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Narrowing the 'Green Gap' for Homeowners
Michael J. Berens
Marketing researchers call it "the green gap" — the difference between the universe of consumers who say they care about conservation and protecting the environment and the universe of those who act on those values when making purchases. Following the onset of the Great Recession in 2008, the green gap widened considerably as the state of the economy, job market and housing market became top-of-mind with consumers. Recently, however, the trend has been moving in the other direction, with more consumers expressing a renewed commitment to a greener lifestyle.
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Real World Design Week Registration Is Now Open! Experience Awaits
ASID
Have you signed up yet as a mentor or participant for Real World Design Week 2014? Taking place Nov. 2-8, this national mentoring program offers interior design students unparalleled hands-on and online learning experiences. Student registration opened Sept. 15, and ASID will host a Real World Design Week webinar at 3 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, Sept. 24, to help students make the most of their mentoring week. Attend the webinar and sign up for Real World Design Week!
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High Point Fall Market to Feature Bonus Designer Master Class, Flourish Summit
ASID
The High Point Market Authority is pleased to announce that during Fall Market, Oct. 18–23, in association with ASID, two educational and inspiring sessions will be offered in the High Point Theatre at the Transportation Terminal. These two bonus seminars will be in addition to the Design Viewpoints Series, also hosted by the HPMA and ASID. Both sessions are IDCEC approved.
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Design Viewpoints Series Topics Revealed for High Point Fall Market
ASID
The High Point Market Authority, in association with ASID, has set the schedule for its popular and expanded seminar series at the Fall High Point Market. The Design Viewpoints Series will take place Oct. 18–21, starting each day at noon in the High Point Theatre at the Transportation Terminal in downtown High Point. The series offers up to .4 continuing education unit (CEU) credit to those who attend.
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ASID Fall ICON Examines the Transformative Power of Design
ASID
The fall issue of ASID ICON examines the many ways design can transform lives, in manners large and small. If you can't wait for your print edition to arrive in the mail, take a look at the full issue online — and find exclusive content at ASID ICON Online.
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Designing Women: MoMA Showcases Works from the 20th Century
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"Modern design of the 20th century was profoundly shaped and enhanced by the creativity of women — as muses of modernity and shapers of new ways of living, and as designers, patrons, performers and educators," reads MoMA's press release for its exhibition "Designing Modern Women, 1890–1990," which closes Sept. 21. Highlights include the first display of a newly conserved kitchen by Charlotte Perriand and Le Corbusier (1952) from the Unité d'Habitation housing project; furniture and designs by Lilly Reich, Eileen Gray, Eva Zeisel, Ray Eames, Lella Vignelli and Denise Scott Brown; and textiles by Anni Albers and Eszter Haraszty.
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Color Trends Are Not a Formula to Follow
Architecture & Design
For Bree Leech, interior designer and Dulux color expert, color forecasts both reflect and transcend societal fashions and values; they connect with popular design trends but also exceed them and encourage individual experience.
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Smart Bulbs Know When to Turn On the Mood Lighting
Fast Company's Co.Design
Imagine if your lighting were always perfect. Never too bright. Never too dark. And always smart enough to turn itself on or off. That's the promise of tech startup Stack Lighting's newly announced Alba bulb ($150 for a pair). Billed as the world's first responsive light bulb, it's loaded with light and motion sensors that enable all sorts of neat tricks even when it's hiding behind a lamp shade.
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Do You Have Bully Clients?
Design Biz Blueprint
Have you ever had potential clients tell you they expect you to share your product discounts? Don't allow this to happen to you — it's a recipe for disaster! Quite frankly, demanding that you share your discounts with a client is a form of bullying.
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Dollars + Sense
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Every client wants great interior design. And every commercial client wants to know how their investment is going to translate into sales for their business. Yet, clients must fully appreciate the value of good design in order for them to understand where their return on investment is going to come from, because it's not always so cut and dry.
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Risk Mitigation
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The AIA Trust has produced a new white paper on risk management that provides practical advice to avoid lawsuits. In releasing the report, the AIA notes, "while risk management may seem to be a dry academic topic that belongs in a classroom, the Trust's resources represent insights that can mean the difference between a successful practice and an imperiled one."
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Return Policy: Why Your Firm Should Embrace the Post-Occupancy Review
Architect
In an era of swiftly morphing building technology, when clients want high-performance buildings and spaces that foster the performance of users, the post-occupancy evaluation has re-emerged as a valuable tool. POEs allow firms to ascertain the success of design decisions. And they can also offer clients insights on how best to use their new or renovated space.
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Top 5 Drivers of Customer Satisfaction
GuildQuality via ForResidentialPros.com
Creating raving fans can be a tall order. Part of successfully doing so relies on your ability to understand what impacts their happiness most when it comes to their remodel. Guild Quality, which conducts consumer satisfaction surveys for the building industry, recently looked at all survey responses from clients of its remodeler members to identify five main drivers of overall satisfaction.
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Invisible Kitchen
Architectural Record
i29 Interior Architects used decorative wall panels and an optical trick to create a vanishing kitchen inside a Paris apartment. When not in use, the kitchen is hidden behind a wall — in five sections — that is finished with decorative paneling and molding that mimic the circa-1905 apartment's original plasterwork.
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2015 Color Trends Aim for Balance
Colorfully Behr
Behr Paints has released its 2015 color trends, with a key goal of showing how color use can be balanced through an intermixing of different tones, values and intensities.
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App Lets You Browse Hundreds of Design Items with the Touch of a Button
Architectural Digest
LikeThat Décor, a new tool from photo-search developer Superfish, is to design what song-identifying app Shazam is to music. Point your camera at an object and within seconds the app will source the actual piece or dozens of comparable items from its broad list of retailers. LikeThat Décor also allows users to search from a gallery of images or to upload favorites from Pinterest or Houzz.
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5 Ways Technology Is Changing the Tile Industry
Sourceable
A number of developments are affecting both the industry and the way tiles are being used — most of which are being driven by technical advances in manufacturing processes.
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A Redesign of EPA's Safer Product Label
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Design for the Environment Safer Product Labeling Program assures consumers that a product's ingredients have been fully screened by the DfE scientific review team for potential human health and environmental effects. The EPA has released four prospective designs for the new Safer Product Labeling logo that they hope will become a recognizable fixture people look for when choosing products they bring into their home. You have an opportunity to provide comments until Oct. 31.
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Emerging Smart-Building Materials Could Impact Sustainability, Resilience
Gizmodo via HousingZone
A conductive paint that monitors structural flaws, transparent solar cells and bamboo-based plywood are among emerging construction materials that could have an impact on sustainability and building resilience. Bamboo, in fact, could prove to be a stronger material than current materials used for plywood.
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GreenSpace: Carpeting Presents Complex Health Issues
The Inquirer
Stain repellents, backing materials and volatile organic compounds in carpeting can have health effects, but the industry has been innovative in dealing with these and other issues.
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Scientists Develop Transparent Solar Cells That Turn Windows Into Solar Panels
Sustainable Brands
Scientists at Michigan State University say they have developed a translucent solar cell that can capture energy from the invisible parts of the light spectrum, but still let in visible light.
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Ergonomic Offices Lead to Happier Occupants
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Office workers are spending more and more time at their desks, which means the risk of discomfort and loss of productivity is increasing. A new study shows that proactive ergonomic design not only increases occupant productivity, but also improves job satisfaction, comfort and recruitment.
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Bridging the Healthcare Design Gap
Healthcare Design
In this year's Healthcare Design Showcase entries, jurors expressed an appetite for research and measurable results that just wasn't satisfied. Many projects outlined their goals (to improve the patient experience or reduce readmissions, for example), but few were able to present results that illustrated that the design interventions used to achieve those goals were actually successful.
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Narrowing the 'Green Gap' for Homeowners
Michael J. Berens
As the effects of the Great Recession fade, more consumers have been expressing a renewed commitment to a greener lifestyle, and the "green gap" is narrowing.

