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Cornell Hospitality Design Roundtable eyes booming boutique hotel segment
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Participants of the recent Cornell Hospitality Design Roundtable event observed that the many boutique brands may have caused a "brand blur," but customers often focus more on a particular hotel's features rather than its brand. They also noted the 25- to 40-year-old segment remains a vital one for boutique properties, while baby boomers (who wish they were young) are not the primary market for an experience-driven hotel. More

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Chicago museum exhibition analyzes color perception
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As LED lighting technology comes into its own, a new exhibition at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry promises to shed more light on its effects and design possibilities. More

Energy efficiency, accessibility top homeowners' wish list
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Other than outdoor living areas and home offices, few special function rooms are attracting attention from today's homeowners, finds the most recent AIA Home Design Study. The few special features that are increasing in popularity focus almost exclusively on energy efficiency or accessibility. Likewise, the most popular home products generally are ones that promote energy efficiency or require little maintenance. More

Announcing the Baldwin Reserve Portfolio
Baldwin Reserve combines quality craftsmanship with advanced technology to deliver a personalized blend of styles. Easily mix and match knobs, levers, and roses, in eight finishes to deliver a custom look for every architectural style. Reserve offers short lead times, quick installation and an industry leading limited 25-year finish warranty. MORE

Same person, same seat
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People have a tendency to sit in the same seat each time they are in a public space. Why? Territorial functioning in public territories helps individuals control the environment to achieve goals with minimal interference, thereby reducing stress and anxiety. More

Washington law firms rush to go green
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A slew of top 100 firms in the District of Columbia have completed recent moves — or are planning to relocate next year — to new or refurbished LEED-certified properties. For law firms, committing to stricter environmental standards is both an ethical action and a business-driven decision. More

New report examines design's impact on public health, safety and welfare

A seminal industry research report issued by six leading interior design organizations — ASID, CIDA, IDC, IDEC, IIDA, NCIDQ — highlights a growing body of evidence that supports the positive impact of interior design on public health, safety and welfare. The report, which updates a 2005 study, represents the most current and comprehensive resource for helping design practitioners, educators, researchers, accrediting bodies, students and the public understand the broad and diverse knowledge interior designers employ in their work. To learn more and download a copy of the report, go to

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Synchronicity in health care design for 2011-2012
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There is a major shift in the practice and products of interior design coming as a result of the synchronistic events that are about to occur. Much has been built upon a small but growing body of evidence that has defined evidence-based architectural planning issues and interior design concepts that relate to safety and sustainability and to their respective business cases. Related article: How are you using evidence-based design? More

Tips for open and no-threshold shower design
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During the past decade, the expectations for the shower experience and shower design have changed dramatically. To accommodate this evolution, we are designing bathrooms with more open showers, fewer walls and doors and more options in water delivery and flush thresholds. More

Introducing Walker Zanger's Lucca Collection
Lucca, Walker Zanger’sexclusive new limestone collection is inspired by traditional stone working techniques, but decidedly modern in design sensibility. Crafted in Italy, Lucca combines honed, patinato and rift finishes, creating exciting blends of texture that will lend dimension and visual drama to any room. Visit us at to learn more. more

Living with art and children
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Displaying an art collection within a practical family home presented Robert Reid with a specific set of design challenges. Here he explains how he did it. More

Share the fun — and funny — moments of your interior design career
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Nearly every interior designer recalls that crazy, unbelievable, off-the-wall, absolutely hilarious story about your profession that just has to be shared! Well, get ready for the chance to profit from your on-the-job experience! MultiView is looking for the funniest stories out there. Tell us about yours! If your story is chosen as one of the best, you will win a $500 gift card — PLUS you will get to see your story come to life as part of a professional production! Don't wait. Submit your true story now!

The solid-surface Akana drop-in tub is an exquisite geometric synthesis of a smoothly curved, comfortable interior bowl and a bold, sharply angular tub deck. For complete information on MTI products, go to MORE
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AIA launches online database to match stalled projects with investor financing
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The American Institute of Architects launched an online database that will let developers and architects network with investors interested in lending to projects that have been stalled by a lack of financing. More

Informal collaborative learning at tipping point, driving design change
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Earlier this year, Ron Danielson, vice provost for Information Services and CIO at Santa Clara University, predicted that in 2011, "new collaborative learning styles will be reflected and supported in learning space designs." Informal collaboration spaces could play as important a role as formal classrooms in Danielson's prediction. With the end of 2011 closing in fast, Danielson said he thinks we've reached the time when IT leaders must make sure their campuses offer ample informal collaborative learning spaces to accommodate a groundswell of student interest in learning collaborations with peers. More

Designing bathrooms for aging in place
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Aging-in-place spaces are ADA compliant, meaning they are designed to accommodate the physical demands of seniors as well as disabled people of all ages. Boomers also want these spaces to be beautiful, efficient and relaxing. This means the conventional bathroom layout details will not accommodate all the needs of those aging in place. Bathrooms in existing homes will need to be remodeled to meet these changes. More

A comeback for the much-maligned Murphy bed
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More homeowners are installing Murphy beds rather than renovating or moving to a bigger home. The beds, which swing up into a wall for vertical storage, help home offices serve as bedrooms — and vice versa. More Artwork Done Right

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Video defines an interior designer's identity
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It's challenging for many homeowners to find the interior designer who's just right for them. To attract the clients you want, think about posting a video or "identity" piece on your website that calls attention to who you are, what your design brand stands for, and what homeowners will get when they hire you. More

Social networking fatigue
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Do you suffer from social networking fatigue? For many, the fatigue comes from doing all the work of posting content and thinking up new material — only to see no results. More


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MechoSystems presents the McDonough Iceland Collection™

Recyclable shadecloths developed with William McDonough and inspired by his photographs are PVC-free, Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM, and can be recycled indefinitely.

Better service through 'consultmanship'
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As consumers of all kinds of services, each of us innately wishes to be served well. Yet in performing our own jobs we often lack a service mentality. We don't have to work in sales to heed its importance. Great service is the key to most successful organizations, because it's not limited to customer-facing job functions. More

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In today's design climate, clients are demanding more information and more interaction. Be ready to share details about cost, return on investment and other concerns of the modern consumer. More

Case Studies: Sound Masking
Moving your employees from enclosed offices to a primarily open-plan space? Pursuing LEED® credits for your facility and concerned about the impact that green choices will have on acoustics? See how two companies successfully solved their speech privacy and noise concerns by installing the LogiSon sound masking system. 
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Junckers Hardwood introduces the highly anticipated Design collection featuring fifteen unique textured and colored boards. The collection offers modern, dramatic, and traditional styles for commercial and residential use. Click here to view the collection. Please contact Junckers at 800-878-9663 to request samples.
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