IIDA Spectrum
May. 7, 2015

Retail wayfinding gets smart
Smart technology is providing a boost to the retail sector by helping shoppers navigate through stores. This wayfinding trend is part of the "Internet of Everything" approach, which will eventually see digital connectivity at the center of daily life. More

Do private work lounges provide open plans with the best of both worlds?
Officing Today
The steady backlash against open office plans has resulted in niche opportunities within the office furniture industry to provide a method of gaining privacy in the midst of large, bustling, open coworking spaces and business centers. More

Hybrid thinking and the future of hospitality
GenslerOn Lifestyle
Tomás Contreras, a regional practice area leader for Hospitality based in Gensler's Shanghai office, recently talked about hybrid design thinking and the role local cultures play in Asia's burgeoning hospitality market.More

Supercubicle: The dream is still alive
The Atlantic CityLab
The "Brody" is an effort to reclaim workplace privacy while preserving collaboration — and enhancing comfort and function for the modern office-dweller. More

Making way for making in education
The maker movement — a confederation of people with a passion for creating things who create communities to share equipment, space, and ideas — has become a phenomenon throughout the world. Widespread and fast-growing, the maker movement invites speculation about why it's occurring and what its enduring impact may be. More

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 IIDA Best Interiors of Latin America & the Caribbean Competition!
It's official. The winners of the 3rd annual IIDA Best Interiors of Latin America & the Caribbean have been announced. See images of the winning projects, chosen for representing the highest level of creativity, originality, and design excellence in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Enter the IIDA/Contract Magazine Showroom & Booth Design Competition
The IIDA/Contract Magazine Showroom & Booth Design Competition honors originality of design, visual impact, effective use of materials, and the outstanding use of space, color, texture, lighting, and graphics in showrooms and booths at NeoCon. Submit your entry by Friday, May 25, to be included in the judging. Winners will be featured in an upcoming issue of Contract magazine and on the IIDA and Merchandise Mart websites.More

Winners announced for 2015 National Design Awards
Caroline Baumann, director of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York, has announced the winners of the museum's 16th annual National Design Awards program.


Bed bug-resistant metal and wood furniture patented
Woodworking Network
Nonprofit housing agency Central City Concern has patented a bed bug-resistant bed frame, and sells it with companion tables, chairs, desks, wardrobes, and dressers. More

How to make yourself unforgettable
Fast Company
Deep down, we all just want to be remembered. In today's distraction-filled world, it's easier said than done. If you're trying to stand out in the midst of that chaos, you've got your work cut out for you.More

The 10 words that can get you a higher salary
The Muse via USA Today
Negotiating is intimidating. Talking about money is awkward enough as it is, but add on the element of asking for more money, and it just gets extremely uncomfortable.More