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10 Things We Loved at NeoCon 2014
Dwell
NeoCon's annual offering — focusing on all things pertinent to commercial design — has become a true reflection of our society's views on work and the office and our excitement over technology's promise of productivity. Dwell scoured the showrooms to pick 10 favorite products and pieces that made a big impression during the show.
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ASID Celebrates the Stars of Design and Movie Magic at Celebration 2014
ICON Online
On Saturday, June 21, the stars of design will align with the stars of the silver screen as the Society hosts its annual Celebration: The ASID Awards Gala at Paramount Pictures Studios in Los Angeles. As the longest operating and only remaining major studio in Hollywood, the lot will be the backdrop for a night of celebration and camaraderie in the interior design industry.
Tickets are not available at the door, so purchase yours online today.

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Dwell on Design LA Features Outstanding Lineup of ASID Seminars
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The dynamic partnership between ASID and Dwell has resulted in an outstanding lineup of classes on the business of design and additional continuing education seminars at Dwell on Design LA, taking place June 20 – 22 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Be part of America's largest design event, featuring three full days of dynamic exhibitions, unparalleled educational opportunities, cutting-edge technologies, 90 onstage programs, 200 speakers and more than 2,000 innovative modern furnishings and products. Register today and use code 20ASID14 to save $10 on tickets.
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Crowdfunding Helps Designers Stand Up, Start Up and Sell
Los Angeles Times
Before the birth of crowdfunding, new designers with great ideas often struggled to get their products financed. But the advent of sites such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo and RocketHub have changed not just how budding and established designers get their projects made but also how design aficionados locate the new must-haves.
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Sherwin-Williams Honors Emerging Design Talent through Student Design Challenge
Sherwin-Williams
Sherwin-Williams announced the winners of its fourth annual STIR® Student Design Challenge, which recognizes emerging talent in residential and commercial design. The two first-place winners — Cortni Stevenson of Texas Christian University (residential design) and Elena Proskurina of Louisiana State University (commercial design) — earned a cash prize of $2,500 and will be featured in an upcoming issue of Sherwin-Williams STIR Magazine.
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Design Professionals on Their Favorite Flooring Materials
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The right flooring is a very important piece in a project. It is one of the largest elements of a space and can help define mood or character. The flooring has a very demanding set of requirements; it has to have the appropriate personality and style but also needs to be very practical to meet the demands of the user, the client and even the cleaners.
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Homepolish: A Designer and Techie Bring Upscale Design to the Masses
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Bridging tech savviness with an eye for design, New York City-based startup Homepolish is on its way to making the interior design process affordable and hassle-free.
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Older, Not Always Wiser: Boomers Not Considering Steps to Remain Independent
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Philips and the Global Social Enterprise Initiative at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business have released their second study that sheds light on the widening technology innovation gap for aging boomers. The study found most people want to live in their own homes as they get older (91 percent), but most do not plan to take the necessary steps to ensure they can maintain their desired lifestyle.
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'Holoroom' Lets Users Test Colors, Furnishings, Layout — Virtually
CNNMoney
Home improvement giant Lowe's has built a "holoroom," which uses 3-D technology and augmented reality to allow users to "walk" through a floor plan of their home (or dream house). In the 20-foot by 20-foot specially designed room, customers can move anything from furniture to toilets and swap out floors and paint colors with the swipe of a finger on an iPad.
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Good Contracts Make Good Clients
Design Management Company
Have you heard the expression "Good fences make good neighbors"? That same principle holds true for interior designers in establishing healthy working relationships with their clients. In these cases, good fences are good contracts or letters of agreement, ones that set forth appropriate expectations and boundaries with clients to minimize the potential for conflict and misunderstanding.
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Top Three Interior Design Project Challenges
Christina Mogk
What are the most common dilemmas homeowners face when working on a home renovation or design project? If your first guess is related to budget or money, think again. According to studies, most struggle with nonbudget issues. Help them with the following three dilemmas, and closing will become that much easier.
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Where Credit Is Due
Architectural Record
Conflict can occur when a designer departs a firm but still wants to get credit for his/her design. Here are three case studies reflecting different approaches to the problems of attributing design credit, with advice on potential ways for avoiding conflict.
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How to Sell Commercial Design Services
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Whether you're selling to a couple (as in residential design) or an architect or developer (as in commercial design), your goals are the same: first, understand your client's problem and ultimate goal, and second, communicate how you can solve that problem and help your client reach his/her goal(s) better than anyone else.
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Outdoor Furniture for the Summer of 2014
The Washington Post
As homeowners increasingly consider their outdoors as an additional living space, manufacturers are responding with better-quality furniture and a growing selection of materials, fabrics and colors. The Post examines 14 pieces that will withstand the elements for years to come.
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Losing the Key
The New York Times
In the past year or so, several electronic door locks from industry bigwigs like Schlage and Kwikset have hit the market, making it possible to unlock your home using a smartphone, tablet or computer. And two forthcoming locks created by tech startups promise the hands-free ease of unlocking the door automatically as you approach it. But are high-tech door locks actually better than the tried-and-true house key?
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New Nostalgia: Home Decor with a Retro Vibe
The News Star
If you spent childhood summers on a northern lake, grew up lunching at diners and shake shacks, or took a college road trip, you'll be all over the next big home decor trend: American Retro. Even if you didn't, you may appreciate the look and feel — an easygoing, aspirational lifestyle centered more on the meandering road than the techno highway.
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Six Smart Home Technologies for Safer, Greener Seniors
Green Building Elements
Modern seniors are looking to age in place and reduce their environmental impact. Let's explore the smart home technologies that make aging in place easier — and greener — than ever for seniors.
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10 Things We Loved at NeoCon 2014
Dwell
Dwell scoured the showrooms of NeoCon 2014 in Chicago to pick 10 favorite products and pieces that made a big impression and illuminate the future of commercial design.

