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Restaurants putting less on designers' plates
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The stagnant economy and younger diners' sophisticated food tastes are driving a "less-is-more" approach among restaurateurs. The less-is-more movement also dovetails with a major dining trend: upscale comfort foods, which tend to be better suited to a more casual atmosphere. More

Kitchen and bath designers seeing signs of improvement
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Results of a new Kitchen & Bath News survey of 235 kitchen and bath designers paint a picture of an industry still struggling, yet slowly but surely beginning to shift gears from "hold" mode to "planning" mode—and, in some cases, even to growth mode. Nearly half of all survey respondents (47.2 percent) said they are already seeing some improvement, while another 12.2 percent noted that they are seeing a lot of improvement already. Of the remainder, 21.7 percent expect to see improved conditions later this year, and only 18.9% don’t expect things to get better until 2011. More

REGREEN 301 Workshop Being Held June 25 and 26

ASID and USGBC Los Angeles present REGREEN 301: Implementing Residential Remodeling. This two-day workshop, being held during Dwell on Design in Los Angeles, builds on foundational knowledge of the REGREEN Residential Remodeling Guidelines and available online courses and will assist you in identifying and evaluating which green considerations, concepts and strategies will make a meaningful and positive impact on your next project.

The 300-level course is a required step in achieving the new REGREEN Trained—a comprehensive certificate of completion that allows you to differentiate yourself in the marketplace. For registration information, visit

Small and green is trend in new homes
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As new-home buyers emerge anew from the recession of the past couple of years, they'll want a different house than they ever bought before. Sought-after houses will be smaller, cuter and cheaper to own and operate. Interiors will need to maximize every inch of space and include green features that save owners money in the long run. More

Baldwin Hardware Corporation

Since 1946, Baldwin has been America's premier maker of solid forged brass hardware. Other industry firsts include the modern rim lock and residential mortise, and Baldwin’s patented PVD Lifetime Finishes. Cape Cod Brass are Baldwin experts who can manage complex orders with accuracy and tremendous customer service.

Portable "pop-up" hospitality shelter wins Radical Innovation in Hospitality prize
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The Mosaic PATHWAY (Portable Adaptable Temporary Hotel With Alternative You-ses) from destination design firm WATG won the grand prize in this year's Radical Innovation in Hospitality competition sponsored by The John Hardy Group and Hospitality Design magazine. WATG invented Mosaic as entirely flexible, comprised of individually configured, modular prisms, outfitted as needed as spas, salons, guestrooms, mini-homes (multiple prisms such as a kitchenette and bedrooms), or tented villas (an addition to a luxury resort at peak season). For adventure travel and "voluntourism," hybrid vacation and volunteer work experience/disaster relief, Mosaic hubs and prisms accommodate volunteers and then remain as housing for local communities. More

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

Egypt announces initiative to become next design hub
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The Egyptian Furniture Export Council (EFEC) recently announced +20 Egypt Design, a new government-funded annual initiative that aims to turn Egypt into a design hub by exposing its locally made products to manufacturers and designers around the world. "We have all the resources in Egypt—a handful of top notch manufacturing plants and thousands of people already working in the industry," says Ahmed Helmy, chairman of EFEC. "+20 is just the start of an initiative that aims to add Egypt to the world's list of design capitals and hopefully start a design revolution." More

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Rome's MAXXI: a celebration of creativity that walks the talk
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This past weekend marked the grand opening of Rome's MAXXI National Museum of 21st Century Arts, which is being billed as the first national museum dedicated to contemporary creativity and thought as a great campus dedicated to culture, a laboratory of experiment, study and research. The museum itself was designed by the noted Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, whose curvilinear interiors engage visitors in ever-varying environments of shifting scales, privacy and expansiveness. More

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Retro design can easily give a home distinctive style, but tread carefully
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Going retro has never been easier. Whether you love '50s space-age style, '20s art deco or design from any bygone era, vintage furniture and home accessories are everywhere today. Flea markets and antiques shops are stocked with vintage treasures or trash, depending on your perspective. Yard sale season is in full swing, bringing Naugahyde recliners and vintage Tupperware into the daylight after decades of slumber in attics and garages. And at a slew of websites, from niche marketers to the catchall that is eBay, you can find real vintage pieces and endless reproductions. But while it's simple to get your hands on decor from the past, it's more complicated to use it well. More

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Sizing up an A&D firm's carbon footprint
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A new Excel-based software tool developed by AIA reveals the environmental impact of a firm's commercial projects. Firms input a few particulars about every project (even those in conceptual stages) such as projected annual energy usage, gross square footage, building type, and current energy standards (to establish a baseline). The program assigns a three-part score for the firm's complete portfolio, not just a few exemplary projects. Firms wishing to use the tool will first have to sign on to AIA’s 2030 commitment. More

Constellation Now Available from Fire Farm Lighting!

Constellation 2913 pendant light fixtures in 3ft, 6ft, 9ft, 12ft diameters with multiple finish and lamping options. Complete specs and ordering info on our website. More

Stepping from the bath to the closet
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Kitchen and bath designers looking to maximize space in their next design—and maximizing profits at the same time—are transferring their cabinetry expertise to creating master closet systems. If a designer is proficient at kitchen design, the thinking goes, much of this knowledge translates to wardrobes. The key for kitchen and bath designers is to become well versed in correct space planning for cabinetry dimensions and capacity required for apparel. More

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