3.12.12 | With well conceived and products and projects, the whole acquires a life of its own. Architects and interior designers know well what this means and the result that occurs when a building, interior and exterior, is an integrated whole with all parts working to create a result that otherwise eludes projects. The term “interoperable” captures one such overriding characteristic, and it is becoming an important concept in interiors furnishings, especially in environments where change is frequent and often dramatic. In the case of walls from DIRTT Environmental Solutions, interoperable refers to their ability to interface and integrate with the miscellany of furnishings and technical equipment that constitute the varied and often task-specific healthcare environments.
- New Investigator Research Award Applications Due Sep. 14.
- IIDA NY Healthcare Forum May 27: The New Paradigms in Healthcare
- IIDA NY Institutional Forum June 3: Libraries - Designing to Connect
- METROCON15 CEU Schedule Now Online in Anticipation of June 1 Pre-Registration
- IFMA’s second Virtual Career Fair Set for June 9
- HON’s Latest Report on What’s “News” in the Workplace
- Spec Furniture Gets a Functional Facelift
- Configura Releases CET Designer 6.0
- Configura Announces Special Catalogue Creator Workshop
- Bill Johnston Joins Kimball Office as New Region Manager for the Northwest
- Three ESD Team Members Named in CSE’s 2015 40 Under 40
- NELSON to Join Operations with VeenendaalCave, Establish “Super Region” in Southeast
- HALCON Announces New Representation in Chicago
- Robert Allen Contract + Kirk Nix Go Global for The Penthouse Collection
- Ancient Sahara Seabed Stone Collection: Museum-Worthy Moroccan Fossil Stone Tiles
- Keep™ Modular Wall by Mayline Makes the NAOPA 2015 Shortlist
- Móz Designs Launches New QuckShip Program for Laminates and Artwork Collections
- Nucraft Breaks Ground on Expansion
- Architecture Billings Remain Stuck in Winter Slowdown
- Winners of the Atlanta Bridgescape Announced
- IIDA Announces Best of Competition Winner for the 2015 Best Interiors of Latin America & the Caribbean Competition
- Design Memorabilia Receives "Best Accessory Collection" Award at ICFF 2015
- Brentano Delivers Pattern at the HD Expo
- Rox Wins A 2015 IIDA/HD Product Design Award
3.12.12 | LMNOP is a professional development group that was created to address the specific needs of the A&D community. Born out of the economic downturn in 2009, the organization now has the mission of connecting, supporting and advising its membership in a proactive and productive environment. LMNOP’s workshops, mentoring and networking activities seek to keep design professionals current and working in our community, hoping to decelerate the loss of talented and experienced industry professionals to other industries, especially during recessionary periods. In addition, its programs are designed to develop the business acumen and creative talents of those just entering the profession.
3.12.12 | Save A Sample!’s annual recycling event from April 3-5 is fast approaching. New this year, in addition to events in Boston, Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington DC, Save A Sample! has now expanded to Los Angeles and San Francisco. Wilsonart has signed on as Save A Sample! Gold National Sponsor and Formica as its Silver National Sponsor.
3.12.12 | Tony McCaffrey developed the generic-parts technique (GPT) to increase the odds that innovative solutions to problems are uncovered. GPT seems to be quite effective – people using it significantly improve their ability to solve problems, since it “helps subjects think beyond the common functions associated with an object and its parts.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2.27.12 | John Quelch and Katherine Jocz focus on retail environments, but their major points, including the importance of continuing to recognize local cultures as business decisions are made, are applicable to design of other sorts of spaces, from workplaces to public parks to healthcare facilities and residences.