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5 office designs to increase productivity
The Wall Street Journal
Designers and architects have pondered how to design an office to encourage productivity for more than 100 years. In the early 20th century, offices resembled factories. Starting in the 1960s layouts changed to foster teamwork. And by the beginning of the 21st century, office design sought to inspire creativity. "Under each fad, there were ideas ahead of their time," says Stephen Apking, an interior design partner at the architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP.
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Flagship stores mix community, service and experience
PSFK
Two concept stores in Berlin are pushing the brand experience in new ways with their designs. Miele's refined exhibition subtly highlighted its product range, while beauty brand Nivea piled their wares high and used color as a customer engagement tool.
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Now serving: Kitchen and facilities design in hospitality
WTF via Sun Star
In the hospitality industry where competition is cutthroat, restaurateurs and practitioners understand that good design is a distinct competitive advantage. When a concept is brought to life, several factors are considered — including kitchen layout and design, energy efficiency, conservation of natural resources — while getting the most effective use of available space.
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The 700-page catalog of color — created 3 centuries before Pantone existed
Fast Company's Co.Create
The Pantone Color Guide was first published in 1963 as a way to help graphic artists standardize and match colors. But Pantone's founder was 271 years late in creating the world's definitive color palette.
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IIDA NEWS


Join IIDA for black-tie evening of celebration at COOL 2014
IIDA
The IIDA annual black-tie gala, COOL, is a special evening to honor the winners of two of the most prestigious competitions in the Interior Design profession: the 41st Annual Interior Design Competition and the 22nd Annual Will Ching Design Competition. Join your colleagues Sunday, June 8, at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago for this international design celebration! Purchase tickets online, download the COOL reservation form or email Aisha Williams for more information.
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Now open: IIDA/Contract Magazine Showroom & Booth Design Competition
IIDA
Have you submitted your entry for the IIDA/Contract Magazine Showroom & Booth Design Competition? Be recognized for 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. Submit your entry before the May 30 deadline!
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INDUSTRY NEWS


China acquires high-end hospitality design
Forbes
A Chinese firm now has a provocative new capability that could catapult it to the forefront of global hospitality design. Do they appreciate the legacy behind it?
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Can LEED v4 impact your interiors project?
Buildings
Focusing on improvements inside the envelope, LEED for Commercial Interiors has been the LEED system of choice since its inception for tenants who don't own the buildings they occupy or owners who can't touch the exterior. Find out how the certification's three biggest changes could affect your project.
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What's driving green building in multifamily housing
Ecobuilding Pulse
In the fourth of six reports on what drives the decision-making process in high-performance building, Ecobuilding Pulse looks at where multifamily housing officials stand when it comes to green building.
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BUSINESS & OPERATIONS


The 1 trait needed by new hires, leaders alike: Humility
Harvard Business Review
In a global marketplace where problems are increasingly complex, no one person will ever have all the answers. That's why Google's SVP of People Operations, Lazlo Bock, says humility is one of the traits he seeks in new hires.
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3 tips for building lasting relationships with your clients
Epoch Times
A small-business owner must have hundreds — maybe even thousands — of sales conversations over the course of a year in order to grow the business. There are plenty of opportunities for authentic connections, shared insights and the occasional foot-in-mouth moment. Here are a few ways to ensure you're connecting and putting your best foot forward — instead of in your mouth.
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