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Design Chronicles CA PENINSULA

ASID CA Peninsula Magazine

Issue Number 32 Volume III 2015


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ASID CA PENINSULA CHAPTER OFFICE

FEATURES

1346 The Alameda, Suite 7-195 San Jose, CA 95126-5006 1.408.906.9577 administrator@capen.asid.org www.asidcapen.org

President’s Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 2015 ASID California Peninsula Chapter Board . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 2015 CA Peninsula’s Chapter Sponsors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Tour de Force - a Night to Remember . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Thanks to our Silent Tour de Force Auction Donors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Member Profile - Industry Partner Ruth Jacobsen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Member Profile - Industry Partner Gregory Deane, Artist. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

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A Window To The Future - 2015 Home Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Interior Design for the Cognitively Challenged . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

EDITORIAL STAFF

West Valley 2015 Fall Kick Off and Membership Drive. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Marie Chan, ASID, CID, GREEN AP Editor & Communications Director

INDEX OF ADVERTISERS All Natural Stone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Artistic Tile & Stone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 California Homes Magazine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Cambria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

PUBLISHING STAFF

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Da Vinci Marble . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Design Mart. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Elle Decor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 European Cabinets & Design Studios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Ferguson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Hegerle Marketing Sevices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 The Integrated Lifestyle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Interiors and Textiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Intertile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Design Chronicles magazine is published quarterly for the California Peninsula Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers by DSA Publishing and Design, Inc. The editorial content and the Design Chronicles magazine are controlled and owned by the California Peninsula Chapter of ASID. Reproduction of this publication in whole, in part, in any form is strictly prohibited without the written permission of the California Peninsula Chapter of ASID.

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Design Chronicles

ASID CA Peninsula Magazine

Issue Number 32 Volume III 2015

On the cover: PLATINUM AWARD WNNER Residential B - Single Family Residence over 3,000 Sq. Ft. Jorie Clark, Allied ASID Jorie Clark Designs Photographer: Russell Abraham

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President’s Message

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ASID CA PENINSULA 1346 The Alameda, Suite 7-195 San Jose, CA 95126-5006 1.408.906.9577 info@asidcapen.org www.asidcapen.org

BOARD OF DIRECTORS President Jennifer Hale, Allied ASID 650.722.9883 jen@interiorsformodernliving.com President-Elect Yukari Haitani, Allied ASID, CID, CBD, CKD 408.836.5926 yhaitani@gmail.com Financial Director Cynthia Campanile, Industry Partner ASID Artistic Tile and Stone 605.954.4441 cynthia@877arttile.com Communications Director Marie Chan, ASID, CID, GREEN AP 408.261.2181 mchan@interspace-design.com Professional Development Director Cita Rojas–Sila, Allied ASID, LEED GA 408.314.1942 citasila@gmail.com Membership Director Susan Hoffman, Associate ASID 408.858.4085 susan@shoffmandesign.com Emerging Professional Chair Victoria Nazloo, Student ASID 408.603.5510 victoria.nazloo@gmail.com At-Large Co-Director, IP Liason Jim Heintz, Industry Partner ASID University Electric 408.595.2764 jim.heintzasid@yahoo.com Student Representative Carmen Wintergerst, Student ASID 650.740.2084 carmen30s@hotmail.com Chapter Administrator Monika Rose 408.906.9577 administrator@capen.asid.org

