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For years, elaborate window treatments and cushy custom sofas kept many an interior designer fat and happy. Today, as homeowners sort out the new realities of the worst housing market in decades, these and other costly... read more
Residential Lighting: What’s the No. 1 mistake lighting showrooms make? Joe Rey-Barreau: I think the biggest mistake a showroom can make is never to change. Customers want to see new things. If you take the time to rearrange... read more
At the risk of opening a can of worms, I’m going to ask the rhetorical question that is all-too-often asked of me: Why are there two shows a year at [fill in the name of any market center]? Perhaps I’ve heard it more often... read more
Tuell: I am inspired by proportions, geometric relationships, textures and forms found in nature. My partner [Victoria Reynolds] and I keep an extensive collection of minerals, shells, seed pods, bark, all sorts of things.... read more
Our August ceiling fan feature focuses on large, powerful fans that keep their cool in expansive spaces, but that was just one trend we spotted at June’s Dallas Market. For a glimpse of what else will be worth watching, we’... read more
For many showrooms, the first half of 2009 has been equal parts sobering and stimulating. Across the board, lighting retailers report record lows and drastic cutbacks. However, stores also have evolved from short-term... read more
Residential Lighting: What is the most important thing happening right now in design? Paola Antonelli: Designers are becoming the centers of gravity when it comes to building teams. Whenever there is a project at hand or an... read more
Did you hear about the Euro Condom? Lighting provocateur Ingo Maurer introduced the clever light bulb accessory at Milan’s Euroluce fair in May, and not since Philippe Starck’s Gun Collection for Flos four years ago has a... read more
When I begin a design, I actually design the entire thing in my head. Then, I sit down and do one drawing. I don’t go for design by committee. That’s when it falls apart. I believe that a design has to be the inspiration of... read more
As increasing consumer interest in eco-friendly solutions collides with their desire to curb costs — all against a backdrop of more stringent government regulations — a perfect storm is brewing. And lighting showrooms are... read more
“The crisis of a down economy should be viewed as an opportunity, not as a disadvantage. It’s an opportunity to focus on our ingenuity and creativity, to offer something more to the consumer and the designer.” -Arturo... read more
ENGINEERING Chair: Michael S. O’Boyle, Lightolier – Philips Lighting Progress to Date: Our committee has responded to challenges resulting from rapidly changing state and federal energy legislation relating to residential... read more
ENLIGHTEN UP! Enlighten, the official Dallas Intl. Lighting Market networking event and party, kicks off at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, in the Trade Mart third floor expansion area. Enjoy a 20-minute educational seminar... read more
I am inspired by everything. I am inspired by my childhood, my education, all my teachers I have ever had, every project I have worked on, every city I have traveled to, every book I have read, every art show I have seen,... read more
Store events and seminars have long been used by lighting showrooms as a way to introduce new lines and boost showroom traffic, especially among interior designers, architects and homebuilders. Now, some lighting showrooms... read more
Residential Lighting: What is the main design trend you see for 2010? Michelle Lamb: Modern Classics, which have little to do with the Baroque overtones of the last couple of years, where we’ve done essentially two-... read more
I was surprised to hear a story the other day about a rep who faced a dilemma about whether to sell to an online entity with no brick-and-mortar presence. The non-stocking Web site could be a potentially lucrative and... read more
In the face of billion-dollar bank bailouts and the most global economy North America has ever experienced, it’s easy to be mesmerized by most mega-macroeconomic figures. You can hardly ignore the perfect storm of statistics... read more
In March, ALA members were in Washington to deliver testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources in support of the language of a federal bill that will impact portable lighting. “Instead of... read more
Residential Lighting: Is a down economy a good time to invest in marketing and advertising programs? Andy Mahler: Clearly, the lighting business is driven by real estate and new home building. But the requirement for... read more

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