Coming off of NeoCon week, I always feel a bit frazzled. I’m usually asked what I noticed the most during the trade show throughout the following weeks, and it akes a bit for me to pull up a clear image in my mind.
But this year, the theme I saw was the development that was reaped from years of
research. Whether through the health benefits of indoor greenery, integrated USB-C technology
in furniture, or new sustainable materials being used, the research that goes into design was
utilized across the board.
It’s important to realize the research involved. Interior design is so much more than making a
space look beautiful—although I don’t need to tell our readers that. It’s about seeing what’s five
years ahead, innovating in the best ways possible, and creating interiors that make an impact.
I say this a lot, but it’s a cornerstone of my beliefs: with the average American spending
93 percent of their time indoors, and the other seven typically within the built environment,
the impact of design on society is immense. Interior design is the industry that most directly
impacts a person’s wellbeing and the ways in which society accepts or denies things like
sustainability. If every carpet manufacturer chose to use solar power and create carbon-neutral products, or if an interior designer only specified products which don’t contain VOCs,
the end user would be that much more instep with health and environmental standards.
They’d have to be.
Therefore, it’s important that product designers be aware of their products' impact and
that interior designers make educated choices when it comes to what they specify.
For this issue, we looked to the experts on what the research tells them about the built
environment. In our Report article on ADA compliancy (Putting a Rest to ADA Mistakes in
Restrooms, p. 32), Janelle Penny from our sister publication BUILDINGS let’s readers in on the
most common issues when designing an ADA-compliant restroom. The ever-amazing Hanson
Hsu, founder and principal of Delta H Design Inc., is back in this issue to give our readers a
better understanding of what those acoustics ratings really mean (Demystifying Acoustical
Ratings, p. 20). And this month’s Product Evolution feature takes on a bit of a different look as
we delve into the history of Io T (The Future is Connected—and Smart, p. 52).
With every issue, we hope to help our readers become more aware of what is out there
in the interior design industry. I hope that with our Research+Development issue that if we don’t
at least answer the questions you had—or may not have known that you had—that we provide
the resources needed to help you in your search for the very best in commercial design.
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professionals with the projects, products, firms, and associations that shape the built environment and promotes the value
of design services in the creation of functional, sustainable, and aesthetically pleasing environments. Each issue delivers
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Kadie Yale | Editor-in-Chief