10.27.08 | After last year's historic speech at the Catalyst Breakfast by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. on the environment, Southern California designers continue to thrive on passionate people and smart ideas. This year IIDA's Southern California Chapter held the Catalyst Breakfast at the Century Plaza Hyatt Regency with Wagner James Au presenting, The Making of Second Life.
officeinsight: Professional Associations
10.20.08 | Last week we received a heartening press release, one each from the ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) and the IIDA (International Interior Design Association), noting that the respective boards of directors of these organizations had met recently to discuss the future of the interior design profession and issues that face each organization and their members.
10.6.08 | Industry forums and roundtable discussions often disappoint. After long weekends of wordy exchanges, a bit of occasional pontification, and finally consensus building about an issue, ideas soon evaporate without action. However, the Kimball Office Work Group was all business when it met for three days to discuss Sustaining Interior Design Education. It not only succeeded in identifying the problem and challenges, it responded with the attached report: a strategy, complete listing of recommendations and an implementation plan for the next five years.
8.11.08 | On Thursday, July 24th, the W Tuscany on 39th Street in New York City was the venue for IIDA New York Hospitality Forum, which focused on The New Age of Hospitality & Retail Design. A Hospitality Forum record 175 guests were in attendance. The event was co-chaired by Nancy Jackson, President of Architectural Systems, Inc. and Christine McGinnis, IIDA, Director, Visual Communications of aloft and element hotels while the W Tuscany provided attendees with an intimate lounge-like setting.
7.21.08 | The new Haworth showroom in New York was filled to capacity on Thursday, June 26, for the Fourth Annual Lester Dundes Interior Design Competition Awards, hosted by the IIDA NY (New York Chapter of the International Interior Design Association).
7.7.08 | IDLNY (Interior Designers for Legislation in NY) has for the 3rd consecutive time in the past few years succeeded in obtaining the unanimous approval of both houses of the NY State Legislature of a bill (Senate Bill S3659) that would restrict the use of the title of Interior Designer.
6.30.08 | After fighting the Merchandise Mart's first floor NeoCon crowds, becoming lost in an east stairwell and finally catching the correct elevator, I found myself in the sanctuary of IIDA's new 5th Floor Headquarters. IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO, Cheryl Durst, herself, was there to welcome me into the new LEED-CI Gold space designed by Kendall Wilson, principal of Washington D.C. based firm Envison.
6.30.08 | The IIDA celebrated five outstanding projects at it's annual awards banquet, COOL. These projects were chosen for recognition out of over three hundred submissions, and the firms represented in the top five really put the international in IIDA.
5.5.08 | There's no doubt in anyones mind that Charles and Ray
Eames left an astounding legacy to the world of design. From film to
product design, this couple created timeless pieces that still resonate
to fresh minds today. This year, IIDA Northern California chose to honor
them at the 2008 Pioneers in Design event. Charles daughter Lucia
Eames, and her daughter Llisa Demetrios came to the Four
Seasons hotel in San Francisco to represent their family legacy, and to
share with us many pictures of the couple and their house that had never
before been made public.
5.5.08 | As the industry quakes as the present economic difficulties recall the blood-letting earlier this decade, thoughts inevitably turn toward areas less struck by business cycles. Those include government work and, as if to create some silver lining the IIDA (International Interior Design Association (and Tandus are collaborating to produce a series of events in 2008 for government designers, and in particular members of IIDAs Government Forum.