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DESIGN CHALLENGE : ICONIC REINVENTION

The always innovative and ever-expanding company, Unbranded Designs, has created the Iconic Reinvention Design Challenge – a breakthrough competition centered around timeless furniture revitalized for a modern lifestyle. Participants are asked to select an iconic piece of furniture and recreate it, making it relevant to today’s manufacturing processes or materials, or the way people live today.

“This competition is all about reinventing classic furniture you love,” said Sameer Dohadwala, Co-Founder and CEO of Unbranded Designs. “These items are staples of the industry with the opportunity to reimagine them for modern day.”

Contestants can win prizes ranging from T-shirts, a featured blog piece, and as much as $1,000 in cash. However, entering the Challenge can bring far more benefits for a designer than prizes can provide. The opportunity to gain exposure as an innovative designer and have your work seen and judged by some of the biggest names in design; Jason Hall (Charlie Greene Studios), Chris Hacker (Herman Miller), and Harry Allen (Harry Allen Design), could be the most invaluable reward of the Challenge.

“The biggest reason to take part in the competition is the recognition you receive when you enter, and when a project is selected,” said Dohadwala. “It’s also an amazing outlet to grow as a designer and have your work critiqued by some of the biggest firms in the industry. It’s truly a great learning experience.”

Unbranded Designs is a global community that helps discover Design ideas and distribute them to industry professionals. Their overall goal is to support and connect cutting-edge designers to manufactures around the world.

“Unbranded Designs is really about empowering designers,” said Dohadwala. “Our philosophy is to introduce our designers to big markets.”

Submissions for the Reinvention Design Challenge are due by July 23, 2014. For more information on Unbranded Designs and the Iconic Reinvention Design Challenge, click here.

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WHAT’S IN A NAME? ADVOCACY UPDATES

You may have noticed a change with regard to IIDA Government and Regulatory Affairs (aka GRA) recently. We no longer refer to our legislative affairs as GRA but instead IIDA is using the term “Advocacy.” While subtle to some it underscores an important change in the way IIDA views the way in which we advocate for our Members.

IIDA is encompassing more of what our Members actually do – which is advocate and set good public policy on the state level through the support of licensure by the introduction of title and/or practice acts. The use of the term advocacy, as our Director of Advocacy, Emily Kluczynski points out, is a term that is more relatable and less intimidating.

“I think advocacy is warm term that everyone can relate to.  I think members say, ‘Even though I may not be an expert on the legislative process, I can learn the basic tools and be an advocate for my profession.’  Grassroots advocacy is something we try to distill in our members from the moment they join – whether it’s at the student or professional level,” said Emily Kluczynski.

Emily started with IIDA last December, and during her time she has already made advocacy and legislative affairs less daunting for our Members by holding monthly calls, attending Capital Days in Jefferson City, Missouri, attending Chapter and Coalition events, and producing up-to-date resources for Members. Through the these efforts IIDA is making the legislative process less intimidating and more accessible.

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2014 IIDA Career Bootcamp™

Design students who attended NeoCon 2014 were able to jump start their careers by attending this year’s IIDA Career Bootcamp™. The esteemed Bootcamp panel of professional Interior Designers featured Fred Schmidt, IIDA, LEED AP, Jocelyn Stroupe, IIDA AAHID, ASID, EDAC, Alissa Wehmueller, IIDA, and Olivia Zabel, Associate IIDA, who shared stories and tips on how to effectively get a foot in the door to the Design industry, how to best prepare a resume and portfolio, do’s and don’t’s of being a Design professional, and what it takes to be a licensed and successful Interior Designer. Check out the video below!

 

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2014 IIDA Annual Meeting

Weren’t able to watch the 2014 Annual Meeting live stream? No worries – the full video is available below! Watch as IIDA presents the Legacy Award, Star Award, and Titan Award as well as the induction of Felice Silverman, FIIDA, LEED AP, ID+C and Joan Blumenfeld, FIIDA, FAIA, LEED, ID+C into the College of Fellows. Also, Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl Durst, FIIDA, LEED AP welcomes President Julio Braga, IIDA LEED AP to the 2014 IIDA International Board of Directors and introduces Cindy Allen as an Honorary Member.

