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Offering a holistic vision of design for the aging
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A multidisciplinary field involving sociologists, urban planners, and psychologists has sprung up to answer questions of whether architecture and design can aid the elderly, one of the fastest growing demographics in the developed world. At the forefront is University of Pennsylvania professor Matthias Hollwich, who initiated a partnership with the Bauhaus to envision the ideal, age-sensitive city of the future, the Geropolis. More

Range of visual aids needed to convey school design projects
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Using multiple types of visual tools in a school design project is a good idea, according to a study published in the journal, Learning Environment Research. Through an in depth case study of the design of a secondary school, the researchers determined that "Using a range of visual methods [based on photographs and maps] allows a complex, but coherent understanding of the particular school environment to be constructed and developed. It is further argued that such a range of visual and spatial methods is needed to develop appropriate understanding." More
Register for the 2010 ASID Legislative Symposium

The American Society of Interior Designers presents the Interior Design Legislative Symposium 2010, being held Oct. 22 - 24 in Broomfield, Colo. Join legislative leaders across the country in this unique opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge on state-level grassroots movements and lobbying efforts. Visit to register!

New eco-flooring made from furniture scraps
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Bamboo is round and hollow while floors are flat and solid, so to make bamboo floors they cut the stuff up into strips and compress it with resin into solid chunks that can be sliced into flooring. They make a lot of it in China; they also make a lot of regular furniture and produce a lot of waste. Somebody had the idea of taking that scrap and compressing it into chunks and voila: EcoTimber Strand Poplar Flooring was born. More

The airport hotel: Not so bad after all
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Thanks to the increased focus on better amenities, great design and services that save time and money, travelers are looking at airport hotels in a new light, according to guest reviews from Business travelers in particular are favoring airport hotels over their more expensive downtown counterparts. 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.

Making the case for and against a design degree
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Given the circumstances in today's market, is it time to change the path of interior design education entirely? That is the question guest blogger Stacy Straczynski put to the readers of Contract magazine last week. She cites the example of one recent A&D grad who points out that employers are not willing to pay new designers with degrees a livable wage and that many paths are open to becoming a designer. More

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Browse the Custom Gallery to see our latest projects, including the popular Constellation 2913 pendants, and get ideas for your own lighting projects. See something you’re inspired by? Contact us to get professional pricing on our product line, or request a quote for your own custom project today!

Former dorm goes upscale
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A former Emerson College dormitory has been transformed into 16 luxury Back Bay condos, thanks to a gut renovation overseen by Boston architect Guy Grassi. Originally built as an apartment building, 100 Beacon St. served as an Emerson dorm from the early 1960s until 2006. Grassi added a limestone cornice, friezes and balconies that the original design had called for but which were never actually installed. The end result: a set of elegant condos that boast fine finishes such as limestone bathrooms, custom sapele cabinets and sewn-oak floors. More

Elegant, Unique Laser Cutting

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Very Uplifting

The Very family of seating stretches from bullpen to boardroom, and from cafeteria to classroom. Grab your camera and a Very chair and show us some of your creativity. Enter to win the Very photo contest and find out more about Very at
#1 Complaint in Green Buildings
What's the number one complaint in green buildings? Poor acoustics. Post occupancy surveys show that respondents are dissatisfied with being able to overhear others talking, as well as with their own level of speech privacy. And over 50 percent state that noise hinders their work. What can you do? MORE

Kitchen and bath design takes its cues from haute couture
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The line between fashion design and home décor is a fine one. Each reflects and informs the other, expressing the mood and attitude of the times. Industry research found that people who were up on fashion cared more about their home interiors and were willing to spend more. Fashion is aspirational, an invention of one's personality. The study found that if people paid attention to their clothing, they paid attention to their homes because they viewed their interiors as reflections of them. More

Back by popular demand: AutoCAD for the Mac
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Autodesk announced on Aug. 31, that it has released AutoCAD 2011 for Macintosh, along with AutoCAD WS, a mobile app that will allow users to share their AutoCAD designs in the field using iPhones, iPads, and iTouches. Using the app, anyone with an iOS device or a modern Web browser will have the ability to view, edit and collaborate on an AutoCAD DWG file. 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.

Merchandise Mart rumored to be up for sale
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Rumors are swirling that Chris Kennedy, president of the 3.5-million-square-foot design center, put the space up for sale last week. Parent company Vornado Realty Trust has been dropping hints along Wall Street and with potential buyers that it wants to sell the subsidiary, including the fortress-like structure along the Chicago River. More

Specialized lids encourage recycling compliance
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Findings published in a recent issue of the journal, Environment and Behavior, indicate that using specialized lids that give cues to the types of materials (e.g., waste, paper, aluminum) each receptacle is supposed to hold in public spaces can encourage higher rates of recycling. In addition, the lids may reduce the quantity of waste and associated costs for disposal, reduce the need for staff to sort waste and recyclables, and serve as an inexpensive way to encourage environmental practices. More

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