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Lately I have read several articles regarding the economic downturn and design, several suggest that it will usher in a new direction or “change”  in design philosophy. If history is any indication I would agree with these statements. So if this theory is correct, what will this new design period incorporate? To a certain degree we have to look to our past, to those times where the economy struggled as it is now and the innovations that came out of those periods in history. Design is forever connected to our social consciousness and always responds accordingly, whether we are in a period of financial excess or financial depression, design always responds accordingly, it does not stop in times of turmoil (as is the current general concern), it adapts, changing like a chameleon to fit the current conditions. So, if we believe this statement the question remains how will design respond?

Some of the most important elements are already taking the stage as a part of the shift in social design conscienciousness such as the “green movement”. Green Design elements will most certainly become the norm and be incorporated into new design directions. The buzz words in the design industries right now all point to the green movement; recycled, reclaimed, sustainable and enviromentally friendly. These descriptive terms are found throughout showrooms and trade catalogs for everything from building materials to furniture. (We will be discussing this subject at length in the near future).
It will also be a return to what I believe is a vibrancy in design, as project budgets shrink designers must respond in more creative ways to find solutions for their clientele. Re-purposing and up-cycling will become key elements to many projects in interior design, creating something new out of what already exists is all a part of the design ingenuity a professional can bring.
In tougher times the significance of the home as a shelter takes on greater meaning. Comfort and home entertaining will take on more importance in understated and unpretentious ways and emerging style trends in home design will reflect this.  This is also a call to designers of architecture and interiors to make the best use of space by adding as much function as possible per square foot, instead of just adding square footage for the sake of having a larger home that serves no purpose other than a having larger overall foot-print and/or of volume of a home. Design most certainly needs to be based more on the liviability of spaces instead of the useless grandiosity of space such as a 15ft. ceiling on a single story house, for example. Good design after all, is good use of space. The new era of design will certainly respond to our current conditions and I am actually looking forward to how it all unfolds.

written by A. Christopher Turan, ASID

We are pleased to announce that A. Christopher Turan is one of the featured designers on His project Las Olas Isles Living room is the featured room.

Las Olas Isles Living Room

Las Olas Isles Living Room

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February 21, 2009

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“Decorati is the leading world-wide resource for high-end interior design products and designer portfolios. Decorati consolidates a diverse range of 400 top trade-only manufacturers and over 40,000 products onto one easily manageable and resourceful shopping site.  Decorati’s manufacturer list includes icons of the design industry such as Donghia, Dakota Jackson, Pollack, Jerry Pair, Pierre Frey, Maya Romanoff, Holland & Sherry, Odegard, McGuire, and Dennis Miller, among others.  In addition to showcasing trade-only manufacturers and their showrooms, Decorati also features exclusive products, emerging brands, antiques, sample sales, and designers’ own private collections.”

The Design Center of the Americas

The Design Center of the Americas

On Friday, I had the pleasure of spending a better part of my day with my assistants and one of our client’s for a shopping trip at DCOTA (The Design Center of the Americas). Sitting in the lobby waiting on our client, I was struck by the thought of of how lucky I am to be an interior designer in Fort Lauderdale located so close to one of the largest Design Centers in the country.  Make no mistake this place is impressive, a whopping 775, 000 square feet spread over 3 interconnected 4 story buildings.

Every imaginable type of interior design product is available; from flooring and fabrics to fine furniture and kitchen cabinets, the best in interior couture from around the globe is available at our fingertips. All styles are represented throughout the 150 or so different showrooms, down to the out right bizarre. dcota1bldg
I guess after walking the halls of this place  for over 15 years I have become used to the endless choices that are housed within this massive structure. For first time clients visiting DCOTA it can prove to be a daunting and overwhelming place, even for the professional shop-a-holic. We plan first time visits very carefully and try to concentrate on specific showrooms because it is ‘so easy to get off track’ according to some of our clients. 