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Dear Friends and Colleagues, I'm excited to be part of such an outstanding team and to begin my term as president of the California Peninsula chapter of ASID. The year is already off to a fantastic start! September was the board installation and Design Awards Gala. The evening was a wonderful celebration of our dedicated members and the chapter’s talented super stars. A big thank you to our sponsor and host, Riggs Distributing; they really know how to throw a party. The event helped raise the funds we need to operate as a chapter and provide our members with meaningful events. Da Vinci Marble, the host and sponsor of our joint meeting with NARI, and All Natural Stone, the host and sponsor of our joint meeting with California North never disappoint. How did we get so incredibly lucky to have such amazing sponsors and partnerships? Be sure to check out the next issue of the Design Chronicles to learn more about these great joint meetings. Throughout the year, the chapter carries out our strategic plan as approved by National and our chapter’s board. We have a great strategic plan in place that can be found on the chapter's website; implementation begins at the start of October. The plan contains five dynamic initiatives: ASID Super Stars, ASID Gets Techie, ASID Gives Back, ASID Planet, and ASID Connects. It is our goal to implement two or more of these at each of our chapter events. You have probably seen a #hashtag in front of our initiatives in our eBlasts and our chapter meetings, but not all of you may be familiar with the meaning of each initiative so I’d like to share a brief summary. ASID Super Stars Showcasing and celebrating the best of the best in design, art, architecture, landscape design, textiles and other related industries through the use of media, inspirational speakers, fun events, and tours. ASID Gives Back Seek and support the philanthropy and volunteer efforts of our members and community, demonstrating social responsibility and the value of interior design to the human experience. ASID Connects ASID Connects combines the initiatives ASID Adopts, and ASID Answers, from last year’s strategic plan by creating meaningful opportunities both physically and virtually to connect stakeholders with cooperative partnerships within our design community through networking, mentoring, and education. ASID Gets Techie Broaden the technological base and expertise of the organization and its members. ASID Planet Expand the base of sustainable expertise and encourage the practical application of sustainable practices within the organization and its members. We are always looking for ways to support and promote our members, so be sure to share your projects and volunteer efforts, and connect with us through social media. I’m hopeful that each of our members will be able to identify with one or many of these initiatives and that you will take the first step and let us know how you would like to participate! Let us know which initiative speaks to you or find out how you can contribute by contacting us at Administrator@capen.asid.org Remember - together we can advance our profession for the better, and shape our industry for the future we want! Sincerely, Jennifer Hale, Allied ASID ASID CA Peninsula Chapter President 2015-2016


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Tour de Force – a Night to Remember The 2015 Design Awards Gala (DAG) Celebration was a huge success! The Design Awards committee, led by Cita Rojas-Sila our new Professional Development Director, pulled off a flawless night. Gourmet food prepared by Riggs Distributing’s chefs, the wonderful music of Jazz pianist Ellen Starr, and amazing silent auction vignettes were the backdrop of the evening’s events. The decorations were beautiful, the gift bags were unforgettable, and the silent auction packages were outstanding! The chapter raised over $4,200 from our silent auction. After a luxe evening hosted by Riggs Distributing in their beautiful showroom, 23 of our chapter’s finest received awards which will be featured in Luxe Magazine’s December issue. The awards ceremony was hosted by CBS celebrity, Liam Mayclem. Liam brought a sense of comedy and playfulness that our audience really enjoyed. His witty humor and British accent were the perfect complement to our program. A big thanks to the DAG committee members, Riggs Distributing, Media Sponsor Luxe Magazine, Entertainment Sponsors: Interiors for Modern Living and Artistic Tile and Stone, and all of our silent auction donors. We couldn’t have done it without all of you!

Silent Auction Sponsors ASID ASID 2014-15 CA Peninsula Board of Directors Janine Arietta, Allied ASID, Emerging Professional Chair California Closets Dacor Laurie Klatt-Nelson, Allied ASID, CID, NKBA, NARI Chris Nobriga, Student ASID, Rep to the Board Palecek Poliform Purcell Murray Stella & Dot Sue Ross, Student ASID, PDC member Sullivan Design Studio Tansu Design The Integrated Lifestyle University Electric

Award Winners PLATINUM AWARD WNNER Residential B - Single Family Residence over 3,000 Sq. Ft. Jorie Clark, Allied ASID Jorie Clark Design

GOLD AWARD WINNER Residential A - Single Family Residence over 3,000 Sq. Ft. Leslie Lamarre, Associate ASID, CID, CKD TRG Architects Residential A - Kitchen Melinda Mandell, ASID Melinda Mandell Interior Design Residential B - Single Family Residence Over 3,000 Sq. Ft. Lisa Staprans, Allied ASID Anny Wong, Allied ASID Staprans Design Residential B - Contemporary Bath Teresa Koss, Allied ASID Design Studio Residential B - Contemporary Bath Pamela Pennington, ASID, CID Pamela Pennington Studios Residential B - Contemporary Bath Pamela Pennington, ASID, CID Pamela Pennington Studios Residential B - Singular Space Leslie Lamarre, Associate ASID, CID, CKD TRG Architects Residential B - Singular Space Severine Secret, Associate ASID Go2Design Studio

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DAG Committee members

2015 Design Awards Gala (DAG) Celebration Committee Chair - Cita Rojas-Sila, Allied ASID Laurie Klatt-Nelson, Allied ASID - Gift Bags Chris Nobriga, Student ASID - Silent Auction Marianne Bauer, Allied ASID - Judging and Competition Chair Janine Arietta, Allied ASID - Judging Chair Sue Ross, Student ASID - Silent Auction Manon Demers, California Closets, IP Member ASID - Decorations Coco Brown, Cimarron Studios, IP Member ASID - Decorations Ann Flynn - Competition Chair Monika Rose - Chapter Administrator, Graphic Design Pierre Brule - Professional Development Director

