IIDA’s Chapter Capture allows you to get to know our 33 Chapters from around the world as they discuss their Chapter make-up, upcoming initiatives, and what makes their IIDA Members unique. 

IIDA GA_Retreat at Interface

IIDA Georgia Board Retreat at Interface

This month, we highlight the IIDA Georgia Chapter. IIDA Georgia was IIDA’s 2013 Small Chapter of the Year and for good reason! The Chapter is involved both within the Georgia design community, as well as, the community at large. Chapter leadership works to create the b.o.b. Design Forum Awards Gala. The b.o.b. (Best of the Best) Forum Design Awards is the highest honor that the IIDA Georgia Chapter can bestow in recognition of design excellence and promotion of creativity.

The Chapter also upholds the tenet of “…increasing the quality of life through interior design…” by becoming involved with and seeking out design opportunities within the community. The Chapter took a concept created by SCAD students and committed to make the concept a reality for the Zaban Couples Center – a center dedicated to transitioning couples out of homelessness into independent living.

IIDA Georgia, Dressed Fashion Show

IIDA Georgia, Dressed Fashion Show

With so many projects and events going on, the IIDA Georgia Chapter remains active throughout the state via their City Centers located in Atlanta, Savannah, and Augusta. The Chapter is comprised of both young ans seasoned professionals representing a variety of backgrounds, firms, and manufacturers. To connect with IIDA Georgia, visit them at their website, and join this growing, vibrant, and active Chapter!

Upcoming Programming

  • CEU Double Feature: Workplace Issues and Healthcare
  • Industry Exchange
  • Holiday Parties in Atlanta, Savannah, and Augusta
  • CEU: Pinterest and the A & D Community
  • b.o.b. Design Forum Awards Gala
  • Membership Appreciation Events


What Clients Want, Vol. 2 is the second in the popular IIDA book series, What Clients Want. The second volume departs from the first by focusing solely on hotel design. Sixteen projects were chosen from around the world, and each project features commentary from both the client and the designer. Included are client responses from CEOs, hoteliers, developers, and operators of five-star and boutique properties including Hilton Worldwide, Firmdale Group, Starwood Capital, Langham, Ritz-Carlton Reserve, and the Fasano brand, to name a few.

What Clients Wants Volume 2 will take the reader on a journey from historical hotels to modern, sleek hotels with personalized services; and while the landscapes and interiors may change, the constant throughout is good design that responds to the end-user’s needs and wants.

The IIDA Foundation has generously provided funding with additional support from 3M Architectural Markets Division. 3M Architectural Markets General Manager Maureen Tholen contributed the book’s introduction, providing insight into 3M’s rich history of hospitality innovation, and the book cover itself is constructed from 3M™ DI-NOC™ Architectural Finishes (printed pattern PS-503).

The series was written by Melissa Feldman whose editorial work has appeared in Architectural Digest, interiordesign.net, New York Post, and Contract magazine.

Secure your copy today by filling out this order form. As always, IIDA Members, will receive a complimentary copy.


Since 1989 the IIDA Leaders Breakfast is a long-standing, celebrated event in which IIDA host cities bring together Interior Designers, clients, manufacturers, and community leaders for an inspiring morning.  Each of the the nine host cities chooses a keynote speaker, as well as, a Leadership Award of Excellence honoree.  Herman Miller has graciously bestowed a gift upon each city’s honoree in the form of the iconic Eames plywood splint. As there are now a limited number of splints, Herman Miller has unveiled a new gift to honorees. 

Image courtesy of Herman Miller

Exclusive only to Leaders Breakfast honoree recipients, the award is a special icon of modern design that is attributed to the legacy of Charles and Ray Eames. This special edition stool is made from sustainable ash stained in a signature translucent aniline red, a favorite color of the Eameses. In addition to the special edition of the stool, honorees will also receive a specialty book on the history of the stool, and a framed print of the stool from the Herman Miller design archives.


September’s IIDA Product of the Month features KI’s new collection, Soltíce Metal, designed by Paul James. With superior attention to detail, award-winning designer James has taken the incomparable durability of steel and refines it to an art form. James’ vision with Soltíce Metal was to take the established design of classic Soltíce, with its beautiful, inviting curves, and give it a fresh form. Its modern silhouette offers a stunning simplicity and creates a clean and contemporary aesthetic suitable for all environments. For more product details, visit the KI website here.


About 60 percent of Americans work in cubicles, and 93 percent of those dislike them. How did that happen? Nikil Saval, author of Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace, tried to answer this question during a recent lecture.

Saval began by summarizing his own work experience, one that we can all relate to, which involved receiving an assigned cube and his feelings of excitement at being able to personalize the three walled space. He soon transitioned to freelance work, a change that took him to loud, overpriced coffee shops. These work experiences precipitated his book, Cubed, that seeks to discover the changes in the workplace from employees at cubicles to today’s freelance worker.

He began his research with the 19th century when America saw the advent of clerical work, and as Saval explained, “a much-despised position by the public.” Even Walt Whitman wrote against men working in offices, while others painted them as weak and pale as compared to manual laborers.

As Saval moved on throughout the centuries he eventually landed in the 1950’s where the workplace gave rise to different pools/departments of work. Desks were grouped together (aka the accounting pool) and upper management had coveted offices on the perimeter surrounding this pool of desks.


In 1968 Robert Propst of Herman Miller worked to create the Action Office. The Action Office proposed to do away with the fixed furniture of the office, and instead, provide workplaces with flexible office components that could be combined to best fit the needs of the employee. Unfortunately, Action Office didn’t sell well, and gave rise to Action Office 2, which provided the workplace with the now oft-seen modular, interlocking three walls. All furniture manufacturers, eager to have a piece of the profits, began churning out three-walled cubicles without regard for the office or worker.

The lecture ended somewhat abruptly with a brief nod to Google and their innovative workplace design, but offered no blueprint for how we can refresh and do away with these “cubicle farms.” Fortunately, IIDA continues to celebrate workplace design through our competitions and pushes the industry forward through our industry round table discussions, while also stopping to ask how happy designers are in their workplace. Will cubicle farms be a thing of the past? Will open concept rule the workplace? Where do you think the future of the workplace is headed?



This month Allsteel brings us three products for the DM Product of the Month.


IntelliForm™ back technology and advanced materiality allow this chair to embrace the user, providing consistent contact for personalized comfort. Appropriately scaled, Mimeo can be easily transported and visually integrated into multiple spaces. With its distinctive style and dynamic support, Mimeo delivers the spirit of design and performance that moves companies forward.


The simple, efficient functionality of Beyond movable walls offers built-in flexibility that responds to the constant rhythm of business change. With a large selection of aesthetic choices, move beyond permanent drywall solutions and rigid space planning to create flexible workspaces that are ready to reconfigure and walls that are easy to relocate for whatever change the future brings.


At the heart of Further is the hub, providing power and data support for a variety of applications, whether beam-connected or freestanding. Further’s signature trapezoid surface allows multiple configurations, provides unique user orientation that maximizes footprint efficiency, and accommodates focused or collaborative workspaces. Whether the planning approach is organic or linear, individual or team-based, Further can bring your design to life.