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Can design help prevent obesity?
Architectural Record    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
To combat obesity and related illnesses, New York City rolled out a first-of-its-kind guide this year to help designers create buildings and public spaces that encourage exercise. Called "Active Design Guidelines: Promoting Physical Activity and Health in Design," the 135-page document details how to get people walking more by encouraging the use of stairs or by adding parks outside buildings. More

NeoCon 2011 - Call for Presentations

Submission deadline for ASID members has been extended to Oct. 15

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You are invited to submit ideas for presentations and seminars at future NeoCon conferences produced by MMPI, a leader in trade show development, management and production.

Submit your application today and contribute to the progress of the commercial and residential interior design, architecture and facilities planning professions!

To request an application or for more information, visit or call (312) 527-7055.

Lending hurdles slow new senior living construction
Senior Housing News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The senior living industry may have a supply problem in the coming years unless the credit markets thaw and new construction starts in earnest. According to the "Seniors Housing Construction Trends Report 2010" produced by the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry and the American Seniors Housing Association, construction activity has slowed significantly for seniors housing and care facilities over the past two years in the nation’s top 100 metro markets. More

DFA announces January launch for "Why a Designer" ads    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Recently, the Decorative Furnishings Association announced it was developing a promotional campaign to tout the benefits of working with a professional interior designer. The first ad, which has received positive response from the design industry, will appear in several national shelter magazines in January 2011, including House Beautiful, Architectural Digest, Veranda, Traditional Home, Elle Decor, Luxe Design+Interiors, Cottages & Gardens, and New York Spaces. 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.

Designing for preventative health
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Dr. Adrienne Sprouse, medical director of the Environmental Medicine Center in New York City, believes that by avoiding key hazardous chemicals in the design of everyday things we can save ourselves from major health issues and also reduce overall healthcare costs. Through design, we can benefit our personal health, and the bottom line. More

Fire Farm's Brand New Website!
We've redesigned our website! Come explore our new tools for designers, shop the Bargain Barn to find stock products at deep discounts, and browse the newest additions to the Project Gallery. See something you’re inspired by? Set up a professional account for a quote on your lighting project today!
New! Shop Ruby Plaza for Vintage & Contemporary Home Decor

Ruby Plaza is a brand new home to hundreds of online shops offering home decor items ranging from furniture and accessories to lighting, bedding and window coverings, outdoor accessories and more. Hundreds of items added daily.
Take Our Guided Tour - Sound Masking
The LogiSon Acoustic Network is a networked sound masking system that increases speech privacy and reduces disruptions due to noise. It’s been installed in hundreds of millions of square feet for clients ranging in size from small business to Fortune 500 companies. Take our Guided Tour to learn more.

Murano Glass Chandeliers lighting collection
The most modern and contemporary lighting designers and traditional Murano glass chandelier masters demonstrate wonderful custom made collection of high-end quality lighting fixtures. See all chandeliers catalog MORE

Divine interior: The Sistine Chapel up close and personal
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Thanks to digital 360-degree photography, you now can visit the Sistine Chapel whenever you wish and marvel without all the crowds. With your mouse as your guide, you can scan the room, gaze at the ceiling and zoom in to study the details. An a cappella choir accompanies your tour. More

Mobile walls transform home to office
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Making a space work as both a home and an office can be hard, which is why so many home offices are in bedrooms, basements or sheds. Japanese designer Yuko Shibata came up with a creative solution for a small space: Moving walls that change the character of the space from home to office. More


Foundry Lighting has added new Fortuny Gallery installations to their West Hollywood and New York City Trade showrooms. Visit us at:

Prototyping the hospital room of the future
Research Design Connections    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Professors at Clemson University, Architecture + Health; Birdtree Studio; and NXT have researched expected changes in health care and developed a patient room that will optimize the 2020 healthcare experience. The design team worked to "humanize healthcare through personal customization, restore health via integrated therapies and increased safety measures, streamline work processes and patterns of the staff, empower via on-demand informational access for patients and employees; and feature an adaptable physical environment to adjust to user preferences with sustainable, prefabricated technologies." More

Live fashionably in the present
The Boston Globe    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When it comes to home furnishing trends, we're living in the moment. The Boston Design Center's Trends Report, an annual guide that tracks the key colors, materials, and styles of home furnishings for the coming year—reveals that 2011 won't draw so much on the past for inspiration. And that's a big change from recent years, says Alexis Contant, vice president and general manager of the Design Center. More

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Hard times give students a hands-on learning opportunity
The Windsor Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's the perfect collaboration. You take a downtown developer who has vacant storefronts and team him up with a bunch of eager entrepreneurs looking for rent-free space. Then you bring in a group of enthusiastic interior design students who want to decorate. Not only will the students have the chance to use their imagination, they'll be graded on how well they can apply what they've learned in the classroom. More

Top Ten Questions: Sound Masking

Why do I need sound masking? How is it installed? Will I hear the sound? Can’t I just use music or airflow to cover conversations and noise? Does sound masking cancel noise? Is it the same thing as white noise? Is this technology difficult to install in existing spaces? MORE

Langhorne Carpet Co., Inc.

Introducing the Grand Tour Collection by international designer Alex Papachristidis.
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At MTI Customization Is Standard

Award-winning manufacturer of individually handcrafted tubs, shower bases, shower enclosures, sinks and bath furniture. More

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