Commercial B - Corporate Linda Sullivan, ASID Sullivan Design Studio Student - Residential B Kitchen Victoria Nazloo, Student ASID San Jose State University Student - Commercial B Andrea Jew, Student ASID Cañada College


SILVER AWARD WINNER Residential B - Contemporary Single Family Residence Over 3,000 Sq. Ft. Teresa Koss, Allied ASID Design Studio Residential B - Contemporary Single Family Residence Under 3,000 Sq. Ft. Teresa Koss, Allied ASID Design Studio Residential A - Kitchen Teresa R. Pollard, ASID, CID, IIDA Design Works Morgan Hill – Interiors for Life + Work

President Citation Award Recipients Residential A - Bath Teresa R. Pollard, ASID, CID, IIDA Design Works Morgan Hill – Interiors for Life + Work Residential A - Kitchen Linda Sullivan, ASID Sullivan Design Studio Emerging Professional - Residential A - Traditional - Kitchen Laurie Klatt-Nelson, Allied ASID LKN Design Student - Residential B Kitchen Isabell Wolf, Student ASID Cañada College

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DAG Committee members

Residential A - Traditional/Transitional Single Family Residence Over 3,000 Sq. Ft. Amanda Morris, ASID, CID Pamela Pennington Studios Residential A - Bath Teresa R. Pollard, ASID, CID, IIDA Design Works Morgan Hill – Interiors for Life + Work Residential B - Bath Vicky Tsai, ASID Vicky Tsai Interior Design Specialty Risë Krag, Allied ASID, LEED AP Nicole Ghilarducci, Allied ASID RKI Interior Design

Bryan Niles, Riggs Distributing and DAG Guest

Anna Harrison, Liam Mayclem and Jennifer Hale

Todd Bredehoft , Anna Harrison, Pierre Brule and Lisa Lovely

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Member Profile

Industry Partner Ruth Jacobsen RUTH JACOBSEN By Mary Ann McEwan, ASID, CID, MBA Lay perfectionism aside! “Consistently inconsistent” is what IP member and artist Ruth Jacobsen strives for in her elegant handmade wall coverings. The term has to do with emulating the imperfection of nature. “My ‘artistic’ is not drawing, but creating backgrounds for people’s art,” she explains. In addition to the concept of consistent inconsistency, Ruth is passionate about color, particularly full spectrum color. It was in 1992 that Donald Kaufman and Taffy Dahl’s’s book Color: Natural Palettes for Painted Rooms was published, while Ruth was VP of Silk Dynasty, and she was struck by their explanation of full spectrum color. “It makes so much sense…it is the artist’s duty to reproduce natural colors, both inside and out,” Ruth points out. It was Sir Isaac Newton who discovered that white light passing through a prism (refraction) is separated into its constituent wavelengths, producing seven colors (dispersion): purple, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange, and red. Full spectrum is a color mixing process, using pigments: all colors mixed this way will replicate how we see color in nature, and will blend together harmoniously, according to Ruth. In this system, black is not used to tone down color; rather, the colors themselves are mixed together to achieve grey tones. “Black is not a color: it is the absence of color,” notes Ruth. It is possible to achieve results using the three primary colors of red, yellow and blue only, but Ruth has found that adding some of the three secondary (green, orange, and purple) and/or six tertiary colors will give more sophistication to the final result. Ruth grew up in “grey Seattle…which drove me crazy!” She went to the University of Washington and began studying architecture. A professor approached her and told her that “girls are not well-treated in architecture.” At that time there were not too many careers wide open for women, teaching and nursing being the exception. Ruth changed her major to nursing and then married shortly after she graduated. She and her husband moved to Alaska, where Ruth worked as a school nurse, while her husband began his career as a physician. Later they moved to Michigan so her husband could complete his residency in Orthopedic Surgery. Both of their sons were born in Ann Arbor. The next move was to California, where her husband began his private practice near El Camino Hospital, and they purchased a house in Los Altos. Ruth was visited by the local Welcome Wagon committee, and their gift basket included a coupon for some “curtains”, as they were called then. As serendipity would have it, Charles Falls, ASID, arrived to measure for her curtains! They hit it off, since they were about the same age, and both had a love for architecture. Ruth had been a seamstress over the years, making many of her own clothes. When Charlie brought back antique saris

