October 22, 2014

October 22, 2014
The DesignMatters newsletter is the bimonthly membership newsletter of IIDA showcasing the latest Interior Design and A&D industry news, membership events and benefits, and design competitions, education, and trends.

IIDA/Contract Magazine Booth Design Competition Deadline: This Friday

The deadline to submit to the 10th annual IIDA/Contract Magazine Booth Design Competition is this Friday, Oct. 24, The IIDA/Contract Magazine Booth Design Awards honors originality of design, visual impact, effective use of materials and the outstanding use of space, color, texture, lighting and graphics in booths at NeoCon East 2014. Winners will be featured in Contract magazine and the IIDA and Merchandise Mart websites.



IIDA Global Excellence Awards Competition Open

Submit your projects to the 5th annual IIDA Global Excellence Awards. This annual worldwide design competition was established to honor and celebrate outstanding originality and excellence in the creation of international Interior Design/ Interior Architecture projects in 13 categories. All winning projects will be featured on the IIDA website. The Best of Competition winner will be selected from the category winners and announced at a reception at Maison & Objet in Paris on Saturday, Jan. 24.


Join IIDA at NeoCon East 2014 in Baltimore

IIDA will be at NeoCon East in Baltimore, Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 29 and 30. World Chairs and Float Tables by Humanscale, IIDA booth sponsor, will be featured at the IIDA booth (#2300). Join IIDA for the IIDA Government Design Forum, sponsored by Tandus Centiva, focused on topics related to government design; the IIDA Career Bootcamp where students will gain advice on breaking into the Interior Design industry from a panel of Design professionals, including Jessica Callaway, Associate IIDA, LEED GA (Hickok Cole Architects), Kelly Ennis, IIDA (The Verve Partnership), and Samantha Haugh (Steelcase); and Kevin Salwen’s special report on the IIDA and BIFMA workplace study, Design Leveraged. Online registration for NeoCon East ends today.



IIDA Foundation 2014 Designing for the Future Campaign

IIDA Foundation Trustees are pleased to announce the launch of the 2014 Designing for the Future Campaign, which opened Oct. 1, and will continue through Dec. 1. The funds raised from this year’s campaign will provide funding for the  NCIDQ Tuition Reimbursement Fund and support the Council for Interior Design Accreditation in developing accreditation standards for 2014 – 2015. To date, 117 IIDA Members have received financial assistance from the Foundation upon passing the exam.


Purchase Your Copy of What Clients Want, Vol. 2

The compelling book series, What Clients Want, published by IIDA, features insight from clients about what design excellence means and how it is achieved. What Clients Want, Vol. 2 places a special focus on hotel design and spotlights sixteen unique global properties as the centerpiece of these essential conversations about the value of design in the hospitality marketplace. This book is crafted especially for the design community and its clients, courtesy of 3M Architectural Markets and the IIDA Foundation. Click HERE to place your order.


International President of IIDA Julio Braga, IIDA, LEED AP (right), with Mark Strauss, President of Interior Design Media. Photo credit: Andy Pischalnikoff

Leaders Breakfast Fall 2014 Recap

The IIDA Leaders Breakfast fall series ended on a high note with a record number of attendees in Chicago on October 10. The fall series included sold out Breakfasts in Los Angeles, Houston, and San Francisco. Each of the Breakfasts featured a keynote speaker and honoree. Los Angeles and Houston keynote, Todd Henry, author and founder of The Accidental Creative, pushed attendees to release their best inner work and to break away from mediocrity. “Cover bands don’t change the world,” said Henry. San Francisco welcomed hotelier and Airbnb’s Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy Chip Conley, where he presented his “Hierarchy of Needs in the Workplace,” and Chicago audiences were captivated by architect, designer, and MIT professor Neri Oxman and her scientific creations and discoveries.

