Product Designers en Maison & Objet Announces Rising Talent Awards Winners <span>Maison &amp; Objet Announces Rising Talent Awards Winners</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/826" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">kcaron</span></span> <span>Thu, 12/06/2018 - 17:58</span> <div class="field-type-text_with_summary"><p><a href="">Maison &amp; Objet</a> has chosen six up-and-coming designers from China’s fast-developing design scene as the winners of the 2019 Rising Talent Awards. Frank Chou, Chen Furong, Mario Tsai, Hongjie Yang, Ximi Li and Bentu are the six chosen winners for the 2019 Rising Talent Awards.</p> <p>Exemplifying talent, emotional depth and creativity, these Chinese designers bring innovation and energy to their work that is a testament to the country’s rapid design-led growth.</p> <p>The winners were chosen by a jury of six: Liu Xu, Xing Tong-He, Qu Guangci, Tom Dixon, Luca Nichetto, and Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu.</p> <p>Some of the winners prefer a China-centric approach while others have absorbed multicultural influences by studying, working and living abroad. But all are committed to forming a new Chinese language of design.</p> <p>“With the rapid growth of the Chinese economy and the need for a cultural expression of its own, we see a large number of emerging designers that have started to create their own voice that deals with issue of heritage and identity,” said Neri.</p> <p>“What is most interesting is the Chinese designer’s search for identity, to not just be a look-like of Western design but how to fold in the centuries-old rich Chinese craftsmanship heritage and tradition," Nichetto said. "There is much proof they are going in the right direction. I am very curious to see how this will evolve.”</p></div> Thu, 06 Dec 2018 23:58:18 +0000 kcaron 2835 at 4 Predictions on the Future of Interior Design <span>4 Predictions on the Future of Interior Design</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/826" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">kcaron</span></span> <span>Wed, 12/05/2018 - 12:02</span> <div class="field-type-text_with_summary"><p>During a <a href="">High Point Market</a> discussion moderated by the Business of Home’s Julia Noran Johnston, designers Kerrie Kelly and Kimberley Seldon sat with Homepolish founder Noa Santos and pondered the future of business as usual for interior designers. New expectations and technologies have changed the game for many. Here’s what these panelists see coming in the future. </p> <h2>Technology</h2> <p><strong>The future:</strong> Technology that would allow a consumer to take a photo of a room, populate it with furniture and buy all or some of it exists and <a href="">is already being used</a>. It’s only a matter of time before it becomes mainstream. As consumers have higher expectations of technology, they will also expect designers to be using it as well.</p> <p><strong>How to adapt:</strong> The more you can streamline your backend work (purchasing, billing, etc.) through technology, the more efficient you will become, but you need to start investing now. Spending too much time ordering a product or finding notes on a project? There’s likely an app or platform to help you with that. In 2019, the designers that <a href="">lean into technology</a> will spend less time on project management and more time designing. “Technology is making these things easier,” Santos said, “and it’s our duty now as professionals to speak up and say, ‘I have the same expectations as customers from the technology that I use.’”</p> <h2>Experience</h2> <p><strong>The future:</strong> Retailers have been hearing about this for some time, but only recently has the interior design community turned its attention towards the experience aspect of interior design. Designers may leave their clients with a finished product, but now it’s getting to that finished product that makes working with a designer more rewarding. “The end goal — for us at least — is not to leave you with a room that is done,” Santos explains. “The end goal is to leave you with an experience that was a dive into your own personality, your preferences, what matters to you, so that going forward, we can keep working together, and the experience just continues.” In this competitive industry, offering an experience rather than just a product will set designers up for success.