E-Newsletter: April/May 2017

President's Message

Greetings Members,

This month Chuen was kind enough to let me write the newsletter so that I could have the opportunity to share with all our members the work that is being done nationally, and now locally, with regards to the government and public affairs.

ASID’s “One Voice” which was quietly launched 18 months ago, is now in full swing and making news. Why “One Voice”? Because the roll of ASID national is to uphold, protect and advocate for the interior design practice as a whole. How they approach this changes over time, based on the economy, politics and the industry itself. Their efforts to track legislation across the nation, both for and against the interior design industry has been fine-tuned so well that they can alert us at any time about any issue that affects only our state, or if necessary, other surrounding chapters as well.

How? By getting members to join the One Voice text messaging system. By partnering with IIDA at a national level so that there is truly only One Voice speaking for our industry. By having a professional lobbyist track bills at all levels in all states. If fact did you know that an antiquated federal law prohibits interior designers from bidding on federal interiors construction projects? We are only allowed to bid independently on the FFE, for the rest of the project we have to hope to be hired by the architect or engineer who also bid on the project to hire us.

So what is the solution to all of this you ask? We need to constantly enlightened lawmakers to what we do. And that is what I was able to do when I visited Washington DC in February. I met with a very interested Mazie Hirono and Brian Schatz. Because I was not there to ask for money I was favored among the guests to be heard. It was an awesome experience and a boost for our profession.

So what next? Now, as a designated One Voice chapter, we need to start educating Hawaii lawmakers on the field of interior design. Right now we have no particular legislation and I know many of you want it that way. But one day this may change and we need to be prepared. Our legislators need to be educated on our profession as it is practiced here in Hawaii AND we need to let our sister organizations know that we are here for them as they fight the same battles.

Be prepared to get a call later this year to help “Design the Capitol”. In the meantime, if you would like to know more about this and other issues affecting our right to practice please visit: https://www.asid.org/resources/one-voice/advocacy-platforms


Nancy Schnur

National News

SCALE Was the Place to be for Students

SCALE: The ASID National Student Summit brought together more than 200 students, educators, and design industry leaders for three days of inspiring, career-building seminars, tours, workshops, and networking events at The University of Oklahoma, March 31 – April 2. Sponsored by Benjamin Moore, Hansgrohe, and Interior Design magazine, the Summit’s agenda provided a variety of experiences to suit every interest and learning style.  MORE

Local Events (Click on event title for more details.)

May 17
Cabernet and Credit CEU Event – Presented by Vintage View

May 2, June 1, June 29, July 5
Get the Job - Presented by AIA Honolulu

Please contact administrator@hi.asid.org if you would like to promote your upcoming events in our newsletter, website or Facebook. 

National Events (Click on event title for more details.)

April 22 – 26 | High Point Spring Market | High Point, North Carolina
May 8 – 9 | Impact Summit | Toronto
May 21 – 24 | ICFF | NYC
June 12 – 14 | NeoCon | Chicago, IL
June 23 – 25 | Dwell on Design | Los Angeles, CA
July 30 – Aug 3 | Summer Las Vegas Market | Las Vegas, NV
Aug 10 – 11 | Metrocon 17 Expo| Dallas, TX
Nov 11 – 14 | Healthcare Design Expo | Kissimmee, FL 

For a full list of upcoming events, visit www.asid.org/events.

Partner Spotlight Webinar

April 19
Haiku Home

Partner Spotlight provides a 30-minute forum to engage with ASID National Industry Partners, manufacturers, and experts on new trends, product launches, and more. The webinar series does not provide CEUs, but allows members to learn about new and differentiated products and tools to support specification. Register today.

Design News (Click on title for more details.)

What did you say?
No one likes seeing a bad online review. But in today's digital world dealing with online reviews - good and bad - is just part of business. Business professor Linchi Kwok shares some recommendations on handling negative reviews.

Instagram Shares Top 3 Ways to Create Successful Ads
In the fall of 2015, Instagram allowed businesses of all sizes anywhere in the world to create ad campaigns. Since then, Instagram has grown and grown, gaining more than 600 million new users in 2016 alone. With more users came an influx of advertisers. Now, not even two years since the feature launched, there are more than 1 million monthly active advertisers on the platform. To mark the occasion, Instagram released its top three tips for creating successful Instagram ad campaigns.

Prepare For The Worse With These Luxury Doomsday Shelters
The Manual
Piece of mind has become big business. With all of the world’s uncertainties today, wealthy individuals, families, and companies are investing in bunkers to protect themselves in the event of fallout or civil unrest. We’ve rounded up three of the most popular builders right now plus a few ideas for gear should you want to pursue your own shelter. 

Report: More Older Adults Are Living in Multigenerational Homes
Two in 10 adults age 65 and older live in households that include at least two generations of adults who are over 25 years old, according to an analysis of 2015 American Community Survey data by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. 

How Facebook and Instagram Are Quietly Changing the Appearance of American Homes               
Social media has an unmerciful hold on us – and inspires us to eat at a certain restaurant or see a movie. It even makes us renovate our homes. Homeowners are turning to sites and apps like Pinterest and Instagram to decorate or remodel their homes — 28 percent of the 1,500 homeowners surveyed by personal- and student-loan lender SoFi said they made at least one home purchase after seeing a friend’s post.

Print the Future Opens Manhattan Pop-Up Shop: Stylish and Sustainable 3-D Printed Furniture to Lower the Carbon Footprint 
Instead of ordering a sofa online, or making the dreaded Saturday trek to overcrowded furniture stores to pick out a table or chair, what if you could pick a piece of furniture, and then watch it get built right in front of your eyes? While 3-D printed furniture is certainly not a new concept, custom 3-D printed furniture that’s made for customers onsite in a trendy pop-up shop certainly is!   

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