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Interior Design & Architecture Create New IIDEX/NeoCon Canada

3.4.12 | IIDEX/NeoCon Canada, Canada’s largest design expo and conference, is developing a personality and purpose that makes it distinctly different from any other design show in North America. It intends to explore and exploit what should exist, but is too often missing, in our built environment: the natural synergy between architecture and interior design. A press conference hosted by Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) and Architecture Canada-Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) indicates that, in Canada, architects don’t just respect interior designers, they’re courting them.

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New Territory for the Pritzker Prize

3.4.12 | This year, for the first time in its 34-year history, the Pritzker Prize is going to a Chinese architect. This award is not just a landmark for the design world's nearest equivalent to a Nobel, but it signals China's rising status in the world of design. The work of the 2012 recipient, Wang Shu, shows vividly that the architecture profession in China can now produce the kind of high-profile work that wins international attention – and is ready to handle commissions of worldwide significance.

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Cooper Hewitt Selects Dorothy Cosonas/Knoll Textiles for Permanent Collection

3.4.12 | Some companies have a tradition that tends to perpetuate itself, a sort of Newtonian law of momentum. In the contract furnishings area, Knoll is one of them. So, when Suzanne Tick stepped down as creative director for Knoll Textiles, we were not surprised that her successor, Dorothy Cosonas, would pick up that baton and take this enterprise to its next achievements. Just last year, her work was featured in an exhibition on KnollTextiles at the Bard Graduate Center in New York. Now, seven new Knoll Textile offerings have been select for the permanent collection of Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum.

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Research Design Connections: The Clothed World

3.4.12 | It seems clear that the clothes we wear have some influence on how we think, but this topic has not been thoroughly researched. A new study indicates that clothes influence us in the same sorts of ways as other elements of our physical environments – both their physical and symbolic parameters have an important influence on our thought processes.

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Streamlining Design Firm Resource Libraries

2.27.12 | The work of the resource director in an architecture or design firm is tricky business. It’s best to have a professional in your corner, though most design firms either can’t afford a full-time librarian or find it hard to see their value, often because they previously depended on interns for the position. In 2009, Peter Carey created Streamline Material Resourcing to give design firms a cost effective way to satisfy their needs for product and material research based upon their current client and project needs.

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2011 GOOD DESIGN Awards

2.27.12 | Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames, and Edgar Kaufmann, Jr. founded the GOOD DESIGN program now administered by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. The GOOD DESIGN Awards bestow international recognition upon the world's most prominent designers and manufacturers for advancing new, visionary, and innovative product concepts, invention and originality, and for stretching the envelope beyond what is considered ordinary product and consumer design. We present a selection of the 2011 GOOD DESIGN AWARDS.

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2012 IIDA-NY Quilt Auction

2.27.12 | The International Interior Design Association, New York chapter’s yearly program is a stunning and energizing array of educational, charitable and fund-raising events driven by the talents, curiosity and charitable-inclinations of the the IIDA-NY community. One of its new events – apparently picking up a previous endeavor of ACT - is the annual Quilt Auction. This year’s event, held at the Haworth showroom, produced some striking quilts and raised over $7,000.00 for Fiver Children’s Foundation.

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Allsteel’s Contract Furniture NYC Resource Center Opening Event

2.20.12 | Last Thursday, contract furniture manufacturer, Allsteel, officially opened its New York Resource Center, committing extra space to more completely portray its furniture solutions for the complex and unpredictable urban workplace interiors of New York. “We believe that it will help clients make major decisions by being able to better relate our products and product vignettes to their individual design projects,” said Allsteel’s Katie Duffy.

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Kristen Manos Named President of Wilsonart International

2.20.12 | Kris Manos is back in the saddle again, literally. She has moved to Temple, TX, about an hour north of Austin, to take the reins of Wilsonart International, a division of Illinois Tool Works (ITW) and the leading manufacturer of residential and commercial laminates and other surfacing products. She is one of the female senior executives that the contract furniture and A&D communities are very fortunate to have

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Gensler Brinkmann Scholarship Goes to Pratt Student

2.20.12 | Last week, Gensler announced Tina Uznanski is the winner of the 2012 Gensler Brinkmann Scholarship competition. In receiving this announcement, I was encouraged by some of the aspects of this competition that elevate it above some of the other competitions of which I am aware. Ms. Uznanski writes: Suspended in the shifting stacks, the books densely line the labyrinth’s pathways. The hand gently collects a single book by gripping the hardened fabric of the spine . . . . With the shift of tightly gripping fingers, the wheat paste hardened fabric brings the mind into another world.

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Cornerstone Architectural & Finelite: Energy Savings Through Task Lighting

2.20.12 | For buildings of any complexity, good architecture requires a reasonably solid grounding in the related interior design principles and practices. Common sense suggests this and experience confirms it. Cornerstone Architectural Group has found that interior lighting, with its functional, aesthetic and energy concerns, illuminates this understanding. There are many ways in which interior design knowledge can be integrated into any building project, for example, when lighting manufacturers such as Finelite provide training and seminars to the A&D community.

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Research Design Connections: Wayfinding with Color

2.20.12 | Need to help people find their way through a maze of corridors? M. Hidayetoglu and his colleagues’ recent findings about color in hallways can help you get travelers to their destinations. The researchers describe why they undertook their study: “This study was designed to … help designers create a ‘perceptible environment.’

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