Eye on Design (ASID)
Sep. 13, 2013

Smart Devices for Every Corner of the Home
When you talk about smart appliances, the first things that come to mind for most people are Wi-Fi enabled washing machines or refrigerators with touchscreens built into the door. But some of the smartest upgrades of all might actually lie in the world of home automation, where an explosion of new smart gadgets is offering homeowners entirely new levels of functionality for their day-to-day lives.
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REGREEN Focuses on Healthy Interiors
Have you registered yet for the REGREEN Implementation Workshop? There's still time to join your colleagues Sept. 24 in Denver! REGREEN fills an important niche in the marketplace, helping design professionals create sustainable, healthy interiors. Learn more and sign up today!More

ASID Foundation Research Grants: Call for Submissions
ASID Foundation
The ASID Foundation is pleased to announce the third annual Interior Design Research Grant Program, TRANSFORM, awarding $105,000 in grants to design-related initiatives that address critical gaps in industry knowledge. Research proposals are due Sept. 27. To learn more about this year's research topic, eligibility or to download the 2013 RFP, click here.More

Gain Business Insights and Earn CEU Credits
The Society's Business Strategies course program focuses on providing designers with the tools and knowledge needed to succeed and excel in today's changing marketplace. IDCEC-approved course topics include Finance 101 for Interior Design Businesses, Sustainability Action Plan, Business Ethics and Principles and more. All courses are available on-demand. Visit www.asidvirtualprofessor.org to learn more.More

IDCEC Numbers Now Available on My ASID and the IDCEC Websites
ASID members requiring CEUs may now find their IDCEC number on My ASID and on the IDCEC website. This number is required in order to sign into IDCEC to access transcripts, retrieve certificates of completion, warehouse CEUs, register CEUs and more. Your IDCEC number is also required when attending CEU eligible events. And don't forget, 2013 is a CEU deadline year — ASID members requiring CEUs must complete 0.6 CEUs by Dec. 31, 2013. For more information on CEUs, click here.More

Greenbuild 2013 Early Bird Pricing Ends Today
Greenbuild, Nov. 20-22 in Philadelphia, is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. ASID encourages all members to attend this important event, which includes IDCEC and other CEU accredited educational sessions, networking opportunities and more. Get early registration pricing if you sign up by the close of business Friday, Sept. 13.More

Maison & Objet 2013 Offers Glimpse of Fall Trends
This week, Dwell editors are in Paris for the 2013 fall edition of the design and interiors trade show Maison & Objet. While touring the 1.5 million square feet of exhibition space, they have been picking out the best home products, textiles, decorative and design accessories, lighting and furniture. More

Colours for Hotels: Pioneering Research-Based Reference Guide
Following the success of their first two publications, Creating Hospitality Design and 101 Hotel Rooms, Corinna Kretschmar-Joehnk, co-managing director of JOI-Design, conceived this new book in partnership with Professor Axel Venn, an expert in color physiology and psychology, and trend researcher Janina Venn-Rosky. As the first academic study to specifically investigate color design for hotel environments, its content is based not only upon JOI-Design's extensive interior design experience but also upon research conducted especially for this report.More

Visionaries Aim to Make Underwater Living a Reality
The Financial Times
Undersea restaurants, hotels and homes: It sounds like the stuff of science fantasy, but some of today's high-end designers are seeking to build below the waves. Fifty years after Jacques Cousteau's first Conshelf was built off the coast near Marseille, the idea, if not quite the practice, of underwater living is coming back into fashion.More

Wooden Pods Offer a New Type of Warehouse Living
Australian design collective SIBLING created a series of sleeping pods designed for urban spaces like warehouses and lofts, optimizing space and providing different types of storage. The wooden dwellings are meant to be temporary sleeping quarters, providing a hybrid live-work space at a time when the real estate landscape is shifting toward renting and subletting.More

Color Palette Shifting to a More Sophisticated Look
The Color Marketing Group predicts the cheerful, chromatic color palette of last year is shifting to adopt a more sophisticated, mature look.More

Coldwell Banker Launches Film Festival to Capture the Meaning of "Home"
Brand Channel
What is the true value of a home? U.S.-based real estate brokerage Coldwell Banker has kicked off a 10-day international film festival to showcase the meaning of "home" from points around the world.More

Making DIY Design Pay Off for You
Interior Design Resource Agency
IDRA expert Lloyd Princeton offers insight on dealing with the challenges of DIY home designers and the effect the trend has on the current interior design market. The key, Princeton said, is how interior designers position themselves in a market that ultimately still relies on professional advice and instruction.More

The ABCs of "Hire Tough, Manage Easy"
Mel Kleiman
When you make it a practice to "hire tough," everything else gets easier. "Hire tough" managers know exactly who they're looking for and refuse to lower their standards. They cover all the bases — from A to Z — and create a win/win situation for employee and employer alike.More

LinkedIn is Underrated
K+BB Collective
LinkedIn it allows you to develop relationships within your community. This one social media tool can also provide valuable insights about your prospective client's background.More

