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Libraries reclaiming their luster
Sourceable
While the use of paper books might be diminishing, their traditional home — the library — is at the forefront of interior design. Both public libraries and those within educational institutions are working to enter the digital age, enhance the user experience and create community spaces that offer more than just beanbags for reading and borrowing services.
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Managing the acoustics of open, high-performance workplaces
FacilitiesNet
High-performance workplaces can be an ideal environment for employees, allowing easy collaboration and communication in shared spaces. But these attributes can also be an Achilles’ heel because the spaces are often open, giving workers less individual space, less privacy, and increased noise. Properly managing the acoustics of open spaces, however, can help by controlling the noise level and giving workers options for private conversations and group discussions.
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This office looks more like a home than a workplace
Contemporist
Sergey Makhno Architectural Workshop has designed the offices for DIZAAP, a furniture company in Kiev, Ukraine. Dizaap office is an example of how a bright loft space can be created with a small budget in three months.
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How the greenest office building on Capitol Hill (and beyond) is handling Seattle's hottest summer
Capitol Hill Blog
The heat wave that scorched Seattle, Washington, in July set records. It's end brought joyous relief, but also closely coincided with the release of a troubling report by the American Meteorological Society confirming that 2014 was the hottest in recorded history. As it now stands, the 10 hottest years on record have all occurred since 1998. Scientists do not expect this trend to reverse anytime soon, and they are in agreement that we need to quickly adjust the way we live and build to survive on this warming planet. One local Capitol Hill building, the Bullitt Center at 15th and Madison, is leading the way.
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What defines a luxury hotel?
Sourceable
Luxury in 2015 is being redefined and five star hotels are being reworked. This trend is being directed by changing demographics that are pushing for more consumer choice, a strong millennial market and a need to compete with the rise of boutique hotels.
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IIDA NEWS


2015 IIDA Healthcare Design Competition — 2 days left to enter!
IIDA
Just two more days to enter the 2015 IIDA Healthcare Interior Design Competition. Winning entries will be published in a fall 2015 issue of Healthcare Design magazine and on the IIDA website.
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  Introducing The LumiSource Tetra Collection

Bold and stylish, the Lumisource Tetra Dining Chair will draw eyes from any angle. The unique, geometric design paired with wood and brushed stainless steel, creates a combination that is unlike any other. This original design by LumiSource is a modern must-have.
 


MAISON&OBJET PARIS
IIDA
Sept. 4
IIDA has 50 free passes available for members to access MAISON&OBJET, the major trade show of lifestyle experience. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, M&O is at the intersection of business and creativity providing solutions and product offerings in design, furniture, accessories, textiles, and more. M&O is the key meeting place for professionals in the art of living, serving the diverse needs of global markets.

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IIDA Best of Asia Pacific Design Awards now open
IIDA
The third annual IIDA Best of Asia Pacific Design Awards honors innovation and design excellence in Interior Design/Architecture throughout the Asia Pacific region. Submit, and your project could be featured in an issue of Contract magazine.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Lab space designers plan for flexibility
The Boston Globe
These are good days to be in the business of designing lab space. With lab construction going on in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, there's a lot of work for people who know how to make the most of that pricey space. It's specialized work, designing buildings equipped to support technical research that are also adaptable when the focus of that research changes. In an industry driven by fickle funding streams, change is something that happens all the time.
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15 of the coolest new shop interiors from around the world
Curbed
As it turns out, not all stores have to be vanilla spaces chained inside sprawling malls. Take a look at these provocative new shops from across the globe and it becomes clear that strong interior concepts can tell compelling stories of their own. From an ultra minimalist chocolate store to an utterly ethereal book emporium, these spaces will no doubt awaken and inspire visitors' senses — call it retail therapy, with no purchase necessary.
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BUSINESS & OPERATIONS


Killer tips for managing workflow with checklists
Small Business Trends
Do you feel like you manage your workflow in the best possible way? A lot of teams rely on sticky notes, stacks of emails or worse: their memory. Getting caught out by human errors creates disoriented, sluggish and confused teams out of groups that have the potential to be awesome.
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Preventing resume pitfalls
The Editor At Large
A room may speak for itself, but a resume is still a reliable tell-all for employers seeking worthy candidates for design firm and showroom positions. Lloyd Princeton, founder and consultant of Design Management Company, shares his tips for those hunting for jobs — and those hunting for top talent.
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