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On May 10, the J. Irwin and Xenia Miller House in Columbus, Ind., opens to the public for the first time since it was completed in 1958. Designed by Eero Saarinen and Kevin Roche, with interiors by Alexander Girard and gardens by Daniel Urban Kiley, the Miller House has been largely out of sight to the design world since its single publication in House & Garden in 1959. The Miller house can now be seen as a link in the chain of glass houses that announced the arrival of modernism in America and remain the icons of their respective architects' work Although photographs of the Miller House can make it look as chilly as a vault, the Miller children remember it as a welcoming and comfortable space, thanks in large part to Girard’s colorful and whimsical interiors. More

ASID Seeking Iconic Interiors for ASID ICON

Each issue of ASID ICON features an "Iconic Spaces" page, profiling a member along with a timeless interior that inspires them. From the intricacy of Spain's Alhambra, to the colors of Dorothy Draper's hotels, to the simple lines of Frank Lloyd Wright's homes, and so many others—we want to know which timeless interiors have made an impression on you. If you would like to be featured, please email and include:
1. Your name, title and firm name
2. A short description of your iconic interior: why you chose it, what it means to you, how it's influenced your design philosophy, etc. (about 75-100 words)

The skinny on innovative urban design
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Situated in one of the narrowest spaces in an old town district of Barcelona, Ferrolan LAB's four-story Family House in Barcelona manages to pack nearly 4,000 square feet into a sliver of a frame 82 feet deep but just 12 feet wide. The firm's solution was to turn the building's challenges into positives by developing a vertical plan. Maximizing natural light and a programmatic use of materials such as wood, stone, warm paint colors, wallpaper and low ceilings, they succeeded in converting otherwise cramped rooms into comfortable warm living spaces. More

Strange attractors: Design and science
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At "State of Design" last month, Tim Brown, the CEO of IDEO, and Michael Murphy, of MASS architects, advocated for a deeper relationship between design and science, arguing for new methods of assessing results. Science needs evidence, Murphy explained, and designers don't have the data yet to back up their claims. Designers need to study the impact of their work and make this information available. Brown, however, countered by suggesting that scientific methods may not be sufficient. Design works not just by manipulating the physical world, but also by encouraging the right kind of behavior. Science is just learning about studying behavior, he said, but designers get this intuitively. A design's efficiency can also be driven emotionally, which is much harder to measure and recreate. More

USGBC unveils LEED for Healthcare
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The U.S. Green Building Council has introduced its latest green building rating system, LEED for Healthcare. The rating system, developed over six years, guides the design and construction of both new buildings and major renovations of existing buildings, and can be applied to inpatient, outpatient and licensed long-term care facilities, medical offices, assisted living facilities and medical education and research centers. More

Security. Convenience. Style.

Baldwin is pleased to introduce its latest security advancement, a keyless entry door lock. It features convenient one-touch locking with decorative hardware's only motorized deadbolt and two customizable access codes-one for family, one for temporary access. The keyless lock is easy to install in a standard door prep and can be integrated with wireless home automation systems utilizing Home Connect™ technology.

Pool of LEED-certified homes in the US surpasses 10,000 mark
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The U.S. Green Building Council recently announced that more than 10,000 residential properties in the country have earned LEED designation through the organization's three-year-old LEED for Homes Program. In addition to single-family residences, market-rate and affordable multifamily housing contributed to the success. All told, 10,161 homes have obtained LEED for Homes certification, and the number continues to climb. Presently, there are 38,000 units in the development pipeline that are on track to secure the coveted green certification. More

Study finds Americans prefer walkable communities
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Americans favor walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods over neighborhoods that require more driving between home, work and recreation, according to a recent study by the National Association of REALTORS®. The survey also revealed that while space is important to home buyers, many are willing to sacrifice square footage for less driving. Quality of the neighborhood also ranked higher than home size. More

Basic personal comforts key to worker satisfaction
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Analysis of open-ended responses collected from environmental satisfaction surveys of people working in 192 U.S. office buildings over a 10 year period reveals that basic personal comforts have practical and symbolic importance to workers. Although they cannot be taken as an overall ranking of concerns, the top five identified involved issues pertaining to bathrooms, cleaning, temperature, air quality, and surfaces (carpet, walls) and furniture. The researchers conclude that more design and organizational attention to these issues could reduce occupant stress, and at the same time symbolize an organization's general attention to its employees. More

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How about 'guest-centered' care?
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All medical facilities are, at their core, the same: They are built to process patients. Not unlike a manufacturing plant, the system is set up with the goal of getting you in and getting you out, which often results in a less-than-personal experience as you interact with caregivers along the way. What is lost is the human touch. There is a simple, but powerful solution—look to the hospitality industry for the inspiration. When it comes to healthcare, so that we may once again humanize the experience, we should change the social contract. Rather than regarding patients as needing to be processed, we should see them as guests who require our (health)care—changing "patient-centered care" into "guest-focused care." More
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Time for Business - Time for Trends
Tendence is held on August 26-30, 2011 in Frankfurt, Germany. The event is the meeting place for the international giftware, decorative accessories, furniture, outdoor living and home furnishings industry for the second half of the year. Don't miss out on the opportunity to meet with over 2,000 international exhibitors and preview the trends for Spring/Summer 2012.
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Arborite has been manufacturing decorative high pressure laminate in North America since 1947. With an outstanding selection of designs combined with original finishes, Arborite upholds a valued reputation for quality and innovation. Visit us online at to browse through our collections and product lines; it’s your source for samples, technical sheets and more!

Sustainability experts share 7 ways to walk the talk
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Throughout the month of April, Core77 is hosting "Sustainability in Seven," a daily video series featuring leading experts sharing seven tips or insights on sustainability and design. The series is produced by the Designers Accord, a global coalition of designers, educators and business leaders working together to create positive environmental and social impact, with support from the Adobe Foundation. More

Modern Colors by Kravet Couture
Modern Colors features a range of bright, fresh colors and patterns. Perfect for upholstery, drapery, bed coverings, accessories, pillows, headboards and more. This collection mixes embroideries, silks, sheers, linens and textures in modern hues of purple, aqua, chartreuse and coral. For more on this exclusive new collection, visit your local showroom or visit more

Little house, packed with design
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On a wedge-shaped lot in a densely built neighborhood sits a 1,500-square-foot, single-story California craftsman whose traditional exterior conceals a riot of color and design. Home to architect Greg Lynn, his wife, Sylvia Lavin, an architectural historian and theorist, their two children and a cat and dog, the house's interior is literally packed. Most surfaces are occupied: Plastic Japanese toys crowd ledges, and artworks from artist- and architect-friends blanket walls. Furniture, some of it custom, provides pops of color. More


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EPA unveils updated Energy Star standards for lighting
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On the heels of announcing new guidelines for TVs, the U.S. EPA has unveiled updated standards for light fixtures. Effective October 1, 2011, to qualify for the Energy Star label, light fixtures will need to increase efficiency 30 percent above currently qualified fluorescent-based fixtures. In 2013, performance requirements will increase further, providing 40 percent higher efficiency compared to currently qualified models. More

DreamHome 'an inspiration to design professionals'
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Nine designers contributed their talents to this year's DreamHome at the Design Center at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. Described as an inspiration to design professionals, the DreamHome, which is located on the first floor of the Mart, is also available to consumers and serves as a way to showcase design trends, styles and the products available at the Merchandise Mart. DreamHome is staffed full time by a concierge who is knowledgeable about each of the designers, the nine DreamHome rooms, and which Merchandise Mart showrooms are the sources for products. More

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