ASID Eye on Design
Sept. 18, 2009

High-End Consumer Segment Shows Signs of Recovery
from Custom Home Online
According to the latest "Luxury Tracking Report: Consumer Spending Trends" survey conducted by marketing consulting firm Unity Marketing, a year-over-year increase in spending on luxury goods and services suggests that affluent consumers' economic confidence is bouncing back. For a majority of those surveyed, the worst of the recession appears to be over, with 48 percent predicting that their personal financial situations will improve over the next 12 months. More

Problems with Pricing
In this challenging economic climate, careful consideration of fees is critically important. If you are forced into taking deep discounts to secure new work, don’t just give up the ship. Instead, the prospective loss must be well managed. Decide in advance how much you are willing to risk — and lose — in order to do the work. More

Sherwin-Williams Forecasts Design Trends for 2010
from Hospitality Design
Sherwin-Williams introduced its "Colormix 2010 Color Forecast" in a Webinar late last week. The paint company identified four burgeoning trends that reflect the national post-recession mood. More

Kamakura Starbucks Concept Shop
from PSFK
As part of a series of innovative concept shops in Japan, the Kamakura Starbucks is designed to resemble a wooden Japanese-style home. The shop is located in Sagami Bay in the city of Kamakura. It features high ceilings and an open plan space with the standard communal tables and sofas. The shop really diverts from the norm with its addition of terrace seating around a backyard pool. More

The Young and Moneyed Dwell in D.C.
from Multi-Housing News
A new demographic report from Nielsen Claritas finds that 16 of the top 50 counties where the highest concentration of the young and wealthy live in the Washington, D.C. area. This demographic—those aged 25-34 who are making over $100,000 annually—is also prevalent in the high-density areas of San Francisco, New York City and Chicago. More

GREENGUARD Features Nursery Designed for IAQ at Kids Expo
from Interiors & Sources
The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI), recently debuted an innovative nursery at the 2009 ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas The nursery/booth is built entirely with GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified® low-emitting products, including furniture, flooring, walls, paint, textiles and furnishings. The exhibit reflects a nursery seen in many homes complete with crib, changing table and children’s play furniture. More

Housing Starts in U.S. Probably Increased to Nine-Month High
from Bloomberg
Builders in the U.S. probably broke ground in August on the most houses in nine months, another sign the industry that precipitated the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression is stabilizing, economists said before reports. More

Ames Cottage: A Small Space Marvel with Historic Roots
from Inhabitat
"One trend we noticed in this year's AIA Homes Tours in San Francisco was how the frugal use of floor space and an abundance of natural light can add volume to otherwise downsized floor plans. Boor Bridges Architects managed to do just this in the adaptive re-use of a 1940s tap dancing studio, formerly used by famed dancer Betty Mae, into a kind of urban luxury cottage marked by modern minimalism and subtle hints of years past. More

A Healthy Dose of Color
from Healthcare Design
For the healthcare design professional, specifying a patient room color palette is a little like color forecasting: specifying surface and furnishing colorations that will remain trendy for several years but yet still be consistent with the latest design-related, evidence-based research. But when you consider the limited availability of color research for the healthcare setting, specifying color is increasingly difficult, so why not seek evidence from mainstream science and the basic tenant of color: light is color and color is light. More