</p> <p><strong>How to adapt: </strong>Once you decide on your niche, build it out through <a href="">your website</a>, social media and any other marketing materials you use. Blog. Post on Instagram. Go <a href="">live on Facebook</a>. Show your potential customers what it is like to work with you, what kind of experience you will give them and why that experience is worth paying for over, as Santos suggests, a nice vacation because, as he sees it, those two things are now competing with each other.</p> <h2>Transparency</h2> <p><strong>The future:</strong> As other industries become <a href="">more transparent </a>about their prices and how they source their products, consumers will expect the same from interior designers. That doesn’t necessarily mean that consumers will demand to know how every penny of their invoice is spent, but designers who are not forthcoming about their pricing structures may face serious pushback and distrust from their clients.</p> <p><strong>How to adapt:</strong> Seldon has different pricing structures depending on what the client wants. If they want to purchase products themselves, she charges her design fee and that’s it. For clients that want design and purchase, she charges a design fee plus a markup on products. It’s not double-dipping, she says. It’s like buying a cell phone: You buy the phone, then add data, talk and text. “I run a business that has an open set of books,” she said, “and it’s extremely profitable, and the clients don’t hate that I make money. And they appreciate that they know where their money is going and how much money I am making on any particular item that I’m purchasing.” Essentially, transparency builds trust.</p> <h2>Niche Markets</h2> <p><strong>The future: </strong>Interior designers that target a niche market will have greater success than those who target everyone. Search any major U.S. city on Houzz, and you’ll find hundreds if not thousands of designers vying for your clients’ attention. Add in Santos’ <a href="">Homepolish and its competitors</a> and you have a lot of designers all competing for the same work. If your message doesn’t stand out, you’re going to blend in.</p> <p><strong>How to adapt:</strong> Your niche can focus on any aspect of the interior design service, so think about your personality, how you like to work and what makes sense for your business. Kelly sets a minimum for all projects and will not accept ones that don’t meet it. Seldon doesn’t work with clients who want to be involved. “I don’t want the client who wants to shop with me,” she said. “I don’t want the client who thought they’d be a designer but never did. I don’t want that client. I want the client who’s like, ‘I don’t have time to deal with this. Can you just renovate my house? Here you go.’” It may be hard to turn down work — and it took both designers years to get to that point — but in focusing on a niche client or market, both designers have carved out space for themselves and set themselves apart from other designers in their areas.</p></div> Wed, 05 Dec 2018 18:02:10 +0000 kcaron 2827 at Idea Board: Resimercial <span>Idea Board: Resimercial</span> <div class="field-type-text_with_summary"><p>Resimercial options make workplaces feel homey.</p> <h2>Transitional</h2> <p><img alt="Curate Home Leeward tier small end table" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="38177513-91ef-4e1c-9a85-0acb767f4f29" height="447" src="/sites/lightinganddecormag/files/inline-images/Curate-Home-Leeward-tier-small-end-table.jpg" width="298" /></p> <p>Curate Home’s Leeward tier small end table in a Peninsula finish can function in an office for storage or as a side table. <a href=""></a></p> <p> </p> <p><img alt="Classic Home Derby sectional" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="0ca35410-1046-44bf-957c-566517b3664c" height="182" src="/sites/lightinganddecormag/files/inline-images/Classic-Home-Derby-sectional.jpg" width="635" /></p> <p>Classic Home’s Derby sectional upholstered in Tobacco leather is finished on all sides so that its configuration can be changed to meet a space’s needs — perfect for an office setting. <a href=""></a></p> <p> </p> <p><img alt="Gold Leaf Design Group Faceted wall art" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8844e694-035e-433c-a581-2e1fb8ce3cdc" height="402" src="/sites/lightinganddecormag/files/inline-images/Gold-Leaf-Design-Group-Faceted-wall-art.jpg" width="317" /></p> <p>Gold Leaf Design Group’s Faceted wall art is made of iron with a hand-rubbed patina and adds a sculptural element to any interior. Measures 32 inches high and 40 inches wide. <a href=""></a></p> <p> </p> <p><img alt="Hooker Furniture Drake chair" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="d3cf67d5-6145-46e9-802c-1aec0318aa85" height="360" src="/sites/lightinganddecormag/files/inline-images/Hooker-Furniture-Drake-chair.jpg" width="322" /></p> <p>The