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More hotel chains jump on the boutique bandwagon
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Hotel experts have all sorts of definitions for boutique hotels. But whatever the definition, big hotel chains and smaller boutique brands are planning to open many more of them in cities across the United States and overseas over the next few years. One reason for this growth, said Henry H. Harteveldt, travel analyst for Forrester Research, is a reaction by travelers against large hotels that are much the same, no matter the location. "Everybody pays attention to design," Mr. Harteveldt said. "People like things a little bit different, offbeat. And they make someone who may have a rather mundane life feel hip." More

ASID Association Forums – Where Designers Go To Learn

ASID will be featuring two hard-hitting Association Forums during ASID@NeoCon. Each forum will focus on a key issue affecting today’s interior designer: the blitz of variety and choice for today’s consumer and the state of the industry as seen by the industry. The first forum, "The Variety Revolution," being held Monday, June 13, 1 – 3 p.m., will feature Substance of Style author Virginia Postrel and her groundbreaking work in identifying how innovation and the advancement of choice affect consumer behavior. The second forum, "Interior Design-2025," being held Tuesday, June 14, 2:15 – 4:15 p.m., will take a close look at the state of the profession in 2025.

Whether you are a student, manufacturer, practitioner or academic you are guaranteed to benefit from these discussions. Each forum offers .2 CEUs. To learn more, and to register, click here.

Occupant satisfaction and workspace design: What matters most
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Drawing on the vast database of the Center for the Built Environment at UC Berkeley, a team of researchers combed through 10 years of data collected from 52,980 people working in 351 office buildings to determine which office features have the greatest impact on occupant satisfaction. The most important parameters were satisfaction with amount of space, noise and visual privacy. Satisfaction with amount of space was not noticeably affected by size of workspace, and improved by having a private office and sitting close to a window. More

For outdoor kitchens, bigger is better
Kitchen & Bath Design News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
While expanding the footprint of the kitchen may be less in vogue due to the economy, the trend in outdoor kitchens is toward larger and more expansive projects. One very strong trend is to try to replicate the indoor kitchen outside. Customers want to prepare, cook and serve the meal without having to run back and forth between inside and out. They want storage, appliances and heaters. Simply stated, they want everything, which is why the market is booming. More

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Baldwin Hardware is pleased to offer interior designers and architects the opportunity to create their own line of luxury cabinet hardware. Baldwin will produce the winning design and the new line will be named after the winning designer. Additionally, the winning designer will be announced at KBIS and will be featured on Baldwin’s web site, press releases, collateral and merchandising.

Graphic installation inspired by dazzle camouflage
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Nothing Happens for a Reason, at the Logomo Cafe in Turku, Finland, is a madhouse of big, bold stripes converging and diverging on the ground like a circulatory system, creeping up the furniture and walls, and finally, veining over the windows. Little blasts of seizure-inducing orange are thrown here and there. The German artist Tobias Rehberger was inspired by dazzle camouflage, the wildly colorful, geometric paint jobs given to battle ships in World War I to confuse enemies. More

Remodelers need to adapt to new technologies, customer expectations
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With more home owners choosing to stay in their homes longer rather than move to new ones and take a loss in a down market, savvy remodelers are growing their businesses by convincing them to make their homes more comfortable and livable—and more appealing when they do eventually decide to sell. Technology and the Internet have added new dimensions—and opportunities—by expanding the market to include new products and services and by increasing the ability to provide clients with purchasing knowledge and convenience. But remodelers will need to rely on more than their remodeling skills to remain relevant and connect with clients. They also will have to become therapists and financial planners—and learn a whole new way to sell their services. More

Hopkins discontinues use of hands-free faucets
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A study conducted on hands-free faucets at The Johns Hopkins Hospital showed that the modern incarnation of the hand-washing sink proved to be contaminated with more bacteria than the age-old manual hot and cold water fixtures. The results were so dramatic that the hospital took out the new devices it studied from patient care areas and is electing to use only manual fixtures in patient care areas in its new clinical buildings currently under construction. More

