Designer Education

Product designers, interior designers and lighting designers are working in a changing industry. Competition from online services, DIY and home improvement tv shows, plus changing consumer lifestyles have continued to shift the way business is done. In this section, product designers, interior designers and lighting designers can read news, trend articles and more.

Leigh Jones sunroom
(Photo: Dustin Peck Photography)

Last Look With Leigh Jones

With an interior design career spanning nearly 40 years, Leigh Jones, Principal Designer at home furnishings retailer The Very Thing, specializes in comfortable luxury. Here she designed a bright and…
Alicia Kerr
Alicia Kerr with her staple Allie Studio pillows, which drill down to niche neighborhoods to give retailers a unique offering for customers shopping their stores.

Love Where You Live: How Alicia Kerr Celebrates Hometown Pride at Allie Studio

We hear it all the time in the home furnishings industry. The more customized and personal — and different — a piece of furniture or home accent is can make all the difference to the consumer. Enter…

Houzz Introduces Scholarship Category for Residential Construction Trade Students

Houzz Inc., the leading platform for home remodeling and design, today introduced a new category for skilled construction trades within Houzz Scholarships, a program that supports students working…
Adobestock computer software
(Photo: Kaspars Grinvalds - stock.adobe.com)

These Project Management Tools Help Keep Interior Designers Organized

Having a dedicated accounting and project management software platform is vital to help interior design firms stay organized. From creating proposals to handling product purchase transactions, these…
Renaissance Gateway
One of our features this month focuses on designer Lauren Rottet's design work at a cutting-edge airport hotel.

Watch the Subtle Synergies

I love it when an issue comes together. Not when the pages head to the printer (although that’s always a good feeling), but when the realization hits that the stories we’ve written, diverse as they…
Natalie Reddell Commander in Chic
Natalie Reddell, founder of Commander in Chic, shares her eye-catching designs on her Instagram page.

4 Furniture and Design Showrunners Share How They Do Things a Little Differently

In today’s world, where everyone has the ability to become a superstar on YouTube or Instagram, doing something just a little different offers the ability to have an impact. These four companies have…
Houzz Trade Program Regina Andrew
Photo courtesy of Regina Andrew

Houzz Trade Program Adds New Furnishing, Decor and Fixtures Brands

Houzz Inc. today announced the availability of several high-end brands on the Houzz Trade Program. Companies including Bernhardt Furniture Company, Four Hands, Bend Goods, Fermob, Cyan Design,…

Interior Designer Mark Cunningham Introduces MARKED

Interior designer Mark Cunningham today announced the launch of MARKED, a furniture, fabrics and found objects line. MARKED is a distillation of Cunningham’s three decades of practice in luxury…
John McClain living room
Photo: Amy Lamb, Native House Photography

Last Look With John McClain

When the owners of a home in upscale Winter Park, FL, approached John McClain of John McClain Design asking for a Mid-Century, gray-heavy space, he took their vision and infused it with his own…
pendants
The deeply shielded pendant fixtures offer illumination for dining without casting harsh shadows on people’s faces. Lighting below the counter shows off the tile detailing and subtly invites people up to the counter. The lighting inside the open kitchen matches the color temperature of the lighting within the restaurant so that feels more integrated into the overall setting. (Photos: Randall Whitehead)

Architecture Counts for Good Lighting Design

As a lighting designer, I try to integrate the illumination elements into the architecture as much as possible. Too many times we are brought onto a project after the architectural plans have been…