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PRODUCT OF THE MONTH: ARMSTRONG

June’s IIDA Product of the Month features several products from Armstrong. The MetalWorks Blades and Infusion are part of the Concept family of products.  Concepts products are created for today’s linear trends. The rich wood looks and unique wave designs can create a variety of visuals depending on spacing and direction of the blades. Create an accent area or add visual impact with a full room installation.

MetalWorks Blades

MetalWorks Blades

Infusion Blades

Infusion Blades

MetalWorks Clip-on can quickly and easily transform any space with an existing 15/16″ suspension system. A great choice for renovations, MetalWorks Clip-on panels are downward accessible and available in 24″ x 24″ and 24″ x 48″ standard sizes. Choose from various MetalWorks finishes and perforations to give any installation a clean, finished look!

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MetalWorks Clip On

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IIDA AT NEOCON 2014 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

NeoCon 2014 brings with it IIDA’s 20th anniversary. In 1994, the International Interior Design Association was created to elevate Interior Design not only within the U.S. but abroad, as well. Since the association’s inception, it has grown to encompass thousands of Interior Designers who are practicing in more than 50 countries worldwide and is regarded as the preeminent Commercial Interior Design association. Throughout NeoCon we invite you to celebrate with us in person or remotely! Connect with us in-person through the events and programs outlined below, as well as remotely using the hashtag #IIDA20.

Before NeoCon 2014 opens, IIDA will already be celebrating NeoCon the weekend before.

Design Day in Chicago

On the advent of NeoCon, join IIDA and the rest of the City of Chicago as Mayor Rahm Emanuel officially declares Sunday, June 8, 2014, Design Day in Chicago.

Annual Meeting

All IIDA Members are invited to help us officially kick-off our 20th Anniversary at the IIDA Annual Meeting. Join us as we recognize the newly inducted 2014-2016 International Board of Directors, celebrate Yabu Pushelberg as our 2014 Star Award recipient, and Michael Vanderbyl, IIDA, the 2014 Titan Award winner. IIDA will also welcome Joan Blumenfeld, FIIDA, and sitting President Felice Silverman, FIIDA, to the prestigious College of Fellows, and acknowledge the Chapters of the Year for their achievements. RSVP to iidahq@iida.org.

For the first time in its history, IIDA will offer a global Live Stream feed of its Annual Meeting for Members who are unable to attend NeoCon 2014 in person. From your computer, laptop or mobile device, gain access to the IIDA Annual Meeting 2014 from anywhere in the world as IIDA celebrates 20 years of elevating Design and the profession, and recognizes this year’s honorees. To join the IIDA Annual Meeting Live Stream, RSVP to amlive@iida.org.

COOL

Join us for an elegant evening of cocktails, dinner and dancing as some of the most prominent international Interior Designers and global design manufacturers gather to celebrate the winners of two of the most prestigious awards in the profession the 41st Annual Interior Design Competition and the 22nd Annual Will Ching Design Competition. RSVP to awilliams@iida.org

The official NeoCon show will begin June 9th and will end June 11th. Throughout the show you can connect with IIDA in our booth at 7-9040 and throughout several programs.

Monday, June 9th

Tuesday, June 10th

  • Legislative Roundtable, 9am – 11:00am, IIDA Learning Center
  • Student Charette, 9am – 5pm (judging 3pm – 5pm), Mart 8th Floor Southeast Corner

Wednesday, June 11th

  • IIDA Career Bootcamp, 9am – 10:30am, Mart 8th Floor Southeast Corner
  • Students and recent graduates are highly encouraged to attend this informative event featuring a captivating panel of professional Designers. Learn how to get your foot in the door of the industry; how to land an interview; and how best to position yourself through your resumes, cover letters and portfolios. Get a jump start on your career by registering at the IIDA Booth (#7-9040) during NeoCon 2014, or if you can’t make it in person, join the inaugural Career Bootcamp™ Live Stream from anywhere in the world! Simply RSVP to bootcamplive@iida.org
  • Student Charette Winners Reception, 3pm – 5pm, DIRTT 325 N Wells St Suite #1000