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As 2014 comes to a close, IIDA would like to wish its members and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season.
As we reflect on the past year, we would like to provide the readers of Spectrum a look at the most popular articles from 2014. Our regular publication will resume Thursday, Jan. 8.


Advocacy: Interior design vs. interior decorating
DesignMatters
From Oct. 2: A recent Huffington Post blog entry challenged the legitimacy of the Interior Design profession, in particular the "arbitrary" legislative efforts to regulate it. Unfortunately, once again the practice of interior design was confused with interior decorating.
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12 restaurants with mouthwatering decor
Fast Company's Co.Design
From April 17: For serious restaurateurs, serving delicious food is only half the battle. The other half is offering a dining space that combines aesthetics and functionality and elevates the experience of eating to the level of an enchanted ritual. The winners of the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards, announced this month, show how to strike that balance.
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5 big trends that will dominate office designs in 2014
Design & Trend
From Jan. 30: "From integrating the latest technology to increased collaboration among coworkers, work environments are changing and so must the way offices are furnished," said Ann Sennewald, vice president of merchandising at CORT, provider of transition services and furniture rental for businesses . "Offices designed in 2014 must reflect the needs of modern-day employees and invoke collaboration, flexibility, mobility and more."
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5 conference room designs that work
Target Commercial Interiors
From Sept. 4: The conference room is one of the most important places in an office. Sure, the lobby and foyer make an impact on potential business partners, but the conference room is where the magic happens. It's where deals are sealed, ideas are formed and plans are put into action. So, make sure you're putting your conference room to work with some great design.
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The coolest tech office you've ever seen
Casa Sugar
From June 26: Cubicles and stuffy offices are becoming obsolete in the startup world — and SoundCloud's new headquarters are no different. True to its name, this company asked designers to keep audio considerations at the top of the list when creating a cool space.
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10 ways to decrease distractions in open-office environments
Dallas Business Journal
From Oct. 2: Today's open-office environments are designed to foster collaboration by eliminating barriers and making informal interactions easier and more frequent. But an increase in informal interactions creates distractions, making it more difficult to get the work done. Here are 10 ways to decrease distractions for the introverts in us all.
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10 office design tips to foster creativity
Inc.
From July 24: On vacation, would you ever choose a hotel with fluorescent lighting and drab grey rooms? The answer is obvious. But plenty of small-business owners forget simple things when it comes to office design. Exactly how do the smartest, most collaborative small companies use office design to reinforce their culture and inspire creativity? Furniture maker Turnstone recently visited 19 of America's coolest small businesses to find out.
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Why Steve Jobs obsessed about office design (and, yes, bathroom locations)
Walter Isaacson
From Oct. 16: There is something special, as evidenced at Bell Labs, about meetings in the flesh, which cannot be replicated digitally. The founders of Intel created a sprawling, team-oriented open workspace where employees all rubbed against one another. It was a model that became common in Silicon Valley.
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The 3 biggest networking mistakes
Fortune
From July 31: About 42 percent of senior managers in a new OfficeTeam poll cited "Not asking for help" as the No. 1 networking mistake in a new survey by staffing firm OfficeTeam.
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6 new workspaces that are killing the corporate campus
Harvard Business Review
From Sept. 25: The notion that a single organization would monopolize a space, often for a single function, is a distinctly 20th century one. But as workflows and processes moved first into software and then into the cloud, the questions of how, where and with whom we should work are being asked anew.
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Steelcase meets open office backlash with 'Susan Cain Quiet Spaces'
MLive.com
From June 12: Open office layouts — once welcomed as the alternative to dehumanizing, "cagelike" cubicle farms — are now being bashed as too noisy, distracting and unproductive. Steelcase Inc. has a solution: Quiet spaces. The Grand Rapids, Michigan-based furniture maker is teaming up with Susan Cain, bestselling author of "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking," to create rooms where workers can escape the over-stimulation of the office work environment for a little peace.
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