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Architecture billings index sending most positive signals in over a year
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Amidst a continued high level of inquiries for possible new projects, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) reached its highest mark since August 2008, just before the serious credit problems emerged in our economy. As an economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. "This news could prove to be an early signal towards a recovery for the design and construction industry," said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. More

ASID has recently become aware of a California-based online vendor of Asian furniture that is placing “robocalls” (i.e., automated phone calls) to the ASID membership in which they apparently state that these calls are in "conjunction with ASID." Please note that it is ASID policy that we do not give out or sell members’ phone numbers at any time to any third-party organization. ASID has no relationship at all with this specific company, as they are not and have never been an Industry Partner member of ASID. If you become aware of any such activity, please let ASID headquarters know 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

Art of Living goes inside private spaces of renowned artists
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Twenty-five internationally known artists, architects and designers—including Andres Serrano, Vivienne Tam, Ellsworth Kelly and Catherine Malandrino—invited Barbel Miebach to photograph their unique private spaces for a new book, The Art of Living. Fast Company magazine shows off eight of their favorites. More

IRC fire sprinkler requirement survives NAHB objection
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During the International Code Council's (ICC) Code Development Hearings in Baltimore last month, the ICC's Residential Building and Energy Committee voted to retain a new mandate for residential fire sprinklers that was approved for the 2009 and 2012 versions of the International Residential Code (IRC) in September 2008. The vote shot down a proposal by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) to strike the fire sprinkler mandate from the IRC. The mandate, which will require fire sprinklers to be installed in all one- and two-family homes and townhouses, is scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1, 2011, unless it is rejected in a final vote during the ICC's conference in May 2010. More

BusinessWeek / Architectural Record 2009 awards announced
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The 12th annual awards showcase office and retail spaces. This year's eight winners feature projects that put business goals first, clearly demonstrating that good design is a wise investment. 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.

Multifamily to lag in slow, lengthy housing recovery
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The multifamily sector will lag behind all other housing segments in what is expected to be a slow, lengthy recovery, NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe said during a recent webinar on the state of multifamily housing last week. Crowe told participants not to believe the conventional wisdom surrounding past recoveries that “the steeper the fall, the quicker the rise” would hold true with this recovery. That’s not what we are seeing now. He said single-family starts have bottomed out, “but multifamily is not so fortunate.” He expected that multifamily starts would decline further before they begin to improve. More

FREE 72-Hour Service is a Holiday Tradition at Tabors of San Angelo.
‘Tis the Season for Tabors to offer FREE 72-Hour Service on most of our custom workroom products including; window treatments, quilting, bedspreads, and accessories. MORE

Sleep Box offers airport isolation
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Offering solace to weary travelers, the Russian architects at Arch Group have designed the Sleep Box concept for use in airports, where privacy is seldom found. Along with wifi connectivity, the interiors feature space for laptops, luggage and mobile devices. To maintain a sanitary environment, the beds use a system that changes the sheets automatically. More

Paris exhibition honors minimalist designer Frank
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Many argue that with his keen eye, Jean-Michel Frank laid the foundation for what we today consider contemporary interior design, all the while reinventing what classicism meant in a Europe caught between two world wars. The show runs through Jan. 3, 2010 at Fondation Pierre Bergé Yves Saint Laurent. More

Top considerations for today's law firms
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Historically, management consulting firms have been on the leading edge of adapting to the evolving business environment and client demands, which have space-planning repercussions. To survive in today’s economy, many organizations have adopted the forward-thinking concepts developed by management consultants. Law firms are no exception. More

Fire Farm Lighting and Frank Lloyd Wright
Click the link above for Fire Farm’s latest blog; this week highlighting our project with the First Unitarian Society of Madison, Wisconsin.

Fifty percent increase in green building programs since 2007, report finds
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More than one in five U.S. cities with populations greater than 50,000 surveyed by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) report having a policy to promote green buildings, affecting more than 53 million people. The new report, Green Building Policy in a Changing Economic Environment, is an inventory of policies and best practices intended to help policymakers advance a more sustainable legislative agenda for growth and development. The study found 138 cities have green building programs, compared with 92 cities in 2007—an increase of 50 percent. More

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

The Vinyl Institute
Vinyl in Design is an education outreach program to familiarize architects and designers with the range of solutions vinyl provides for today's design chalenges. MORE


20th C Fox offers you the quality services and quick turnaround of its custom drapery department.


REAL Topiaries, Florals, Eucalyptus, Palms & Bonsai. Naturally preserved and maintenance free.
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Langhorne Carpet Co., Inc.

Woven wool carpet manufacturer 90% biodegradable and renewable Made in USA.
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At MTI Customization is Standard

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

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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Recycled Glass and Porcelain Countertops, Flooring and Landscape Materials

EnviroGLAS converts recycled glass and porcelain into decorative hard surfaces and landscape materials.
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Hästens, the renowned Swedish bed maker, has been handcrafting luxurious beds since 1852, including the legendary VIVIDUS,  Hästens’ top-of-the-line bed that is culmination of over 150 years of experience. Made entirely by hand of all-natural materials, including horsehair, wool, cotton and flax, the VIVIDUS is truly the bed of one’s dreams.
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.
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:
Partners In Design
I am very excited to be your new Partners IN Design director. In my 13 year tenure with Boyles Furniture, I have had the opportunity to work with many of you. I know the value that you place on service to your clients. For over 60 years, Boyles has been known for its selection of quality manufacturers and superior customer service. To help with the logistics side of your business, we offer a state of the art warehousing facility and the original white glove, red carpet, nationwide delivery service. I would like to invite you on a personal tour of all that we have to
offer an independent designer like yourself. I look forward to meeting with you, as we continue to expand the PID Program. Please call: Carolyn Carlile (828)455-1983 or please email:
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