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.

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…
Modernique
(Photo: Frank Simon)

A Color Explosion

About seven years ago, while preparing to give a keynote speech at High Point Market, interior designer Julia Buckingham had a bit of an ah-ha moment. While trying to put a succinct name to her…

Dallas Design Week Returns this Fall

Dallas Market Center today announced the return of fall Dallas Design Week, Sept. 23-26, 2019, including the Dine + Design luncheon and ColorMix Forecast 2020 presentation by Sherwin-Williams along…
Stacy Garcia Urban Adaptation
Images shown clockwise from top left: Stacy Garcia Commercial for York Wallcoverings – Sprout (Lily), Stacy Garcia Commercial Textiles: Realm Collection – Elevate (Sage), Scott Webb via Unsplash, Bruno Ramos Lara via Unsplash, Chelsea Bock via Unsplash, Scott Webb via Unsplash

Urban Adaptation Trend Blends Nature & Technology

Sparked by the need to reduce our environmental footprint and our desire to be one with nature, urban residents have found new ways to integrate agriculture into a digitalized world. Taking the…
Lauren Rottet
Photo courtesy of the Naftali Group

Lauren Rottet Launches New Furniture Range with Haworth

Lauren Rottet, FAIA, FIIDA, internationally celebrated architect, designer and President/founding Principal of Rottet Studio, has teamed up with global furniture brand Haworth, Inc. to introduce the…

Theodore Alexander Opens Chicago Showroom

Theodore Alexander celebrated the opening of its new Chicago showroom, located on the third floor of 371 W. Ontario St. in Chicago’s River North Design District, on July 18, 2019. The grand opening…

Bobby Berk, Kelli Ellis to Host AHFA Hall of Fame Induction Celebration

Interior designers, entrepreneurs and TV personalities Bobby Berk and Kelli Ellis will co-host the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation Induction Celebration on Oct. 20 during the High…
Shaw Hospitality
Shaw Hospitality's Community Broadloom rug collection was on display among other new products at the HD Expo hospitality show.

Do You Know What's Next for Home Design Trends?

Market season is upon us, and we know what that means. It’s time to ask the all-important question as we visit showrooms: “What’s new?” We know we can count on seeing it: new vendors, new styles and…

Stacy Garcia Shares Her Path to Licensed Pattern Design Success

Surface Pattern Designer Stacy Garcia has made a name for herself, sharing her aesthetic through her hospitality textiles company LebaTex as well as licensing her designs across multiple categories,…