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Designing to address ever-growing consumer and operational demands on China's retail sector
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Here's a quick testament to China's growth: Its retail sales grew by 16.6 percent in the first five months of 2011, up from 14.8 percent for all of 2010. (U.S.-based retail sales for 2010 were 6.7 percent.) But China's continuing economic flurry also masks certain challenges its retail sector faces: The sophistication of Chinese consumers has increased markedly while the size and complexity of retail operations have grown unwieldy. The repercussions of each hold opportunity for architects and designers who recognize this gap between what exists and what could be — and who can offer value quickly to this burgeoning market. More

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Green jobs now are firmly established in the design and construction workforce, according to a new study released by McGraw-Hill Construction at the 2011 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Toronto. More

GO PRO NYC: Debut event for emerging design professionals succeeds
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The American Society of Interior Designers successfully debuted GO PRO: NYC, its first national program for emerging interior design professionals. The event, which took place in Manhattan from Sept. 16-17, drew more than 100 emerging professionals. More

Introducing Walker Zanger's Tuileries Collection
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Kitchen splurges and saves
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Is it wise to go all-in on professional-grade appliances and/or cut corners on the countertop? Here's what four design professionals think about where to spend in the kitchen and where to pinch more pennies. More

University of Maryland wins Solar Decathlon 2011
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The University of Maryland's WaterShed house, which won the individual architecture contest in the U.S. Department of Energy's 2011 Solar Decathlon, was inspired by the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. The nearly 900-square-foot home is made of two rectangular sheds that form a split butterfly roofline, which maximizes solar energy generation and collects rainwater along a central axis. More

Security. Convenience. Style.

Baldwin is pleased to introduce its latest security advancement, a keyless entry door lock. It features convenient one-touch locking with decorative hardware's only motorized deadbolt and two customizable access codes-one for family, one for temporary access. The keyless lock is easy to install in a standard door prep and can be integrated with wireless home automation systems utilizing Home Connect™ technology.

Don't be floored; engineered wood now has snob appeal
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Some of Manhattan's pickiest interior designers and architects are choosing engineered flooring over solid wood for home renovations. Yes, layered flooring has risen a few steps above its tacky, plastic reputation and is gracing the floors of some of the city's swankiest homes, reports The New York Times. More

Architects, interior designers skeptical about sustainability claims
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The majority of architects and interior designers — 87 percent and 86 percent, respectively — acknowledge they are concerned about how products are manufactured with regard to sustainability, according to new research by IMRE. The research showed the number of sustainable projects performed by architects and interior designers is projected to rise in the coming year, even though sustainable products often are associated with higher costs. More


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Downsized design
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While the economic crash and slow recovery have altered spending habits, they haven't deterred the desires of today's homeowners to have beautiful, efficient spaces. Lives continue to be hectic and stressful, and the home is viewed as a respite — a place for relaxation and gathering comfortably with friends and family. How those welcoming spaces are achieved, however, no longer is the same as it was just a few years ago. More

Future restrooms: Touchless, tankless — with advertising
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As a manufacturer of restroom fixtures for nearly 20 years, Klaus Reichardt, president of Waterless Co. Inc., has become familiar with the latest trends in restroom design. Because of the economy, most of the trends he notes are occurring in existing buildings, and most are occurring in larger facilities, "like airports, shopping centers, major office structures and the like," Reichardt said. More

Designers provide tranquility for cancer patients
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At Marin Cancer Care in Greenbrae, Calif., interior designers are volunteering their time to transform sterile, colorless treatment rooms into spaces that are vibrant, warm and peaceful. More

Hospitality trends inspire hospital's reception area
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When the family-centered Lancaster General Health Women & Babies Hospital in Lancaster, Pa., decided to reposition its entrance pavilion guest services area, the project team looked to hospitality for inspiration. More

In some corporate office spaces, conventional gets new look
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Interior designers and architects say companies from a broad swath of industries have begun to re-imagine the conventional office. The forces driving their design decisions are both economic and social. More

Mind games: Visual cues in today's designed spaces
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Walt Disney's Favorite Chair is Back
Walt Disney Signature & Avant Gallery are proud to launch the re-imagined Airline_009 Chair designed by Cory Grosser, bringing the classic design of the original Airline Chair from 1934 back to life. Solid machined walnut frame with a fine leather upholstery in 10 beautiful colors. Made in the USA.

From nautical to domestic: Old African boats recycled into bold furniture
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Fishing is a traditional way of life and sustenance for many people around the world, including the west coast of Africa. But what happens when the trusty boats must be retired? More

Color refresher
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As color and design professionals, we all remember our days learning about color theory: What is color? Who's important in history in terms of color? What is hue, value, tint, etc.? A review of color basics is sure to inspire and remind us where our design careers began. More


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Pricing, margins key elements of survival
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It's likely that during the past two or three years, many design firms have seen a drastic change in the markets they serve. Consumers are shopping harder than we have witnessed in many years as they try to stretch incomes that, in many cases, have shrunk in terms of real purchasing power. What is a reasonable strategy to pursue in light of such circumstances? More

Year-end moneymakers for interior design professionals
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Want to finish 2011 with a flourish? Consider these ideas from the "Big Splash, Little Cash Marketing Materials Manual" on how to generate short-term income. More

Market your company with YouTube
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Online video is a powerful communication medium that, used correctly, can capture your audience or even an audience of millions. Easy-to-use technology enables us to produce high-quality videos with integrated soundtracks and share these creative works with our social and business networks. More

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Design on the fly: How tablets are transforming the design process
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Architects, designers and builders are turning to tablets for a variety of design-related tasks, including in-the-field design reviews and client presentations. More

Rational results from irrational stakeholders
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Designers and planners who understand what drives the decisions their clients make can achieve better results with fewer frustrations. In this second of a two-part series, "choice architecture" is examined as a way to help design professionals streamline the decision-making process for clients who struggle with everything from how to choose alternatives to planning for long-term needs. More

Case Studies: Sound Masking
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