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Design demand up slightly in June
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While business conditions remained weak at the majority of architecture firms in June, firms with a commercial/industrial specialization posted small gains for the second month in a row. However, concerns about a possible double-dip recession continue to grow amid other negative indicators. Amid growing concern about another downturn, the recently released Consensus Construction Forecast indicates a small recovery in construction spending by the end of 2011, making it more likely that firm billings will begin to improve in the near future. Inquiries at architecture firms remain elevated as owners continue to solicit many bids for their projects. More

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Symposium explores social change role for museums
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From April 12, through April 14, 2010, 22 designers, historians, curators, educators and journalists met at Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center on Lake Como, in Italy, to discuss the museum’s role in the 21st century in relation to design for social change. The Rockefeller Foundation recently released a report on the symposium, which was organized by the Winterhouse Institute. The symposium grew out of an observation that despite efforts to highlight design as an outgrowth of custom and a vivid reflection of community, very few museums concern themselves with social change. Instead, they are traditionally associated with high aesthetics, encapsulated in everything from Mackintosh chairs to Alessi teapots. More

Design lessons learned from inpatient experience
Institute for Patient-Centered Design, Inc.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Institute for Patient-Centered Design has developed a series to help designers better understand patient needs by vicariously undergoing an inpatient experience. Often, designers find themselves working with limited information about patients. This series will offer new lessons regularly that explain the commonly overlooked details of seeking medical treatment and how these factors may be influenced by the built environment. Written by designers and for designers, the lessons include valuable input from interviews with patients and clinicians. 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.

Workplace system adapts to evolving business needs
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Italian furniture maker Tecno has won the prestigious Red Dot award for its new workplace range of furniture, the Beta. Designed by Pierandrei Associati, Beta uses flexible elements and recyclable materials to allow easy reconfiguration and constant adjustment of a workplace environment over time with an aim to foster creativity and team work as well as provide a space for relaxation. More

Custom Lighting with Fire Farm
Browse the Custom Gallery to see our latest projects, including the popular Constellation 2913 pendants, and get ideas for your own lighting projects. See something you’re inspired by? Contact us to get professional pricing on our product line, or request a quote for your own custom project today!

Cabinetry only as sustainable as the sum of its parts
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While cabinets may seem simple, multiple components affect resource efficiency and indoor air quality, requiring careful consideration during selection. When selecting cabinetry for a green-built home, dedicated research is required to break the products down and evaluate the origins of the wood used to make the raw materials, the resins that bind them, the chemical content of the glues used to adhere the parts together, and the VOC levels of finishes. More

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Very Uplifting

The Very family of seating stretches from bullpen to boardroom, and from cafeteria to classroom. Grab your camera and a Very chair and show us some of your creativity. Enter to win the Very photo contest and find out more about Very at
For Your Eyes Only
This is a great movie title, but when it comes to the workplace, what occupants hear is as important as what they see. An ASID study found that 71 percent of distractions in open plans are the result of noise intrusions, stressing the importance of speech privacy and noise control.

The business of great hotel interior design
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Hotel interior design can make both aesthetic and financial sense. Hotel Industry Magazine spoke with Richard Garland, managing director of London-based Richmond International, who discusses the pivotal role design plays in the success or failure of fine hotels. More

Impact Enterprises, Inc.

Presentation Folders, Binder Covers, Menu Covers, and more We are challenged by new designs and new construction techniques demanded by new materials.

GE and Intel team up to develop home-based health technologies
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GE and Intel Corporation announced an alliance to market and develop home-based health technologies that will help seniors live independently and patients with chronic conditions manage their care from the comfort of their home or wherever they choose. With the dramatic increase of people with chronic conditions and an aging population there is a need to extend care from the hospital to the home. More

Background music and workplace performance
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Millions of people listen to background music every day in open or cubicle style work environments to avoid being distracted from professional tasks. New research indicates that listening to background music, whether it is liked or not, can impair performance. These findings support the development of areas quiet enough for cognitive tasks in workplaces. More

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Chipotle found in violation of disabilities act
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A federal appeals court in California has ruled that the Chipotle Mexican Grill chain's "distinct interior design" is also illegal. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled that two restaurants in San Diego violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) because the counters where the staff prepared tacos and burritos were too high and blocked the view for people in wheelchairs. Chipotle said the company has voluntarily retrofitted all of its restaurants in California with a counter design to allow for wheelchair accessibility. More

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Creating an ergonomic medical office
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Medical office furniture that poorly supports the bodies of employees and patients can cause repetitive movement injuries and backaches. An ergonomically designed office can alleviate these job-related injuries. An office audit by an experienced Certified Professional Ergonomist can help identify practices and behaviors that could lead to ailments and injuries that can be prevented with different office furniture, equipment and layouts. More

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