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FALL 2016

On the cover: Award winning design by Beverly Farrington, ASID, RID Huntsville, AL Best In Competition—Residential 2016 Design Excellence Awards

DEPARTMENTS Board of Directors .......................................................3 President’s Message....................................................4 Professional Development Director’s Message ...........9 New and Advancing Members ....................................9

Must Reads................................................................14 Nanobites ..................................................................15 Chapter Sponsors 2017 .............................................15 New Industry Partners...............................................15 Student Perspective ..................................................16

FEATURES Chapter Leadership Conference / CLC .........................7

Master Furniture-Maker, Robin Wade .......................10 2016 ASID Alabama State Conference .......................18 Inaugural Keystone Awards .......................................20

Dr. Mary Ann Potter Educator Award ........................21 Daisy Bond Student Design Awards ...........................22 Design Excellence Awards 2016 ................................32 ASID ALABAMA │ FALL 2016 │ PAGE 3


Chapter Sponsor 2017




ach year,

the American Society of Interior Designers holds its Chapter Leadership Conference (CLC) to inspire and train incoming volunteer leaders. This year, the chapter leaders met in Minneapolis, Minnesota along with the Society’s national board and staff. The Alabama Chapter was well represented by our president for 2017, Mary Rooney, ASID, RID, and our presidentelect, Nancy Young, Allied ASID, NKBA. The event wasn’t limited to training, though, the attendees were also treated to a party at “First Avenue”, the club made famous in the movie “Purple Rain”, and the Annual Awards & Honors Banquet, “Celebration”, where our very own AnnMarie Jackson, FASID, ASID, was inducted into the ASID College of Fellows. ASID ALABAMA │ FALL 2016 │ PAGE 7


“Biocide Squad”

“Attack of the Killer Tile”

Connie Holcombe, ASID, RID Professional Development Director

“Mystic Resin”  “Trace It Back To the Future” 

“Changer Management”

CONGRATULATIONS Advancing Members Mary Claire Bennett, Allied ASID Cullman Amanda Cox, Allied ASID Cullman

WELCOME New Practitioner Members

Elizabeth Hall, Allied ASID Oec Workplace Solutions Mobile Susan Halstead, Allied ASID Halstead Studio Daphne Lydia Smith, Allied ASID Christopher Architecture and Interiors Birmingham Sharon Saavedra, Allied ASID Saavy Designs Auburn Angela Walker Blankenship, Associate ASID Southern Style Designs Springville Melanie Duffey, Educator Partner Auburn University Auburn Marietta Graham, ASID Office Environments, Inc. Huntsville

WELCOME New Student Members Auburn University Anna Lea Acuff Sabrina Angelo Caitlyn Baltas Amy Dunlap Allison Elrod Brianna Foley Lizelle Foose Emily Forrester Caroline Franco Cassidy Harrison Audrey Hill Gabrielle Ingros Kitty King Brianna Manculich Katherine Mcnamara Katherine Morris Cailin Olver Dalton Parkman Elizabeth Reed University of Alabama Katherine Dunn Jordien Gasper Camille Smith University of North Alabama Sarah Cooper ASID ALABAMA │ FALL 2016 │ PAGE 9


“Truly creative people care a little about what they have done, and a lot about what they are doing. Their driving focus is the life force that surges in them now.” –Alan Cohen This must be true of a person charging ahead on his third successful career path in life; although, his definition of success has evolved and “career” may not be the most appropriate word. Robin Wade’s pursuit for approximately ten years now has been sustainable custom furniture-making using locally sourced hardwood logs, which he does in his hometown of Florence, Alabama. “I follow the path that feels right,” says Robin, first, to a screen printing business for ten years after college, then, to a successful graphics technology company, Graphix Laser Systems. A self-professed novice, Robin claims he had very little experience when beginning all three of his businesses. He attributes some of his ability to take on challenges to being dyslexic. Robin, whose mother was an English professor at the University of North Alabama, did not learn to read until seventh grade. His dad would joke that he was so dyslexic, he was proud of it. Robin agrees, “And you know, I do think if you can get through it…there’s really huge advantages to seeing the world from this different perspective. It just seems natural to me to do some of these things, and also with dyslexia, if you can learn to read, you can do almost anything.” After building his second business, Robin and wife Linda took a two-year sabbatical in South Carolina, returning to Florence with a new awareness and appreciation for the wonderful energy and creative spirit of the community. After his mother’s passing, he inherited the home his father designed and built in 1963 – an unconventional, mid-century modern Aframe on Cypress Creek. He suddenly felt a yearning to keep and remodel the home in which he had previously shown little interest, and his thoughts were consumed with the design and renovation. Usually with only one assistant, he began transforming it – further enhancing its original midcentury modern aesthetic, maintaining his mother’s minimalist style, and adding some Asian design influence. The project afforded him the opportunity to incorporate local creek rock and hardwoods, like cherry and walnut, which he used to construct walnut panel, translucent sliding doors as well as a few benches and tables for the house. Upon completion of the renovation, Robin began to embrace his newfound design sense and received much approval and admiration from the local design

