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ASID index: Good and getting better
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The interior design industry has experienced 10 consecutive months of positive performance across sectors, according to a new report from the American Society of Interior Designers. Results from the most recent ASID Interior Design Billings and Inquiries Index for the second quarter of 2012 indicate continued positive growth for the industry with an overall index of 56.5. Also on a positive note, firms are hearing more and more about potential projects. More



Sex, architecture and design
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Sex, architecture and design have a lot to do with each other. And nowhere have they been such good bedfellows as on the pages of Playboy magazine, says Beatriz Colomina, a professor at the Princeton University School of Architecture who has been studying the connection for the past three years. Now, she has organized an exhibition — "Playboy Architecture, 1953-1979″ — on view Sept. 29 through Feb. 10 in Maastricht. More

Design tasting in Paris
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September seems to be interior design month in Paris. The festivities began with the opening of the Maison & Objet trade fair. Then Paris Design Week started with more than 100 participating off-site exhibitions, galleries, presentations and independent designers displaying their latest wares. It's as if the City of Light set out to prove it's also the city of lighting — and seating and bedding. More

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BIFMA adjusts forecast for flat 2012
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Office furniture makers are now looking at a relatively flat year for 2012, followed by modest growth in 2013, according to an updated industry outlook from BIFMA. The organization projects North American shipment growth of just 1.1 percent for this year, followed by a 2.9-percent increase next year. That represents a downgrade from the previous outlook that projected growth of 3.4 percent this year and 6.7 percent in 2013. More

MESSAGE FROM ASID
Highlights from the first annual
ASID State of the Industry Address

Randy Fiser, Executive Vice President and CEO of ASID, presented the Society's first annual State of the Industry Address this week at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The presentation included data from the ASID State of the Industry report, which provides an overview of design industry economic figures, including its size, scope and impact on business productivity, health care, education and legislation.

Click here to view a summary of the report and a full transcript of the address.


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Are technology-driven interiors greener?
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There is an increasing correlation between technologically inclusive spaces and green living. But are technology-driven interiors greener? While there is no easy black-and-white answer as to technology's effect on the environment, like most things green, it's all about maximizing the potential of products and technologies in a way that is holistic. More

Playful office design: Are we really having that much fun?
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A variety of flexible work spaces and the opportunity to mix non-work activities into office life has been shown in many studies to boost creativity, productivity and employee satisfaction, but it also lends itself to longer hours with less of a separation between work and life outside of the office. More



Pantone's spring 2013 color trends
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Pantone released its Fashion Color Report for spring 2013 in men's and women's colors to coincide with Fashion Week. The palette strives to provide a balance of neutrals and dynamic brighter shades for versatile combinations. More


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Humanizing health care facilities enhances outcomes with a brutal force
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A study conducted by the University of Bologna's Department of Psychology and recently published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology sought to evaluate the environmental perception of a pediatric unit in parents of admitted children, before and after a mural was painted on the wall. There were significant increases in positive reactions by parents, including relaxed and pleasant feelings, as well as decreases in negativity, after the mural was included in the setting. More

Homebuilder confidence surges to 6-year high
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Confidence among U.S. homebuilders rose in September to its highest level in six years, and many expect the housing recovery will strengthen in the next six months. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index increased to 40 in September. That's up from 37 in August and the highest reading since June 2006, just before the housing bubble burst. More



Green interiors improve productivity
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Interior design efforts for the workplace setting have an overriding impact on productivity. Strategic goals for these modern spaces include providing an environment that is both functional and comfortable, drawing the best performance from workers and boosting the bottom line. More


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Health care design trends offer unique perspectives
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Trends noted in the interior design of projects submitted to this year's "Healthcare Design" Architectural and Interior Design Showcase jury included interesting takes on some old concepts, like curtain walls, and some unexpected ones, like modular building components. More

Eclectic avenue
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With all the discussion and debate about what really defines a "boutique" hotel, there seems to be a coherent theme: It's about variety. It's about making the guest experience feel as close to home as possible. And let's face it, most of us have a mix of styles in our own house. More

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Built-ins open a world of possibilities
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Beautiful and functional, built-ins are a balm for many ills. They add value, end clutter and answer the never-ending call for more storage space. And while typically associated with high-end custom homes, built-ins don't have to be a big expense. More

Designers transform Artcurial in Paris for AD Interieurs
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Within the Beaux Arts auction house Artcurial, just off the Champs-Elysees, two floors have been transformed into daring showpieces — the types of rooms that beckon inhabitants of a cinematic scale. More


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Throwing a throw pillow
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Interiors should be comfortable and easy to use, not a wrestling match. We don't rearrange the furniture to have a conversation; we shouldn't need to dismantle the throw pillows, either. More

Visual fixation
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Dwelling on the visual has turned design into an image-driven, superficial practice that provides sleek buildings, rooms, and objects of consumption. But we're not as one-dimensional as that. Our species also collects information through touch, smell, taste and hearing. It behooves us to create a constructive design discourse about the needs of the whole human being. More

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3 reasons not to be lowest-priced interior designer — in any economy
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In today's economy, it's tempting to lower your fees to win business. But doing so will bring you more trouble and heartache than it's worth. Read on to learn three reasons why you don't want to be the lowest price and what you can do instead to win clients you love. More

4 tips for using Instagram for business
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Who would've guessed a few photo filters and instant sharing capabilities would produce a social hit? Instagram, that's who! The image-based social network, available on iPhone and Android smartphones, boasts more than 100 million users. Recently, the Instagram team started a Tumblr called Instagram for Business. In it you'll find best practices for enterprises, new service offerings of interest to brands (like the new photo maps) and a list of ways to make yourself an Insta-success. More



Avoid the free consultation trap
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It's time to take a look at an all-too-common disaster nearly every interior designer has faced — or will, at some point: the client who enthusiastically solicits your ideas and vision during a free consultation, only to use them without hiring you. Don't fall into this trap. More

Make magic — and money — through voicemail
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Consider how many times prospective clients get your "message" before they get you. Do you have the same kind of "Sorry-I-missed-your-call, please-leave-a-message" greeting that your competitors do? Estimates are that Americans spend 3.2 billion hours a year talking to and listening to voicemail. If you don't use yours as a promotional tool, you miss out on a major marketing opportunity. More

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Where have all your clients gone?
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Do you know why some of your best clients no longer work with you? Have you picked up the phone to find out? Feedback — frank, timely feedback — can mean the difference between having a full schedule and worrying about where your next job will come from. More


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Pinterest: Why you need these 6 add-on tools
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Pinterest can be a valuable social tool to help brands build their network and increase traffic to their websites. That's especially true for businesses that have something visual to share, such as design businesses. Use these six tools to make your business more successful and your Pinterest presence more impactful. More

The disconnect with company culture
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A recent survey conducted by Deloitte showed that culture creates strong business performance — but it also showed a key disconnect between leaders and employees. Both "executives (94 percent) and employees (88 percent) believe a distinct workplace culture is important to business success, and 83 percent of executives and 84 percent of employees ranked engaged and motivated employees as the top factor that substantially contributes to a company's success." More
 
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