Drake chair from Hooker’s H Contract division features an elegant wood frame, a supportive plush seat and a detachable lumbar pillow. It was developed with the contract market in mind and includes vented seat cushions with moisture barrier protection as a standard. <a href=""></a></p> <p> </p> <p><img alt="Momeni CRT 01 Beige rug" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="18e1f2ab-4db7-448b-92e5-4b7c7e290f74" height="406" src="/sites/lightinganddecormag/files/inline-images/Momeni-CRT-01-Beige-rug.jpg" width="258" /></p> <p>The neutral color palette of Momeni’s CRT-01 Beige modern area rug is an understated option for elevated interiors. Silvery shades of gray and white combine to create a dynamic pattern of diamonds. Tufted by hand from 100 percent natural wool fibers. <a href=""></a></p> <p> </p> <p><img alt="Phillips Collection Chamcha wood Olympic wall ring decor" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8fe715d9-0113-4059-945e-ef99cbd582d9" height="331" src="/sites/lightinganddecormag/files/inline-images/Phillips-Collection-Chamcha-wood-Olympic-wall-ring-decor.jpg" width="511" /></p> <p>Phillips Collection’s Chamcha wood Olympic wall ring decor brings a natural touch to an office space. Measures 69 inches wide and 37 inches high. <a href=""></a></p> <p> </p> <p><img alt="Justice Design Group Reveal drum pendant" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="9f66fe9c-7d19-4ceb-b62a-e31e46cb3a15" height="382" src="/sites/lightinganddecormag/files/inline-images/Justice-Design-Group-Reveal-drum-pendant.jpg" width="382" /></p> <p>Justice Design Group’s Reveal drum pendant, shown here in a white woven fabric shade and Brushed Nickel metal finish, is available in sizes up to 48 inches. <a href=""></a></p> <p> </p> <p><img alt="Fairfield chair live edge conference table east camden accent table asher swivel chairs" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8dc3e6f2-d574-401c-80bb-62a0e189d5cb" height="317" src="/sites/lightinganddecormag/files/inline-images/Fairfield-chair-live-edge-conference-table-east-camden-accent-table-asher-swivel-chairs.jpg" width="475" /></p> <p>Fairfield sets a resimercial scene with its Live Edge conference table, East Camden accent table and Asher swivel chairs. The conference table has convenient charging ports included on the surface, while the chairs provide comfortable seating and the drinks table works as a multifunctional surface. <a href=""></a></p> <p> </p> <p><img alt="Palecek Durham coffee table" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8490fb1a-7d30-45dc-85d0-b783317f06f5" height="269" src="/sites/lightinganddecormag/files/inline-images/Palecek-Durham-coffee-table_0.jpg" width="494" /></p> <p>From Palecek’s Hospitality line, Durham fossilized clam coffee table has an inlaid fosslized clam top accented with a wrought iron base finished in Key Gold. Measures 57.5 inches long and 18.5 inches high.<a href=""></a></p> <p> </p> <p><strong><em>What is Resimercial?</em></strong></p> <p>Whether you love or hate the term, “resimercial” refers to the blending of residential and commercial designs to create a home-like office environment. But it’s more than just placing residential products — it’s about creating an atmosphere that transforms a workplace into a comfortable, inviting and conducive space with more amenities and common areas. In an era when remote work is commonplace, sometimes, nothing replaces face-to-face interaction — making offices more homey is thought to promote collaboration and productivity. </p> <p> </p> <h2>Contemporary</h2> <p> </p> <p><img alt="Monatara650 rocker" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="393b1330-f53a-40cd-b306-896ab61f0b77" height="406" src="/sites/lightinganddecormag/files/inline-images/Monatara650-rocker.jpg" width="273" /></p> <p>The latest addition to the Montara650 line is the Montara650 rocker. Infused with comfort and craft, it’s a modern addition to any commercial office or home office, filling informal spaces with café-style character. <a href=""></a></p> <p> </p> <p><img alt="Fanimation Zonix wet custom fan" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="f32cfb46-435d-44ae-aad1-4d6c49219149" height="290" src="/sites/lightinganddecormag/files/inline-images/Fanimation-Zonix-wet-custom-fan_0.jpg" width="523" /></p> <p>Fanimation’s Zonix Wet Custom fan is shown here in a contemporary black finish and a slimmed-down optional dimmable 18W LED light kit. Has a reversible 3-speed AC motor and blades available in 44-inch and 52-inch inch sweeps. The