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Luxury has a new look
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Opportunity does exist with the true luxury consumer. It’s simply a matter of recognizing that the pool of luxury consumers has diminished and marketing properly to those who are left. Start by separating the truly affluent from the wannabes. Then understand the values that appeal to the “new” luxury consumer. More

For hospitality industry, sustainability is here to stay
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Hotels are struggling to find the right sustainability formula: Guests want their hotels to maintain environmentally conscious operations, but hotels generally cannot charge a premium for "green" services and guests don't want to be deprived of room amenities. Guests want to know what hotels are doing to be sustainable, and there is evidence that demand increases when hotels are sustainable, but hotels can be accused of "greenwashing" if they exaggerate their environmental efforts. Panelists on a webcast hosted by SAS and the Cornell Center for Hospitality Research say these contradictions can be addressed through an integrated design approach and embedded organizational sustainability strategy. More

Architectural and design activity up slightly in February
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Business conditions at U.S. architecture firms showed modest improvement in February as the AIA's Architecture Billings Index (ABI) moved up more than two points. Some signs indicate that certain sectors served by architects may be seeing early signs of a spring thaw. In all likelihood, the residential sector of the construction industry will move into recovery mode before the commercial/industrial or institutional markets, so residential firms should see better conditions relative to the rest of the profession over the next several months. More

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Events Announced for ASID at NeoCon
ASID invites interior design community to networking and awards events during ASID at NeoCon

ASID is inviting the interior design community to an array of events during ASID at NeoCon, being held June 14 - 16. The events range from an awards celebration to a town hall forum to a full-blown night of mingling and dancing featuring one of Chicago's top DJs. ASID at NeoCon is ASID's national conference that takes place at NeoCon World's Trade Fair in Chicago. For a complete listing of events, educational sessions and general conference information, visit

Contract magazine celebrates 50 years in design
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The new issue of Contract offers a retrospective of the past 50 years of the magazine and interior design. They have also put together an engaging video look into the evolution of design over the last half century, viewable on their website. More

Rethinking design thinking
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Is design thinking the panacea for the world's ills? The Economist, the house journal of the global business elite, in association with the Design Council, brought together leaders and designers for a conference in London to chew on that question. What's notable about the design thinking debate, one attendee concludes, is not so much how design practice has changed, but rather how the audience for design has changed and raised its expectations. More

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Universal design hitting home as care costs rise
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A recent MetLife survey finds there are not enough nursing homes to accommodate the baby boomers' future needs, even if they could afford the care. That means more will opt to "age in place." Builders are already anticipating the need, introducing universal design features into homes that are attractive and affordable. More

Murano Glass Chandeliers lighting collection
The most modern and contemporary lighting designers and traditional Murano glass chandelier masters demonstrate wonderful custom made collection of high-end quality lighting fixtures. See all chandeliers catalog MORE

USGBC and Sierra Club pair up to offer green building tours
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Volunteers from both groups are holding public tours of green buildings across the U.S. to highlight the local economic and environmental benefits of energy-efficient, sustainable buildings. The tours are part of the national "Green Buildings for Cool Cities" partnership between the Sierra Club and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The project is aimed at helping cities nationwide make green building a key component of their economic and environmental recovery efforts. More

Baldwin is Gifting Tiffany Keys

Exclusive to designers and in celebration of our Couture line, Baldwin is gifting 10 Tiffany key necklaces..."Jewelry for You and Your Home."
If you're a designer, have an affinity for Tiffany & Co. jewelry and premium hardware, then this is for you. Just tell us a bit about yourself and you’ll be entered to win.
Since 1946, Baldwin has been America's premier maker of hand-crafted hardware.

High-tech design melds functionality with sports representations
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Butler Rogers Baskett (BRB), in collaboration with exhibit/environmental design firm C&G Partners, redesigned the headquarters for Major League Baseball (MLB), the Office of the Commissioner. The 24,000-square-foot conference center encompasses expanded workspace; a 1,500-square-foot sub-dividable multi-purpose room features advanced audiovisual and teleconferencing capabilities, which can accommodate 299 people; and eight meeting rooms seat from eight to 24 people. Its fresh, client-specific design was the result of a thorough design process. This included evaluating projects of similar scope, observing the workings of MLB's various departments, revising ideas with client feedback, and devising a design vocabulary drawn from baseball itself. More

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Hidden House is a stunning example of sustainable modern architecture
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Many architects and designers were caught dead in their tracks when the recent economic downturn struck. Standard architecture in Los Angeles successfully powers through by taking sustainable action, cutting construction costs and preserving pre-existing materials in their Hidden House. "Hidden House is the perfect example of how incorporating an existing structure can actually be the key to a successful new design," explains Jeffrey Allsbrook, Standard Principal and Co-Founder. More

The Latest from Fire Farm Lighting

See the latest project we're affectionately calling "the Jellyfish" (Project 3060) in this week's blog. Also, check out the starry pendants from our upcoming Constellation Series. More.

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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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