April 1, 2005

Sponsorship to Help Preserve Eames HomeAmerican mid-century design icons Charles and Ray Eames helped set new creative boundaries in art, architecture, film, furniture, exhibit design and graphic design. With this in mind, Neenah Paper recently announced a partnership with the Eames Foundation that will help preserve the legendary designers' historic home in the Pacific Palisades section of Los Angeles. The partnership involves a Neenah Paper contribution to the Eames Foundation at the Spirited Sponsor level, ongoing paper support and the creation of a beautiful private watermark specifically created for the foundation. It also reinforces two of Neenah Paper's missions: to recognize design excellence both past and present, and to be a leading premium paper mill focused on environmental stewardship.Designed and built by Charles and Ray Eames in 1949, the unique case study home was developed to also include a design studio. It is situated on a pristine hilltop meadow overlooking the Pacific Ocean and served as a backdrop for, as Charles Eames described, "life in work," with nature as a "shock absorber." Web Site Links Education, Career Info.A newly launched Web site, Interior Design Schools (, is providing everything individuals hoping to begin careers in Interior Design need to know, and is paving the way for comprehensive Web sites that fuse career information with educational options. The Interior Design Schools site's level of sophistication goes beyond typical educational Web sites by serving as a complete and honest resource for individuals interested in pursuing a career in interior design.Users can search for schools geographically and learn more about which types of programs and degrees particular schools offer. The site also presents a wealth of information users can consider before making the decision to attend interior design school. Topics highlighted include the common personality traits of successful designers, the different types of interior design degrees and the opportunities each degree affords, an exploration into the hot trend of design-related reality television shows, and other related pieces.Durkan Makes Star-studded AppearanceThe recently televised IFP Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, CA, ushered in a new celebrity—a custom teal floor covering from Durkan Patterned Carpet. Show producers asked the team at Durkan's Design Studio to honor the program's theme of bucking tradition to create an unconventional entry carpet that recognized the program's 20th anniversary. The 90-foot blue-and-green custom floor covering, which was punctuated with the IFP Sprit logo and interlocking number 20s throughout, was the first item celebrities saw upon exiting their limos and entering the ceremony. Robin Williams, Cate Blanchett, Jodie Foster and Salma Hayek were among the celebrity attendees.While Durkan met the challenge of producing this latest generation of red carpet treatments, it was the installer who is due a "supporting role" award. Installer Mike Koshimizu of Classic Party Rentals was fearful that the recent rains that have ravaged Southern California and the actual installation surface—an uneven concrete blacktop—would make for a difficult install, and moisture from the locale's neighboring Pacific Ocean further complicated the situation. But the team cleverly staggered the pattern's logo accordingly, allowing for greater visibility during celebrity arrivals, and made provisions for safety by nailing a transition strip along the carpet's width, further securing it.CorrectionIn the Happenings article, "The Heart of Service," that appeared in the January/February 2005 issue, LuAnne Silvia's appellation appeared incorrectly. It should have read: "LuAnne Silvia, Allied Member ASID." We regret the error.Green Home Show Premieres on Earth DayIt's not easy being green, but the Chicagoland Home Expo is coming to McCormick Place to show homeowners the way. The Expo, which will bring downtown Chicago its first major home show in two years this spring, runs during Earth Day weekend, April 22-24. In addition to showcasing a wide array of home improvement resources, the Expo will feature a Green Pavilion. The Green Pavilion is designed to connect homeowners and homebuyers with products, vendors and programs to make their homes environmentally friendly, yet extremely functional. Green Pavilion highlights include:
  • Sustainable and environmentally friendly products for home building and renovation, healthy interiors, energy efficiency and renewable energy systems

  • Information sessions about Chicago city-sponsored programs that promote green design in residential construction and renovation

  • A green model home featuring a sustainable living room, bedroom and kitchen

  • Seminars led by top green architects, interior designers, organic landscapers and gardeners, and energy efficiency and renewable energy experts (e.g., "Working With a Green Architect" and "Solar Energy at Home")

    Tickets are $7 per person online at and $10 per person at the door. Children under the age of 15 will be admitted for free. Because the Chicagoland Home Expo believes that every family needs a place to call home, the show will donate 50 percent of all ticket sales to Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity affiliates to support direct homebuilding costs. For additional information about Chicagoland Home Expo seminars, exhibitors, contests and events, call (312) 595-0670.
  • TWO STEPS REDUCE WASTE MILLIONFOLDWith two programs, Milliken Carpet has reduced its use of paper and cardboard by more than 34 million pounds. By converting the ordering process, including sample orders, from faxes to online requests last year, Milliken reduced paper waste by 20,000 pounds, the equivalent of 240 trees. That paper, if spread along the Appalachian Trail, would line the hike through the state of New York. In 1995, Milliken made an adjustment in sizing modular carpet to reduce waste and complexity in shipping. Ten years later the numbers show a big difference—the company has saved more than 34 million pounds of cardboard by shipping on pallets vs. boxes. This quantity of cardboard would encircle the globe 1.25 times and represents approximately 40,000 trees. Milliken & Company launched an expansive environmental program in 1960 and adopted a goal of zero waste generation in 1990 for all business divisions. Having reached zero waste in 1999, Milliken Carpet continues to work with suppliers, designers and other specifiers to reduce waste and conserve resources.

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