motor is controlled by a handheld remote with 1-, 3- and 6-hour off timer. <a href=""></a></p> <p> </p> <p><img alt="Mitchell Black Trademark wallpaper" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="623b6fd5-5f7b-4a6d-b8a1-5add166d646e" height="286" src="/sites/lightinganddecormag/files/inline-images/Mitchell-Black-Trademark-wallpaper.png" width="322" /></p> <p>From the Mrs. Paranjape’s Papers Collection for Mitchell Black, Trademark is an iconic Chippendale pattern that started as a stair railing design, then ultimately became the logo and symbol for Mrs. Paranjape’s brand. This wallpaper can be ordered in contract-grade vinyl. <a href=""></a></p> <p> </p> <p><img alt="Allsteel Townhall" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="1008971f-c477-4105-b9b7-6a62190f0fd3" height="350" src="/sites/lightinganddecormag/files/inline-images/Allsteel-Townhall.jpg" width="398" /></p> <p>From Allsteel, Townhall, designed by Rainlight, is a collection of moveable soft seating, tables and accessories that create agile micro-environments within the workplace. Shown here: Peak lounge grouping; Summit stacking stool; Picnic Collection of narrow-seated and bar-height tables, seats, benches and stools; Rock rocking chair-alternative seating; and Wedge high-back chair. <a href=""></a></p> <p> </p> <p><img alt="Ligne Roset LACE ottoman" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="f7772cfe-0762-4013-979c-b15be54ae73a" height="367" src="/sites/lightinganddecormag/files/inline-images/Ligne-Roset-LACE-ottoman.jpg" width="371" /></p> <p>Ligne Roset’s LACE ottoman is shallow and slightly narrower at the base. Available in multiple colors and two sizes, it’s a practical piece. <a href=""></a></p> <p> </p> <p><img alt="Calligaris Puro table" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="718ad8b2-7928-40a1-a3e0-9c9421bda353" height="319" src="/sites/lightinganddecormag/files/inline-images/Calligaris-Puro-table.jpg" width="480" /></p> <p>The Puro non-extending table from Calligaris has shelves made of glass. Measures 19.75 inches high and is shown here in red. It’s also available with a teal shelf. <a href=""></a></p> <p> </p> <p><img alt="Steelcase Bola Ronda pouf Drum coffee table C3 armchair" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="3dd0f6ad-fa9b-4971-8ea0-fca29bf65acb" height="406" src="/sites/lightinganddecormag/files/inline-images/Steelcase-Bola-Ronda-pouf-Drum-coffee-table-C3-armchair.jpg" width="301" /></p> <p>Steelcase’s colllaboration with Bolia provides Scandinavian designs for the workplace. Shown here are the Ronda pouf, Drum coffee table and C3 armchair available in a variety of fabrics and leathers with four choices of legs. <a href=""></a></p> <p> </p> <p><img alt="Pacific Coast Lighting Midas floor lamp" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="9be97251-16eb-4919-9eb2-44ab2ad98510" height="416" src="/sites/lightinganddecormag/files/inline-images/Pacific-Coast-Lighting-Midas-floor-lamp.jpg" width="205" /></p> <p>From Pacific Coast Lighting, Midas floor lamp brings Mid-Century Modern to a resimercial space. Stands nearly 73 inches tall. <a href=""></a></p> <p> </p> <p><img alt="Jaipur Decora Xantho rug" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="979b7bf2-68f0-48f9-a894-fdd639cd814f" height="389" src="/sites/lightinganddecormag/files/inline-images/Jaipur-Decora-Xantho-rug.jpg" width="265" /></p> <p>Bold and graphic, the Decora Xantho area rug by Nikki Chu for Jaipur offers compelling geometric appeal. An asymmetrical labyrinthine design makes a dynamic impact on this durable polyester layer, while the gray and black colorway maintains the contemporary style. <a href=""></a></p> <p> </p> <p><img alt="BDI Milo table" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="9cc77dd6-74cd-437c-8ad3-de3485df026e" height="338" src="/sites/lightinganddecormag/files/inline-images/BDI-Milo-table.jpg" width="384" /></p> <p>Milo by BDI is a perfect table for laptop use or as a side table next to a sofa or chair, making it a highly versatile companion for any residential or commercial space. Designed by Louis Lara. <a href=""></a></p></div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/826" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">kcaron</span></span> <span>Tue, 12/04/2018 - 15:05</span> Tue, 04 Dec 2018 21:05:00 +0000 kcaron 2818 at What to Know About The U.S.-China Trade War Truce <span property="schema:name">What to Know About The U.S.