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from Hong Kong, he asked Ruth if she could make some pillows for him, and soon they had a pillow business together. This was the era shortly after Nixon had opened up trade with China, so Charles Falls and Marlene Grant, of Falls, Grant and Lucas, were invited to help artisans there design products which would sell in the U.S. market. While in China, Charles saw the ancient scrolls in the Forbidden City, and wanted to recreate the look, but without some of the decorative details of landscapes, birds and flowers. Falls decided to manufacture a line of wall coverings in the U.S., and Ruth developed a team of artists to create new designs on the same type of scroll silk Charles had found in China. This collaboration was the beginning of Silk Dynasty, founded in 1981. Ruth designed all the silk wall coverings and owned many of the designs. In 1991 she was promoted to Vice President of the firm. Ruth left Silk Dynasty in 1993, and for three years she “retired”, becoming an expert in Chinese and Thai cooking (her husband, now retired, has taken over that role), and immersing herself in building an addition to their home. In 1996 she started her own company, Jacobsen and Balla, creating a whole new look and concept in wall coverings, this time using full spectrum color. Ruth decided that she was not going to produce commercial wall coverings using big machines. The handmade quality of her products sets them apart. There are four basic types of wall coverings designed and manufactured by Jacobsen and Balla, soon to be called Ruth Jacobsen: paper-backed silk, artist’s canvas, handmade recycled paper, and abaca. The first three are all produced by hand in the studio, and the fourth type is imported from Nepal. All of her products are sustainable. For a long time, Ruth did not admit that she was an artist, but now she is comfortable with the label. The process she uses to create the colors and the consistent inconsistencies in her designs is artistic in nature, leaving unique patterns which cannot be duplicated. She notes that the scrolled silk wall coverings she produces are all washable, due to the techniques she has developed. Ruth has won numerous design awards, including the Charles Falls Award for Product Design, as well as recognition for sustainability. She has been active on several boards, and was the IP member on my board when I was chapter president. She invites ASID members to make an appointment to stop by her workroom in San Carlos. Please call her first at 650-593-3435. We are proud to have Ruth Jacobsen as an Industry Partner in our ASID chapter!


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Member Profile

Industry Partner Gregory Deane, Artist GREGORY DEANE STUDIO By Mary Ann McEwan, ASID, CID, MBA

objective when the artist does not have an object in mind.

What does Gregory Deane have in common with Michelangelo? Answer: they both have had their work exhibited at the Accademia in Florence. In 2002, Gregory was the first American contemporary abstract painter selected to be honored with a solo show at the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno (or Academy of the Arts of Drawing), founded in 1784. The Galleria dell’ Accademia, a separate gallery, houses Michelangelo’s David. Gregory’s exhibition was entitled “I Colori Dei Gesti,“ or The Colors of Motion. When you look at Gregory’s work, which he refers to as “non-objective” rather than abstract, you can see the movement. The process is similar to composing music, according to Deane: “You have a passion, you keep going, like music. I enjoy doing it. I like the results.” Gregory recalls that, “my heart and passion has always been for painting, since I was old enough to start sketching.” He has been painting as a business for close to 40 years. Like many painters, his style has evolved over the years, starting with realism, then portraiture, and later character studies, before moving into a non-objective style. Once in awhile he still enjoys painting figures, but they tend to be non-objective in nature, rather than realistic portraits. He says that art is considered non-

He switched from oil to acrylics when his wife, ASID member Margo Deane, gave him a box of acrylics many years ago, the first year they were married. He never went back to oils, finding that since acrylics dry so much sooner, they allowed him to work at a faster tempo. “Acrylic paints have life and are better suited to abstract painting than oils,” he explains. Most of the time he paints on cotton canvas, but occasionally he uses wood board. He also paints in mixed media, adding paper and other ephemera to his paintings, such as his series “Pages of Time,” giving them a 3-D quality. Gregory generally has several paintings going at once, so that he can allow a layer of paint to dry on one painting while he adds another layer to one or two other paintings. Gregory was born in Portland, Oregon, but as a teenager he left home and enrolled himself in a boarding school in California, where a cousin attended. After that he attended colleges in the Midwest, at San Jose City College, and at the Rudolph Schaeffer Design School in San Francisco. He had always enjoyed rearranging things, and became an ASID interior designer back when Jean Siegfried was chapter president. He and Charles Falls were partners in Los Altos Design Associates in the early 1970s, and he remained an ASID member for 17 years. However, art was his first love and design was secondary. Currently, he does not work at all as an interior designer, but instead enjoys working with interior designers as a resource for art. Since Gregory does not start out knowing what a painting will look like, I asked him how he knows when a painting is finished. “I like balance,” he said, “whether it’s texture, paint, or objects. When it’s done, it’s done.” He believes that if it has held up over time, it will keep. Sometimes he feels that a painting should move on, and he has been known to rework a piece that he may have previously considered finished. For many years Gregory focused on art for commercial spaces, and his work has hung on the walls of many corporate collections worldwide, including IBM, Hewlett Packard, Marriott Hotels, Nordstrom Department Stores, Lucas Foundation at Stanford Medical Center, 3Com, and Paramount Studios, as well as many private collections. Currently, Gregory focuses more on art for private residences.

