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April 02, 2019

What is... ASID and AIA?

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) aims to "advance the interior design profession" and give interior designers certain tools and resources to help them out along the way. If you're an interior designer, you should definitely check out the plethora of resources the ASID has for folks in your profession. (Source: ASID)

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is a professional organization for architects in the U.S. This institute offers "education, advocacy ... and public outreach to support the architect's profession." (Source: Wikipedia | AIA) According to their website, the AIA "works to advance our nation’s quality of life and protect the public’s health, safety and welfare, as it has done for 160 years." (Source: AIA

Both the AIA and the ASID offer wonderfully helpful resources to architects and interior designers alike. 

Sources & Further Reading

“ASID.” American Society of Interior Designers, www.asid.org/.

“AIA.” AIA, www.aia.org/.

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Interior Design Considerations that Facilitate Focus

January 25, 2019

Interior Design Considerations that Facilitate Focus

First thing's first. Let's talk about the psychology of color, specifically the colors that tend to facilitate focus & concentration. Green tends to promote concentration and focus while also playing into aspects of biophilic design. Blue is incredibly calming, which means using it in your office or home would promote calm and aid concentration.

Read more about color psychology here. Now, on to actual design elements. One important consideration is space. Do you want the area to be more open to encourage collaborative discussion, or closed off to ensure individual work gets done?

According to InteriorArchitects.com - in open office spaces "employees experience more uncontrolled interactions, higher levels of stress, and lower levels of concentration and motivation." Clearly there is a need for balance between collaboration and individual work that promotes concentration and productivity. Consider creating "focus areas" - places where people can work independently, and make the rest of the space more open to encourage collaboration and effective group work. 

Another possibility is to set up the space similar to a library layout, that is, long conference tables (see image below) that serve as collaborative meeting spaces, (but don't have to if an employee would prefer to work individually.)

Live Edge Claro Walnut Conference Table With AV Equipment Installed

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There are a ton of different ways to approach the maximization of concentration and focus in interior design elements, and these are just a few, so be sure to check out our sources and further reading section!

Sources & Further Reading

Source: Curbed

Source: Focus on Focus | Interior Architect 

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Five Excellent Interior Design Blogs

December 21, 2018

Five Excellent Interior Design Blogs

Remodelista


The name of the website says it all. A trendy interior design blog that will provide you with all the latest tips and tricks you’ll need to remodel your house. The homepage has several useful links, some of which are labeled, “Remodeling 101”, “Get Inspired”, “Design Travel”, and more for your reading pleasure. Not to mention the sleek and minimal web design. Image taken from Remodelista’s website.

Remodelista Screen Capture

 

Amber Interiors


Taken directly from the Amber Interiors website: “Amber Interiors Design Studio is a full-service interior design firm based in Los Angeles, California, founded by Amber Lewis. We serve clients worldwide with services ranging from interior design, interior architecture to furniture design.” If you take a look at some of their projects, you’ll see some lovely interiors. Image taken directly from Amber Interiors website.

Amber Interiors Website

 

Coco Kelley


This lifestyle blog has a bunch of different sections dedicated to interiors, travel, entertainment, and DIY. Their slogan? “LIFE IS IN THE DETAILS. STYLE ACCORDINGLY.” According to their website, Coco Kelley was, “Founded by Cassandra LaValle, Coco Kelley is a lifestyle brand devoted to fresh takes on the classics.” Image taken directly from the CocoKelley website.

Coco Kelley Website

 

EyeSwoon


EyeSwoon is one of those blogs that gives a range of knowledge on a variety of topics like food, design, and living. The easy to navigate page layout + web design are just a bonus when you consider how attractive the site really is. According to their website EyeSwoon is, ”Your destination for creativity, inspired by a passion for great food, entertaining & design and dedicated to lovers of beauty everywhere. Come swoon with me as I cook & create, showing you the simple tips and tricks that make every day swoon-worthy.” Image taken from the EyeSwoon website.

EyeSwoon Website

 

Apartment 34


Like several other blogs on this list, Apartment 34 covers multiple areas including decor, fashion, beauty, travel, ect… According to their “About” page, “Apartment 34 offers inspiring tips and ideas for an intentional approach to modern living. We share sophisticated décor, style, cooking, travel, entertaining – all the good stuff that helps elevate daily life.” Image taken from the Apartment 34 website.

Apartment 42 Website


SOURCES:

MYDOMAINE blog: https://www.mydomaine.com/decorating-blogs

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