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Designing for health at work
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Our health has several dimensions: physical, mental and emotional. These dimensions are delicate and must work in balance for true health to be realized. Wherever we work, be it at home, in an office or a factory, on a construction site or in a hospital, our physical and emotional surroundings play an important role in our personal health. As designers of built environments that house businesses so dependent on people, we are increasingly appreciative of this holistic definition of health. More

21 kitchen and bath innovations from KBIS 2012
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HousingZone editors share 21 of the product innovations that caught their attention during the recent Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Chicago. More

Designed for life
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One of the most dangerous rooms in the home — the kitchen — was the target for the 2010-2011 Designed For Life contest aimed at older San Diego adults who wish to remain in their homes as they age. ReVisions Resources, in collaboration with AARP and the ASID San Diego Chapter, developed a pilot project to show the public how a home can be safe, aesthetically pleasing and more comfortable throughout an entire lifetime. More

A new game plan
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As multifamily assets are bought and sold, one of the challenges facing owners and operators is how to reposition older properties that are underperforming. Whether the goal is to better compete with new space in the neighborhood or to mend a tarnished reputation, there are a number of tips that can help. More

Wing-It Mobile Height-Adjustable Workstation

Wing-It™ is SurfaceWorks’ personal mobile height-adjustable workstation, training table, classroom table or lectern. At home in today’s office or any education environment, the Wing-It allows for unmatched flexible solutions with a unique power/data/iPod® docking station. The Wing-It’s flexible design includes a lever CPU version with monitor mounts, a push-button laptop version, or fixed-height version. See the Wing-It at NeoCon 2012!

ASID Web Event: Thinking GROUTside the Box:
Sustainability for the Ceramic Tile Industry
May 22, 1-2:30 p.m. ET

Manufacturers long have touted the sustainability of ceramic tile, but the industry has not had independent verification of its environmental stewardship — until now. Introducing Green Squared℠, the new sustainability standard for ceramic tile and installation components from the Tile Council of North America. Join us for an in-depth focus on this emerging ecolabel, which certified its first set of products this spring. We will explain the third-party certification process, outline the value of the multi-attribute standard and demonstrate how Green Squared products can help you achieve your certification goals with LEED® and other rating programs. (0.1 IDCEC CEU)

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The next chapter of LEED
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After undergoing four public comment periods, a key step in compiling industry feedback, LEED 2012 is in the final phase of the program delivery process: the member ballot in June. When it makes its debut at Greenbuild 2012 in November, the finalized version will continue to drive industry change and push our collective, global movement forward. What are some of the most notable changes up for consideration? More

What tops the home improvement list?
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To many people spring means new beginnings, especially around the home. According to a recent survey conducted by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and Sherwin-Williams, 7 out of 10 homeowners are planning home improvement projects, with nearly half — 49 percent — citing painting as the most-desired need, followed by landscaping at 47 percent and remodeling a room at 29 percent. More

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Pocket offices: The latest trend in new homes
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One of the biggest trends in new residential design, according to the National Association of Home Builders, is the pocket office: a small space devoted to paying bills, budgeting and other household affairs. Given the shrinking size of technology — from desktop computer to laptop and now to tablet — a large home office no longer makes sense for many households. Pocket offices generally are about half the size of a formal home office and often are set up in high-traffic areas such as the kitchen or a great room, where family members interact. More

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Sleeping better through design
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What if changing your bedroom could change your sleep — and your life? Well, good news. It can. Bedrooms need to be sanctuaries: Recent Mayo Clinic trials prove that people who lack a solid night's sleep could overeat by an average of 549 calories the next day. More

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Hotel gym design: Work it out
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You might not think the next key piece of FF&E you'll be sourcing is a treadmill. But today's style-savvy travelers expect hospitality spaces to be chic from door to door. Even traditionally utilitarian spaces — such as workout facilities — have to match the cool of the lobby and guest rooms. More

Another good reason for natural light in hospitals
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Researchers at the University of Colorado-Denver identified another good reason to flood the interiors of health care facilities with daylight: A study recently completed there suggests that "strong light, or even just daylight, might ease the risk of having a heart attack or suffering damage from one." More

Research matters!
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A group of FIT Sustainable Interior Environment graduate students discuss their journey toward a more responsible way to design and build. Research, they say, is the way forward in sustainable design — and in the profession as a whole. More

Law firms jump onboard
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Walk into a law firm today in New York, Chicago or San Francisco and you may be surprised. Long the bastion of traditional workplace design, many legal offices have come to embrace design trends more commonly seen in ad agencies, design firms or other creative businesses. Technological innovation, competition, the downturn in the economy and shifts in work style have all contributed to this sea change in the design of law offices. More

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Aging in (a nice new) place
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A truism has developed within the senior housing industry during the past couple decades: Older adults want to age in place. This is a common conception among the general public as well. While the concept has spurred the development of important improvements to home design and home care services, among other areas, it may in fact disenfranchise some of the most vulnerable older adults. More

Design for the emerging chef
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Cooking has played a key role in kitchen design, but for Generations X and Y — many of whom were raised by working parents and are less experienced cooks — different design considerations come into play. More

Interior Contract Furniture Collection

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Survey: Awareness of IPD grows, but barriers to wide adoption remain
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Despite emerging shortly before the economic downturn that saw the building sector dive into a prolonged tailspin, Integrated Project Delivery appears to have weathered the storm, according to a new AIA survey. Among respondents who had engaged in some type of collaborative project recently, however, only 13 percent had experience with IPD, and many had reservations. More

Encouraging creativity in your employees
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Chicago-based interior designer Sarah Stevenson, founder of an annual creativity workshop in the naturally inspiring environs of Lake Tahoe, shares her methods for keeping the creative juices flowing in the workplace. More

Interior design business success: A 7-step process    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
So many interior design professionals struggle so hard to cope with the challenging economy. But so few earn top dollar. Those who do run their businesses a gazillion different ways. Yet, many embrace the same seven sales and marketing concepts. Master some of these, and you'll have some success. Master all of them, and you'll have lots. More

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How to deal with 4 types of customers
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If you're a consultant, you deal with all sorts of customers. Some you would love to duplicate, while others, well, let's just say you really earn your money working with them. Have you noticed how customers fall into a few categories? More

Next up in social networking: Geomarketing
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As social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter become more popular around the globe, recent trends indicate the next wave of social networking already has arrived with mobile location-based platform, or geomarketing. How can A&D professionals leverage these platforms to improve their businesses? More

How to motivate a customer to act
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People take action because of consequences they perceive, either real or imagined. It's that simple. Your customers are no different. More

Build trust by revealing your intentions
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Our feelings about someone, whether we fear or trust them, are determined largely by their intentions. By divining what they want, we answer the question we all instinctively ask about someone new: ally or enemy? Competence may be appealing, but intentions are what attract or repel us and foster trust or mistrust. More

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