Barry: I travel a lot, and sometimes I’ll see something that sets an idea in motion. I try to capture my take on it quickly. I travel with my watercolors and always have a set close at hand at home. I always begin with a... read more
Residential Lighting: Explain the collaborative economy.Jeremiah Owyang: The collaborative economy is an economic model of shared ownership and access. It means that people are sharing goods and  services amongst... read more
Whether you pledge to eat healthier food, manage your stress level or save more money in 2014, New Year’s resolutions are a great opportunity to re-examine your personal goals and set the tone for the next 365 days. The same... read more
Residential Lighting: Tell us how light levels affect circadian rhythms. Mariana G. Figueiro, Ph.D.: Circadian rhythms are the rhythms in our body that repeat approximately every 24 hours. Light/dark patterns’ incident on... read more
Embrace TechnologyTo gain the upper hand, arm your staff with iPads, says Bill Branham II of Brecher’s Lighting in Louisville, KY. Employees there use tablets to easily and quickly communicate with the warehouse and to... read more
Kemble: My recent collection with Henredon is the culmination of years of furniture fantasies. It’s inspired by antiques that made my heart go pitter-patter, vintage pieces that I have fallen in love with shopping the Dixie... read more
Ask industry members about Clark Linstone and a couple of recurring observations are likely to arise. The first is that he’s more committed to his work than most anyone else; another is that his calm and collected nature... read more
Lighting showroom owners will spend hours (maybe even days) combing markets for the latest looks in portable lamps. But, if they’re bringing those exciting new products back to a store that is worn, messy or outdated on the... read more
Residential Lighting: How do you define cultural design?Jeanine Hays:  When we started blogging about cultural design, it was about embracing the personal style — how to express who you are in your home, particularly in... read more
Koszyk: Most of my inspiration comes from music and fashion. My background is apparel, and I have a degree in fashion marketing. I spent a lot of time researching classic, well-made, high-end couture, and that’s where I pull... read more
Residential Lighting: You designed the first Net Zero Energy residence in Chicago. What is a Net Zero Energy home? Jonathan Boyer: It's a building that produces more energy than it consumes on an annual basis. It may have an... read more
Nicole Bowling
When it comes to the Jan. 1, 2014, phase-out of 60W and 40W standard incandescent bulbs, Steve Levet of Atlantic Electrical Supply Corp. says he and his staff are already warning customers about the change ahead. “We’re... read more
Blackman: Lighting always starts with the source. How do I hold this source? Electrify it? Control its light? What is its size and shape? Is it being created for price, design or cost of manufacturing? I have to answer a... read more
Today’s consumers expect seamless interaction between store, catalog and Internet channels, culminating in a purchase of the product they want at the price they want to pay. As a result, “showrooming” is now commonplace; a... read more
Kahn: I begin my design work with the first inspiration that pops into my mind — it’s always the best idea I have. I realized years ago that my instinct and intuition for design projects and clients is something to trust and... read more
Residential Lighting: Where do lighting showrooms need help?Barbara Crowhurst: Four key areas. The first is a financial review of the business. I’m noticing a poor focus on technology, such as point-of-sale reports that show... read more
Residential Lighting: Tell us about your book “How to Say Anything to Anyone.”Shari Harley: The key to being more candid at work is to establish relationships where you have permission to be candid. “How to Say Anything to... read more
Nicole Bowling
When Connecticut Lighting Centers redesigned its websites in 2011, it added video to its marketing strategy. From video players on the homepage to a robust YouTube channel, the goal is simple: reach customers in a more... read more
Lauder: My creative process starts with mood boards — they help me organize my thoughts and take the first step toward design. I compile all sorts of images, anything that catches my eye and gives me inspiration, like... read more
Surmelis: I begin by looking at what is already part of the angelo:HOME Collection. As I design new products, it’s important that they have a connection to the existing line. It always starts with color. It’s the driving... read more

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