E-Newsletter: September/October 2017

President's Message


I can’t believe it’s September already! My year as your chapter president has zoomed by with a flurry of activities! I am grateful I had the opportunity to serve ASID Hawaii and its members. I would like to thank the board of directors and our administrator for all they do: Nancy, Tiare, Steve, Danette, Joan, Miguel, Mckenna and Cee. Looking back, I marvel at how we accomplished so much with our little board! Thank you for the dedication of your time and for your wisdom. I will continue to assist our chapter and give my full support to Nancy Schnur, our next chapter president in her journey to make ASID Hawaii even more awesome than this year!

We had many excellent events throughout the year, including national speaker Teri Taylor who provided business savvy methods, a class on building code updates, a class by one of the most prominent construction lawyers in town explaining design related lawsuits, an intro to Fengshui class, and many more. We all enjoyed fun events like the indigo dying class, Suite Dreams at Bloomingdale’s, and a private tour of Symphony and Velocity. We’ll top it all off with our annual Design Excellence Awards gala where the design community comes together celebrate design, on September 23. If you haven’t already done so, please RSVP soon!

When we do our job correctly, we know that our designs really impact our clients' lives. We know it from the feedback they give back letting us know how much their finished project has changed how they use/live/feel about their spaces in a very positive way. ASID’s national slogan is “Design Impacts Lives”, and this is what keeps us doing what we are doing even though it can be very challenging work.

So much is happening in the world, politically and environmentally, we need to support each other, not just ASID members or even fellow interior designers, but all of us working in design. What we do is valuable and important, and only when we band together will the public finally understand what it is we do. As designers, we play a much more vital role in people’s lives than given credit for, and we need the general public to understand our importance. 

I encourage our members to become more involved in our chapter: volunteer, sign up for committees or join the board. We really need your participation to help our chapter continue to grow, flourish, and provide valuable support and benefits to our design community. 

It has been an honor to serve as your president. Mahalo piha for your support.

Chuen Yee
ASID Hawaii President 2017

RSVP Deadline is 5PM, Saturday, September 16.

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Mahalo to Our Sponsors

Design Excellence Awards Advertising Opportunity

We are happy to announce that ASID Hawaii has partnered with Element Media Inc., publishers of Pacific Edge magazine and Green Magazine Hawaii, to publish the 2017 Design Excellence Awards results in the fourth quarter issues of both magazines. Our goal is that this partnership will bring exciting new opportunities and heightened exposure to our members’ achievements.

Our partnership will include:

  • Announcement of the ASID Design Excellence Awards winners in 24,000 total printed copies between Pacific Edge magazine and Green Magazine Hawaii.
  • 500 copies of the printed awards section for use by ASID.
  • Announcement of the award winners in a dedicated email to both PEM and GMH email lists (over 14,000 subscribers).
  • Announcement of the winners on both Pacific Edge Magazine and Green Magazine Hawaii websites.
  • ASID website advertising on both sites.
  • Posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in support of the above.
  • Opportunity for ASID members to contribute content directly to Element Media’s managing editor to be published online or in print.
  • Assistance with the Design Excellence Awards event.

In this collaboration, Element Media Inc. will be offering competitive advertising rates to all designers and industry partners so that they may showcase their businesses and services within this special awards section. Your support in advertising dollars allows Element Media Inc. to give us all these opportunities at a rate that fits our budget.

If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity or for more information about the magazines, please visit pacificedgemagazine.com and greenmagazinehawaii.com or contact Naomi Hazelton at naomi@elementmediahi.com or 808-721-1300.

Partner Spotlight Webinar

Partner Spotlight provides a monthly 30-minute forum for designers 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. 

September 20

October 10
Pratt and Lambert Paints

October 18
Benjamin Moore

November 1

CEU Corner:

National Day of Learning

As part of Wilsonart's Understanding Wood program, we proudly invite you to our National Day of Learning, a first-of-its-kind, one-day event we have organized for Wednesday, Oct. 18.

For decades, architects and designers have specified wood to bring warmth and beauty to their work. Many in the architecture and design community believe that since trees can be replanted, they're a renewable source. This assumption is wrong. While trees are renewable, forests are not.

Today, architects and designers must comply with regulations requiring them not to specify these exotic woods. Wilsonart has organized the National Day of Learning to educate the architecture and design community about endangered wood and give them the tools they need to protect their businesses.

Grace Jeffers, thought leader, design historian and materials expert, will tackle the lack of understanding within the industry about which wood and forests are endangered or threatened, and educate about which wood should not be sourced.

