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2011 Interior Design Hall of Fame inductees announced
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This year's 27th annual Hall of Fame inductees represent the full spectrum of the interiors industry, ranging from design to products. Chosen by Interior Design Editor-in-Chief Cindy Allen, the four inductees will join a list of past luminaries who have been honored at the celebrated Nov. 30 gala in New York City. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Council for Interior Design Accreditation and The Alpha Workshops. More

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KBIS moves 2012 Chicago show dates
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As part of Chicago's citywide schedule adjustments to accommodate the G8 and NATO summits in May 2012, the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, known as KBIS, has been rescheduled to April 24-26 at McCormick Place, with events beginning April 23. More

Virtual home renovation comes to life
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Last year Inhabitat ran a virtual home makeover design contest with Comcast Town, where the grand prize was a collection of new home entertainment electronics and a green room makeover by the editor and LEED-AP designer of This eco-renovation was captured on video and has been edited to a brief 5 minutes for your viewing pleasure. More

Introducing Walker Zanger's Wood Age Collection
Inspired by nature, Wood Age Porcelain Tile captures the look and beauty of end grain wood, exposing the character of the concentric rings and graining. Unique in appearance and eminently function, Wood Age is a new generation of Porcelain tile. Visit to see the complete Wood Age Collection. more

Blending technology and design
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To help providers deliver efficient and effective care, improve communication and create a better environment for patients and staff, designers are finding clever ways to integrate technology into health care interiors. More

A recycling company's new office reflects its ethics
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A recycling business that began as a shoestring startup recently transformed 20,000 square feet of warehouse space into a new office — all the while wondering, "As our company grows up, does our office space have to do the same?" More

Enter the 2012 ASID Design Awards

The entry period for the 2012 ASID Design Awards opens Oct. 15. The ASID Design Awards honor those who have made significant contributions toward the advancement of the profession, while exemplifying a commitment to enhancing quality of life through interior design.

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Mexico City project goes underground
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"Ambitious architecture" and "Mexico City" seldom appear in the same sentence because of the government's strict building code, but one firm is thinking outside the box — or underneath the surface. BNKR Arquitectura has unveiled plans to build an underground structure, dubbed the "Earthscraper," in the city's main square. The massive project adheres to local regulations — by extending 65 stories below ground, instead of skyward. More

How does interior design make gamblers want to come back?
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So, how do you design a guest room to make a gambler want to come back, especially when they spend so little time there? MGM Resorts International's director of interior design shares insights about how to create a space that contributes to a business' bigger picture. More

Security. Convenience. Style.

Baldwin is pleased to introduce its latest security advancement, a keyless entry door lock. It features convenient one-touch locking with decorative hardware's only motorized deadbolt and two customizable access codes-one for family, one for temporary access. The keyless lock is easy to install in a standard door prep and can be integrated with wireless home automation systems utilizing Home Connect™ technology.

Hotel interior design: The business case
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Hotel interior design is an important factor for guests and can increase customer satisfaction. It also can act as a benchmark for the levels of service, quality and comfort a guest expects. Good interior design is more important to the hotel industry now than ever before. More

Art used to calm hospital patients
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A bicycling accident sent artist Angharad Rees to a U.K. hospital, where she found a new calling: creating artwork that can blend with existing interiors to create relaxing, therapeutic environments for patients. More

Learning spaces that make the grade
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Design elements within learning spaces play an important role in enabling teaching and learning outcomes. However, one critical tool has been overlooked: the physical design of learning spaces. More


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4 award-winning tips for designing kitchen islands
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Homeowners almost always want an island when the time comes to remodel their kitchens, but a poorly designed or ill-planned island can cause more problems than it solves. Learn four tips for crafting the perfect kitchen island. More

The value of choice
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Authors Lauren Leotti and Mauricio Delgado, in "The Inherent Reward of Choice," have unearthed additional evidence that providing choices is a good idea. Extrapolating from this and other research, it is safe to conclude that people participating in the design process itself and users who are able to customize spaces for their varying needs relish choosing. More

