13 Oct 2015 Giving voice to those who create workplace design & furnishings
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NELSON's Long March

4.1.12 | Architecture and design have changed substantially and some have found professional management helpful. It should not be surprising that the shift to professional management, that is, to people who are formally trained in and are primarily interested in the business aspects of the design professions, would be second generation of family founders. One such person and firm is John “Ozzie” Nelson, Jr., son of founder John Nelson, Sr. of NELSON, one that the fastest growing firms during the past ten years.

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Carnegie Fabrics Introduces . . .

4.1.12 | Carnegie is introducing its Tribute Collection, inspired by founder Robert Goldman’s wool WWII Navy Officer’s overcoat. To this more traditional offering, the firm is introducing is startling, holographic Illusion series, which adds a dynamic, yet comfortable, fabric for indoors or outside. It also has some remarkable extensions to its Xorel line, Xorel Graphics, that combine Xorel’s durability and sustainability with the flexibility of digital printing.

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2012 Artexpo New York

4.1.12 | For many interior designers, selecting artwork takes place during the final stages of a project, usually after their fee is almost, if not completely, exhausted. This is also the stage where those critical finishing touches are usually the first thing that a client or visitor to the space would see; in the case of a newly-designed interior, the icing on the cake contributes to everyone’s first impression and, to a large extent, the overall success of each project. Artexpo New York offers many interesting options to cap any project.

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Preparing For the Future of Interior Design

3.25.12 | Jo Staffelbach Heinz, FIIDA, was the keynote speaker last week at the annual convention of the Interior Design Educators Council in Baltimore, celebrating the 50th anniversary of this important organization. Ms. Heinz is president and CEO of STAFFELBACH, Dallas, TX. Her keynote addressed the question of how interior design educators can help students prepare for an increasingly complex and changing world in which interior designers are playing an ever-expanding and important role in society, the economy and the general culture.

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Dead Cat Bounce Part 2: The Decline in the Demand for Office Space: Good News for Designers?

3.25.12 | The demand for office space is declining and the competition for tenants will intensify. This trend for less dedicated space per office worker and more shared and multifunction space increases the value of good interior design, as does the need for appropriate products. However, the risk of bad interior design increases geometrically. With higher space density, issues such as acoustics, speech privacy, visual privacy, lighting, temperature, and IAQ can kill productivity. This requires a greater attention to detail.

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Flos Soft Architecture Pop-Up Showroom, NYC

3.25.12 | Flos Lighting, with a consistent reputation for cutting edge current technology, has just opened the Flos Soft Architecture Pop-Up showroom introducing a series of products that may affect how designers use lighting. Flos’s creation is a series of products that integrates illumination with lightweight composite design details that are sturdy enough for contract use and also seamlessly integrate with the architecture of the space. In creating this collection, Flos is asking designers to consider certain lighting situations much earlier in a project’s design phase.

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A Random Walk: Re-assessing Interior Design Awards & Competitions

3.25.12 | Design competitions and awards are not only good, they are essential to the development of the interior design profession. The reason is quite simple. They are one of the few conduits through which the general public, and especially consumers, can access and begin to understand interior design. With this in mind, we must ask whether the present successful programs could be better adapted to achieve this greater purpose.

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Research Design Connections: Office Acoustics

3.25.12 | Distracting sound remains a serious issue in many workplaces and the GSA Public Buildings Service has written Sound Matters: How to Achieve Acoustic Comfort in the Contemporary Office to help rectify negative situations. Sound Matters combines an extensive review of the acoustic environments in contemporary offices with tools to alleviate negative conditions.

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ASID & IIDA Forge Working Relationship

3.19.12 | Designers design, that is find ways to achieve objectives, and ASID and IIDA have been collaborating – in a very meaningful way – to explore and develop common ground, particularly over the past year, rather than continuing to butt their head against the proverbial brick wall of a possible merger. That is, they are aggressively creating opportunities for the type of joint action that will promote the interior design profession and create the mutual trust necessary to create need break throughs.

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Rethinking Design and Interiors: Human Beings in the Built Environment

3.19.12 | In her recent book, designer/architect Shashi Caan has combined a history of interior design with a polemic on what interior design should become. Ms. Caan, the current president of the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers, argues that interior design of the future must be firmly based on research and a scientific understanding of the human mind and environmental aesthetics.

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Teknion in Atlantic Station

3.19.12 | Teknion Corporation opened its new 7,300-sq.-ft. showroom in Atlantic Station. Created by tvsdesign, Atlanta, and Vanderbyl Design, San Francisco, white pleated walls rise to the ceiling and strategically placed pleated screens create visual layers and define zones focusing on furniture vignettes. The new L-shaped site with soaring ceilings “succeeds both as a dynamic space and a neutral backdrop that maximizes the furniture’s impact,” said Maxine Mann, President of Teknion’s U.S. operations.

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IIDA-NY Pioneering Design: Todd Oldham Speaks on Alexander Girard

3.19.12 | The latest IIDA-NY Pioneering Design event featured designer Todd Oldham giving a history lesson in Modern design based on on his recently published comprehensive monograph on Alexander Girard. This reminded many of us that Modernism wasn’t just concerned with contextualizing natural elements for the human scale and being emotionally reserved, it was also about having fun with color, form and shape in everyday life.

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