AN INSIDE VIEW
BY ITS VERY NATURE, the design industry is in a constant
state of advance. Design professionals are tasked not only with
creating attractive, functional spaces for work, for play, and for
everyday living, but with keeping a constant eye on the progress
of materials, manufacturing, sources, codes, certifications, and
more. It’s a never-ending learning experience, which attracts a
very curious, creative, and contemplative mind and inspires it to
burst through boundaries and challenge the status quo.
Increasingly, we are seeing designers whose creativity and
bodies of work know no limits—residential and commercial
design live side-by-side in their portfolios, with each segment
informing the other in terms of design decisions and possibilities. Our members are constantly raising the design bar to ensure
their clients are as comfortable, supported, and visually engaged
by their work environment as they are by their own homes. And,
the options for rendering those business spaces more livable
increase by the day.
As we head to press for this issue, the design industry turns
its compass to Chicago and NeoCon—a mecca for innovative
and inspiring commercial products and design. As such, this
issue of ASID ICON places focus on some of the spaces and
scenarios that may be on designers’ minds as they navigate the
halls of TheMART. Our cover feature, “Checking In” (p. 34),
delves in to the colorful world of hospitality design, taking a
look at how three properties address very unique goals; office
spaces demanding client privacy take center stage in “Designed
for Confidentiality” (p. 50); and designing a built world that is
accessible to all is the focus of “Equitable Spaces” (p. 44).
With a nod to NeoCon’s host location, “Design Pulse” (p.
18) examines some of Chicago’s latest design/build happenings
(including a peek at the future Obama Presidential Center), and
the city’s own Holly Hunt shares her wit and wisdom as our latest “ICONic Profile” (p. 48).
A quick look at some of the enlightening sessions that mark
the NeoCon calendar can be found on p. 56. While at the show,
we invite you to stop by our own space in TheMART’s West Pass
Through on the first floor to relax, recharge, and learn about
some of the exciting programs and plans ASID has in store to
contribute to the further advancement of the design profession.
See you in Chicago!
Randy W. Fiser