ASID Eye on Design
May 21, 2010

Future corporate design trends
Contract Magazine
Earlier this year, Bill Bouchey made a bold career change, moving from a position as design principal at Mancini Duffy to become the design director for M Moser, a global architecture firm specializing in corporate office environments. As a 20-year industry veteran and board member for Contract magazine, Bouchey's experience and dedication, as well as passion, are truly inspiring. Bouchey took a few moments to speak with Contract and share some of his goals and design aspirations, as well as current trends in corporate design.More

Bringing WiFi to doctors' offices
Medical Office Today
People use WiFi to access the Internet through laptops and other mobile devices in coffee shops, hotels, office buildings and many other environments. Doctors' offices, clinics and hospitals are the newest locales where WiFi hotspots are popping up, allowing busy patients and visitors to surf the web, check e-mail and handle computer work while they wait to see their healthcare providers. Physician practices that choose to offer WiFi to their patients usually make it available in the reception/waiting area. Some have even set up a separate area within the waiting room that is designated for WiFi and equipped with computers.More

Microhotel pods offer onsite respite for travelers
A Barcelona company, Dream and Fly, has designed a series of luxury low-cost accommodations to be installed in airports and train stations for people in transit who need a private place to rest, without going to a hotel. The modular pods, which come in three sizes, are just like micro-hotel rooms that can be rented by the hour and are equipped with a comfortable bed, a foldable table, Internet, an LCD monitor and a bathroom.More

New floor area measurement standard accredited
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has accredited the BOMA International area measurement standard, Industrial Buildings: Standard Methods of Measurement. The standard (ANSI/BOMA Z.65.2-2009), developed by BOMA International and the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors, provides guidance on how to measure the floor area of industrial buildings.More

Pantone shows its colors in new hotel
Hospitality Net
Pantone LLC, a leading authority on color, has opened the PANTONE HOTEL in Brussels. Designed by Belgian interior designer Michel Penneman and Belgian architect Olivier Hannaert, each of the hotel's seven floors displays different color palettes to complement guests' emotions—whether vivid or subdued. Guest rooms provide a canvas of white walls and bedding for saturated pops of vibrant color. Rooms feature photographic installations created by renowned Belgian photographer Victor Levy that include a spectrum of vibrant PANTONE Colors to create a unique ambiance in each room.More

New film depicts "the maddening, rewarding world of design people"
Journalist and architecture historian Alexandra Lange, who blogs for Design Observer, revels in the new film, Please Give, about a couple who own a vintage furniture shop. In one scene, the wife's parents call them "vultures." But "they aren't vultures," argues Lange, "they are design people. And this is the first film I can remember that shows how maddening and how rewarding they are to live with."More

Inside an artist's library
Judd Library
Minimalist artist Donald Judd, who revolutionized practices and attitudes around the design of environments for the display of art, was an avid reader and collector of books. The Judd Foundation, which serves to preserve his live/work spaces in New York and Marfa, Texas, has created an astounding web portal that allows you to literally browse his bookshelves by scrolling through interactive photos of the actual shelves and click to reveal the title, author and publication information.More

Touring the best of ICFF
Fast Company
Fast Company blogger Ken Carbone walks the floor at ICFF, checking out the products from this year's 16 Editors Awards winners. Categories include seating, carpeting, lighting, materials, accessories, textiles and "body of work."More

Crazy 80s turning classic?
Design Crisis
The crazy 80s are back in a big way. Are you prepared for New Wave nostalgia? Design Crisis blogger Erin Williamson takes a neon-tinted look at the career of Italian designer Ettore Sottsass, whose "Memphis school" helped define 80s interiors.More

Builders of 55+ housing say market conditions remain weak
Nation's Building News
Builder confidence in the mature-housing market remained weak during this year’s first quarter, according to the latest 55+ Housing Market Index from NAHB. "The 55+ segment of the market is still stalled in most regions," said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. "Since the builders' potential buyers are having difficulty selling their existing property, they are unable to move to a more appropriate home." In addition, Crowe noted that "many 55+ buyers and renters are concerned about their current job security, and may be holding off on any decision to move until the economy becomes more predictable."More