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How 'foodies' approach kitchen design
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The expanding cultural trend toward healthy eating, exercising and overall well-being is changing how people are thinking about where and how they prepare their food. Clients are taking their time to make decisions around kitchen remodels. They are more curious about products and processes, more careful in assessing their routines and more discerning with their wallets for value-laden projects. The food lover requires different appliances, storage and design than the average homeowner. More

Going Mobile! Introducing Our New ASID Mobile App for the iPhone

If you are an iPhone user, you can now access the ASID Product Finder, website and design news stories through your phone. Go to the App Store on iTunes and search "ASID Mobile" to download the free App. The App also includes contact information for ASID Customer Service and a "member card" where you can store your membership number and login information.

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Residences fit for a king
Architectural Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In honor of today's nuptials of Catherine Middleton and Prince William of Wales, Architectural Digest presents a tour of British royal residences published within its pages. Instead of grand palaces, however, they offer a glimpse inside private homes, from the country house in Norfolk where the Windsors traditionally spend Christmas to a young princess's playhouse at Windsor Great Park. You have their permission to view. More

Disney converting hotel rooms into 'health' suites
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Walt Disney World is converting some of its high-end hotel rooms into "health-and-wellness" suites in a bid to carve out new niches from within its existing hotels. Twenty-three rooms in Disney's Contemporary Resort will be refurbished to attract health-conscious travelers. Disney says it will convert the entire 14th floor of that hotel to a health-and-wellness theme, complete with a private yoga studio, custom-designed menus, and concierge services. The rooms themselves will be outfitted with amenities such as bamboo floors, low-allergen pillows and mattresses, exercise equipment and massage tables. More

Boutique banking, Swiss style
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Transparency is all the vogue these days. So when Swiss bank Raiffeisen decided to create a flagship branch in Zurich, they went all out to make it a symbol of “ethical private banking.” The result is a hospitality-infused all-white interior—white walls, white counters, white workstations, white ceilings—conceived as a continuous open space. A touch-screen table, also done up in white, lets visitors scan the latest stock quotes and news or read about regional history. If it sounds a bit like a private club, well at least it's clear who their customers are. 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.

Private spaces enhance workplace communication and learning
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A study of the relationships between learned communication skills and workplace design found that private offices with doors, which facilitated face-to-face communication, support the transfer of information learned. Common privacy complaints such as acoustic distractions, excessive traffic flow, lack of confidentiality in or near cubicles, and "poor proximity to employees" were mentioned as limiting skills transfer. Cubicle workspaces were cited most often as impeding communication skills transfer. More

Uncovering hospitals' patient experience priorities
Healthcare Design Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Beryl Institute recently released its study, The State of Patient Experience in American Hospitals, the purpose of which was to "gather information about what American hospitals are actually doing to improve the patient experience." Some of the issues identified as being in respondents' top three priorities regarding patient experience include noise reduction, improved communication (in general as well as among nurses and physicians), patient-centered care, decreased wait times, patient safety, and facility upgrades. There are a number of ways in which the healthcare design industry can take note of what is weighing on administrators' minds regarding the patient experience and work to tackle some of those priorities alongside them. More

Green-minded products from KBIS
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The 2011 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show kicked off Tuesday in Las Vegas. Here's a look at nine new products on display, each with attributes that can contribute to a green-built home, from water and energy conservation to use of natural materials. More

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MapQuest strips down to upgrade
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In an industry that thrives on innovation, how do you keep a successful company from going flat? One way is to go back to your roots. That's what MapQuest did in updating their offices for their 15th anniversary. The new 17,000-square-foot space combines raw materials with a contemporary design to deliver a start-up feeling. The elemental design, incorporating exposed concrete floors and repurposed wood, also met the firm's goal of making the construction and space environmentally conscious. 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.
We've got a laminate you can use
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!

Wright's Taliesin celebrates 100 years
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Situated in the rolling countryside near Spring Green, Wis., the 600-acre estate was Frank Lloyd Wright's primary residence and studio for more than four decades. It also was the original campus for Wright's architecture school. This year marks Taliesin's centennial—a remarkable birthday for a work of architecture that wouldn't look out of place among today's modern homes. Its longevity can be attributed in part to Wright's vision of organic architecture. The complex was intentionally never finished; it is constantly adapting to life. 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

Trends in painting: Is faux over?
Highlands Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In the 1980s, painting transformed from simply coloring a wall into a design technique. Techniques such as rag rolling and sponging became wildly popular. In the 1990s, the trend moved toward faux painting as homeowners searched for unique methods to make their walls and trim appear more custom and chic. Murals, faux marble and Venetian plaster became trendy. It was no longer fashionable to just roll a coat of paint on the wall. But is it time to ask if we're over faux? Well, yes and no. More


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Walk on wood: Traditional flooring option more attractive than ever
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As a floor covering choice, hardwood is as traditional and timeless as it comes. But over the decades, trends have shifted, product lines have expanded, and, like everything else, wood floors have gone in and out as the pinnacle of high fashion. Right now, they're definitely in—and the darker, the better. More

19th century fortress transformed into beautiful boutique hotel
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File this under "Dream Vacation Spot." Located off the southeast coast of Spain, the Cap Rocat boutique hotel has just found its place on the island of Mallorca. Once a 19th-century military fortress, the classic structure was recently transformed by Spanish architect Antonio Obrador into a beautiful, luxury hotel. Obrador led the charge to renovate the historic fort, where a carefully thought out design maintains the structure's old-world charm while adding functionality and the potential for profit. Set above the Mallorca’s Bay of Palma, this adults-only hotel is a stunning example of historic adaptive reuse. More

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