ASID Eye on Design
Dec. 4, 2009

Sustainability among top restaurant trends for 2010
The American Culinary Federation’s more than 1,800 member chefs selected sustainability as one of the top restaurant trends of the coming year in the National Restaurant Association's annual survey. The chefs also rated environmentally friendly equipment as the top kitchen equipment trend, and the hottest restaurant concept in 2010 as restaurants with gardens.More

Celebrating the great indoors
The Great Indoors
Marres, the Centre for Contemporary Culture in Maastricht, the Netherlands, recently announced the winners of the 2009 Great Indoors interior design awards. Presented biennially, the international competition seeks to recognize the importance of superlative (realized) projects and to raise the overall quality of interior design. Winners, who share a cash prize, were awarded in five categories: retail, leisure, work, public and firm of the year.More

What happens when green becomes code?
Interiors & Sources
According to Liberty Building Forensics Group, the inevitable is about to happen—and most people don't even know it's coming. Green buildings are going to become, by codification, the law of the land. For some firms, this will mean business as usual. For other firms, this change will be cataclysmic.More

Nine consecutive gains for pending home sales
Pending home sales have risen for nine months in a row, a first for the series of the index since its inception in 2001, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said home sales are experiencing a pendulum swing. "Keep in mind that housing had been underperforming over most of the past year. Based on the demographics of our growing population, existing-home sales should be in the range of 5.5 million to 6.0 million annually, but we were well below the 5-million mark before the home buyer tax credit stimulus," he said. Yun cautioned that home sales could dip in the months ahead.More

Where can consumption-fatigued West meet consumption-hungry East?
One of Singapore's top designers, Feng Zhu, asked a pointed question to a panel of mostly Western designers at the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design conference that got the mostly Asian crowd really buzzing. "How much does making money drive design and how much does saving things?" It's one thing for the rich, consumerist West to begun to shift to a post-consumerist, sustainable society and quite another for Asia, which is just beginning to get the wealth to buy nice things to be told to give them up in the name of the planet.More

U.S. hotels on track for 2011 recovery
Hospitatlity Design
Smith Travel Research last week issued a forecast calling for the U.S. hotel industry's rates, revenue, and occupancy to begin a recovery in 2011. The firm said that the current construction pipeline should be mostly completed by 2011, with growth for the year projected at 0.8 percent. At the same time, demand will grow by 3.2 percent during 2011. This will lead to a 2.4 percent year-over-year increase in occupancy, a 3 percent increase in average daily rate, and a 5.5 percent increase in revenue per available room, according to the report.More

The rise and fall of Design Within Reach
Fast Company
The once pioneering online retailer has been rocked by leadership changes, lack of focus and ill-advised business strategies. Fast Company provides an in-depth look at the making and breaking of a brand.More

Memory through furniture
There's something simple yet provocative about Marcus Abrahamsson and Kristoffer Fagerström's Frame benches at the student cafeteria at Konstfack in Sweden. The designers aimed to create loosely assembled benches that would shift and wear so that over time a memory of the people who had been there would begin to show.More

Commercial innovations lead way for green homes
San Francisco Chronicle
First-generation sustainable concepts often innovated in commercial buildings and government offices are increasingly migrating to homes and condominiums. They first appear on big projects where larger economies of scale and competition make ideas get used more quickly.More