-China Trade War Truce</span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" about="/user/14" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">amartin</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2018-12-04T19:27:43+00:00">Tue, 12/04/2018 - 13:27</span> Tue, 04 Dec 2018 19:27:43 +0000 amartin 2820 at Accentuate the Positive <span>Accentuate the Positive</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/14" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">amartin</span></span> <span>Tue, 12/04/2018 - 10:13</span> <div class="field-type-text_with_summary"><p><a href="">Good lighting design</a> uses various types of illumination to create an inviting overall environment. As you have heard me say before, the best lighting happens when you layer different types of lighting together. Understanding these different functions will help you design the lighting most effectively. The 4 functions of light are: task, ambient, accent and decorative.</p> <p>Here is a little bit more of a description of what each of these types of light add to the overall feel of the space:</p> <p><strong>- Task:</strong> Lighting by which you do work, such as the under cabinet lighting in the kitchen, lighting in the closet or a <a href="">reading lamp</a>.</p> <p><strong>- Ambient:</strong> This is the gentle fill light for a room. It softens shadows on people’s faces and fills the volume of the space with a warm glow, as if the room were being filled with the light of a roaring fire. <a href="">Ambient light</a> comes from illumination that is bounced off the ceiling. Such sources as opaque wall sconces, torchieres, pendant hung indirect fixtures, and cove lighting can be used to create the ambient light.</p> <p><strong>- Accent:</strong> Lighting used to highlight <a href="">objects in a space</a>. This adds depth and dimension to an environment. Recessed adjustable fixtures, track lights, portable uplights and directional landscape lights all fall into this category.</p> <p><strong>- Decorative:</strong> These are what I like to call <a href="">architectural jewelry</a>. Their main purpose is to look pretty. They help add sparkle to a space. Chandeliers and candlestick-type wall sconces fall into this category. They should not be used as the workhorses for lighting a room. When they are too bright they can visually overpower the other elements of the design.</p> <p>In this month’s blog, I want to zero in on accent lighting. What tends to be seen in the design magazines all the time is the overuse of accent light. Every painting plant, and tchotchke has been illuminated vividly, but the seating areas fall into darkness. What this tells people is that what you own is more important than your family and friends. This type of lighting can be very dramatic … and great for magazine spreads, but who was to live with high drama every day?</p> <p>Accent lighting should be a part of the lighting design team, not the sole player. Well done accent lighting draws your eyes around the room. It helps keep it visually interesting. It also helps create little islands of illumination, adding depth and dimension to the overall look of the space. When the room is done only in accent lighting, it creates what is called the Museum Effect, where it feels like you were looking at displays in the Whitney instead of being in someone’s home.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"><img alt="Elephant sculpture on console with floor lamp and candle" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="27774e22-c990-4387-9e6a-738b9a787d18" height="647" src="/sites/lightinganddecormag/files/inline-images/elephant-sculpture-on-table-with-floor-lamp.jpg" width="713" /><figcaption>Recessed adjustable fixtures highlight the photograph on the wall, as well as the carved elephant panel. The floor lamp with the semi-opaque shade provides both a source of ambient light with a touch of decorative lighting. (Photo: Randall Whitehead)</figcaption></figure><p>For me, the best accent lighting comes from low profile recessed adjustable fixtures with small apertures. They allow the art to be the focal point instead of the light source, itself. Many lighting manufacturers offer this type of fixture with <a href="">integrated LED components</a>. They can even be ordered with warm-dim technology, which allows the illumination to become warmer in color as it is dimmed to match the look and feel of incandescent lighting. However, these fixtures can be pretty expensive. An alternative would be to use low voltage (12 V) or line voltage (120 V) MR 16 bulbs. I particularly like the newer 120 V versions that do not require transformer or driver. This helps keep costs down and eliminates one component. If you decide to go this route make sure to use a bulb that has a <a href="">color rendering index (CRI)</a> of 90 or higher and a color temperature (Kelvin) which is pleasing to your eye.