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Housing, remodeling post signs of recovery
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The U.S. economy, as well as the housing and remodeling markets, are apparently creeping toward a slow, unsteady recovery, based on the latest round of economic indicators. Among the key statistics and forecasts released by various government agencies, research firms and industry-related trade associations in recent weeks are signs that consumers are beginning to spend again, albeit cautiously. More

Wallpaper that steals headlines
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Here's something to write home about: a new wallpaper, called Newsworthy, made from strips of newspaper that have been hand-loomed with nylon thread. The effect is clever—instantly identifiable up close, but pleasantly abstract from afar. The wallpaper has an earthy, vintage quality to it, and the manufacturer is marketing it—to the trade—as an alternative to grass cloth. More

Reasons to renovate in a downturn
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An economic downturn may be one of the best times to renovate a dated hospitality space. Here's six reasons you can pitch to clients for why they should be positioning themselves now for the recovery. More

ASID Design Viewpoints Lecture Series at High Point Market
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The High Point Market Authority (HPMA), in association with ASID, is producing a special Design Viewpoints Lecture series for interior designers at Spring Market, Sunday, April 18 - 20. The seminars, delivered daily at noon, offer up to 0.3 CEUs over the course of the show. They will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. each day at 100 High (Plaza Level, corner of Wrenn and High Streets). All seminars in the Design Viewpoints Lecture Series are free to interior designers attending Spring Market 2010 and lunch is complimentary, but seating is limited. Please reserve your seat in advance by placing a reservation online.

Tendence, taking place August 27-31 in Frankfurt, Germany, is the most important international consumer-goods event and the leading design platform during the second half of the year. With the "Next" promotional program young design companies have the opportunity to present themselves and their products to international key players from industry, trade and the media. more

InformeDesign® releases new Implications on designing age-friendly communities
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Authors Ann Ziebarth, Ph.D., Heidi Erm and Eunju Hwang, Ph.D. examine the strategies the Twin Cities (St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minn.) and Vancouver metropolitan areas have used to make their communities more age-friendly. Similarities and differences between the two approaches and the overall importance of designing communities with consideration of the aging population are discussed. More

Decorator helped pioneer professional design services    Share    Share on
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A century-old clash between decorator and architect led an intern to discover one of the early practitioners of professional interior design. Although he's not typically recognized as a pioneer in the field, Hugo Huber in the late 19th century established a full-service decorating firm, H.F. Huber & Co., which worked in conjunction with architects on residential and commercial projects large and small. More

Baldwin is Gifting Tiffany Keys

Exclusive to designers and in celebration of our Couture line, Baldwin is gifting 10 Tiffany key necklaces..."Jewelry for You and Your Home."
If you're a designer, have an affinity for Tiffany & Co. jewelry and premium hardware, then this is for you. Just tell us a bit about yourself and you’ll be entered to win.
Since 1946, Baldwin has been America's premier maker of hand-crafted hardware.

Vacation-home sales increased in 2009
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The National Association of Realtors' 2010 "Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey," covering existing- and new-home transactions in 2009, shows vacation-home sales rose 7.9 percent to 553,000 last year from 513,000 in 2008. Half of vacation homes purchased last year were in the South, 21 percent in the West, 17 percent in the Midwest and 12 percent in the Northeast. Seven out of 10 were detached single-family homes. More

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Interior design as strategy
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A wise professor, from Ryerson University's School of Interior Design in Toronto, once said, "Interior designers must also know half of what an architect knows and a quarter of what an engineer knows, but they get half the pay and a quarter of the respect." An interior designer makes the case that, "To the public, we are purveyors of things cool and pretty, but interior designers are positioned to do so much more, for profit, people, and planet." More

Mommy and baby concept cafe in Japan
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Mommy and Baby now have a hang out spot: Tokyo Baby Cafe, a new concept space that provides a relaxed atmosphere for both parents and their children. Working to provide both parties with not only entertainment but functionality, full details have been considered; the underside of tables have paintings for kids to enjoy as they crawl around, there are 'large' and 'small' furnishings, an open space for stroller wars and nursing sofas double up as changing tables. More

Chapel transformed into stunning modern residence in Utrecht
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Older churches were built to stand the test of time, like this small Catholic chapel in Utrecht. Instead of tearing it down to make way for more housing, the chapel was converted into a very modern residence. The adaptive reuse project was carried about by Utrecht-based Zecc Architects, who have a lot of experience with renovations of cultural and historical sites. More

The Latest from Fire Farm Lighting

See the latest project we're affectionately calling "the Jellyfish" (Project 3060) in this week's blog. Also, check out the starry pendants from our upcoming Constellation Series. More.

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