officeinsight: Professional Associations
10.18.10 | IDC’s Silver winners of the 2010 IIDEX/NeoCon Canada Innovation Awards are featured this week. Products selected celebrate the industry’s leading manufacturers and suppliers within the fields of design and architecture, and recognize outstanding achievements in new product design.
10.11.10 | IDC announced the winners of the 2010 IIDEX/NeoCon Canada Innovation Awards. This year, 59 products were selected to receive awards, which celebrate the industry’s leading manufacturers and suppliers within the fields of design and architecture, and recognize outstanding achievements in new product design.
IIDEX/NeoCon Canada 2010 was a watershed event, witnessing an increase of visitors from outside Ontario. The transfer of ownership of IIDEX from ARIDO to IDC produced a truly national show. Consider this meeting of East and West: Mogens Smed of Calgary-based DIRTT Environmental Solutions was deep in conversation with Christophe Jouanno of Extenzo Stretch Ceilings from Mirabel, Quebec.
Author Amy Tan was the guest speaker at IIDA San Francisco’s Leaders Breakfast honoring Jack Solomon and Orlando Diaz-Azcuy.
The American Society of Interior Designers – Illinois Chapter (ASID-IL) and i4design magazine produced and hosted the seventh annual Celebration of Design Gala at Chicago’s Chase Auditorium Theater on Sept. 23, 2010. More than thirty Illinois-based interior designers / design teams received a “Design Excellence Award.”
On September 15, 2010, Interior Designers for Legislation in New York (IDLNY) hosted a Town Hall meeting at the New York School of Interior Design. The event was the first of many planned opportunities to increase the involvement of the New York Interior Design community in promoting legislative efforts to enhance and protect the interior design profession.
Most design professionals don’t actively communicate or possibly even think about interior design issues on a regular basis; this lack of an ongoing conversation about both practical and theoretical concepts and ideals needs to change if the industry is ever going to accurately define itself to people outside the industry.
Norman Polsky was the founder of Fixtures Furniture. When he sold the company in 1996, he required that $1 million of the purchase price be paid to the employees. Mr. Polsky had his own 10 commandments:
9.6.10 | Susan Wiggins is executive director of the Interior Designers of Canada (IDC), the newly reorganized all-province Canadian interior design association, and former executive director of the ARIDO, where she shepherded IDC’s restructuring as a unified and strengthened voice for Canadian designers.
7.12.10 | The Westin Hotel’s fine air conditioning helped us celebrated the COOL Gala 2010, the IIDA’s black-tie awards. In keeping with the celebratory solemnity of the occasion, my tie was black and I resisted the temptation to do a Terry-Mowers and wear my sneakers. (Apparently a level of design talent is necessary to push oneself beyond the normal bounds of propriety.)