</p> <p>Here is a little information about color temperature that should be helpful:</p> <p>3000° Kelvin is the color of halogen, but I think it is a little too cool for a residential interior. It is great for landscape lighting, though. 2700° Kelvin is the color of incandescent light at full brightness. Many people like this color, but for me personally it is still a little too white. I am partial to a 2400° Kelvin, which is the color of dimmed incandescent. You can also get filters to warm up the color, soften or tighten the beam spread or elongate the spread of light. I also recommend you put the lights on a dimmer. Make sure you select one that is compatible. The bulb and lighting fixture manufacturers will list which dimmers work best with their bulbs on their specification sheets. Because LED bulbs draw less power, those dimmers which are made for regular incandescent bulbs, will not dim the LEDs to be completely off.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-center"><img alt="Human sculpture with arms crossed made of wood" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e98ce248-5dc5-4fe1-8d16-c6bc2687bc46" src="/sites/lightinganddecormag/files/inline-images/human-sculpture-with-arms-crossed.jpg" /><figcaption>A bulb with a tighter beam spread can visually cut off part of the object which is being illuminated. Changiung the bulb to one with a wider beam spread or adding a filter that helps defuse the light will correct the situation. (Photo: Randall Whitehead)</figcaption></figure><p><strong>The Bottom Line: </strong>By layering these four functions of light together you can create an environment that welcomes visitors into the space, while providing usable light for day-to-day activities. Getting a feel for these terminologies will get you on the right path to understanding how light can work for you. Remember, accent lighting is just one element.</p></div> Tue, 04 Dec 2018 16:13:19 +0000 amartin 2815 at Commercial Break <span property="schema:name">Commercial Break</span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" about="/user/826" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">kcaron</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2018-12-03T23:47:00+00:00">Mon, 12/03/2018 - 17:47</span> Mon, 03 Dec 2018 23:47:00 +0000 kcaron 2812 at U.S., China Halt Tariff Increases for 90 Days Amid Truce <span>U.S., China Halt Tariff Increases for 90 Days Amid Truce</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/14" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">amartin</span></span> <span>Mon, 12/03/2018 - 10:02</span> <div class="field-type-text_with_summary"><p>The U.S. and China have reached a truce of sorts to the ongoing trade war.</p> <p>At the Group of 20 summit in Argentina this weekend, U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping came to an agreement over a two-and-a-half-hour dinner to halt the U.S.'s planned 25 percent tariff on $200 billion worth of imported Chinese goods for the next 90 days so trade talks can continue. In return, China has pledged to buy more American products, though it was not specified how much or which products.</p> <p>Both countries have imposed tariffs on the other's imported products. In the U.S., the Trump administration enacted a 10 percent tariff on $250 billion worth of imported Chinese goods last September. China has also implemented tariffs on $110 billion worth of U.S. imports. These tariffs will remain in effect as trade talks continue.</p> <p>Reactions to this news are still rolling in, but some have already expressed relief and positivity.</p> <p>“We commend President Trump for his efforts to restore a fair and balanced trade relationship with China," said the <a href="">National Retail Federation's President and CEO Matthew Shay</a> in a prepared statement. "The administration’s decision to give diplomacy a chance and at least temporarily avoid the imposition of increased and additional tariffs is an encouraging sign. It is clear the administration has heard the voices of those negatively impacted by existing tariffs. We hope this 90-day tariff pause will lead to a positive resolution that removes tariffs altogether and improves U.S.-China trade relations. Retailers are pleased by this progress.” </p> <p>Check back here later this week for ongoing coverage of tariffs.