ASID Eye on Design
Oct. 28, 2011

New era for intelligent home design
AFriendlyHouse.com
Designer and journalist Lynette Evans has started a blog devoted to the "friendly house." A friendly house is one that is designed and built to ensure the safety and comfort of everyone — young and old, able and physically challenged — without sacrificing style and beauty, using the principles of Universal Design. In addition to the friendly house blog, the friendly house website offers a wealth of ideas and knowledge resources, including smart project reports, a gallery of smart spaces, product reviews, a portal for feedback and questions and more.
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Innovation, reinvention shape the future of design
The Editor at Large
Panelists at Fall Market in October discussed everything from innovative new platforms to digital interaction with potential clients to business expansion. The consensus: Changes are certain, and forward-thinking interior designers will adapt with the times.More

Record interiors 2011
Architectural Record
Architectural Record picks some of the best interiors for 2011 but finds they all share a common trait: Like a barometer of the times, each project reflects the pragmatic realities of 21st-century design. In every case, the designers address exacting programs and budgets by synchronizing divergent styles and eras, in often surprising ways, with innovative materials and technologies.More

Now is your chance: Share your funniest interior design moment!
MultiView
Interior designers — you know it has happened to you. You have that one crazy, unbelievable, off-the-wall, absolutely hilarious story about your industry that just has to be shared! Well, get ready for the chance to profit from your on-the-job experience! MultiView is looking for the funniest stories out there. Tell us about yours! If your story is chosen as one of the best, you will win a $500 gift card — PLUS you will get to see your story come to life as part of a professional production! Don't wait. Submit your true story now! More

Remodeling spending expected to soften in 2012
Builder
Remodeling expenditures seemed to be peaking through the first nine months of 2011. In the third quarter alone, they hit an annualized estimate of $116.8 billion, the highest this activity has been since the first quarter of 2009. But remodeling spending is expected to dip precipitously during the next six months, according to the latest Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity published by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. More

GreenBuild 2011: Recap from Toronto
K+BB
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the GreenBuild Conference & Expo, held in Toronto in early October, brought together professionals from every sector to focus on sustainability, green building and the things that will affect building in the future. Be sure to catch the second part of the report as well. More

UK: Design as important as cooking at new generation of restaurants
The Independent
You don't need to be a food critic to know the restaurant experience is about far more than what's on your plate. And a spate of recent openings and relaunches suggests delicious decor is a higher priority than ever for many restaurateurs.More

Finer points of fabric and upholstery
Dering Hall
Quality springs and padding are integral to upholstered furniture, but it's the fabric and tailoring that will give a finished piece character and flair. Brush up on these tips for evaluating fabric to make the right choice for each piece. More

Educating affluent consumers about the value of hiring a designer
JustLuxe
Interior designers provide valuable services, yet consumers rarely understand thevalue of hiring a professional. Autumn Conrad, public relations manager at ASID, educates consumers about the value of hiring an interior designer.More

Top 10 etageres
Elle Decor
Two designers debate the merits of the etageres, evaluating how these sculptural yet practical shelving units truly stack up.More

Office design: Stealthy saboteur?
Research Design Connections
Shared workspace — the ubiquitous "cubes" of the modern office — are great for fostering communication and creativity, but they can lead to increased sick days, according to Danish research. More

Passport to recovery
Interiors & Sources
The design for the new University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital turns the recovery process into a virtual safari with the help of a colorful palette and 15 storytelling friends.More

California design: Living in a modern way
Specs + Spaces
In the mid-20th century, California was a hotbed of creativity, where designers were able to experiment freely away from the establishments of New York and Europe. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents this landmark exhibition dedicated to the California modernist tradition, "California Design 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way, LA."More

Interior design website woes
Interior Design Business
Their websites are hindering rather than helping many design professionals: That's the conclusion Fred Berns reached after reviewing hundreds of sites of designers, window fashion professionals, kitchen and bath specialists, architects, industry partners and others throughout North America.More

Designer shares insights of working with clients
Home Accents Today
Interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, speaking at the High Point Market Authority's semi-annual Market Trend Breakfast Monday, said it's important to let clients and the architecture of a space define the design process. More

Make the transition from employee to entrepreneur
Small Business Trends
Small Business Trends writes a lot about how to grow your business, but what about those of you who either want to start a business, or who have started one but are still working your "other" 9-to-5?More