Category: Design

Why I Build – Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build 2019

By: Sara Kotarski This May, Amanda Medlen, Brittany Parksey, Lee Boyland, and I collaborated with Turner Construction to create a team for Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build 2019. Women Build is a program where women from all walks of life come together to raise funds and physically build a home – start to finish – for a local family in… Read More

The ABC’s of Healthcare Design

By Victoria Numbers The practice of Healthcare Design has grown and evolved at a remarkable pace since Dr. Wayne Ruga, FAIA, FIIDA, Hon. FASID, founded the Healthcare Symposium in the mid 1980’s. Over the past three decades, a number of research and knowledge sharing organizations, credentialing methods and guidelines have been developed. Here are a few of the Healthcare Design… Read More

Design Savvy, Where Does it Come From?

By Janet H. Thomas With the fast pace of change in the world how does the local design community keep abreast of the trends, the successes and the failures? How do interior designers know what is sustainable, what is the right product to promote health and wellness? Finally how does the design community stay in touch with their local community… Read More

The Botanical Trend

By: Sara Kotarski Commercial plant products from companies such as Artisan Moss, Verde Profilo, and LiveWall are becoming increasingly popular in the market right now. This is partially due to the “botanical trend” that seems to have blossomed into the interior design industry over the past year. Companies of all shapes and sizes are introducing living plants as a design… Read More

Mayo Clinic’s Discovery Square

By: Kris Kleinknight Discovery Square in Rochester, Minnesota is a 16 block sub-district built in collaboration with Mayo Clinic in a highly connected urban life science hub. Mayo Clinic is adding three research centers in a four-story facility on the Destination Medical Center campus in Rochester, MN due for completion in 2019. The bioresearch campus will be the centerpiece of Discovery… Read More

Lighting Trends for 2018

By Rhonda Wessel Lighting design has always fascinated me, and it definitely is something that takes some thought and consideration. As an interior designer, many situations take some more detailed planning. I have been researching and cataloging light fixtures recently, and noticed some popular trends. Most of the lighting trends I have found appear in the residential spaces, however some… Read More

Interior Design Apps

By: Laken Taylor Every interior designer has some tricks up their sleeves and with twenty first century technology it sure got a lot easier. Here’s a list of applications you can get right on your phone! Sherwin Williams Color Snap: Build Color Palettes Color Match Photos Scan Color Numbers Paint Calculator This little app is fun and super handy to… Read More

Augmented Reality in Interior Design

By: Sara Kotarski Have you ever purchased a large piece of furniture just to find out that it doesn’t fit in the space you intended? Or spent hundreds of dollars on a new sofa to discover that the color juuust isn’t right? Well some furniture retailers, including IKEA, Wayfair, Pottery Barn, and more, have a solution for you. Over the… Read More

The Queen of Curve

By Kris Kleinknight I recently watched the first episode of Impossible Builds, a new documentary series on PBS that examines the world’s most complex and technologically advanced construction projects around the globe.  It is a truly inspirational and moving documentary available at http://www.pbs.org/video/creating-scorpion-towers-silky-aesthetic-hv1zoh/ Zaha Hadid has become internationally renowned for her revolutionary designs of sensuous buildings that push the limits… Read More

Maison & Objet Paris

By Rhonda Wessel I recently had the opportunity to travel to Paris, France in January and participated in Paris Design Week by attending the Maison & Objet Paris tradeshow.  Did you know there is a Paris Design Week?  No, not Fashion Week, which is typically one of the first things that comes to mind when one thinks of Paris.  Yes,… Read More