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At the Milan Furniture Fair, a fluid design emerges
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Fewer companies showed at the fair this year, and those that did introduced fewer new products than usual, most of them less technically ambitious, to reduce development costs. Not surprisingly, there weren’t many clear trends or stellar products. The most interesting development was the emergence of what could be called superleggera—super light—style. More

Groundbreaking 'Cost of LEED' white paper released
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For the first time, cost information on hundreds of specific technologies and approaches that teams are using to earn points in the current LEED for New Construction rating system is available in an easy to understand, credit by credit format. The new report helps a team to better understand the implications of LEED on the cost of its own particular project. It features a list of "standard" approaches compared to "high-performance" options, along with cost premiums for those options. More

Design Entrepreneurs: What's Next?
Monday, May 17, 2010
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
New York, NY

Are you reinventing yourself? Your practice? If you're a designer, architect, business owner, manufacturer or educator, you don’t want to miss this one-day event, May 17 at the Javits Center in New York during ICFF. On this day you'll get useful insights into what other creative people are doing. Be part of the timely conversation! Space is limited. Complete your free ICFF Registration and Conference Registration today.

Industry outlook improves in March
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Billings at architecture firms, as measured by the AIA's Architecture Billings Index, remained low in March but have been steadily moving toward a recovery in recent months. U.S. architecture firms have been showing signs recently that they may be getting nearer to ending their two-plus year downturn. Regionally, the most improvement was reported in the Midwest. By specialization, residential firms continue to report the most optimistic conditions. More

Workplace design changes should have employee input
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Change management is crucial when a new workplace design is introduced, as changes to the physical workplace are almost always disruptive. Without a clear understanding of an organization's goals, how productivity is maximized and how employees interact, new workplaces will fail to support business functions. Facility managers must move carefully when establishing a new workplace strategy and develop a close relationship between the corporate planning staff and those affected by the change. More

Baldwin Hardware Corporation

Since 1946, Baldwin has been America's premier maker of solid forged brass hardware. Other industry firsts include the modern rim lock and residential mortise, and Baldwin’s patented PVD Lifetime Finishes. Cape Cod Brass are Baldwin experts who can manage complex orders with accuracy and tremendous customer service.

Healthcare executives concerned reform will hurt facility
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Nearly three-quarters of healthcare executives surveyed earlier this month say healthcare reform will have a negative financial impact on their facilities, while more than 60 percent note that reform will have a somewhat or very detrimental effect on the quality of care their facilities are able to provide. Only about one in five of those surveyed (22 percent) were greatly or moderately pleased by the passage of healthcare reform, while almost three out of four (72 percent) were either somewhat concerned or very concerned about passage of the new law. More

Tendence, taking place August 27-31 in Frankfurt, Germany, is the most important international consumer-goods event and the leading design platform during the second half of the year. With the "Next" promotional program young design companies have the opportunity to present themselves and their products to international key players from industry, trade and the media. more

Can they be both sexy and good?
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No, we’re not talking about interior designers. The topic is products. For most of the last century, there were three basic components of good product design. Does it fulfill its function? Is it appealing to look at or to use? Is it innovative in terms of technology, structure or in enabling us to do something new, or do it better? All those factors were important, but only one was non-negotiable—function. Critical though it still is, functionality is no longer the only non-negotiable component of "good design." There is another—sustainability. More

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Better nutrition by designing better choices
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Laura Smith, a researcher at the Cornell Food and Brand lab, discovered the power of design when she got the idea to study the effect of moving the salad bar in a school cafeteria to a more prominent location—from against a wall to next to the cash register. The result: sales of certain salad bar items increased by 250 percent to 300 percent. "It's basic behavioral economics," said Smith. "We made it easier for them to make the right choice." More

The top 10 commercial interiors products of the past 50 years
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The North American landscape of contract interiors of the past 50 years continues to unfold the concept of the Schnelle brothers' "Burolandschaft," or open office plan. Layouts, initially driven by physical communication patterns, have given way in the last two decades to other formative influences. Digital communication, social awareness, ergonomics, and sustainability have become the engines of change. Future predictions—invariably inaccurate—had the home office expanding significantly, but with its inherent dysfunction, it lacked the human interaction and spontaneity to take a strong hold. More

Impact Enterprises, Inc.

Presentation Folders, Binder Covers, Menu Covers, and more We are challenged by new designs and new construction techniques demanded by new materials.

Interior Design editor hosts TV's Design to Die For
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Ovation, a television network dedicated to art and contemporary culture, recently invited Interior Design magazine editor in chief Cindy Allen to host its new big "D" design programming, Design to Die For, which began airing on April 25. The network is introducing three design programs, "Design Giants," "Designer People" and the U.S. cable premiere of "Behind the Label." More

Behind the Scenes with Fire Farm

Join in on Facebook as we spend the week photographing our new starry Constellation pendants on the stage! Get access to photos, videos, and more.

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Malabar, LLC

Malabar's new spring 2010 collection is viewable online at Coming to a local showroom soon.

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