WE DID IT AGAIN!!! For two years in a row, the California office won 1st place in the annual IIDA (International Interior Design Association) charity event. Each year, the event features a cohesive theme, around which architects, designers and students create custom outfits which are designed using typical interior design finish materials. You may remember last year’s winning entry, Gilligan’s Island!
This year’s theme was ‘Color Theory, A Celebration of Color’ featuring the Fashion and Design Industry’s hottest colors from years past and their impact on the industry, trends and fashion. Little’s wonderful event Sponsors were Shaw and Spinitar – their involvement was a huge part of our team’s success!
This weekend I had the good fortune to spend time with my son, who is studying over 2,000 miles away at Auburn University. A senior in the Industrial Design program, he has been working tireless hours in studio, designing, building prototypes, presenting, accepting criticism, and re-designing. What a delight it was to visit with him in his own environment and share in his enthusiasm of his studio projects, professors/peers, promising ‘side’ business and upcoming professional journey. It brought back memories of that pivotal time in one’s life where you transition from student to ‘real life’.
Last week I attended a CoreNet Global panel discussion at the RealShare conference in Irvine, California.
With a panel consisting of three Real Estate companies, two End Users and one Investment Asset Management company, ‘Flexibility’ was the common theme. However, I was most intrigued when the End User began to challenge the Landlord and Broker to “listen more intently to the tenant needs.” (hmmm…. maybe that’s why they titled this session: “Needs of the Modern End User”) READ MORE
You may ask yourself, “…well, how did I get here?” (Talking Heads reference)
And that is precisely what we should ask to solve for the future!
Many times when our clients’ facilities are bursting at the seams, they engage our skills as Facility Planners to determine how to gain more space. Just short of actual brain surgery, we pry into their psyche to understand their vision for their future and how they want to actually live in their space. We simultaneously slice and dice their headcount forecasts, apply fancy multipliers and add-on factors and assess their current space utilization and efficiency (or lack thereof). READ MORE