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Life may be made in the bedroom, but it’s lived in the kitchen. Regardless of its playfulness, that pronouncement is, for many of us, the honest truth. Today’s kitchens are a hub of activity, hosting everything from nightly... read more
Julia Buckingham
Q: Congratulations on landing the Global Views’ design gig. How’s it going? A: I was told my first licensing agreement would be the most difficult, but I have to tell you it’s been the most pain-free, cohesive, comprehensive... read more
Brandon WeissFounder/PrincipalEvolutionary Home Builders Evolutionary Home Builders, Geneva, IL, focuses on sustainable and green building products and methods for all price levels and budgets in the Chicago area. Philips... read more
Susan Serra www.thekitchendesigner.org PH 2/1 pendant by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen. Photo courtesy of Susan Serra. www.louispoulsen.com. Your favorite kitchen lighting? “My favorite lighting for the... read more
Hubbard Kitchen, Bath & Lighting Hinkley
A picture is worth a thousand words, and when we’re talking beauty shots featuring the latest lighting trends set inside a serene courtyard sprinkled with calla lilies and statues of the Buddha or dangling above a gleaming... read more
Residential Lighting: It must be very gratifying to embark on a new career chapter as you enter year 21 at the American Lighting Assn (ALA). Eric Jacobson: I can't say I was surprised to learn I was chosen to follow Dick (... read more
Q: Why Visual Comfort? A: They know their business; they know their market; they love a challenge and they totally rise to the occasion. Q: How would you describe the style of your lighting? A: I would say it’s modern. Some... read more
Categories that aren’t self-explanatory — like accent lighting, architectural lighting and landscape lighting — need help to make it into clients’ homes. “Customers come in throwing around the term ‘wall washer,’ but they... read more
Residential Lighting: What do you mean by “The Human Brand”? Chris Malone: Through research with Dr. Susan Fiske, a psychologist at Princeton, we’ve learned that in fact people were the first brands. Faces were the first... read more
Nicole Bowling
In June 1990, Larry King made a scary decision. He had been at Ohio Lighting Center since 1975, where in 15 years he worked his way up from Columbus State Community College student intern to the store’s Vice President of... read more
Browning Bova: I have a responsibility to create something that has a purpose, brings value and provides beauty. To do this, I think in a global sense. How does this product function? What is its value? How does it talk to... read more
1. Choose a beloved brand and give it top billing.To create an area for Hubbardton Forge, Kara Manning of Lightology began by working with showroom owner Greg Kay to choose the fixtures that fit with the store’s high-end... read more
Residential Lighting: What are the main color directions for home interiors next year?Carolyn Noble: They’re comprised of soft, natural hues with earth-inspired undertones that are driven by our continued need for serene and... read more
While we’ve all heard the energy-efficient lighting message so loud and so often we can probably recite it in our sleep, customers might be hearing it for the first time. “Any marketing expert will tell you that repetition... read more
Krasojevic: Most ideas come away from the studio. Inspiration comes from outside and from artificial experiences, such as caustic light patterns at the aquarium, sunrises at airport viewing decks, the ethereal butterfly... read more
Residential Lighting: What is contagious service?Anne Obarski: Contagiousness is spreading the word about someone’s business on purpose and in a good way. We have to make sure people like what we do, like our products and... read more
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Libby Langdon: My design process begins with the invaluable one-on-one time I spend with my interior design clients, learning about their likes and dislikes. They’re my ultimate R&D. I use that insight in every product I... read more
The U.S. Department of Energy may still be analyzing potential additional energy-efficiency standards for ceiling fans, but the lighting industry isn’t waiting for next year’s ruling. On Sept. 18, showrooms will join... read more
Residential Lighting: Why should lighting care about Millennials?Jason Dorsey: Currently ages 19 to 36, this demographic will outspend Baby Boomers by 2017! We also have the least established customer loyalty, are most... read more
Hinsdale Lighting President Karen Lang was up on a ladder in her showroom pulling down merchandise for a customer when the proverbial light bulb went on in her head .   “There was another customer in the store waiting... read more

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