The Ace Mentor Program – Living the Future Today

By: Jill Mendoza For several years, IDO Associates have volunteered as mentors who help inspire high school students to pursue careers in design and construction. The ACE Mentor Program is a not-for-profit organization, formed under Section 501(c)3 of the District of Columbia in 2002.  A history of the organization can be viewed here.  Thanks to the dedication of ACE’s mentors… Read More

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

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

100 Years of De Stijl: The Pre-cursor of Modern Art and Architecture

By: Janet Thomas, RID 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the introduction of the De Stijl art movement in Amsterdam, Holland. Piet Mondrian (http://www.pietmondrian.com/ ) and Theo van Doesburg (http://www.designishistory.com/1920/theo-van-doesberg/) founded the movement to provide a new voice for modern art after the chaos of World War I. Mondrian referred to this highly structured art form Neo-Plasticism or “New Art”…. Read More

How to Promote Happy, Healthy Work Environments

By: Donna Metallic As Interior designers, we can influence the well-being of occupants and drive productivity of the occupants in the workplace by introducing the WELL Building  philosophy in which the built environments minimize the impact to the human occupant. The office workplace is morphing to adapt to new styles of leadership, to reflect the culture and brand of a… Read More

What’s the Buzz?

By: Julie Knight Ever wondered why people like to gather in a coffee shop or café?  It is the buzz or ambient sound within these spaces. Ambient sound is defined as the background sound present in a location.  And according to recent research, moderate levels of background sounds distract us and subtly encourage us to have original thoughts. Because if… Read More

Building IDO’s Tomorrow

By: Jill Mendoza  When you think of tomorrow you may not be thinking specifically of Hamilton the Musical or Costa Rica or even Ballroom Dancing but as we look to the future and continue to build our IDO team, we have! How many of us wish we could assemble the perfect team? How many times have you or someone on your team said: “If… Read More

Brand, Culture and Design

By: Donna Metallic As interior designers, our scope of services has evolved over the past five years and we have been engaged by our clients to develop a branding story that reinforces the culture and history for that client. This blog will focus on branding in the higher education market segment.  The world of higher education faces many challenges. Ever-increasing… Read More

The ABCs of Design: Great Design is Responsive

By: Jay Johnson This blog article is the fourth in a series of 26 related commentaries that seek to answer the question, “What is Interior Design?” by exploring various terms associated with the profession. This entry, Great Design is Responsive, briefly discusses the importance of being a good listener, then posits why listening, and furthermore, responsiveness, are critical toward great… Read More

TorZo Surfaces

By: Julie Knight TorZo Sustainable Surfaces out of Woodburn, Oregon has a mission towards environmental stewardship.  In 2008 the company launched the surfacing materials with the idea of sustainability by infusing recycled wood and agricultural by-products with polymer chemistry to create an architectural vertical or horizontal surface material. These infused materials are obtained from post-industrial recycled wood fiber board, wood… Read More