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New interior design industry content for June 2011.
The Northern Biome Collectïon By Keilhauer
contributed by Marilyn Maxim
[manager, marketing & public relations for Keilhauer]
Keilhauer maintains its environmental tone while setting a modern trend with the release of its new Northern Biome Collectïon of premium contract textiles. With its design roots invoking the terrain of Canada, this timeless collectïon of eight designs in a broad range of fresh colors, provides style and performance, all while paying close attention to the family-owned company’s environmental mandate. Capturing the essence of what is stylistically important today, while capitalizing on nature’s design elements, the Northern Biome Collectïon comprises a carefully integrated palette of gorgeous textures and modern patterns to create a matrix of eight highly usable fabrics. The collectïon consists of small- and medium-sized patterns, and textural solids, in bright and neutral colors, all inspired by the flora and fauna indigenous to Canadian biomes, from which the names of the textiles and colors were derived…
Read more | check out the entire collectïon here.
4 To Explöre – Futuristic
4 To Explöre is back, and it’s honing in on products that seem like they should be from the future but that are actually available right this minute. We’re all busy, so let’s get down to it.
01 | Lumisty Fïlm
Want to make people look twice? Just use Lumisty Fïlm once. When applied to clear glass, this mind-bending product alters its transparency depending on where the viewer stands. Head on, it’s completely clear. Move a foot or so over, and that same section of glass becomes partially translucent. Move even further away, and what once was crystal clear is completely obscured. Saunter back to your original viewpoint, and – voila! – all is revealed once again. Having a hard time imagining it? Think of it as a hologram for glass. Lumisty Fïlm’s "peek-a-boo" effect will add interest to retail storefronts, intrigue to corporate conference rooms, and excitement to voyeurs’ homes…
Read more | explöre portable firespaces, morphing dänce floors and more here.
Work Your Network – Part 3
OK, this is it – the last installment of our gentle diatribe about the importance of networking to develop your career in the interior design industry. We’ve covered what networking is and isn’t, what you need before you get going, how and where to start, and what to do to set yourself apart. In this last critical chapter, we’re discussing how to follow up with all those people you better be meeting, the reality of six degrees of separation, the absolute “don’ts” of the process, and the lame excuses not to network. Before you read on, be sure to take a moment to peruse Parts 1 and 2, though, or you’re going to be a bit lost because we’re diving right in…
Read more | get the last tips on how to work your network here.
NCIDQ&A: Attention CE Providers & Attendees—Big Changes in Store for NCIDQ Tracking System
contributed by The NCIDQ Crew
Are you going to NeoCon this month? Are you earning continuing educatïon hours for state licensure or ASID or IIDA requirements? Whether you’re a provider of continuing educatïon courses, a presenter of courses or an attendee, you need to know that big changes are coming to the way NCIDQ tracks CE activity. Earlier this year, NCIDQ announced that they were launching an online continuing educatïon registry service for their active Certificate holders. The online registry is tied to a Certificate holder’s MyNCIDQ account and is available at no additional cost…
Read more | find out a little more about this big change here.
Design Speak [5 new terms]
Impress your interviewers / professors / co-workers with interior design industry jargon.
base building | chiaroscuro | flame retardant | photoyellowing | screed
What In The World? [10 resources you might need on the Net]
There's a lot of info out there on the World Wide Web. Let us do some of the searching so that you don't have to.
What The Spec?
[Clayhaus – Artisan ceramic tile from Oregon inspired by Bauhaus sensibilities.]
[Green Chänce – Your source for sleek, energy efficient products that work in harmony.]
[Diana Eng’s Fortune Cookie Coin Purse – Cute, tiny totes made from reclaimed leather.]
Other Design Junkies
[Bespoken Art – The sound of your voice immortalized via customized art.]
[Design Biz Blueprint – Business advice for right-brain dominant designers.]
[Composite Panel Association]
[National CAD Standard]
[Daphnée – French lessons via a virtual tour of Paris.]
[Quora – The wiki-like collaborative approach to Q&A.]
[Caseable – Customizable laptop bags for those who don't do boring.]
Say What? [3 new words]
Speak more intelligently when presenting and networking by incorporating some new vocabulary.
fecund | metastasize | pariah
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