community. This, along with winning the first juried art completion (locally) sparked some demand for his work. There was only one catch – he was out of local, particularly thick natural edge lumber, which takes year’s to get thru the drying process. Over the next few years, he learned more about drying and milling wood while building his material reserve. Today, using the source material as inspiration, Robin Wade Furniture continues to create beautiful and unique pieces that satisfy both form and function. He gives studio tours, and his work can be found around Alabama at the Frank Lloyd Wright Rosenbaum House Museum (Florence), the Florence Lauderdale Tourism Center, the Marriott Shoals, Woody Anderson Ford (Huntsville), U.S. Space and Rocket Center (Huntsville), and the Museum of Alabama (Montgomery). He also has pieces on display at furniture markets in North Carolina and Las Vegas and has been featured in many online and print publications, including Houzz, Garden & Gun, and Martha Stewart, to name a few. He enjoys collaborating with the community to celebrate diverse local creativity through efforts like the UNA Shoals Creativity Experiment. Robin places much emphasis on giving back to the community through his work. After tornadoes devastated the town of Phil Campbell in 2011, Robin joined the “I’m with Phil” relief effort. He acquired a tree downed by the storm to produce a piece to auction for recovery funds. This type of intangible reward for his efforts is at the heart of his new definition of success. “Everybody seems to think this business is very successful, and I do. I just love it, and I love giving back and creating and really meeting a lot of interesting people. It’s just fun. It’s kind of this perfect venue for my last chapter. I just love every part of it.”

Photos, clockwise from top left: a. Large slabs are utilized for continuity in pieces such as this desk. b. Custom staircase railing and bench. c. Robin’s dog, fittingly referred to as “Log Dog Sassafras Wade”. Despite being a Golden Retriever, she feared the water as a puppy. Robin worked with her consistently until she began to take interest. d. Robin was chosen to be the designing artist for the 2016 Design Excellence Awards. His winning trophy design is shown here. e. The house Robin’s father designed and built. f. A stunning dining table fits comfortably in a modern space.

Making Ideas Happen By Scott Belsky Generating new ideas is easy, it's executing that is hard. Whether it's an everyday problem or a bold new concept, you must transform vision into reality for an idea to have value. According to productivity expert Scott Belsky, no one is born with the ability to drive creative projects to completion. Execution is a skill that must be developed by building your organizational habits and harnessing the support of your colleagues. As the founder and CEO of Behance, a company on a mission to empower and organize the creative world, Belsky has studied the habits of especially productive individuals and teams across industries. Now he has compiled the principles and techniques they share, and presents a systematic approach to creative organization and productivity. While many of us focus on generating and searching for great ideas, Belsky shows why it's better to develop the capacity to make ideas happen-a capacity that endures over time.

Do You Matter? By Robert Brunner & Stewart Emery, with Russ Hall

Design as Future-Making Edited By Susan Yelavich & Barbara Adams

More and more companies are coming to understand the competitive advantage offered by outstanding design. You can create services and experiences that truly matter to your customers' lives, but delivering great designs is not easy. Many companies accomplish it once, or twice; few do it consistently. The secret: building a truly designdriven business, in which design is central to everything you do. Do You Matter? shows how to do precisely that. Industrial designer Robert Brunner and Stewart Emery begin by making an incontrovertible case for the power of design in making emotional connections, deepening relationships, and strengthening brands. You'll learn what it really means to be "design-driven" and how that translates into action. The authors show how (and how not) to use research, and how to keep building on your progress, truly "baking" design into all your processes and culture.