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New degree program seeks to transform designers into transformative force
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The School of Visual Arts in New York has announced that it will be offering an MFA in Design for Social Innovation beginning with the Fall 2012 semester. The curriculum provides designers with the experience and skills they need to create, develop, scale and collaborate on world changing initiatives for the good of society and the environment. According to department chair Cheryl Heller, the program was developed to help practitioners "move beyond good intentions to good outcomes, and create a respected role for design in the world of social innovation." More
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Workers value employers' dedication to environment    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new study on workplace values shows American workers seek employment with organizations that are both financially successful and mindful about their impact on and commitment to protecting the environment. The public opinion survey, conducted by Harris Interactive National Quorum on behalf of Interface, Inc., reveals that 63 percent of full-time workers believe a company's impact on the environment is vital when evaluating a new workplace, and 61 percent say the same about the company's profit margin. Meanwhile, an even greater majority—71 percent—value a commitment to sustainability, defined in this study as "environmental protection," as an important or very important criteria. More

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Designers share favorite rooms in 2011 DC Showhouse
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Twenty designers had one month to redecorate the sprawling six-bedroom, 7and 1 / 2-bath fieldstone house surrounded by more than an acre of formal boxwood gardens, a koi pond, a carriage house and a Beverly Hills-style 40-by-60-foot swimming pool. The Design House, which will be open through May 8, raises money for Children's National Medical Center. The Post asked nine of the designers to point out the key features in reach room. More

Honeysuckle making an impact in home decor
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Bright red-pink and bursting with energy, honeysuckle is dominating home decor trends in 2011 as a playful and vibrant alternative to the serene turquoise of 2010. Love it or hate it, the hue is everywhere this spring. More

Case Studies: Sound Masking

Moving your employees from enclosed offices to a primarily open-plan space? Pursuing LEED® credits for your facility and concerned about the impact that green choices will have on acoustics? See how two companies successfully solved their speech privacy and noise concerns by installing the LogiSon sound masking system.  more

Liverpool interior design showroom lets the brand define the space
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Boasting an extensive collection of cutting edge brands, the Home Quarter diminishes both rent and walls for each retail brand, with lease based entirely on a turnover basis and customers free to wonder from brand to brand, between competitors' spaces. The sustainably designed facility uses simple, yet impactful graphic statements to navigate customers throughout the space and encourage them to move between its two buildings. More


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Media giant's new offices go from 'me' space to 'we' space
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Long gone are the days of the dreaded tall gray cubicles, laid out in puzzle like fashion. The move from print to digital and mobile technology among the younger employees in companies convinced global giant United Business Media that collaborative "we" spaces where employees can move around the office and work in multiple locations is more intuitive than the creation of "me." The new space, designed by Gensler, allows employees clear lines of sight to easily let colleagues interact with one another. "Colleagues who barely saw each other in our former split level maze now share ideas openly and productively in an atmosphere charged with energy," says Richard Bowers, UBM's head of estate management. "We have also halved our real estate costs." More

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Kitchen updates suit families' lifestyles, home values
Ferndale Patch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For many, the kitchen is the centerpiece of the home. It's here where families gather to chat, catch up, read, discuss the day's schedules, hover over textbooks and laptops, tune into news...oh, and of course, cook and eat! These days, the kitchen is command central. Recent statistics prove kitchen remodels are one of the best investments an owner can make in a home. A national average, midrange remodel costs about $21,695 with a resale value of $15,790 and a cost recoup of 72.8 percent, according to Remodeling magazine's 2010-11 "Cost vs. Value Report." More

Breathtaking medieval building turned into contemporary living space
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Located in the core part of Girona's medieval quarter and overlooking the Plaça de Sant Doménec, Spain, this is a property called Alemanys 5 within an original building dating back to the sixteenth century. The house has been recently renovated by architect Anna Noguera and has and incredible design which integrates traditional and contemporary elements. More

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