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Gregory invites ASID members to visit his studio, but please make sure to call ahead at 650-424-1970. We are very pleased to welcome Gregory Deane back to the ASID California Peninsula Chapter as a new Industry Partner member!


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A Window To The Future 2015 Home Technology Two thousand fifteen is this century’s most exciting year in home technology. What makes 2015 so special is not the new products but quickly evolving client behavior across all demographics. Families and individuals are increasingly willing to break their traditional technology habits. This gives designers of both interiors and technology more freedom to create unique lifestyles. At the same time, new products and services are enabling everyone, from the technology challenged to the enthusiast, to achieve their audio, video, and internet objectives. In 2016-2017 these innovations will move from state-of-the-art to mainstream trends. The most exciting trend is the desire to enjoy music and video everywhere, particularly broadcast TV and streaming services (Netflix, Amazon) anywhere in the home, no cables needed. What is needed is a much faster internet experience into the home and more powerful ways to distribute the wireless signal throughout living spaces, including outdoor areas. Larger phones, cheaper tablets, and the soon to be released iPad Pro are reducing our reliance on traditional, hardwired TVs. Since the best wireless networks use wires to extend their reach, interior designers and remodelers are in a perfect spot to help specify these residential information highways. I predict the pending iPad Pro, with its 13” display, will become a proxy TV for many. Sitting near the user, this expanded tablet size can be more satisfying than a fixed location TV with concealed electronics. A fully loaded iPad Pro will likely run $1,000 with another $300 for a quality, hidden wireless speaker. This is half the price of an installed TV. All cable/satellite services have an easy to use iPad App for watching live & recorded TV. What the iPad Pro and inevitable competitors offer over TVs is better picture, more versatility, and portability. In parallel, traditional TVs and audio equipment, albeit with some new twists, are still in play. The biggest trend is 4K, Ultra HD TV which looks much better than legacy 1080p (1K) displays. Good news: 4K quadruples the pixels of today’s content for a much improved experience. The downside: pending 4K broadcasts will render

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most current A/V systems and wiring plans obsolete. All the more reason to engage a technology specialist to help clients avoid unpleasant surprises. There are workarounds, but your clients should know their limits. An additional trend I have seen in the last six months is a growing interest in traditional audio components such as turntables. Turntables impact cabinet design and concealment in closets as the player needs to be accessible. Plan early. Finally, clients are moving to speakers which can adapt to future TVs. A very fresh approach is from Nevada based Artison. Fixed speakers are attached to the bottom or the sides of the TV. These are covered with inexpensive custom grilles which can be replaced to meet the dimensions of the next TV. These are less expensive than inceiling/in-wall speakers, and they can move with the TV. Your technology palette has expanded. Celebrate the freedoms which your designs are gaining. James Stout is a Home Entertainment Architect and the Chief Concealment Officer at The Integrated Lifestyle. He can be reached at james@theintegratedlifestyle.com or by phone at 408.393.4779. Most of what he writes about can be seen at his Campbell showcase (by appointment) located inside Valet Custom Cabinets & Closets showroon at 1190 Dell Ave., Ste. J, Campbell, CA 95008


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Interior Design for the Cognitively Challenged By Marie Chan, ASID, CID, GREEN AP As Interior Designers, we do not only create beautiful interiors that support our clients' lifestyles, but we are also responsible for designing spaces that protect the health, safety and welfare of the occupants. With changing demographics and extended life expectancy, the U.S. will see a staggering 44% increase in Alzheimer's disease by 2025. Coupled with the 1.5 million suffering from traumatic brain injuries as a result of war or accidents, the nation will face an epidemic of people living with impaired cognition in the coming decades. Research shows that the cognitively challenged are more comfortable in their surroundings if their 5 senses - vision, hearing, taste, smell, touch - are engaged and provided with improved accessibility through universal design. Studies also found that some of the issues faced by patients with Alzheimer’s and traumatic brain injuries are exacerbated by lighting. Since lighting is an integral part of our work, we affect for good or for worse, the quality of life of those living with cognitive challenges.