Although DCOTA can be an exciting and awe-inspiring design campus it is my opinion that it has also been affected by the recent economic downturn. The building is so quite that your attention is immediately drawn to the dated and tired interiors of the public space. No piped background music adds to the quietness to the point where you feel that you must whisper, as not to have your voice echo through the halls and atriums. It is a surreal and sometimes depressing feeling that as one client put it “it’s like you’re at a funeral or walking through a or mausoleum”. This is an ironic statement considering we bring our clients to DCOTA to get them excited about designs for the living spaces. It is my hope that building management will take note and give this grand building a much needed face-lift to reflect not only the showrooms it houses but the beauty of what this building is there for, Interior Design.

Even with all her bumps and bruises, DCOTA is still one of the best sources for interior design in the country and I am proud and fortunate enough to have it in my own back yard. I will be also spotlighting individual showrooms located at DCOTA regularly so remember to check back frequently. Website

Written by, A. Christopher Turan, ASID
Design Space Associates, Inc.

The field of interior design is probably one of the most misunderstood professions by general public. Hopefully this will help dispel some myths and shed some much needed light on the profession itself. We will be constantly updating this post so check back frequently.

We will take a look at the most common questions in this Q&A.

Q: “What is an Interior Designer?”
A: According to the American Society of Interior Design(ASID), the pratice of Interior Design  is explained as such Interior design concerns itself with more than just the visual or ambient enhancement of an interior space, it seeks to optimize and harmonize the uses to which the interior environment will be put”. You can read the entire article here. If you are still scratching your head in confusion, you’re not alone. The official “definition” of an Interior Designer can be found at the NCIDQ website. Click here to read it. In a nutshell, Interior designers create and manipulate interiors in order the properly serve the function of  a cerntain environment  whether it be for  living, working or playing, all set within a style befitting of  the space.  

Q:”Are interior designers the same as interior decorators and are these titles interchangeable?”
A: In one word…no. Interior Decorators concern themselves strictly with the aesthetics or particular style of the items to be used in the space. Whereas Interior designers take and shape a space according to the requirements of the the people it serves, this also includes the items to be used in the space. The major distinction between the two is that Designers must have a proper combination of  higher education, expirience through an internship, and go through an examination process in order to become a professional. There is no such process in order to call ones’ self a decorator. Decorators base what they do solely on their talent to stylize a space, designer also must rely on their inate talent but also combine it with  the science designing spaces and knowledge of the construction process in order to create it.

Q:”So which should I hire for my project, designer or decorator?”
A: It all depends on several factors and the type of project you are undertaking. As a rule of thumb, the you just want a new look for your exsisting spaces either designer or decorator will do, but  if your project requires construction , some type of renovation, or any type of in depth space analisys, you would hire an interior designer. Interior designers are also licensed (in some states) to prepare construction documents as related to interior design for non- structural and or non seismic construction. You will need an architect involved for anything related to structure.


New for 2009

January 18, 2009

We are looking forward to the upcoming year at Design Space Associates with a strong sense of optimism. “Change” seems to be the buzzword for the beginning of 2009 and it is no different here at DSAinteriors. I said goodbye to Scott Latta to pursue his goals in the world of classical music and said hello to Nickole Krupa as the newest design assistant at DSA. I feel strongly that Nickole’s abilities will exceed our clients as well as my personal expectations, which she has already done on both accounts. I welcome Nickole to the DSA family and look forward to watching her grow within the firm.

2009  also brings with it our latest expansion of an additional 1000 sq. ft. of office space with the new space acquired in 2008. This new space now incorporated a fully functional design library as well as a conference space. This now allows us to have the advantage of a larger and broader selection of merchandise and materials at our fingertips and in turn better serve our clientele.

We look forward to more changes as a growing design firm in 2009.

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Welcome to DSA

January 14, 2009

Welcome to the blog about Design Space Associates, (aka DSAinteriors) we look forward to discussing the creative field of interior design and day to day operations of a small design firm. We hope you will check back often on our blogging expirience and hopefully gain some insight into the world of interior design.