IIDA Leadership Award of Excellence honorees were presented with a one-of-a-kind Herman Miller Eames stool. In her acceptance speech, designer Holly Hunt reminded the Chicago audience to “never let best get in the way of better.” Houston Leaders Breakfast attendees stood on their feet for Louise Nicholson Carter, IIDA. San Francisco’s Northern California Chapter presented an additional Distinguished Honor Award to Anna Hernandez, Industry IIDA, for Luna Textiles. The fall series was an overwhelming success with the hard work of Chapter volunteers and students, and the support of National Benefactors Herman Miller and Interior Design Media. The next Leaders Breakfast will be hosted in Toronto, Canada, on Wednesday, Dec. 3. Spring 2015 Leaders Breakfast dates will be released soon. For more information about Leaders Breakfast, please contact Anastasia Gedman, Leaders Breakfast and Special Events Manager, at agedman@iida.org or 312.379.5129.


2014bgrightBuild Your Future at EDspaces in Tampa, Florida

EDspaces has quickly become the education industry’s most important international conference and expo for professionals who design, equip, and manage creative learning environments that improve student outcomes. Come to EDspaces and be among the first to see what is trending in product design when the EDspaces Innovation Awards are announced by IIDA. Register and save using promo code: IIDA. For more information, visit www.ed-spaces.com or call 800.395.5550.


WPNeoConEast_Conference Program Audience_LNeoCon Invites You to Submit Your Program Ideas for 2015

NeoCon, North America’s largest design exposition and conference for commercial interiors for more than 45 years, officially announced the call for presentations for NeoCon and NeoCon East 2015 live on its website. NeoCon and NeoCon East are seeking industry experts to share professional insight and knowledge with commercial and residential interior design, as well as architecture and facility management professionals. Program proposals for NeoCon have already passed. However, NeoCon East will be accepting proposals until April 1, 2015.




Apply Now for Scholarship Opportunities from Gensler

Two scholarship opportunities for 2015 from Gensler are now open. The Gensler Diversity Scholarship celebrates diversity WP_2015_Diversity_Poster_Press Anncoucementthrough mentorship and empowerment of the best emerging design talent. Top African-American students who will be entering their final year of a U.S. not-for-profit NAAB-accredited architecture program in the fall of 2015 are encouraged to apply. The Gensler Brinkmann Scholarship was established as a WP_2015_Brinkmann_Poster_Press Annoucementmemorial to Don Brinkmann, an inspirational and gifted interior designer. Top students entering their final year of a U.S. not-for-profit CIDA-accredited interior design program in the fall of 2015 are encouraged to apply. Deadline for both scholarships is Dec. 8.


WP_INawardslogoIIDA Northern Pacific Chapter to Honor Design Leaders at the 2014 INawards

The IIDA Northern Pacific Chapter invites Members to celebrate and honor projects by the design industry leaders of the Pacific Northwest at the 11th annual INawards. Award recipients will be honored in eight categories in commercial and residential design, including a People’s Choice. Check-in and cocktails will begin at 5:30 p.m. The award ceremony will start promptly at 7:00 p.m. Click HERE to register for the 2014 INawards.



IIDA Cleveland Akron and AIA Cleveland Host the 2014 AIA Cleveland and IIDA Cleveland Akron Design Awards in Cleveland, Ohio

IIDA Cleveland Akron and AIA Cleveland will recognize emerging architects and interior designers who are influencing a sustainable future of the profession with the 2014 AIA Cleveland and IIDA Cleveland Akron Design Awards. This year’s awards will be held Friday, Nov 21, at the Tinkham Veale University Center on the campus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Ana Pinto-Alexander, IIDA, RID, EDAC, will represent IIDA as awards jury chair. Ticket sales end Friday, Nov. 14. IIDA Members receive a discounted rate of $75. Purchase your tickets HERE.


20th Anniversary Signature Collection Items for Sale

Official merchandise from the IIDA 20th Anniversary Signature Collection is still available for purchase. The collection, which debuted at the Chapter Leaders Conference and NeoCon 2014, are for the fashionably fast-paced, hardworking, and ever-busy.

Designed by Rick Valicenti and Thirst, the Signature Collection pieces are a cohesive and elegant assortment of merchandise designed to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of IIDA. These items which include scarves, pocket squares, and a custom-designed tote work well with designers’ lifestyles. Travel with the items, give them as gifts, or hold on to them as timeless pieces.

Act fast as there is a limited quantity of these one-of-a-kind articles, which will not be recreated or redistributed after the final sale. To peruse the merchandise and place an order, click HERE.

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