Category: Interior design

The Sofitel Tamuda Bay resort in Morocco

THE SOFITEL TAMUDA BAY — SOFITEL’S LATEST PROJECT The Sofitel Tamuda Bay is a luxury five-star hotel opened in June 2016 in M’diq, a town located on the northern coast of Morocco about 20 miles east of Tangier. For Sofitel, the Sofitel Tamuda Bay is the luxury hotel brand’s latest project and offers 104 bedrooms and suites, eight bungalows and five villas spanning a total floor surface area of 38,128 square meters. Located on one of the most beautiful Moroccan beaches of the Mediterranean, and set against the stunning backdrop of the Rif Mountains, the Sofitel Tamuda Bay stands...

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Wright Heerema Architects brings new life to Alliant Credit Union offices

Renovations at Rolling Meadows and Chicago offices improve the employee experience Wright Heerema Architects, the award-winning Chicago-based architectural and interior design firm, announced that is has been selected to renovate Alliant Credit Union’s expanding Rolling Meadows office. The announcement comes on the heels of completing two successful interiors projects for Alliant, one of the largest credit unions in the United States. “We’re excited to help Alliant expand its space with a modern workplace designed to attract and retain the top talent in the market,” said Laura Operti, Interior Design Project Manager, Wright Heerema Architects. “Alliant recognizes the importance of...

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One Size Fits Me – Designing for the Customization Generation

When it comes to making a house feel like a home, or rather a condo feel like a home, customization is key. Savvy designers have taken note, with many working with new condominium developers to offer efficiently-priced upgrades and leading the charge in design centers where homeowners can tailor their space, moving beyond lighting fixtures and window treatments and including tricked out tech packages and upgraded sleeping sanctuaries. Becoming more involved in the design process of their home not only keeps owners engaged throughout the home buying process, but when executed correctly, can create a significant revenue stream for...

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RH unveils RH Seattle, The Gallery at University Village

60,000-square-foot, four-level design gallery features dramatic interior installations showcasing collections from RH Interiors, RH Modern and RH Outdoor, an interactive design atelier, lush garden courtyard and terrace, and rooftop park & conservatory RH (Restoration Hardware Holdings, Inc. – NYSE:RH) announced Tuesday the opening of RH Seattle, The Gallery at University Village at 4645 26th Avenue NE. RH Seattle represents the latest iteration of the brand’s next-generation design galleries. Commanding four levels and nearly 60,000 total interior and exterior square feet, this innovative new retail experience features artistic installations of home furnishings in a gallery setting – including an entire...

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“Tomorrow’s Workplace” design competition

If you think your workplace won’t change much in the next five years, think again. Winners of the “Tomorrow’s Workplace” design competition from Staples Business Advantage and Metropolis magazine forecast that in 2021, the workplace may include inflatable pods set up in urban parks, or young professionals working alongside active retirees in a setting that resembles a small town more than an office building. Architects, designers, and students from around the world submitted entries predicting how the workplace will evolve in the next five years. The contest is hosted by Staples Business Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc.,...

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ASID Interior Design Billings Index (IDBI) 3rd Quarter Report

The third quarter showed positive momentum for the design industry. September’s ASID Interior Design Billings Index (IDBI) value slipped to a score 54.0 from June’s score of 55.9 but remains in expansionary territory. The September index is stronger than its three-month moving average of 52.5, indicating positive momentum and favorable business conditions. Scores above 50 indicate expansion, while scores below 50 indicate industry contraction. The last IDBI score below 50 was recorded in December 2015. The new project inquiry rate increased to a score of 59.2, slightly above its June score of 58.2. Figure 1: ASID Interior Design Billings and...

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Structural construction component turns into astounding interior

Designing and constructing the One Main wooden interior in Boston, USA is a showcase for an untypical use of Kerto® LVL (laminated veneer lumber). The entity of wavy wooden surfaces is built entirely from cross-bonded Kerto LVL panels that are usually used in structural components. The project’s principal architect Mark Goulthorpe from dECOi Architects, and a professor at nearby MIT, offered a proposal with greatly streamlined building methodology, where the usual multi-trade, multi-component legacy of late-industrial production was surpassed in a unitary CAD-CAM logic. “One Main makes evident that radically sustainable architecture needn’t be dull, but on the contrary could open up the building industry to...

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Assimilation Design Lab wins 2016 Phila Emerging Architecture Prize

Assimilation Design Lab (ADL), a young, dynamic architecture firm based in University City, was awarded the 2016 Philadelphia Emerging Architecture Prize from AIA Philadelphia at the AIA Design Awards Celebration on October 19th. The PEAPrize is awarded annually to an architecture firm of less than ten years that is producing “high-quality design and innovative thought” as judged by its peers. Founded by David Whipple in 2010, ADL has realized rapid success with a portfolio of high-end residential, commercial and hospitality projects. Committed to collaboration, the firm holistically views contextual, technological and sustainable conditions then works closely with clients, consultants...

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Creating experiences to help build futures in education

Eight Inc. partners with once again to help expand their team and efforts as they open their new San Francisco offices in the bustling Union Square neighborhood. “As an ongoing demonstration of extreme generosity, Eight Inc. has transformed our San Francisco office into a world-class space rivaled only by its New York counterpart,” says Charles Best, founder of This school year alone, the non-profit organization will deliver over $100 million in classroom supplies, field trips, and resources to classrooms across the country. Mark Little, Principal at Eight Inc. says, “Working with the team at has been...

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STAPLES Center completes final piece of its three year, $20 million upgrade project

STAPLES Center and President Lee Zeidman have officially unveiled the completion of the incredible upgrades the arena has completed over the past four months and is excited to share the upgrades to STAPLES Center’s guests and tenants. As part of the $5 million dollar summer upgrade project, STAPLES Center completed full upgrades to all 170 private suites, 16 event suites and the premium level concession stands starting in May and recently completed on September 1st.  AEG, the arena’s owner and operator, invested just over $7 million in 2014-15 to upgrade its lighting system to energy efficient LED lighting, added...

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2017 Editorial Calendar

Upcoming Events

  1. AIA Conference on Architecture 2017

    April 27 - April 29
  2. NeoCon 2017

    June 12 - June 14
  3. CONSTRUCT 2017

    September 13 - September 15
  4. 2017 Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo

    September 18 - September 20
  5. CitiesAlive®: 15th Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference

    September 18 - September 21
  6. 2017 ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO

    October 20 - October 23

Image of the Week

The LEED silver building is an important project for Wayne State University, as it enables the university to participate in the National Institutes of Health funding and initiatives. Wayne State University’s Integrative Biosciences Center (IBio). Photo: © John Lacy Photography
The LEED silver building is an important project for Wayne State University, as it enables the university to participate in the National Institutes of Health funding and initiatives. Wayne State University’s Integrative Biosciences Center (IBio). Photo: © John Lacy Photography