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Are work spaces keeping up with workplace changes?
Knoll
Knoll Research has compiled "Shaping the Dynamic Workplace," a report that analyzes all the trends affecting office design. In one telling infographic, researchers highlight a clear need for faster innovation in workplace design.
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Hotels light up to influence human behavior
Sourceable
Hotels have long been utilizing furnishings, art, and lighting to evoke emotion and create mood and ambiance for guests. Now, lighting is emerging as the most important of the three and is being called on to "work the room" in more ways than simply providing practical illumination.
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The rap against office cubicles
The Kansas City Star
Countless stories over the past few decades touted the wide-open office workspace — the "cubicle farm" — as an office tool to increase productivity, communication and morale. Some studies say they've done the opposite. Still, driven by space- and money-saving reasons, the movement away from private offices continues. And standard cubicle spaces are shrinking to 6 by 6 feet, down from 9 by 9.
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Calvin Klein redesigns with visual counterpoint in mind
Retail Design World
Calvin Klein has introduced a new look for its underwear stores across Europe, seeking to introduce a sense of youthful vitality while maintaining the brand's iconic interiors. Find out how the design team met the challenges inherent in such a task and produced a "multilayered experience."
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The secrets of lighting the way for interior design
Bloomberg Business
Thomas O'Brien, founder and president at Aero Studios, and William Rudin, chief executive officer at Rudin Management Company, recently joined "Bloomberg Surveillance" to discuss the importance of lighting in interior design and the preservation of old New York style.
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Sit-stand desk trends shifts up a gear
Officing Today
Adjustable height desks aren't new, yet it seems demand for this style of flexible workplace furniture is gathering momentum.
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  BOLD One Collection

Offering surface, storage, and complete height adjustability, BOLD One takes customized workspaces to a whole new level. It couldn’t be simpler to adjust the height of the desk and any attached returns. From 22 to 48 inches, the surface and all its storage move at the touch of a button.
 


The lightbulb takes 'Flyte'
PSFK
Swedish designer Simon Morris has combined Tesla's laws of induction with Edison's bulb. The result: A lightbulb that floats in mid-air, delivering LED light with no connections or batteries.
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The psychology of color, summed up in a box of pencils
Fast Company's Co.Design
That color subtly affects behavior, mood, and thought is something most people know intuitively and that psychologists have backed up with research.
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IIDA announces 2015 Eric Engstrom Best of Competition Award at HD Expo
IIDA
IIDA is proud to announce that Fossil by Stone Source is the winner of the19th Annual IIDA/HD Product Design Competition, 2015 Eric Engstrom Best of Competition Award. Products are judged for design innovation, technical advancements, cost and value, environmental responsibility, aesthetics, need, and usage within hospitality applications. For more information on this and other IIDA competitions please visit the iida.org website.
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IIDA/Contract Magazine Showroom & Booth Design Competition: Enter now!
IIDA
The IIDA/Contract Magazine Showroom & Booth Design Competition honors originality of design, visual impact, effective use of materials, and the outstanding use of space, color, texture, lighting, and graphics in showrooms and booths at NeoCon. Winners will be featured in an upcoming issue of Contract magazine and on the IIDA and Merchandise Mart websites. Submit your entry by Friday, May 25.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Introducing the ECONYL® Global Collection

The new ECONYL® Global Collection offers an expanded color line of 138 unique options. Take your design to the next level with Aquafil USA's 100 percent regenerated Nylon 6 carpet fiber. These bold and vibrant colors allow for endless design possibility.
 


INDUSTRY NEWS


London: The next great tech and design city?
Fast Company's Co.Design
Forget Silicon Valley and New York. If you care about technology and design, look across the pond to London, says New York's Museum of Modern Art.
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Beta site aims to attract shopfitting professionals
Retailand
A new site featuring thousands of retail design photos could be professionals' solution to inspiration, sourcing, and finding the right business associates for your next projet.
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Obama Library and Museum to be in Chicago
Contract
After weeks of speculation, the Barack Obama Foundation formally announced May 12 that the Barack Obama Presidential Library and Museum will be built on the South Side of Chicago.
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  Koncept - Contemporary LED Lighting

Koncept designs and manufactures high-end LED task lighting for commercial and residential use. Our design team focuses on combining minimal, sleek aesthetics with cutting-edge and efficient technologies to create lighting solutions that complement and illuminate any space. Visit our upcoming booths at ICFF and NeoCon to see for yourself.
 


BUSINESS & OPERATIONS


5 things you can do to prevent burnout
Joe Stein on LinkedIn
Health and lifestyle coach Joe Stein recently addressed a national convention that sought to offer advice on staving off burnout. These are five tips he shared to achieve the work/life balance needed to reduce daily stress.
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B2C communications on Facebook: What has changed over the years?
Linchi Kwok
Facebook recently reported 1.44 billion monthly active users — 936 million of whom access the website every day. Therefore, Facebook continues to be an essential social media platform for business communications.
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How to show trustworthiness in a job interview
Harvard Business Review
Most advice about job interviews is about how to assess a candidate's skills, if you're the interviewer, and how to demonstrate your skills if you're the candidate — so you will come across as smart and motivated. And there, right out of the gate, we've got a problem.
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