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Five Design Attributes Guaranteed to Wow Gen Y
Builder
Gen Y consumers are looking for—and expect—good design. They’ve grown up surrounded by good design in their phones, headphones, bicycles, computers, cars, music videos, cooking utensils, and now they expect it in their homes. Here are five design attributes that are meaningful to Gen Y. It makes sense to include these in all of your projects that cater to this group of smart, savvy young people.

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Design Needs a Social Conscience
Metropolis Magazine
The drive to improve living conditions for all life should be at the center of contemporary architecture and design. Let’s keep asking ourselves: Why do we need to segregate social consciousness as a marginal practice in architecture and design? Why can’t architecture and design everywhere put human beings (in all our poor and rich conditions) and the environment that supports every life, at the center of all design?

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Hundreds of Eames Furniture Pieces Up for Auction
Architect Magazine
Collectors of midcentury Modern design, get ready. On Sept. 10, a comprehensive archive of nearly 300 pieces of furniture, all designed by Charles and Ray Eames, will go to auction in Chicago. Organized by the Chicago- and New York–based Wright Auctions and curated by Daniel Ostroff, an expert on all things Eames, the JF Chen Collection covers the pair’s work from the 1940s through the '90s and serves as a compendium of how their famed designs have evolved through the decades.

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A Look at the New White House State Dining Room
Daily Herald
After three years of work by Michelle Obama and the Committee for the Preservation of the White House, a new look was unveiled there recently that will be a design legacy of the Obama years. The major new statement is at the windows: elegant, sumptuously swagged striped draperies in bold peacock blue and ecru, suspended from thick carved, gilded poles.

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Case Study: Designer Confidence, Compromise
The Editor At Large
Confidence can boost business while compromise can wreak havoc on a designer’s bottom line. Design business consultant Sean Low, of The Business of Being Creative, shares with Editor at Large a client case study in self-assurance, a lack thereof, and its many implications.

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How an Out-of-Control Design Process Makes Perfect Sense
VMSD
In designing for a small independent business or startup, it all comes down to one-on-one conversations ... and sharing the control. Letting go of control over what the “typical” design process is provides more flexibility and understanding than words on a contract could ever describe. Here are a few ideas for how you can let go of the wheel and give your clients the experience that they have in mind, from the nitty-gritty details in the process, to the big-picture goals.

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The Fine Art of Managing Samples
Design Quarterly
To sample or not to sample? We’ve come a long way from the mood, board but some of us aren’t quite ready for 3-D renderings. Whether designers prefer to lay out a table of materials or work solely from the Internet, it seems as if designers lean towards only one of those methods. The answer we have found lies somewhere in between.

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Going Green Helps More Than the Environment
Sourceable
As we spend more time indoors, we are falling increasingly out of step with the rhythms of our natural environment. There are obvious impacts on our waistlines, but less obvious and perhaps more insidious effects on our mental health. For the last few decades, environmental psychologists have gathered evidence to support the positive impacts of greenery on our health and well-being. By focusing on wellness, building designers, owners and managers can set themselves up for sustainability success.

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New Report from American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy Finds Energy Efficiency Works
K + BB
Advances in energy efficiency have spurred economic growth and jobs, lowered bills and allowed consumers and businesses to save about $800 billion last year. Energy efficiency has made major strides in the United States in the last 35 years, with "energy intensity" - the measurement of energy used per dollar of gross domestic product - down from 12.1 thousand Btus per dollar in 1980 to 6.1 thousand Btus per dollar in 2014, according to a major new report from the non-profit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

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Sustainable Home Features Boomers Desire Most
EcoBuilding Pulse
As boomers approach retirement, many are looking to make a smarter move with their money, and living in a green community is one way to do it. Oftentimes, the basic energy-saving features boomers are looking for in multifamily communities are the ones that are going to keep utility costs low and savings high.

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Hot Products for Outdoor Kitchens
Builder
Outdoor kitchens are a popular trend with homeowners who want to create an inviting space for entertaining on warm summer evenings. These spaces revolve around food, so we've laid out a feast of products that allow cooking to be the focus of social gatherings.

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3-D Printing Adds Depth to Home Decor
The Wall Street Journal
The relatively quick and inexpensive printing process lets designers create products on-demand, which allows for instant customization and cuts the cost of experimenting with new designs. For homeowners, that means a seemingly limitless new frontier in home decor that can be quirky or refined.

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Sweat the Details Like Doorknobs and Handles
The Associated Press via The Fayetteville Observer
Don't underestimate the power of household hardware. These small items - doorknobs, drawer pulls, cabinet-door handles - are "the jewelry" that can add style and sparkle to any space. Just as the right necklace can turn a simple dress into a fashion statement, a striking new set of knobs on an old cabinet, or vintage crystal doorknobs can bring a huge dose of style to a home with minimal expense.

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Ethonomics: The Formula for Workplace Happiness
Facility Executive
Ethonomics: Designing for the Principles of the Modern Workplace, a new paper released by furniture manufacturer Teknion, outlines how design can have a significant impact on happiness among employees, making the important connection that many of the same tenets that make us happy and healthy in our lives outside of work can—and should—be applied inside today’s workplace.

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Healthcare Design for the Future
Interiors & Sources
From reimbursements to higher acuities of care, to shorter stays in acute care settings, to understand the meaning of the continuum of care, a strategic plan is in order as we approach healthcare spaces in the coming years. No matter what the size or type of healthcare setting, planning and programming for the future—in order to fully identify the strengths and weaknesses of an organization—allow for the development of an understanding on how a provider fits within the continuum of care. And following a product selection process that focuses on exposure and risk can take these environments very safely into the future.

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Hotel Spas and the Wellness Journey
Hotel Executive
To make Wellness work in a hotel, owners need to be clear on exactly what elements of Wellness they want to offer in their hotel and then they need to be “all-in” in terms of delivering them. Most hotels fail to do both of these things. Here are a couple of examples of how hotels can do it right.

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Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Ergonomics
Work Design Magazine
Awareness about ergonomics has greatly increased the past decade and employers are realizing the incredible benefits of ergonomics to employee health and happiness. Implementing ergonomic solutions can help reduce costs, improve productivity and quality, and foster engaged and loyal employees. Here are some ways to make workplaces more ergonomic.

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Study Links Environmental Characteristics to Apathy in Dementia Residents
Long-Term Living
Another reason design is important: The more stimulating the environment, the less likely residents with dementia are to be apathetic. This is according to a new study out of Penn State. With apathy being one of the most common neurobehavioral symptoms of dementia, it's important to keep residents engaged, the study reported.

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