30 Sep 2014 Giving voice to those who create workplace design & furnishings
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Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, and small people talk about wine.Fran Lebowitz

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Sorel Studio: A Success Story in the Making

9.29.14 | Furniture designer Jess Sorel’s most recent projects – Strata for Landscape Forms and Palisade for Nemschoff – have attracted our attention in the past several months. Officeinsight Publisher Bob Beck, who has followed Mr. Sorel’s work closely since the beginning, speaks to Mr. Sorel himself about how he came to be a designer and the journey one makes in pursuing design as a career. And of course, the designs themselves!

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Shaw Contract Group’s Design Is… Competition: A Design Snapshot in Time

9.29.14 | In its ninth year, floor covering brand Shaw Contract Group’ honored six winning firms in its “Design Is…” Competition. The six winning projects, reviewed briefly, are without doubt aesthetically appealing. But do they reach beyond the “pretty spaces” label? A conversation with Shaw Contract Vice President of Marketing John Stephens sheds some light on the underlying meaning and function of company-sponsored competitions such as this one.

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MIT’s Six Degrees Mobile App: The Quest for Digital/Physical Harmony

9.29.14 | Digital and physical human interactions are often pitted against each other as if one could achieve interaction in a way superior to the other. What if, instead, the digital and physical worlds were treated as complements? The MIT Mobile Experience Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technolgy recently announced its Six Degrees Mobile App, a prototype social platform designed for the hotel lobby experience in collaboration with Marriott Hotels. Could something like the Six Degrees app help promote authentic inter-business interaction within high-rise corporate office buildings?

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2014 ARIDO WARDS: Gala Dinner and Winners

9.22.14 | The annual gala dinner to announce the winners of the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) Awards recognizes excellence, innovation and creativity in interior design. This year for the first time, the gala dinner was a standalone event detached from IIDEX. Calgary-based MartensGroup won top honors for the second year running.

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NYSID Announces First Online 24-Credit Interior Design Certificate Program

9.22.14 | More students across the country are choosing to forgo the classic college experience, or part of it, in favor of satellite schools and online programs that enable them to live and attend school from home, and pursue course loads that are more accommodating to part- or full-time jobs. In a demonstration of support for students learning online, the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) announced at the beginning of September it’s first 24-credit Basic Interior Design (BID) Online Certificate, a comprehensive online introduction to the field of interior design.

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