today
A recent survey of 1,023 office workers asked questions designed to find out exactly what employees want in a workplace: Which particular design features would encourage motivation? What style of furniture is best? The results are pretty revealing.
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