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Designing for mood and perception
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Recent research indicates that when people are in a negative mood they are more likely to focus directly on an item being evaluated, but when in a positive mood they will compare the item being judged to others being simultaneously experienced. The findings suggest that when people can be expected to be in a positive mood, designers must be careful to ensure that the context is consistent with the focal element and design intention, while this consistency is not so important when people can be expected to be in a negative mood (e.g., a wedding chapel vs. the department of motor vehicles). More

ASID Member Referral Service

Market yourself to potential clients with the ASID Member Referral Service, free to practitioner members. Create a personal profile complete with pictures of your projects, descriptions of your work, maps of your location, and much more.

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With the easy-to-use application, you can identify your practice areas by choosing from a list of specialties and sub-specialties. Space is provided for you to enter descriptive text about your fee structure, your education and experience, and your business approach.

Easy Search
How does the service work from a potential client’s perspective? Through the “Find a Member” section of, clients will complete a short form about the type of project they are planning. The search engine will generate a list of designers that match the search criteria. The customer can then click on individual designer listings to view the profiles.

To begin your profile, log in to the My ASID page (your profile) and click on "Designer Referral Service."

Idea house wraps cutting-edge design in casual elegance
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The Southern Living 2010 Idea House in Covington, La., combines casual chic with an effective use of space, materials and technology to create an updated classic: traditional Southern charm, but with a youthful and contemporary feel. Among its forward-looking features is a ground-floor guest room that can be converted to a master suite, complete with elevator shaft. More

Baldwin Hardware Corporation

Since 1946, Baldwin has been America's premier maker of solid forged brass hardware. Other industry firsts include the modern rim lock and residential mortise, and Baldwin’s patented PVD Lifetime Finishes. Cape Cod Brass are Baldwin experts who can manage complex orders with accuracy and tremendous customer service.

Good news for the building industry
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It appears recovery from the current recession will be a long, slow climb rather than a quick leap. Declines in project starts have created a murky marketplace complete with bidding frenzies, razor-thin profit margins and an unemployment rate over 20 percent. But, along with the bad, there is some good coming out of the current recession. The editors of Mountain States Construction magazine have compiled a list of 10 things that are getting better in 2010. More

Custom Lighting with Fire Farm
Browse the Custom Gallery to see our latest projects, including the popular Constellation 2913 pendants, and get ideas for your own lighting projects. See something you’re inspired by? Contact us to get professional pricing on our product line, or request a quote for your own custom project today!

Chair wired to scold slouchers
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Bad news for happy slouchers: Now, there's a chair that'll straighten you up, whether you like it or not. Yale mechanical engineering professor John Morrell and grad student Ying Zheng wired up one of Herman Miller's Aeron chairs so that it buzzes whenever you slump. "The vibration is supposed to be an annoyance," Zheng says, the idea being that it's so irritating, you sit up like a rod." More

Design Manager Says Thank You!

Design Manager has been the trusted source for interior design software for over 25 years. We would like to say thank you to the thousands of design firms that have been a part of our family. We have created exciting software through your suggestions and are looking forward to continuing this tradition with our upcoming release, Design Manager 2011.
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Very Uplifting

The Very family of seating stretches from bullpen to boardroom, and from cafeteria to classroom. Grab your camera and a Very chair and show us some of your creativity. Enter to win the Very photo contest and find out more about Very at
#1 Complaint in Green Buildings
What's the number one complaint in green buildings? Poor acoustics. Post occupancy surveys show that respondents are dissatisfied with being able to overhear others talking, as well as with their own level of speech privacy. And over 50 percent state that noise hinders their work. What can you do? MORE

Changing tastes have pub owners dialing designers
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Hard hit by the recession, smoking bans and competition from coffeehouses, Britain's pubs are fighting for survival. Owners are turning to design firms to make the interiors more contemporary and appealing to an increasingly discerning customer base. More

Elegant, Unique Laser Cutting

Lightwave Laser manufactures uniquely designed, custom laser-cut panels, lighting, and room divider screens. We combine unmatched technical ability with clean nature-inspired design. Visit us at or contact us by email:

Sleep study reveals harmful noise levels in hospitals
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A newly released study from The Center for Health Design shows that intravenous pump alarms and staff conversations may keep patients from getting a good night's sleep. The sound sleep study is the first study to identify decibel (dB) levels at which 14 typical hospital sounds are too loud for undisturbed sleep. The study's results and recommendations are expected to drive innovation in design, construction, materials, equipment, and care protocols to improve acoustics in healthcare environments, positively impacting medical outcomes and increasing safety. More

Open-plan office environments and job satisfaction
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Although previous studies have investigated the relationships between the physical work environment, individual employees, interpersonal relationships, and organizations, no clear design criteria has been established to apply these findings. A study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology employed a Satisfaction with Environmental Features measurement tool to measure worker's environmental satisfaction in open-plan office settings. Workers who tended to be satisfied with three factors—satisfaction with privacy/acoustics, satisfaction with lighting, or satisfaction with ventilation/temperature—were more likely to be satisfied with their jobs. More

Beauty and Performance of Sunbrella® Fabrics Ideal For Interiors

Bring luxurious décor to every room in the house with beautiful Sunbrella® fabrics, rugs and decorative throws - all designed for outstanding performance and easy care.

Bloomie's SoHo goes SoCal
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The newest Bloomingdale's store, in Santa Monica, Calif., is the next step in the development of the retail giant's highly edited, young-thinking, smaller-square-footage concept, which debuted in New York's SoHo neighborhood in 2004. Santa Monica's splashes of color are some of several striking changes for Bloomingdale's, where black lacquer tiles and black-hued merchandise both serve as store signatures. More

Impact Enterprises, Inc.

Presentation Folders, Binder Covers, Menu Covers, and more We are challenged by new designs and new construction techniques demanded by new materials.

Versatility, sustainability key to meeting the needs of different generations
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Baby boomers want universal design and low maintenance. Gen X wants small, stylish spaces. Gen Y wants innovation. All want sustainability and energy savings. Builders and designers need to stay flexible to meet the demands of different generations of home buyers. More

Optical illusion design: a new concept in interior design
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If you thought you have seen it all in the name of design, then it's time to wake up and smell the coffee. Interior designers all over have woken up to a new concept of designing offices or studios with a unique concept of optical illusion, thanks to some creative and out-of-the-box thinking by graduates of the Chelsea School of Art and Design. More

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