What is Next for Successful Learning Environments?

By:  Donna Metallic , RID During a recent conversation with a higher education client we started to discuss the ecosystem of a learning environment.  It reminded me of a trip to Steelcase University in Grand Rapids Michigan, where I had the opportunity to discuss the active learning ecosystem and experience firsthand the learning lab products. How can design influence our educational… Read More

Congratulations!…Now What?

By: Sara Kotarski   Happy May, and Happy Graduation for many! It seems like just yesterday I was saying goodbye to my home of four years and walking away as an alumna of Michigan State University’s Interior Design program. A lot has happened in those two years since graduation. I’ve lived in 3 states, worked 3 jobs, and rented 2… Read More

Authenticity Never Goes Out of Style

By: Victoria Numbers Authenticity. By definition, authentic means not false or copied; genuine; real. In an era of mass production, technology, and ultra-connectedness, there is a tangible craving for experiences and goods that have a sense of truth to them. A product that is unique and embodies the creative energy of the maker starts to generate a richer connection. Fortunately,… Read More

Take a Deep Breath and…Rest!

By: Lee Boyland Our society is speeding along at the pace of technology, and our schedules are packed with commitments. Some of us are great multi-taskers and we thrive on staying busy, checking off lists of to-dos, but we can only keep up at that pace for so long. Our brains need a break from work, extra curriculars, and we… Read More

People Who Live in Glass Apps…

By: Julie Knight, RID For 10 years, Glass Apps has produced industry leading smart glass technology for commercial, healthcare, residential and government applications. Smart glass is a switchable glass technology that changes the appearance of glass from clear and opaque states on demand. This smart glass technology is produced by laminating glass products with a PDLC (Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal)… Read More

NeoCon: A History

  By: Brittany Adkins It’s almost here! The 49th annual NeoCon trade show is set to take place June 12th– 14th at the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago. IDO is graciously sending myself along with Victoria Numbers, Catie Sterling, and Sara Kotarski to the event to scope out new products and vendors. As we have been gearing up and laying… Read More

Spring has Sprung

By: Kris Kleinknight WOW – we’re through the first quarter of 2017; Spring is finally here; North Carolina won the Final Four and Easter is in two weeks! I’m super excited for Easter Sunday!  In an effort to help with my group’s Easter egg clues; I was searching for Easter facts or trivia and came across other Easter traditions from… Read More

The Open Office Environment in 2017

By: Rhonda Wessel The open office as we know it is ever evolving and changing to meet the needs of today’s employees.  More collaboration is taking place in the office.  What makes the design of the open office different in 2017 than 5 years ago or even 10 years ago? Technology has evolved to make our work spaces more flexible. … Read More

World Water Day for the Win

By: Kelsey Venekamp World Water Day is held annually on March 22nd to help bring attention to a crisis faced by millions around the globe—limited access to fresh, clean water. This year’s theme ‘why wastewater’ emphasizes the significance of improving water quality by reducing the amount of untreated wastewater and increasing recycling and safe reuse globally. While water makes up… Read More

Workplace Planning and Psychology

By: Catie Sterling While beginning to work on some major office area renovations, my team has to discuss several different factors based on our client, such as the existing space they’re working in, their wants vs. needs, technology, collaboration styles, etc.  Floor Plans & Freud: The Psychology of Workplace Planning, an article from Interiors & Sources’ Continuing Education Series, dives… Read More