</p></div> Mon, 03 Dec 2018 16:02:54 +0000 amartin 2809 at ASID Third-Quarter Billings and Index Report Shows Growth for Most <span property="schema:name">ASID Third-Quarter Billings and Index Report Shows Growth for Most</span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" about="/user/14" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">amartin</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2018-11-28T14:47:43+00:00">Wed, 11/28/2018 - 08:47</span> Wed, 28 Nov 2018 14:47:43 +0000 amartin 2787 at IFDA's Educational Foundation Announces New Design Student Scholarships <span>IFDA&#039;s Educational Foundation Announces New Design Student Scholarships</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/826" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">kcaron</span></span> <span>Tue, 11/27/2018 - 10:08</span> <div class="field-type-text_with_summary"><p dir="ltr">The International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) announced this week that it has added two new scholarships to the established lineup of design-focused awards from its Educational Foundation (EF).</p> <p dir="ltr">Since the early years of this 71-year-old global design-industry alliance, EF has awarded scholarships to high-achieving students as well as grants to talented professionals, internationally. Until now, EF's seven annual scholarships totaled $12,500, but the new additions—for students in either two- or four-year institutions—expand that number to $18,000.</p> <p dir="ltr">The IFDA Philadelphia Scholarship ($2,500), supported by the Philadelphia Chapter, will be available to current full-time undergraduates who have completed four design courses in post-secondary education.</p> <p dir="ltr">"We have created this scholarship to reflect the rich history of design education in Philadelphia and beyond," says Chapter Treasurer Robert Belchic, adding that "our scholarship will shift among four different disciplines annually, beginning with interior design and rotating to furniture, textile and graphic design, then back again, in each succeeding year."</p> <p dir="ltr">"Rotating this scholarship focus among four categories allows us to show that IFDA is eager to honor different disciplines within or under the overall umbrella of interior design," says EF Director of Scholarships and Grants Karen Dzendolet.</p> <p dir="ltr">Each Philadelphia Scholarship awardee will also receive a complimentary IFDA student membership.</p> <p dir="ltr">"If the winner is local to any chapter, he or she will become affiliated with that group—if not, to a chapter nearby," Dzendolet says. "If there is no local or nearby chapter, the winning student can become an IFDA member at large."</p> <p dir="ltr">The Barbara Beckmann Textile Design Scholarship ($3,000 for 2019) will be open to full- or part-time undergraduate as well as graduate students majoring in interior design, fashion design or  a closely related field. Applicants must have completed at least four design courses in post-secondary education, with an emphasis on textile design or a closely related field.</p> <p dir="ltr">This scholarship was established by IFDA's Northern California Chapter to honor the memory of Barbara Efting Beckmann, a textile designer celebrated for her vast knowledge of all aspects of fabric printing and styling processes that have shaped her career-long output of hand-painted fabrics and leathers.</p> <p dir="ltr">"Barbara Beckmann designs have graced the interiors of hotels, palaces, embassies and yachts and private planes, along with the White House in Washington, D.C. and major properties around the world," explains Nancy L. Wolford, Vice President/Scholarships and Grants of the Northern California Chapter. "Barbara's expertise enabled her to adhere to the highest standards of quality in her work, while at the same time using environmentally friendly, all-natural fibers and non-toxic agents."</p> <p dir="ltr">Applications for all 2019 EF scholarships will only be accepted during the month of March, with winners promised notification in July. For details, visit the Educational Foundation website at <a href=""></a>. For answers to specific questions about these or any of EF's other scholarships and grants, contact Dzendolet at</p></div> Tue, 27 Nov 2018 16:08:58 +0000 kcaron 2778 at Behind the Design: ED Ellen DeGeneres Crafted by Generation Lighting <span property="schema:name">Behind the Design: ED Ellen DeGeneres Crafted by Generation Lighting</span> <span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" about="/user/14" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">amartin</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2018-11-27T15:06:02+00:00">Tue, 11/27/2018 - 09:06</span> Tue, 27 Nov 2018 15:06:02 +0000 amartin 2779 at