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EDITORIAL

Blurring Boundaries

We live in an architecture and interior design world of muddled
distinctions, creative collaborations, and fusion spaces. Commercial
studios are dabbling in residential design; hospitality is permeating
other sectors like workplace, healthcare, and education; and clients
are seeking flexible spaces that mix functions within one building.
In this month's issue, we examine some of the most interesting
mash-ups creating new possibilities. One of my favorites that I visited
recently is the Tarkett Atelier in New York. Not only is it a showroom
that displays new product, but it also is a coworking space and features
curated exhibitions that are relevant to the interior design community.
Hybrid spaces are changing the way we live, work, and play.
Joan Blumenfeld, Contract magazine's 2018 Legend award
recipient and a design principal at Perkins and Will, is trying to change
our industry. Look around the room at any interior design industry
event and you will see a sea of mostly female faces. It certainly
appears that the industry skews largely toward women, and that is
borne out by statistics. In this month's Viewpoint column, she argues
that the interior design industry has a gender problem and does
the math to prove it.
The Contract editorial staff is always looking for new talent
and this month we head to Minneapolis, where we interviewed rising
star Betsy Vohs. We also took a peek at one of her new projects,
The Nordic, where she designed the stunning interior spaces, custom
furniture, and the plaza in addition to doing the art coordination
for the space.
Additionally, we visited San Francisco, where we interviewed
O+A's design director, Joseph Rodriguez, who designed offices
for tech start-up LiveRamp that are reflective of the company's lively
spirit and inclusive workforce.
Incorporating amenities into workspaces has been an
obsession of most workplace designers. But the news headlines
about what perks or elements of office design make for a great

employee experience seem to be dominated by fads-think
treadmill desks, nap pods, and "bring your dog to work day," for
starters. However, a new workplace survey reveals that employees
are craving something more basic and essential to human needs.
Access to natural light and views of the outdoors is office occupants'
No. 1 desired workplace attribute, outranking other amenities
like cafeterias, fitness centers, and perks like on-site childcare.
We explore this reality in this issue, looking at three case studies
about lighting as an amenity.
 Awards Season
In other news, I want to take this opportunity to invite and
encourage you all to begin thinking about submitting your best
work to our quickly approaching Inspirations Awards, celebrating
projects and practice-based initiatives that improve the quality
of life for those in need (the deadline to submit is April 17). The ICFF
Awards, presented by Contract, which honor excellence and innovation
in new products exhibited at ICFF, are also just around the corner.
The competition is only open to designers, manufacturers, and
companies exhibiting at ICFF 2020, and will be juried by seasoned
architecture and interior design professionals. It's important
to recognize excellence in our design community. Good luck
to all who enter!
Sincerely,
Paul Makovsky
Editor in Chief

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Contents
Editorial
Industry News
Show Director’s Letter
Viewpoint: Joan Blumenfeld on interior design’s gender problem
Product Briefs: Acoustic Solutions
Designer You Should Know: Betsy Vohs
The Nordic Studio BV | Minneapolis
design intersections
lighting as an amenity
LiveRamp
Matrix: Innovative Materials
Matrix: Lighting
Matrix: Tile & Stone Preview
Designers Select: Products for Amenity Spaces
Exhibition: Eileen Gray
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Contract Magazine - February/March 2020 - Industry News
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Contract Magazine - February/March 2020 - Show Director’s Letter
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Contract Magazine - February/March 2020 - Viewpoint: Joan Blumenfeld on interior design’s gender problem
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Contract Magazine - February/March 2020 - Product Briefs: Acoustic Solutions
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Contract Magazine - February/March 2020 - 26
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Contract Magazine - February/March 2020 - Designer You Should Know: Betsy Vohs
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Contract Magazine - February/March 2020 - The Nordic Studio BV | Minneapolis
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Contract Magazine - February/March 2020 - Designers Select: Products for Amenity Spaces
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