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Creating positive design distractions in medical offices
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Medical offices can be uncomfortable places for physicians, staff and patients alike. Most practitioners have hectic schedules, their employees often deal with endless demands and simply visiting a doctor can create anxiety or boredom for some people. An office with design elements that distract in a good way can make the experience of being there more pleasant. Many design elements can be enhanced in order to create positive distractions, such a references to nature, lighting, seating, artwork and more. More

NeoCon Pre-Registration Ends June 6

Save time and money by pre-registering for NeoCon, being held June 13 - 15 at Chicago's famed Merchandise Mart. Once you're there, join fellow ASID members at ASID@NeoCon, where you'll find exclusive forums, a keynote, tours, parties and more.

For more information, visit To register, visit See you in Chicago!

Home retrofits slow climate change and save thousands on energy bills
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A new study, "This Green House: Building Fast Action on Climate Change and Green Jobs" by the Columbia Institute, reveals that modest investments in energy conservation in homes can save homeowners thousands of dollars, and dramatically and rapidly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Canada. The report shows that, at current energy prices, a homeowner can double their return—over $12,000 on an average $6,000 investment in energy efficiency over 25 years—by making simple changes like upgrading hot water tanks, home heating and cooling systems, and improving weatherization and insulation of homes. 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.

Personality linked to preferred physical environments
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The chemicals and structures in our brains are closely linked to our personality. These relationships are detailed in a new book, "Quirk: Brain Science Makes Sense of Your Peculiar Personality" by Hannah Holmes. Her book is of value to designers because personality and preferred physical environments are linked. As Holmes describes, for example, "The novelty-seeking and impulsive personality thrives on a steady stream of simulation." People high on orderliness relish symmetry. As a final example, "A person who scores high on artistic interests isn't necessarily an artist, but does crave immersion in natural beauty and the creative arts." More

Island living: the hub of the kitchen takes center stage
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In the new normal, the kitchen island has taken on an expanded role as the hub and heart of the home. It's a preferred spot for cooking, homework, entertaining, storage, mobile computing, organizing, cleaning up, and hanging out. Everyday life tends to revolve around this anchor element, which can come in myriad shapes, sizes, materials, and configurations. Residential Architect shows off an assortment of the latest styles. More

China's inflation, real estate squeeze may open doors for designers
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China's anti-inflation fight and efforts to slow its property market have squeezed prices and transactions this year. Yet there may be a silver lining: Some of the country's largest real estate developers are looking to differentiate themselves, creating new opportunities for interior designers and architects that can help. More

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A folding kitchen inaugurates the field of existential design
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TreeHugger has featured some pretty crazy ways to space, from showering in the living room to hiding your bed on the ceiling. But what about the kitchen? How to pack the fridge, sink, dishwasher, counter, and oven into a tight space? The answer, it turns out, is to fold them up. But is it still a kitchen? 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!

Not Your Neighbors Copper Sink

The Legacy copper collection blends artistry and functionality. Each handcrafted work of art has surpassed our stringent standards for unparallel design and durability.

Laundry rooms are not just for laundry anymore
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Kitchen and bath designers may have another way of finding money in the laundry. Today's laundry rooms are rapidly evolving in principle and practice, and are emerging as key profit centers for designers. Products that are often included in the kitchen—cabinets, sinks, faucets and appliances, to name just a few—are also important elements in highly functional, highly styled laundry areas, and are therefore a natural addition to the kitchen and bath designer’s portfolio of services. More

What's hot for the home in 2011?
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After years of recession-induced restraint, it appears that designers and furniture manufacturers just can't contain themselves any longer. During this year's International Contemporary Furniture Fair, dramatic statements and playful hijinks were everywhere visitors turned—and not just on the expansive show floor, but throughout the city. More

How the Affordable Care Act will impact the built environment
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As providers begin to understand the impact health care reform will have on their business, many hospitals and medical centers are looking to Lean process and design as a way to do more with less. Several elements of health care reform beg Lean solutions, such as the expected growth in outpatient care and more cost-efficient inpatient care, and, increasingly, designers are employing Lean strategies to create spaces that encourage Lean operations. More

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Award-winning manufacturer of individually handcrafted tubs, shower bases, shower enclosures, sinks and bath furniture. More


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Art for Everyday Inc. (AFE) is a leading producer of copyrighted architectural woodcarvings and woodturnings for the high-end kitchen design industry, as well as interior design and architectural firms. Over 750 inventoried products are completely manufactured in North America. . AFE also excels in custom carvings, completed by their talented team of master carvers.
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. 
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