IIDA Spectrum
Mar. 12, 2015

There goes the corner office, here comes the new status
Herman Miller
Spotting status used to be simple: You looked for the biggest office with the most windows and best views. Today status is no less important to how and why we work, but it manifests itself in increasingly diverse ways. What's behind the shift away from the traditional trappings of status in virtually every field? More

What color is the dress: The importance of lighting in retail environments
GenslerOn Lifestyle
You've seen it: #whiteandgold vs. #blackandblue. The whole world, by now, has seen it. The phenomenon that caused a black and blue dress to appear white and gold in pictures points to a foundational truth in retail environments: Lighting and space design really matter.More

Designing for the generational shift
Healthcare Design
From a lack of intuitive wayfinding to poor acoustics to a lack of contrast between walls and floors, many acute care environments are inadequately designed to support seniors. More

In design, form follows feeling
Human Spaces
Biophilic design is an emotional experience. It changes the conversation from being about style, shape, or trend to one about the experience of physiological well-being. More

Hotels that double as art galleries
The Wall Street Journal
When Steve Wynn, who collects blue-chip canvases as ardently as he does casinos, first hung his French Impressionist works at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, hotels with "Serious" art collections were as rare as a water lily in the Nevada desert. Almost 20 years later, properties around the globe are jumping on the art bandwagon, hiring curators, courting prominent artists, and scattering pieces — priceless and otherwise — all over their properties.More

Companies are packing in workers like sardines
CBS MoneyWatch
The amount of office space per worker is dwindling as companies look to save some money, real estate experts say. By 2017, North American offices will average 151 square feet per worker, according to real estate data provider CoreNet Global. That's down from 176 square feet in 2012 and 225 square feet in 2010.More

Nominations open for IIDA Member, Educator, Student of the Year
Join IIDA in recognizing the dedication, passion, achievement, and excellence of three special IIDA Members who are making outstanding contributions to interior design. Nominations are now being accepted for:


IIDA Best Interiors of Latin America & The Caribbean Competition now open
The 3rd Annual IIDA Best Interiors of Latin America & The Caribbean Competition will recognize, honor, and celebrate outstanding Interior Design/Architecture projects located in Latin America and the Caribbean in 15 categories for creativity, originality, and design excellence. Enter by Friday, April 3.More

Roberto Cavalli working on a luxury hotel
Hotel Chatter
Downtown Los Angeles is in the middle of a certified hotel boom, and one of the spaces under development will be brought to you by Roberto Cavalli. It's unclear whether this project will be an extension of the Cavalli Club, a nightclub inspired by Cavalli that's in Dubai, or if it will be one of the first Cavalli-branded hotels.More

Office furniture industry growth driven by continued shift in office design
As an updated outlook projects solid growth through next year, the office furniture industry's long-term prospects are pegged not to economics but a continuation of changing office dynamics, executives say. More

5 ways to make a memorable impression in a meeting
Most people don't take meetings seriously enough, lack preparedness, and thus find themselves not contributing or performing at their highest levels.More

Are you experiencing career frustration?
Hank Boyer
One of the most unexpected things about a career or job choice is that sooner or later you realize that you are experiencing some level of career frustration. But there are no guarantees you'll find things any better at a different employer.More