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Design for aging comes of age
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This week's issue of U.S. News & World Report contains an extensive feature story on attractive and functional design solutions for aging homeowners. "Making a home suitable for older occupants is becoming a mainstream part of the home remodeling business," the editors observe. The article includes tips from Cynthia Leibrock, FASID, whose home, remodeled to serve as an aging-in-place "show house," is featured on the cover. 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

Luxury at any (low) price
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The growing popularity of luxury outlet boutiques reaffirms that in today's economy consumers will still pay for quality, if the price is right. So-called "aspirational" customers—those who may not be as wealthy as the typical elite luxury buyer, but will still purchase a few high-end pieces—now make up 60 percent of luxury buyers overall. More

Design Challenge winners tackle the multigenerational household
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Designing a single residence that works for different age groups, lifestyles and physical capabilities is easier said than done. That was the task given to participants in this year’s Custom Builder Design Challenge. The home had to be large enough to accommodate everyone comfortably without being a mini-mansion. The floor plan had to be flexible in order to adapt to the family’s changing needs. And the home had to be energy- and resource-efficient, maintain a healthy indoor environment and have minimal impact on the environment. The winners rose to the challenge, and then some. More

Social issues dominate Aspen Design Summit
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Design Observer reports on this year’s Aspen Design Summit, which invited 64 designers, educators, researchers and representatives of NGOs, foundations and businesses to collaborate in addressing large social problems, such as improving education, health and living conditions domestically and throughout the world. Despite the variety of themes and design constraints, the final presentations reflected some common preoccupations: serving interests at the community level with an eye to creating a model that could be adapted by other regions and creating economic sustainability. 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.

Commercial real estate report draws mixed reactions from A&D firms
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A recent report by the Urban Land Institute and PricewaterhouseCoopers projects that most development sectors will not recover until 2012 or even 2013. The office, industrial, retail, and hotel sectors will all fare poorly, according to the study. But the report offered hope to some. It said that niche sectors including medical, senior housing, and student residences could buck the otherwise dire trend, and apartment development could resume by late 2011. 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

Modern Manifesto House made from wood pallets and shipping containers
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While not totally prefabricated, the Manifesto House by Infiniski utilizes pre-made materials like shipping containers and wooden pallets to create a totally rad modern house. Infiniski’s mission is to build homes cheaply and quickly using sustainable materials while incorporating renewable energy systems. They have many designs already available, which can be interchanged and easily modified. More

Consultancy introduces SocialCycling program for difficult-to-recycle materials
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The brainchild of DMD Green managing partner Jason Warnock, SocialCycling is a multistep process that takes materials that are normally near-impossible to recycle and facilitates their use in new products. The process would, for example, repurpose difficult-to-recycle vinyl-coated fabrics and deliver them to workrooms in developing countries to be turned into backpacks for local school children. 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.

Audio/video equipment can now earn the Energy Star
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All audio/video (AV) products that offer audio amplification or removable disc playback, such as CD, DVD and Blu-ray are now eligible to earn the Energy Star. The Version 2.0 Energy Star specification for AV products was finalized on November 16. Consumer AV products covered under Version 1.0 Audio/DVD program, including audio amplifiers, AV receivers, Shelf systems, DVD Players, and Blu-ray Disc players will be subject to the new requirements on July 30, 2010. More

Postage-stamp-sized plots offer Japanese affordable housing
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Small has always been beautiful in Japan. That may explain the current home-design craze, kyo-sho-jutaku: ultra-compact micro-homes on plots so small they could fit into the garage space of your typical, sprawling McMansion in the U.S. 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 luxury bed maker from Sweden, is pleased to announce the introduction of the Anatomic Pillow.  Developed in conjunction with medical professionals, and offering two inserts to choose from—soft or medium—the Anatomic Pillow’s groundbreaking, adjustable design provides perfect support for one’s neck and head while sleeping. 
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:
Modono Glass

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