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Inside some of the world's best-designed restaurants
Daily Mail
When the best restaurants in the world battle it out for rave reviews, it's normally what's on the plate that counts. But a new list of the world's most stylish food establishments is judging fine dining not on the food, but on the furnishings.
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The biggest office interruptions can be solved by design
The Wall Street Journal via Yahoo Finance Singapore
The big push in office design is forcing co-workers to interact more. Cubicle walls are lower, office doors are no more and communal cafes and snack bars abound. Like most grand social experiments, though, open-plan offices bring an unintended downside: pesky, productivity-sapping interruptions.
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Makers of office furniture pine for more government bureaucrats
Bloomberg Businessweek
Herman Miller, Steelcase and Knoll, the makers of $800 ergonomic chairs and $500 desks, have furnished many government offices, generally with items purchased at steep discounts. But as federal employment in the U.S. shrinks and office managers deal with fallout from the sequester and the looming possibility of a government shutdown, these furniture companies are faced with the need to replace a very large and dependable customer.
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New company launches in bank vault
MLive.com
At its new home in the 129-year-old vault beneath downtown Detroit's Chrysler House — formerly the Dime Building — dPOP!'s designers have scavenged for items to repurpose alongside its new neon furniture and other bric-a-brac brought in from the outside. The firm is the offspring of Doodle Home/Doodle Commercial and Quicken Loans' facilities team. It essentially represents a more concentrated effort to sell the vibrant, colorful and sometimes cartoon-esque interiors that Quicken-related companies' offices have become known for.
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Electronic device applications and lighting: The road ahead
Don Rosato
Stated simply, 20 percent of global electricity is consumed for lighting. The advent of light emitting diodes — only the fourth lighting technology in the history of humankind — is transforming the lighting industry. Plastics are playing a key role in lighting alternatives as global requirements for energy efficient alternatives to incandescent light bulbs continue to tighten.
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All in the details: Special recognition for healthcare projects
Healthcare Design
Every project has a story to tell, but there's only so much space to tell them. Here, the 2013 Architectural and Interior Design Showcase jurors have called out some notable elements of specific projects that are worthy of attention.
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Interior Design reveals its 2013 Hall of Fame inductees
DesignWire Daily
Interior Design has revealed the honorees at its upcoming 29th annual Hall of Fame awards. Selected by Interior Design editor in chief Cindy Allen and a committee of previous HoF members, this year's inductees are Kenneth Wampler of The Alpha Workshops; Paul Masi and Harry Bates of Bates Masi+ Architects; Collin Burry of Gensler; and Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu of neri&hu and Design Republic.
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Four Seasons shows businesses how to use Pinterest
Suzanne Mason
According to a June study by Semiocast, there are approximately 70 million users on the visual social media site Pinterest. The study also found only 500,000 businesses on the site. Many businesses have embraced marketing through social media, but few know what to do with a visual site like Pinterest. Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts showed what can be accomplished with the recent launch of an interactive concierge Pinterest program called "Pin.Pack.Go."
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How your brand can beat Goliath
Harvard Business Review
Many disruptive brands struggle with how to best manage their marketing budgets while they strategize around how to dethrone their incumbent Goliaths. Smaller companies, of course, don't have the advertising spends to compete with their competitors on traditional vehicles, and they're far more susceptible to shifts in the competitive landscape.
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Inside the job of a 3-D designer-maker
GetIntoDesign
3-D designer-makers are often self-employed but can work for a small company or design consultancy. These professionals produce original and creative objects that are functional and aesthetically pleasing and make effective use of color, texture and detail. Producing products that are environmentally sustainable is also very important.
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5 ways to improve your LinkedIn profile
Mark Kats
When it comes to social media best practices, there are multiple platforms — and countless strategies and tactics — to consider. Here are the five things you should check out and potentially update on your LinkedIn profile.
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