Friday, April 15, 2016

12 of the Best Workplace Designs in Austrailia

Check out a few very cool work spaces!  Australian Interior Design Award shortlisted projects have been announced. 12 are showcased here:

The Future of Retail: How We Shop


Will traditional brick-and-mortar shops become a thing of the past?

Check out this article about the future of retail:

Knoll Project Case Study: Healthcare

St. Francis Cancer Center

Bon Secours St. Francis Health System of Greenville, South Carolina built its out-patient cancer facility to offer patients comprehensive care – from diagnostics to treatment – in a space designed just for them. This state-of-the-art destination not only supports patients, but also serves as a community center for family members and caregivers to gather. St. Francis focused on patient comfort, a serene ambiance and efficient staff workspaces, while using sustainable materials to create a lasting look. They chose architectural firm McMillan Pazdan Smith and Knoll, along with interior space provider CBI, to bring their vision into reality.


Read more about concepts behind these patient, family and staff-focused spaces and the Knoll furniture that supports healing and positive work:

2016 IIDA Industry Roundtable: Design & Diversity

The annual IIDA Industry Roundtable brings together a select group of IIDA Industry and Designer Members for a facilitated session to discuss issues facing all partners working in the profession of Interior Design.  Held in Chicago each year, the Industry Roundtable has become an invaluable "brain trust" session for manufacturers and a quality opportunity for designers to exchange dialogue on issues addressing the built environment.

For the 2016 Report, entitled Design & Diversity, IIDA convened a group of design experts to discuss why gender, equity, and multidisciplinary thinking are essential to business. This report outlines our initial findings and establishes the IIDA Diversity Council’s goals for diversity in the Interior Design profession.

The report studies levels of diversity found in the Interior Design industry today, realizing that we're not as diverse as we think we are.  For example, 69% of the 87,000 practitioners in the US today are women; only 25% of whom can be found in firm leadership.

To read more about the actions we can take to turn the wheel on an organizational level, take a look at the entire report: