Emotional and Behavioral Responses to Interior Design (Part 3)

This week, psychologist Dr. Nicola Davies shares a case study from the Netherlands, where evidence-based design (EBD) strategies that consider the neurological and psychological status of patients are putting human care back into healthcare. 

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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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Emotional and Behavioral Responses to Interior Design (Part 2)

Part two of psychologist Dr. Nicola Davies’ series on evidence based design highlights three ways interior design can elicit emotional and behavioral responses.

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Evidence Based Design: When Neuroscience, Psychology, and Interior Design Meet (Part 1)

To pick up the conversation where the pages of our February “Science of Design” edition left off, we are pleased to re-introduce psychologist Dr. Nicola Davies, author of “Empathy in Architecture” from our March 2014 issue, who will be sharing her weekly insights on cognitive architecture and evidence based design.

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Part 2: Safer Furniture, Safer Buildings: Flame Retardants and our Environment

This post addresses other areas of the building where we can begin reducing toxic flame retardants, and what all of us can do to make this change permanent.

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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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Part 1: Safer Furniture, Safer Buildings: Flame Retardants and our Environment

Designers, end users, building owners, and consumers need to know there are new options for healthier interior products. It is now possible to meet the most widely used furniture flammability standard without adding toxic flame retardant chemicals.

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Design Politics 101: The Legislative Lexicon

There are many different types of legislative models in effect across the country. Which category does your state fall under?

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Design Legislation News: South Carolina

If there’s one name design advocates in South Carolina should know, it’s Patti Morrow, founder of the Interior Design Protection Council (IDPC).

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