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IIDA NY Pioneering Design: James Ramsey and the Lowline

3.18.13 | The Lowline project involve sabout 40,000 sq.ft. of usable subterranean space, about an acre and a half beneath Delancey Street, NYC.“At its heart,” said project leader James Ramsey, the Lowline is an idea to build the world’s first underground garden. With its effort to funnel daylight below ground, it is clearly a new frontier in interior design.

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Architecture and Graphic Design Intersect

2.25.13 | Optimally, each design discipline will inform and inspire the others. Last week, Interior Design magazine and Flexform hosted a lively panel discussion that explored how and where two disciplines intersect. The panel included graphic designer Richard Poulin, James Polshek of Ennead Architects, and Joan Krevlin of BKSK Architects. The event was also a commemoration of Mr. Poulin’s third book, Graphic Design and Architecture: A 20th-Century History.

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2013 IIDA NY Sustainable Quilt Auction

2.25.13 | For five years, the New York chapter of the IIDA has hosted an auction that encourages interior designers to channel their creativity after hours, as well as keep some material they use in their day job out of the landfill. The fifth annual Sustainable Quilt Auction was held on February 13th at the Open House Gallery in New York the silent auction proceeds going to Fiver Children’s Foundation. Not surprisingly, there was some extraordinary work on display.

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Tale of the Populist Designer

2.18.13 | It's hard to imagine now the esteem accorded the architect Edward Durell Stone (1902-1978) at the height of his career in the 1950s. As Mary Ann Hunting's book makes clear – Edward Durell Stone: Modernism's Populist Architect – Stone tapped into a widespread desire – shared by the design professions and the public – for an easily understood Modernism, a Modernism that would challenge stark functionalism with the sensuous, the luxurious, and occasionally the monumental.

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Project Focus: Brown & James PC | HOK

2.18.13 | The HOK-designed space for Brown & James is intended to firmly establish the firm as a downtown St. Louis law firm. Large windows offer a panoramic view of downtown from the elegant lobby and conference center, which feature a decorative stone floor, wood slat ceiling with embedded lighting and medium and dark tone, custom maple woodwork that provides a rich texture that is repeated throughout the office.

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Workspring Building-Enabled at Chicago’s Inland Steel 

2.4.13 | By nature – even by definition – the office is changing dramatically. We now see clearly that interior design has a much more dramatic role in creating interior environments than prettifying and compressing workspaces, and that the profession is now stepping up in much more imaginative ways to provide places to work that are both healthier and more productive. Few companies have been as imaginative as Steelcase in exploring new ground, first, in the late 1990s, with community-based planning, and now, with its Workspring initiative.

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2012 Year In Review

1.14.13 | Last year was a pretty good year in the commercial design and contract furniture industries. Large contract furniture companies had, in general, some very nice stock performance. Smaller companies were strong on profits and performance. Interior design is fast maturing as an important profession whose reach is extending quickly. Next week we’ll go over some of the business aspects. For now, here are some general highlights of the year.

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Project Focus: Haworth Atlanta Gets Platinum

12.10.12 | Platinum is the gold standard in LEED certification, and Haworth’s Atlanta showroom, another Perkins + Will success, has just received this rare honor. “The Atlanta showroom epitomizes Haworth’s commitment to green building and sustainability” said Lydia Knowles, marketing and social responsibility manager for Haworth.”

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Healthcare Design Announces 2012 Project Winners

11.19.12 | Contract magazine, in association with the Center for Health Design, Healthcare Design 2012 and the Vendome Group, announced this year’s winners of excellence in Healthcare Facility Design. Winners were in the categories of Acute Care, Ambulatory Care, Conceptual, Landscape and Student design categories. The jurors were Jason Freeland, AIA, ACHA, Robin Guenther, FAIA, and Shannon Kraus, AIA, ACHA.

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W.B. Wood Continues Transformation

10.15.12 | One might wonder whether an aligned dealership needs its own showroom in cities where the related manufacturer, in this case Herman Miller, has a fine and extensive showroom. It seems to be a great idea. W.B. Wood’s new offices are a working showroom and, after all, dealerships should live as they preach, and Mr. Mines clearly believes this. Does the design reflect the “new” multi-layered work-zone approach we’ve been hearing so much about? Read on and see. One nice aspect of the new offices is that pick up on one of the most important trends in modern workplaces: achieving some sense of and connection to our relationships with the outside world.

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