Letter to the Editor: Design Politics

Thank you so much to David Stone, design director at Nelson in Boston, for this letter to the editor. Always feel free to contact Editorial Director Erika Templeton with one of your own at erika.templeton@interiorsandsources.com. Click below to read his full letter.

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Interzum Preview Explores Smart Materials

Orgatec’s sister fair, the materials-focused Interzum, also occupies the Koelnmesse GmbH from May 5 – 8. A special Interzum preview was presented to Orgatec visitors – “Innovation of Interior: Smart Office Materials.”

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Orgatec: Working More Means Working Smarter

Once every two years the design world gathers to contemplate how office workers work. Orgatec, held in Cologne every other October, showcases the latest in practical design for our ever-evolving work spaces. We’re spending more time in the office than ever before, but longer hours don’t always translate into higher productivity. Being cooped up in a cubicle under fluorescent light rarely brings out the best in people. As designers continue to play with flexible spaces that allow workers to change their scenery and take advantage of wireless connectivity, territorial boundaries fade further and further into the distance. This level of mobility helps keep people engaged and inspired, while the layouts that enable it offer more efficient use of existing space; accommodations for the occasional influx of remote workers that need to spend a few days at HQ every few months; room for informal meetings. Furniture needs to achieve higher levels of comfort in order to support this way of working. ...

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Scenes from Design Connections 2014

View a few behind the scenes shots from this one of a kind event! Learn more at http://dsignconnections.com/.

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Last Call for Mannington Commercial’s 2013 Design Local

The last team of 2013 for Mannington Commercial’s Design Local program gathered in Philadelphia earlier this month to scour the city for artifacts, photos, sketches (and in their case some perfectly aged cheeses) that represented their hometown.

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A Tale of Two Covers

Put down your phone. There’s no need to call your eye doctor and make an appointment to up your prescription.

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5 Easy Ways to Freshen a Space on the Cheap

Here are just a few quick ways to make your space look new again, offered up by none other than our trusted Facebook fans and Twitter followers.

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Design Local Austin

Mannington Commercial’s Design Local program will culminate in the big showdown come early next month when the web site goes live along with all completed carpet designs from the four participating cities—Chicago, San Francisco, Washington D.C. and Austin. The design industry, which has been waiting with breath that is bated, will finally get the chance to vote for their favorite line! The exact URL will be released shortly.

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The Changing Role of the Designer

Molly Klimas guest blogs for us here on Inside Sources to report on Configura's conference in Las Vegas in October. Attendees found the role of the CET designer is becoming much more front and center.

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Warmth + Human Spirit: BDNY 2012 Photo Recap

The third annual BDNY tradeshow event was brimming with activity and positivity, despite some wreckage caused by Hurricane Sandy. We tracked down some of the booths that went toe-to-toe with the storm, and talked with designers about their recovery. We also found an emerging use of warmer, fleshier tones, and a continuing turn to golds and pinker metallics.

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