Design as Future-Making brings together leading international designers, scholars, and critics to address ways in which design is shaping the future. The contributors share an understanding of design as a practice that, with its focus on innovation and newness, is a natural ally of futurity. This book locates design in a space of creative and critical reflection, examining the expanding nature of practice in fields such as biomedicine, sustainability, digital crafting, fashion, architecture, urbanism, and design activism. The authors contextualize design and its affects within issues of social justice, environmental health, political agency, education, and the right to pleasure and play. Collectively, they make the case that, as an integrated mode of thought and action, design is intrinsically social and deeply political.


Who’s done this? You’re drawing in CAD and find you’ve got millions (slight overstatement) of duplicate lines or tiny pieces of lines making the object snap feature more difficult to use. Before you pull your hair out, let me introduce you to a friend of mine. His name is “Overkill”.

ASID Alabama Chapter Proudly sponsored by:

Yes, I know that when your drawing is doing this to you, overkill is exactly what you feel like doing. Let me show you how to do it legally and without guilt… 1. Type overkill in the command bar 2. Select objects (you can select the entire drawing at once if you like) and hit enter 3. Select the options you want in the box that pops up and click ok

Welcome New

Industry Partners Wood Worx, Inc. Elizabeth Lee, Birmingham ProSource of Birmingham Melissa Pancher, Pelham You’re done! Look at the command bar for information on how many duplicates and segments that overkill removed for you. Hint: Sometimes overlapping objects are a result of furniture or fixtures aligned with a wall. Because of this, you might want to uncheck layer in the box or perform overkill on just the layers most susceptible to duplicates and segments (walls, custom anything).

Barns and Mills, LLC Brian Robinson, Decatur

Maharam Billy Dowling, Homewood Madeli-USA, LLC Emily Garcia, Medley, FL ASID ALABAMA │ FALL 2016 │ PAGE 15


Student Chapter Spotlight: Auburn University, by Kayla Russian, Student ASID

In the past few years the Auburn University ASID student chapter has grown in leaps and bounds. Our organization really focuses on offering liaisons between the department faculty and students in order to better supplement the classroom education of our students with that of a broader education including one beyond the classroom’s four walls. To achieve this goal the chapter utilizes numerous initiatives such as inviting industry leaders to speak at our monthly meetings, providing bi-annual program-wide meetings and lectures, and the sponsorship of students to attend national conferences within the interior design field. This semester alone our chapter has hosted many events that have increased both membership and active participation in the organization. In September, the chapter hosted the semester kick-off event and the biannual Grisham-Trentham lecture. The kick-off, held at a restaurant in downtown Opelika, gave us the opportunity to catch up with other members and provide a chance for everyone to meet the incoming program freshman. The Grisham-Trentham was a huge success for our program with a large attendance from every class in the program. Afterwards we honored one of our own, Dr. Shari Park-Gates, for being awarded the 2016 Dr. Mary Ann Potter Educator of the Year Award. In October, the chapter hosted a benefit night for our organization with ten percent of the proceeds raised going to further facilitate efforts of supplementing our member’s education. Also, we hosted our October meeting where a design associate and the design principal from the Atlanta based firm, Square Feet Studio, spoke to our members about their firm and their experiences in the interior design field. To see more of our upcoming events, including our November speaker, Bradley Odom of Dixon Rye, and to learn a little more about each of our current officers, check our schedule and website at While there, you’ll also be able to purchase our popular Auburn INDS t-shirts, our car decals, as well as make a donation to our organization.

Follow us on Instagram at ausocieties for a look into what goes on in our program and organization on a dayto-day basis. ASID ALABAMA │ FALL 2016 │ PAGE 16

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Leading the way in 3D design is American Standard with its DXV line of faucets.

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3D printing’s impact on the interior design industry is just beginning to be felt. From lighting and furniture, to fixtures and space dividers, the 3D revolution is here. Believe it or not, even walls are being reimagined with this burgeoning innovation.


+4.7 41% of Baby Boomers do not want to quit working.

25% of the workforce will be 55 and older by 2018. Boomers will need to stay current with technology in order to be respected by their younger supervisors.

Boomers’ tolerance will be stretched as young coworkers have new ideas about what is acceptable in the workplace.




To recognize those individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to ASID Alabama and our profession in the State of Alabama.

This past year, the ASID Alabama Board of Directors established the “Keystone Awards”, to be held annually, in order to provide a method of recognizing the outstanding contributions or achievements of our members and allies over the past year. Although the awards will be held each year, categories will be presented only when deemed appropriate and merited; making the award truly honored and prestigious. Nominations can come from members or non-members, but a person cannot nominate themselves.