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How Design Affects Your Subconscious
Freshome
Usually when we discuss interior design, we talk about the aesthetic aspects, but we should also know the philological effect of interior design on your subconscious.

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Design Insights for More Liveable Kitchens
Michael J. Berens
Kitchen renovations top the list of home remodeling projects. As a new study shows, the foremost design consideration should be given to making it a liveable, functional space.

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Guestroom Design and Meeting Productivity
Hotel Business Review
When hoteliers discuss improving the meeting environment in order to facilitate greater productivity and better states of mind among conference guests, often this conversation is limited to technological, special or service tips pertaining only to the meeting rooms or otherwise designated space. They repeatedly neglect the importance of the guestroom in this context and the reciprocal relationships these private spaces have on public business gatherings. There are several broad aspects of room design worth considering along these lines.
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When the Open Office Isn't Always the Problem or Solution
Metropolis
If an office is designed well and reinforces expected behaviors, it will signal helpful cues to support organizational changes that have not been fully adopted. However, while design can enable change, it cannot lead it. When workplace design conflicts with existing behaviors, the opposite reaction occurs.
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Balancing 'We' and 'Me': The Best Collaborative Spaces Also Support Solitude
Harvard Business Review
Companies have been trying for decades to find the balance between public and private work space that best supports collaboration. To increase interaction among knowledge workers, companies responded by shifting their real estate allocation toward open spaces that support collaboration and shrinking areas for individual work. But the pendulum may have swung too far: Steelcase research now suggests that once again, people feel a pressing need for more privacy, not only to do heads-down work but to cope with the intensity of how work happens today.
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