Creating Slack: The Quick Scheduling Trick to Make Your Week Productive
Fast Company
Constantly canceling appointments, showing up late and rushing from thing to thing is a terrible way to spend your time. The answer? Build slack into your schedule. Here's how.More

Instagram: Ads Are on the Way
The popular photo-sharing app Instagram has become one of the world's largest social networks, recently topping 150 million monthly users. Now the company is developing a plan to introduce ads in order to turn a profit. More

"Smart" Homes Help Wounded Warriors Regain Independence
The Fayetteville Observer
When retired Air Force Tech Sgt. Joe Wilkinson and his family entered their new, custom-designed "smart" home last December, it was a dream come true. Wilkinson, who lost the use of his legs while deployed in the Middle East, participated in a joint program of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Gary Sinise Foundation. The organizations build homes for U.S. servicemen who are amputees.More

7 Kitchen Flooring Materials to Boost Cooking Comfort
Many people love the look of polished concrete floors in kitchens, but concrete — along with other nonresilient floor surfaces, such as stone, ceramic and porcelain tile — can take a toll on the body's joints. Fortunately there are plenty of softer, resilient kitchen flooring types available that are as functional as they are good-looking.More

Designing for the Generations
Kitchen & Bath Design News
Society is often quick to categorize people according to everything from ethnicity to age. Age in particular comes into play quite frequently in the kitchen and bath design industry, where clients are often labeled according to their stage of life.More

Swiss-Army Bathroom: Spine-Inspired Space-Saving Design
Web Urbanist
With a central feature resembling a giant-sized Swiss Army knife, this bathroom features a NASA-worthy, space-age modular design idea.More

SHADE: A Cool Idea in Solar Design
Team ASUNM, a collaboration of ASU's Design School and UNM's School of Architecture and Planning, will be competing in this year's Solar Decathlon with their project SHADE. Designed with active older couples in mind, the prototype will serve as a living lab, incorporating as many sustainable practices as practical, to conduct an ongoing, long-term energy flow monitoring and analysis.More

NARI, GreenStar Form Alliance to Encourage Green Remodeling Practices
Building Online
The National Association of the Remodeling Industry and GreenStar have formed a strategic alliance to provide green training and certification to the remodeling community. They want to focus on the holistic view of the house and its interactive systems, including areas such as energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, water conservation, resource efficiency and site and community impact.More

The Healthy Materials Myth
The Huffington Post
In recent years, architects and builders have shown a growing interest in identifying and removing harmful substances in the products used to make buildings. It's a sign of significant progress. But does taking the toxic chemicals out of a material really make it "healthy"?More

Smart Devices for Every Corner of the Home
Some of the smartest upgrades might lie in home automation, where an explosion of new smart gadgets is offering homeowners new levels of functionality.More

Behold, Pantone's Color of Spring 2014
Refinery 29
Pantone's color of spring 2014 was just announced… and chances are you already own it. Introducing — dazzling blue, a peppy shade of cobalt.More

Household Trends: Change in Design Clients?
Michael J. Berens
A new U.S. Census Bureau report presents a number of demographic changes in U.S. households that could have a significant impact on the interior design industry.More

Eero Saarinen's TWA Terminal to Become a Luxury Hotel
Fast Company's Co.Design
Hotelier Andre Balazs of Standard fame will transform the site into the Standard, Flight Center. The New York Port Authority promises it will ensure the preservation of Saarinen's architectural vision while working with Balasz Properties to create a "one-of-a-kind hotel and conference center in the heart of JFK's central terminal area."More

Why iPads Are the New Retail Design Must-Have
The rise of mobile commerce and superpower payment system Square have made the iPad the hottest point-of-sale system around, and integrating the device into business models has shot up the priority list for many companies. Incorporating the tablet into retail design presents opportunities as well as challenges.More

Better Office Design Isn't Just About Open Space; Here's a New Theory
Open offices have eliminated the corner office, packed up the cubicles and unhinged all forms of separation between task areas, all in the name of collaboration and team building. But is office design really a one-size-fits-all project? Can we build better office culture by tearing down walls?More

Cost-Effective Healthcare Design for the Long Haul
Health Facilities Management
Evidence continues to mount that patients' and visitors' impressions of a healthcare facility's interiors directly relate to customer satisfaction. Knowing this, most facilities support and budget for attractive, welcoming environments in the planning stages. The larger challenge is keeping the spaces attractive, functional and hospital-grade clean 10 years down the road.More

Donald and Ivanka Trump Unveil Plans for Glitzy Hotel at Old Post Office Pavilion
The Washington Post
Some 40 years ago it was considered the ugly duckling downtown, a dated building that needed to be demolished to make way for a new complex of beaux-arts-style federal offices. Now the Old Post Office Pavilion is primed to become the pinnacle of Washington, D.C., luxury, a hotel by Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka outfitted with 271 guest rooms, a massive ballroom, high-end restaurants and two opulent suites in what were once the offices of the postmaster general.More