Distinguished Achievement Award AnnMarie Jackson, FASID, RID Nominated by Carla Hall, ASID, RID - “I am amazed by her dedication to the Interior Design profession and not only with her sitting on the National Board of ASID as Treasurer, but also by contributing her time and talent to other design organizations such as IDCEC in which she served as national President and AAHID. She also volunteers her time in the community to support the Sunshine Center (a shelter for battered women and their families). The most exciting achievement for AnnMarie is her recent election into the ASID College of Fellows. AnnMarie is so honored to have achieved this milestone in her professional career and I am so pleased that she is a member of our Alabama chapter!”

Outstanding Practitioner Member Perry Umphrey, ASID, RID Nominated by Connie J. Holcombe, ASID, RID - “Perry’s efforts to promote the Alabama Chapter of ASID are most likely immeasurable. Whether on a board position or not, Perry works tirelessly when assisting on committees, organizing an event, or liaising with other organizations. Even in my limited experience with ASID, Perry has demonstrated the same high level of commitment to the organization that he exhibited in academia. He is driven to ensure that members feel part of an organization that recognizes the importance of its members’ accomplishments and this shows in the level of detail put into the annual awards gala. And the effort put into creating a first class event indicates the respect he has for the organization and its members.” ASID ALABAMA │ FALL 2016 │ PAGE 20

O utstanding E d u c a t o r Dr. Mary Ann Potter

In Alabama we’ve always been able to boast of having the most dedicated, impressive, and knowledgeable interior design instructors in the country. If anyone needs proof they need look no further than this years’ recipient of the Dr. Mary Ann Potter Outstanding Educator Award; Dr. Shari Park-Gates, Ph.D., ASID, RID. This award is presented to educators who have made outstanding and significant contributions to interior design education, ASID Alabama, and who have promoted interior design professionalism within their respective programs. No one deserves recognition more than Dr. Park-Gates of Auburn University. Nominated by AnnMarie Jackson, FASID, RID, and submitted with numerous letters of recommendation, Shari was the unanimous choice of the Board of Directors to be honored. As AnnMarie succinctly summed up, “Shari has many accomplishments and accolades; but the most distinguishing characteristic she has is her passion and commitment towards educating and building a solid design foundation for our Interior Designers of tomorrow. It is that sense of purpose and drive that motivates and builds character. Ms. Park’s commitment and active stewardship for legislative issues pertaining to our right to practice has been exemplary. Shari co-authored a book in 2008, has received the Auburn Alumni Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award in 2009, has received the Auburn University Women’s Philanthropy Board Faculty Award, and A.U. Libraries the Graduate School recognized Shari with an Auburn Authors Award.”

Outstanding Industry Partner Tim Morales, Industry Partner ASID Nominated by Jillian Marks, ASID & Bryant Williams, Chapter Administrator “When one uses the word ‘outstanding’ it has to mean exceptionalism, and that is precisely what Tim Morales embodies. His contributions to ASID Alabama aren’t widely publicized, but every member has benefitted from them. From the moment he answered the call to step-in to fill the role of Director-at-Large when it unexpectedly became vacant, he has devoted more time and energy to the chapters’ success than can be counted. We’re blessed to have Tim as a member, and lucky to call him a friend.”

Outstanding Student Member Jeremy Clark, Student ASID - Auburn University Nominated by Dr. Shari Park-Gates, Ph.D., ASID, RID - “This year has been one of the best in history for our ASID chapter and Jeremy has been the heartbeat for amazing advances. Jeremy was recently named the national ASID student chapter leader of the year, and was the recipient of the Alabama Daisy Bond ASID-Scholarship for excellence. Under his leadership our student chapter has the distinction of being the largest student chapter in the southeast. Because of his energy and charisma our chapter had the second largest number of attendees at the ASID student summit in Savannah, second only to SCAD who was the host. Jeremy has taken the responsibility for reinventing our chapter and it’s relevancy to our students. Amazingly, he makes it seem effortless and accomplishes his goals with a smile. ASID ALABAMA │ FALL 2016 │ PAGE 21

To recognize the skills, creativity and innovation of the talented ASID Alabama practitioner members who inspire us all, peers and consumers alike.




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I was very humbled to receive the 2016 IP Members Choice award! Wow!! What an honor!!! I thank all those who had something to do with this. Your support of our chapter along with all that you do to service us and keep us informed is very much appreciated!



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The fall 2016 issue of the quarterly newsletter for ASID Alabama