2017 Gift Guide

2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Best Stocking Stuffers

By: Mae Case, DISD

The presents under the tree always take center stage during the holidays, but this year, we think the trinkets in your stocking can be fierce competition. With the holidays quickly approaching, we’ve put together a list of some splendid gifts to sneak into the stockings hanging on the mantle this year. Here is our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Best Stocking Stuffers edition:

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Interior Design Trends Autumn Winter 2017

Interior Design Trends for Autumn and Winter 2017

By: Mae Case, DISD

As the weather turn cooler, cozier and mellower days come to mind as the holiday season surrounds us. The home becomes a place to gather for countless celebrations and conversations with friends and family. Though family traditions always shine, there are several non-traditional home décor trends that are catching our eye this season. These interior trends will welcome autumn and winter into your home and provide a stylish backdrop for your family gatherings.

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50 Shades of Black: Going Bold with Dark Interiors

By: Rick Hess/Mae Case, DISD

Often equated with elegance, boldness and mystery, black in interior design is usually reserved for accents within a space. Rarely are whole rooms dedicated to this dramatic, neutral shade – until now. Some may say that black is “back,” however, many will rightly say that it never really went anywhere. It has always been a popular, classic color choice in design, but we are now seeing an evolution in its use. Various shades of black are at the forefront of interior trends. From matte black surfaces and chalkboard accent walls, to stained concrete flooring and a general love of sleek, modern design, drenching whole rooms in this dark hue rather than teaming it up with other, subtler shades is as “in” as you can be at the moment.

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Daylighting and Interior Design

By: Rick Hess/Mae Case, DISD

Taking advantage of natural resources in the built environment brings numerous benefits, and natural light can transform a space. Daylighting is the practice of bringing natural sunlight into our spaces both to conserve energy by using less artificial lighting and to maximize comfort within the interior. Daylighting can be an important component of sustainable design, but its other benefits can be equally valuable.

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The Millennial Office

By: Rick Hess/Mae Case

The traditional office environment sure has come a long way from that of the mid-century Mad Men era. As workplace interiors evolve to cater to the Millennial generation, we discover that personal desks are not a requirement, spaces for meetings can be large and open without necessarily being centered around a table, and places to decompress in the middle of the workday are increasingly common.

“The composition of the workforce has also been changing, with Millennials surpassing Gen Xers as the generation making up the largest percentage of the U.S. workforce in 2015. We can expect that technological change, urbanization and continuing global economic integration will cause further disruptions to the ways that we live, work and play by the time Millennials become an outright majority of the U.S. workforce in 2020,” according to Gensler.

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10 Incredible Rooftops

By: Rick Hess/Mae Case, DISD

Magnificent views are a sought-after amenity for any space. Utilizing the rooftop of a building can take the breathtaking scenery to a whole new level by bringing you just a step closer to nature. It’s also a great way to have an outdoor experience when you’re in a densely populated area where yards are uncommon. Whether it’s a high-rise hotel located smack-dab in the middle of a bustling downtown city or a secluded residence hidden in a rainforest, converting the roof of a building to a livable area adds value not only to the space but to one’s personal experience as well.

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Globalization

Interior Design + Globalization

By: Rick Hess/Mae Case, DISD

Today, you can simply click on a button and instantaneously be connected to someone several time zones and thousands of miles away. Distance no longer poses the same challenges it used to prior to the age of the Internet, allowing relationships to evolve in ways that were impossible before. Because we now have the world at our fingertips, many businesses are finding that the best and possibly fastest way to grow is to look beyond their national borders. Globalization is “a process of interaction and integration among the people, companies, and governments of different nations, a process driven by international trade and investment and aided by information technology,” according to the SUNY Levin Institute. Interior design and architectural firms, like other companies, are embracing this and making changes to their business strategies. We identified three major aspects of globalization that designers and architects should consider in order to move to the forefront of the design industry: Cultural Knowledge and Research, Identifying Global Trends, and Education. – Read More –

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Inspiration in Unlikely Places

By: Lisa Schattman, DISD Librarian

 

What goes into a successful interior design project? Certainly knowledge is crucial: knowledge of space planning, human behavior, client needs and wishes, building codes and systems, textiles and other materials, furniture, the basic elements of design, color, lighting, energy efficiency and other issues of sustainability, historical styles, current trends, and much more inform a design solution. As you might expect, the DISD Library at Design Institute of San Diego supports our students by providing information in all of the areas they need to craft residential, commercial and institutional spaces.

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Summer Recap – Top National Park Destinations

By: Rick Hess/Mae Case, DISD

You don’t have to be a seasoned outdoorsman to appreciate the majestic beauty of our national parks. There are 58 national parks throughout the country, and while most know of the marquee destinations such as the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Yosemite, less well known destinations, like Grand Teton National Park and Crater Lake National Park, have just as much to boast about when it comes to sightseeing and outdoor activities for visitors craving adventure. As this month marks the 100th birthday of the National Park Service, and as summer quickly winds down yet again, we celebrate the pockets of natural magnificence found within our borders.

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Tiki Takeover

Tiki Takeover

By: Rick Hess & Mae Case, DISD

It might be too tacky for some, but others embrace it with open arms. Wherever you stand when it comes to Tiki, one thing’s for sure: there’s no mistaking this style when you come across it. Although inspired by Tiki statues and mythology of the South Pacific, the connection is loose and stylistic. Americans embraced it in the 20th century and to this day, some of the country’s most entertaining lounge bars and restaurants are covered floor to ceiling with its aesthetic. So dim the lights, settle in, and let the Tiki takeover.

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