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!

MetalWorks Clip On

MetalWorks Clip On

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

 

A HISTORY OF COOL

IIDA’s annual NeoCon black-tie gala celebration is a special evening to honor the winners of two of the most prestigious competitions in the Interior Design profession – the 41st Annual Interior Design Competition and the 22nd Annual Will Ching Design Competition.

Prominent international Interior Designers and global design manufacturers gather for an evening of cocktails, dinner and dancing in the Grand Ballroom of The Ritz Carlton Chicago to celebrate the evening’s award winning design firms and their outstanding projects.

In honor of the rapidly approaching event, we visit with IIDA Senior Vice President Dennis Krause, Hon. IIDA for his thoughts on this grand occasion.

Q: How did COOL take shape and become the event that it is today?

DK: The gala was originally known as The Midnight Affair back in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. We used it as the official kick-off to NeoCon, back when NeoCon was a week-long event. It was called The Midnight Affair because it started at midnight and in the early days it was held a Navy Pier. It’s always been a staple of NeoCon, but through the years there have been many changes. From Midnight Affair, to just Affair; and then we realized branding was such a big part of the event and our identity. We came up with the name COOL because we felt that it represented the industry.

Q: COOL is such a large and instrumental part of NeoCon. Who plans such a big occasion?

DK: Well, I’ve been with the Association (IIDA) for 18 years, so this is my 17th COOL that I’ve been involved with. The person involved with industry relations — this year it’s Aisha Williams — has been very important, because the event relies on sponsorship. The industry relations person is able to coordinate with many of our corporate members to contribute to COOL. We want the Industry Members to be a part of an event that focuses on design excellence.

Q: What can someone who has never gone to COOL expect?

DK: They can expect a black-tie evening of Interior Designers, Manufacturers and Architects who really appreciate design excellence. It’s a variation of the Oscars. You have cocktails, you enjoy the award ceremony, and you finish the night with dinner and dancing. It’s a full range of networking and appreciation of Interior Design.

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This years celebration will take place Sunday, June 8th at the Chicago Ritz-Carlton from 7-11pm. For more information regarding sponsorship and tickets, please contact Aisha Williams at awilliams@iida.org.

To connect with IIDA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram throughout NeoCon use the hashtag #IIDA20

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH: WILLIAMS-SONOMA

We are excited to give you not one, not two, but three featured products this month!  Williams-Sonoma, Industry IIDA, brings us the Atherton and Colonial chair, as well as, an inside look at the Umbria Collection.

Atherton Chair
Atherton pairs the timeless appeal of a wing chair with refined proportions that give it a clean, updated style. The upholstered back and loose seat cushion are generously padded for welcoming comfort; choose down or poly fill for the type of resilience you prefer.

Atherton Chair, Williams-Sonoma

Atherton Chair, Williams-Sonoma

Colonial Chair
Covered in premium top-grain leather, this chair gives Colonial style a luxe update. The leather’s supple feel and a rich look are accented by hand-hammered antiqued-brass nailheads and turned, bamboo-style front legs, while thick padding ensures comfortable support.

Colonial Chair, Williams-Sonoma

Colonial Chair, Williams-Sonoma

Umbria Collection
Sleek, sinuous curves are paired with a rich, rustic finish that showcases the whorls of natural wood grain. The unique result is a sculptural table with timeless appeal – a harmonious addition to traditional and modern spaces alike.

Umbria Collection, Williams-Sonoma

Umbria Collection, Williams-Sonoma

Open Office Design: Are They really making us happier?

Fast Company recently reported on a two part series regarding open office design.  On November 6 they first reported on, “How to Create an Open Office that is More Awesome for Both Introverts and Extroverts” making a claim for open office spaces. Reporter Anaji Mullaney makes a case for Fast Company’s open office space, and while she admits the office could have approached the layout differently she does say that the open layout has contributed to:

  • Less cluttered inbox
  • An open office plan is less intimidating
  • They foster collaboration
  • Creating a library effect.  Break down partitions for a quieter space!
  • and possibly most importantly, it gets upper-level managers out of their office and encourages interaction across the board.

It sounds great, right?  Well, Fast Company then reported “You’re not Alone: Most People Hate Open Offices,” referencing a University of Sydney study which discovered that ease of communication does not outweigh the lack of privacy.  The Harvard Business Review took the findings and placed them into charts highlighting the dissatisfaction of those in enclosed offices as compared to those in open office layouts. Some of the results are illustrated below:

Workers reported that their personal space was “most important,” and not having an enclosed office affected their workplace happiness and productivity.

The bridge between the articles is that they both put forth theories for finding a balance between group “collaboration and solitary exploration.” After all, that’s what work is in concept; we work with others, and we work alone – often doing one more than the other, depending on one’s position and industry or merely the day of the week.  The key is balance, and everyone’s balance – or where they operate in their most professionally productive and personally fulfilling sense – is different.

Today, the topic of work and workplace is extremely important as more individuals desire a voice in how their working environment is designed. Often, this degree of individual involvement and personally-focused kind of work environment leads the interior design down a path of creating a hybrid, living-work environment, like that depicted in Herman Miller’s newest “Living Office” system.

This system, or series of systems, begets options for individuals, whether it is for collaboration, personal retreat, relaxing, thinking, etc. It caters to the individual by blending living space with office resources. Thus, with the lines between living and work and space continually being blurred, the challenge is not siding with “open office” or “no open office,” but rather finding the intersection between the two that converges both sides of the argument, effectively and meaningfully.