Join us for one of two livestreamed CEU* sessions at 12:30 p.m. EDT or 3 p.m. EDT, or join us in-person in the Silman Room at the Center for Architecture in New York, 536 LaGuardia Place. Registration is required.

For any questions or more information, please contact us.

ASID Academy

For more CEU courses vist ASID Academy. ASID assembled this catalog of online design courses, papers, and videos to bring the best continuing education offerings to ASID members and other designers in an easily-accessible, online-anytime, curated collection. Earn IDCEC and AIA-approved and accredited CEUs in a variety of topic areas including health and wellness, biophilia, HSW, and much more. ASID bylaws and policies require all practitioner members (Professional, Allied, and Associate members) to meet the Society’s continuing education requirement.

For the month of September 2017, CEU courses from ASID Academey are 30% off. Use promo code CEU30.

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

September 23
Design Excellence Awards

September 23
Weave with Trudy of @firehorsestudio at The Pineapple Patio

October 6
BIA Hawaii 32nd Annual Renaissance Building & Remodeling Awards

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.)

Oct 14 – 18
Highpoint Fall Market

Oct 20 – 24
Host Milano

Nov 8 – 10

Nov 11 – 14
Healthcare Design Expo 

Nov 12 – 13

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

Design News (Click on title for article.)

45 Pets in Beautiful Modern Homes

Some believe that a home is not complete without furry creatures, and that they bring an extra level of happiness and life to a residence. We fully support this idea, which made us realize how many dogs, cats, and birds have been featured in the pages of Dwell. So, take a look at 45 modern pets that have made appearances in our stories—we bet you may end up with a smile on your face.

How to make risky paint colors work

Chicago Tribune
Interior designers are masters of light and color, but even they have blind spots when it comes to picking paint. "I can tell you right now that red is my problem color," says Grant Gibson, whose firm is in San Francisco. Nashville, Tennessee, designer Gen Sohr says purple is "always a scary road"...

An Interview on the State of the Industry with Interior Design Magazine's 2017 Workplace Designer of the Year

The Huffington Post
Anyone who knows Mark Hirons will agree that there is no individual more deserving of the title “Workplace Designer of the Year.” In addition to being a talented designer and amazing mentor, he is one of the most humble, genuine guys you will ever meet. Inspired by this recent accolade, I sat down with him to get his thoughts and perspectives on the ever-evolving world of contract interiors.  

Tomorrow’s kitchen: Flexible, adaptable ... and invisible?

Over the past decade, the kitchen has assumed pride of place in the home and has accounted for a major…

Why We Must Use Evidence-Based Design in All Types of Projects                                                                             

By Susan Mulholland
Evidence-based design or patient-centered design has been a focus in healthcare, behavioral health and elder care projects for quite some time. Education design has also used evidence-based design to further the quality of educational spaces for all levels of learning. But has it been used as much in, say, an office environment? The answer is yes. It happens without anyone really noticing because designers use this technique instinctively.    

A Sofa Upholstered with Carpet? Way Chicer Than It Sounds

Wall Street Journal
Inspired designers are reviving the old-fashioned practice of upholstering chairs, ottomans and more with Oriental rugs, minus the Victorian fustiness.

Billy Baker and Michelle Cleverdon: Why Your Workplace Design Matters                                                                                    

Dan Schawbel writes, "I spoke to both Billy Baker and Michelle Cleverdon, who focus on Workplace Solutions for Capital One, about the new Capital One Work Environment Survey findings, why employees care so much about workplace design these days, the top design elements that people care about, how companies can focus on employee well-being, why flexibility is key to talent management and their best career advice." 

Glass Blocks Are Cool Again: Here’s Why You Should Care

Architectural Digest
Designers are reimagining the once-dated material for a bright future ahead.                                                                                                         


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One Voice

Each day interior designers use their voices and visions to reshape spaces--and therefore the lives of those occupying them--for the better. With those same voices working in unison, they have the power to design a better future for themselves and the entire profession. That is why ASID began One Voice; to empower interior designers to get involved and advocate for or against the public policy that will ultimately influence their careers and lives.

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About ASID

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) believes that design transforms lives. ASID serves the full range of the interior design profession and practice through the Society’s programs, networks, and advocacy. We thrive on the strength of cross-functional and interdisciplinary relationships among designers of all specialties, including workplace, healthcare, retail and hospitality, education, institutional, and residential. We lead interior designers in shared conversations around topics that matter: from evidence-based and human-centric design to social responsibility, well-being, and sustainability. We showcase the impact of design on the human experience and the value interior designers provide.