International Builders Show - The New American Home

There’s No Place Like The New American Home

The crown jewel of the International Builders’ Show – The New American Home demonstrates the latest innovations in residential new construction.  Photography Courtesy of Trent Bell Since 1984, The New American Home program has represented high-performance building practices and showcased the newest products and materials available. It also acts as a harbinger of the type […]

Sharon Olsen of KSA Lighting Lights Wallgreens

Rx for Change: Walgreens

When competing pharmacy chains began paying attention to aesthetics, Walgreens decided to up its game.   Since Walgreens had been challenged recently by competitors such as CVS and WalMart, its executives wanted to reinforce Walgreens’ presence in its hometown of Chicago with a new flagship that elevates the brand from a local store to something […]

Robert Singer & Associates

Robert Singer & Associates: Honorable Mention 36th SOURCE Awards

The cohesive design of two homes on adjoining lots in Aspen netted Robert Singer & Associates an Honorable Mention in Cooper Lighting’s 36th Annual SOURCE Awards.    The year-round beauty of Colorado’s mountains are a stunning backdrop for this unusual family compound comprised of two contemporary single-family residences on adjoining lots. Developed concurrently, the homeowner […]

Net-zero energy buildings - DPR Construction

Solatube Daylighting Systems: Let There Be (Day)Light!

One of the country’s first net-zero energy buildings relies partly on daylighting techniques to achieve its impressive energy savings.  With the intention of creating a living laboratory for the Phoenix community while building its new regional office in Arizona, national commercial general contractor and construction management firm DPR Construction practices what it preaches. The company, […]


Grand Design: Hirsch Bedner Associates Help Rebrand Hyatt

The first Hyatt-branded hotel in Northeast China pays tribute to history while offering a modern twist. Global hospitality interior design company Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) combined ancient culture with vibrant modernity when establishing the aesthetics for Grand Hyatt Shenyang, the first Hyatt-branded hotel in Northeast China which opened several months ago. The hotel is comprised […]

Micheal Jordan Nissan

Michael Jordan Nissan: Nissan’s First LED Showroom

Michael Jordan Nissan has become one of the first Nissan dealerships to use LED lighting almost exclusively inside and out.  When Michael Jordan Nissan opened in 1990, the Durham, N.C. car dealership was state-of-the-art. More than one decade of success later, the dealership’s management team partnered with Eddie Gontram, principal of Gontram Architecture in nearby […]

Residential Lighting Showrooms Partnering with Showhouses

Partnering With Showhouses

Participating in a showhouse can boost your store’s recognition within the design community.  By Marilyn Nason Showhouses have become an exciting fundraising vehicle in a growing number of U.S. cities, serving as an almost limitless – if somewhat unique – way to “introduce local/regional interior designers’ talents, as well as demonstrate how decorative lamps and […]


Robb Pope of Digital Ambiance: Let Us Entertain You!

Lighting designer Robb Pope of Digital Ambiance – who has created installations for Burning Man, auto maker Acura, the Light™ nightclub with Cirque Du Soleil in Las Vegas; and has worked on concerts for Justin Timberlake, Green Day, and No Doubt – discusses the role lighting plays in entertainment venues.      EnLIGHTenment Magazine:  How […]

Residential LIghting Plans

Should You Charge for Lighting Plans?

Some lighting stores do it for free, many apply the fee to a purchase, and others set a price for the plans alone. No matter the method, offering this service sets your store apart.  In the era of showrooming offering professionally designed lighting plans can become a competitive edge for independent lighting showrooms. Findings from […]

Seattle EMP Museum

Seattle’s EMP Museum

The brainchild of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, Seattle’s EMP Museum pays tribute to some of the world’s most influential pop culture icons. Founded in 2000, the EMP building (also known as Experience Music Project) has a story as intriguing as the collections inside it. When designing an exterior that would evoke a rock ‘n’ roll […]