Downsizing the medical office
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As downward pressure on health care provider compensation continues, the necessity for efficiency in medical office space increasingly is essential to maintaining profitability. Here are five suggestions on how to save space — and thus save money. More

Greenbuild audience encouraged to face challenges with innovation
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In a world that is becoming, like the title of his bestselling book, "hot, flat and crowded," The New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman challenged Greenbuild attendees to continue innovating despite the world's "grim" political and economic environment. More

New system renders objects into existing photographs
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A group of students from the University of Illinois have demonstrated a ground-breaking system that allows a user to insert synthetic objects into legacy photographs quickly and easily. The application could help interior designers show clients a shockingly realistic representation of their work — before it takes place. More Artwork Done Right

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Walt Disney's Favorite Chair is Back
Walt Disney Signature & Avant Gallery are proud to launch the re-imagined Airline_009 Chair designed by Cory Grosser, bringing the classic design of the original Airline Chair from 1934 back to life. Solid machined walnut frame with a fine leather upholstery in 10 beautiful colors. Made in the USA.

A case study in multibranding
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One of the few silver linings of the recent recession has been the number of strong firms willing to discuss merging under reasonable terms. Prior to the recession, most strong firms were happy to continue solo or to talk only if the terms were extremely generous. Now many good firms are rethinking their strategic plans and actively seeking partners that can help them achieve their strategic goals. More

The price is right
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Through the years, clients typically paid an hourly rate for time to design and execute an interior, while at the same time paying a markup or "split discount" on the price for the furnishings bought for resale to the client. That's changing. Recently, a great deal of interest has centered on replacing the conventional model based on "time and materials" with the more progressive model based on fees worthy of a professional. Why is this transition happening, and who is making it? More


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Do you know where you're going?
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For many organizations, including The Center for Health Design, this economy fundamentally changed how we do business. We are leaner and more efficient, having been forced to be smarter about how and why we work. But because everyone is doing more with less, the focus has shifted to "doing" instead of "thinking." It's important to understand why we're doing things — and where we're going. More

Peggy's better bio will build her business
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Peggy Morgans used to have a boring website biography — very boring. But the bio is a design professional's most important marketing tool. It differentiates and brands you, and it does the bragging online so you don't have to do it in person. More

MechoSystems presents the McDonough Iceland Collection™

Recyclable shadecloths developed with William McDonough and inspired by his photographs are PVC-free, Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM, and can be recycled indefinitely.
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5 things you should know when considering self-employment
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After leaving a career as a financial analyst, one interior designer identifies five key points to consider before you make the leap to self-employment. More

Stop procrastinating — now
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It seems no one is immune to the tendency to procrastinate. When someone asked Ernest Hemingway how to write a novel, his response was, "First you defrost the refrigerator." But putting off tasks takes a big toll on our productivity and psyche. Procrastination is not inevitable. Figuring out why you postpone work and then taking concrete steps to prevent it will help you get more done and feel good about yourself. More

Avoid these simple grammar goofs in your marketing
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Many business owners did not pay attention in English class. After all, they were too busy dreaming about the company they wanted to start. But using poor grammar in your company's marketing — or any of its communications — reflects poorly on the business and the owner. More

Case Studies: Sound Masking
Moving your employees from enclosed offices to a primarily open-plan space? Pursuing LEED® credits for your facility and concerned about the impact that green choices will have on acoustics? See how two companies successfully solved their speech privacy and noise concerns by installing the LogiSon sound masking system. 
Textured & Colored Planks
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Junckers Hardwood introduces the highly anticipated Design collection featuring fifteen unique textured and colored boards. The collection offers modern, dramatic, and traditional styles for commercial and residential use. Click here to view the collection. Please contact Junckers at 800-878-9663 to request samples.
Clements Fall Estate Auction
Don't miss Clements Fall Estate Auction September 25th at 2:00pm, featuring the estate of Dr. Hossein Massoud. Fine persian rugs, period furnishings, collectibles, works of art, and much more. Bid live online, in real time, at Since 1938, we have been bringing you and your clients nothing but the very best. Clements Antiques, the Largest in the South.
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