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AIA firm report tracks recent business trends
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The American Institute of Architects released findings from a recent survey of 2,700 architecture firms, reporting firm characteristics and operations in 2008 and comparing these results to earlier surveys to assess how the profession is changing. A summary is available online, and the full report can be purchased through the AIA Bookstore. MORE

NeoCon East Is Back: Oct 28 and 29 in Baltimore
Returning for its seventh year, NeoCon East has made its trademark as the premier design exposition and conference for the mid-Atlantic design community and a necessity to the industry. Don't miss the more than 250 exhibitors, countless educational sessions and keynotes, and tons of new product!

ASID sessions include "Back to Work: Career Management in a Tough Market," "Survival Techniques for the Small Design Firm," and a Career Exchange and Portfolio Review. Register today at

Hot, cold, and filtered water.
ROHL's new Integrated Faucet Filtration Solution represents a major paradigm shift in the way designers and consumers think about filtered water. This innovative system eliminates a separate filter faucet, has a clean installation, and includes an optional sidespray--providing beauty and functionality in one space-saving design. Filtered water saves you money and protects the environment. More info

Buildings magazine announces 2009 Project Innovations Award winners
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This year's awards, which honor operational excellence, were made in four categories: green facilities, interior design, modernization and new construction. Among the Grand Prize winners was ForrestPerkins, the firm of ASID Designer of Distinction Deborah Lloyd Forrest, FASID, for restoring the historic Palmer House hotel in Chicago. More
Can historic preservation help lead us out of the recession
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Today's headlines are filled with a variety of facts, opinions, and predictions about the economy, natural environment, and sustainable development. Spanning these topics is the proven impact of historic preservation with its inherent "greenness" and economic value, possibly leading the way during these challenging economic times. The current recession began with the collapse of the housing market, which had a domino effect into nearly all sectors of construction. With new construction waning, the economics of reusing existing structures becomes more inviting. Despite the tired cry of "that old building is too expensive to save," I have seen very few buildings in my nearly 40 years of practice that would fit that description. “That old building” may not only be the greenest on the block, as is often said of late, but it may also be the most cost-effective opportunity to revitalize our communities in this time of uncertainty. More

The Triangle Stores

Discounts to the trade since 1978. The Triangle Stores are the designer professional's first choice for high end pool tables, and complete gamerooms. We feature Brunswick pool tables.

Corporate real estate departments reorganizing, downsizing, outsourcing
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As companies continue to grapple with the industry-wide downturn, they are increasingly looking to make their corporate real estate departments operate as efficiently as possible, according to a new report by CB Richard Ellis Inc.and CoreNet Global. The authors expect this trend to continue over the next three years as further rightsizing occurs during the economic recovery. More
Aging in place: Breaking the barriers
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InformeDesign has released a new issue of Implications that addresses the topic of designing environments to support and enable people as they age to remain in their homes. It includes numerous recommendations regarding common activities that may be well accommodated in the existing home environment with relatively straightforward, achievable solutions. More

You Can Always Rely On The Best.
Tabors of San Angelo is the custom workroom design professionals have come to rely on. Our custom products include; window treatments, quilting, bedspreads, and accessories. MORE

Designed by Facebook: social networking tool supports occupant-centered solutions    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Employees of Facebook recently moved into a new headquarters that facilitates interaction and connection, reflecting the company’s mission as a social networking website provider. There was no master plan other than the directive to involve the employees to determine their needs. The designers used Facebook to conduct companywide polls about design intent and to showcase renderings so all employees could envision their new space. More
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Can't get away to the European design shows this year? You can still keep up with what's new and exciting. reports on the London Design Festival, Maison et Objet fair in Paris, and the Vienna Design Festival. Amusez-vous bien! More
Study finds employees working in green buildings more productive
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A study released by the University of California at San Diego found that employees working in green buildings are more productive than their counterparts in non-green facilities. The comprehensive study involved more than 2,000 workers from 154 different green buildings. Researchers looked at two key measurements: number of sick days reported; and self-reported productivity percentage changes. More
The crowded world of green furniture
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According to estimates by Mike Italiano of eco-advocacy group Market Transformation to Sustainability, green furniture sales have grown 20 percent a year since 2007, to about $250 million. Smart Money takes a look at what’s behind the trend and what's hot in green furniture today. More

Curb appeal: Make your home's exterior inviting
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Inside, the house was completely restored, a 1910 charmer with three bedrooms, three baths and a two-car garage. Outside, there was nothing inviting about the aluminum and frosted glass windows that enclosed the porch. The property sat on the market for seven months, with little buyer interest. Finally, the sellers' agent persuaded the reluctant owners to remove the windows and open the porch. Before the job was even completed, the home in St. Petersburg, Fla. sold for $475,000, just below the asking price. Such is the power of curb appeal. More

Keep up with Fire Farm Lighting on our blog!
See the exciting new materials we're playing with in the shop, learn about our latest custom projects, and get updates on new stock products.

A distinctive new concept in landscape illumination. Beautiful, durable hand-blown glass that adds enchanting, color-filled light to any outdoor environment MORE

For the first time in the company’s 157 year history, Luxury bed maker Hästens will show during the High Point Market.  Join us at IHFC InterHall-IH208 for the debut of our new generation of hand-crafted, all-natural beds, and the introduction of the exclusive Hästens ID Program, designed specifically for architects and design professionals. Contact for additional information.
Ambiente 2010
Visions of tomorrow. Find yourself surrounded by young talents and famous designers at Ambiente 2010. Be inspired! Show highlights include the “Trend Forum,” “Design Plus” and “German Design Award.”  The "Talents" area emphasizes interior design, gifts and personal accessories. Visit the world’s most important industry event.  MORE INFO
Classic Moving & Storage
Classic Moving & Storage knows that attention to detail is key to creating truly exceptional interiors. Classic has managed shipping, storage and delivery details for almost three decades. From manufacturer pick-up and order consolidation to pre-delivery deluxing and blanket-wrapping, no one takes white-glove, red-carpet service more seriously. Call 828.345.5403 or email for your complimentary delivery and installation consultation. More info
Shop for Antiques & Art, Vintage Collectibles
Ruby Lane is home to hundreds of online shops from around the world offering thousands of quality items in over 2,000 categories ranging from antique furniture to depression glass, fine china, decorative accessories, silver, pottery and more. Fast and easy to navigate - thousands of items posted daily.
ECO™ by Cosentino
ECO™ by Cosentino announces it has been awarded National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) Certification, now approved and recommended for use in hospitals, restaurants, schools, hotels and more. ECO™ by Cosentino is an innovative new line of eco-friendly countertop and surfacing material composed of 75% recycled material. For more information visit:
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The Fallingwater Color Collection

Receive the colors that inspired Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater from PPG Pittsburgh Paints. (registered marks after Fallingwater, Color, and Pittsburgh).
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At MTI Customization is Standard

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

Langhorne Carpet Co., Inc.

Woven wool carpet manufacturer 90% biodegradable and renewable Made in USA.
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