Vision & Light As a result of aging, the lens of the eye turns progressively yellow, degrading its ability to distinguish between greens and blues. By the age of 70, one is likely to be seeing the world through a pair of ginger ale colored lens!

Ironically, although the aging eye finds clear, highly saturated colors easier to discern, medical and assisted living facilities tend to use ‘soothing’ palettes of blue, green and lavender. Since the elderly have a hard time distinguishing the blue-violet range, use of those colors in wayfinding will result in confusion and frustration. Glare on walls or floors also negatively impact people with cognitive issues, as they cannot see the surfaces clearly due to the excessive reflected light. The pupils of the elderly also dilate and contract at a much slower rate, so looking repeatedly between light and dark surroundings can lead to disorientation. An important safety consideration is visual contrast. Patients need a clear demarcation between vertical and horizontal planes (such as stair treads and risers, floors and walls) to make spatial

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boundaries more visible. Similarly, important objects and signage should be highlighted to create visual cues: an Alzheimer’s patient who fails to see a white toilet against white walls will result in problems! Visual cliffing is another hazard that can be mitigated by thoughtful design. An abrupt transition from light to dark flooring can appear to be a step down or “cliff ” to the cognitively challenged, causing the patient to stop in mid-stride. By avoiding patterned flooring and runners, a safer environment can be provided to help minimize falls. Though people with cognitive issues are diverse, here are some general lighting guidelines: • Increase the light level. • Keep brightness consistent, but if level change is necessary, transition should be gradual. • Combine daylighting with electrical light – daylight exposure promotes Vitamin D, improves sleep quality, prevents depression and reduces agitation. • Provide focused task lighting to supplement reading and writing tasks. • Automated light control and motorized window covering systems make life easier for the mobility impaired.

Sundowning Syndrome Sundowning is a psychological phenomenon associated with increased confusion and restlessness in patients with some form of dementia. For patients with sundowning syndrome, behavioral problems begin to occur in the evening or while the sun is setting. It is believed the development of plaques and tangles associated with Alzheimer's disease might cause disruption within an area of the brain that controls the body’s internal clocks and hormonal activities which, in turn, appears to be affected by environmental cues such as daylight. Sundowning syndrome symptoms may include, but are not limited to: • Increased general confusion as natural light begins to fade and more shadows appear. • Agitation and mood swings. Patients may be aggravated by noise. • Mental and physical fatigue with increased irritability. • Tremors may increase and become uncontrollable. • Experience increased restlessness while trying to sleep. Recommendations to mitigate Sundowning Syndrome: • To prime the body for sleep, keep lower light level, in warm incandescent colors, or use color changing LEDs, from late afternoon. • Avoid blue light from any device in the bedroom be they from TVs, alarm clocks or other appliances. • To mitigate the effects of computer work in the evening, try flux (https://justgetflux.com/) an app for Windows, Macs, iPads and iPhones. It automatically warms up the screen colors between sunset & sunrise to match the color temperature of room's lighting, all the way down to 2700K. There is even a 1-hour override to accommodate color sensitive tasks!

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West Valley 2015 Fall Kick Off and Membership Drive By Chris Nobriga, Student ASID West Valley College Interior Design Club held their Fall Kickoff and Membership Drive on Friday September 18. The theme of the meeting was "Beyond the Classroom Internships and Associations". This meeting was the first of a series of year-long events that will look beyond, supplement, and enrich the classroom experience. Students had the opportunity to meet represenStephanie Schaeffer, Student ASID and tatives from local interior Cynthia Marquez, Student ASID, ASID design associations, including Student Liaison ASID, IIDA and NKBA where they learned about upcoming events as well as the benefit of student membership. Susan Hoffman, ASID California Peninsula Membership Director addressed the crowd of over 60 interior design students and shared her personal experiences with ASID and the opportunities for networking and mentoring. The keynote speakers were Whitney Mitchell (Whitney Design Studios, owner) and Melanie Denney (Interior Designer at DES Architects). As West Valley interior design program graduates, Whitney and Melanie provided candid feedback to current students on how to get hired and how to get the most out of the experience.

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