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Office Designs for Introverts, By an Introvert
The Hamilton Spectator
Author Susan Cain spent a year sharing her research with design company Steelcase to come up with a workplace alternative to the nearly ubiquitous open-office plan.

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10 Modern Design Tips for a Kitchen That Wows
Design\Milk
Although National Home Remodeling Month is over, we're still exploring ways to update and modernize the home. Let's visit the heart of the home for upgrades with a big impact.

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Eco-friendly Houses and Cities Are Better Without Smart Technology
The Guardian
Many people think that going green means putting in more insulation and more solar panels on the roof, more smart building controls and more ground source heat pumps. But if the goal is comfort, better design offers a "dumber" alternative.
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New Digital Tools Track Performance, Gauge Progress and Provide Lessons
Ecobuilding Pulse
More-widespread adoption of information modeling technology is helping to move sustainability beyond a project's design-development stat and into schematic design. In response, firms are creating ways to take stock of their own progress and provide lessons learned to communicate sustainable practices internally and to clients, while allocating funds to green features from a project's start.
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'Eco-leather' Earns 2014 World Green Design Award
University of Delaware
The World Green Design Organization has selected University of Delaware Professor Richard Wool's innovative "eco-leather" for the 2014 World Green Design Award. Developed in Wool's laboratory on campus, eco-leather is an environmentally friendly, bio-based material that can be produced without the traditional leather tanning process.
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Architecture's New Frontier: Buildings That Mimic Nature
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Dale Clifford, assistant professor architecture at Carnegie Mellon University, envisions a day when "bio-simulance" in architecture could dramatically change what everyday buildings look like and how we experience them. The intent of Clifford's futuristic work is to find more ways to make buildings environmentally efficient and self-sustaining, reducing their need, as they operate daily, for expensive resources such as utility-supplied gas, electricity and water.
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Microsoft's Smart Fitting Room Is Like a Robo-Shop Clerk
Fast Company's Co.Design
Imagine a fitting room that knows what clothing you've brought in — the cut, size and color. And if something doesn't fit, it could retrieve another garment with the push of a button. A new project by Accenture, Avanade and Microsoft has prototyped exactly this. Dubbed "the Connected Fitting Room," it uses RFID technology to track what you try on and call for what you'd like to try next.
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Evidence-based Hospital Design: Is It Worth the Big Investment?
Healthcare Finance News
"In the near future, EBD will become an inseparable part of capital investment decision-making in healthcare facilities as it contributes to safety, liability, quality and economic success," says Rana Zadeh, co-director of Cornell's HealthDesign Innovations Lab, with outcomes that range from improving staff retention, satisfaction and performance, to reducing falls, infections and errors and increasing efficiency and usability.
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Hotels Go Native with Local Design
The Wall Street Journal
In recent years, top chefs' taste for all things local has inspired designers and hoteliers, who are applying the same "locavore" philosophy to hotels around the world. Employing local artisans, they are taking away the "I could be anywhere" blandness that comes from bedding down for the night in a stark-white Modernist room.
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GBI Launches New Certification Program for Commercial Interiors
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The Green Building Initiative has introduced a new certification program geared toward commercial and institutional interiors. The program, known as Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors, allows tenants to design or improve their existing interior space to the new standards without needing to certify an entire building.
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