Category: Interior Design Protection Council

DING DONG THE IDPC IS DEAD!

https://www.facebook.com/Interior-Design-Protection-Council-324844676913/info/?tab=page_info

http://www.idpcinfo.org/

PROFESSIONALINTERIORDESIGNER will miss Miss Morrow and her Institute for Justice funded campaign to deregulate the profession of Interior Design….NOT.

UTAH PASSES COMMERCIAL INTERIOR DESIGN PRACTICE BILL!

Utah Senate Bill 0117  which allows state certified Commercial Interior Designers to submit signed and sealed drawings (within limited scope) in order to obtain building permits in that state was approved today.  Yay!

This is the first substantial piece of ID legislation to be approved in several years.

Kudos to IDEAL Utah and their lobbyist Amy Coombs for creating the proper strategic alliances and educating/swaying/cajoling Utah policymakers.   This was the result of a monumental investment of time, effort and perseverance.

With that a precedent has been established.  Utah SB0117 codifies the title “Commercial Interior Designer”.  PROFESSIONALINTERIORDESIGNER finds the savvy semantics interesting.  As far as I know Oregon was the first state ID coalition to draft ID legislation using that particular title nuance.  It makes sense to help distinguish our work  in the regulated ID realm…but.

Are we ready to dissect the profession in this manner?  Will we evolve into Commercial Interior Designers and Residential Interior Designers or just Commercial Interior Designers and Interior Designers (my vote)?  Will we need to create Schools of Commercial Interior Design?  Will CIDA need to become CCIDA?  Will the NCIDQ Examination need to become the NCCIDQ Examination? Will this minimize the appeal of the title “Interior Architect”?

Do I ask too many questions?

Leading Interior Design Company Declares 11% Increase in Cash Dividend

OR WWEAD-

(What Would Ethan Allen Do?)

Offer free interior design service of course.

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PROFESSIONALINTERIORDESIGNER saw this article on Ethan Allen’s success (the furniture chain, not the statesman) I had to comment;

Ethan Allen Declares 11% Increase in Cash Dividend

DANBURY, Conn. — 

Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. (“Ethan Allen” or the “Company”) (NYSE:ETH) announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.10 per share, an increase in the annual rate of 11.1%, which will be payable to shareholders of record as of October 10, 2013 and will be paid on October 25, 2013.

Farooq Kathwari, Chairman and CEO commented, “We are pleased with our continued progress and the Board’s decision to increase the dividend.”

http://www.fortmilltimes.com/2013/07/30/2855701/ethan-allen-declares-11-increase.html

Okay I have no problem with Ethan Allen’s success and actually applaud it. But when I read the following boilerplate P.R. bio on the company my ire was raised;

About Ethan Allen

It seems that membership in your organization is all one needs to become an Ethan Allen Interior Design Affiliate https://www.ethanallen.com/on/demandware.static/Sites-ethanallen-us-Site/Sites-ethanallen-us-Library/en_US/v1375331775361/pdf/IDA_Application_EN.pdf

Wow what an honor….members of your organization can contractually obligate themselves to give away free design service in return for a tiny portion of EA’s increasing profits.  Oh and also note that your sister organization ASID somehow is missing from the list of illustrious organizations.  You may want to have your credential removed from that list.  Just tryin’ to keep it professional- ya know.

PROUD TO DISPLAY THE NEW NCIDQ CREDENTIAL

Introducing New Benefit For Active Certificate Holders

On July 15, 2013 the appellation “NCIDQ” and a unique mark will be available for use as an additional benefit for active certificate holders. After completing the terms and conditions on their MyNCIDQ online account, active NCIDQ Certificate holders will have the option to sign their names “First Name Last Name, NCIDQ” and/or use a unique NCIDQ logo in their professional materials, which may be downloaded from the same online account.  Active NCIDQ Certificate holders are those individuals who are current with their annual renewal payment, and in addition to the benefits already funded by the annual renewal fees, helps support NCIDQ Examination development and operations to maintain the validity and integrity of the series of tests.

Kim Ciesynski, NCIDQ Examination Board President, praises the move, saying “This new option for all certificate holders is a great opportunity for interior designers/interior architects to promote the NCIDQ credential they have worked so hard to earn, and to market themselves as successfully passing the rigorous standards tested by the NCIDQ Examination. The NCIDQ Examination is developed according to credible industry standards and we take great care to maintain its validity.  Therefore, we are very proud of our certificate holders and so pleased that they will now be able to demonstrate that they incorporate the highest standards of health, safety and human welfare in their daily practice. Certificate holders have spent years educating themselves, earning work experience and studying for the NCIDQ Examination.  They deserve the ability to showcase their hard-won and unique achievement.”

The Council for Interior Design Qualification, Inc., the corporate structure that provides resources to develop the NCIDQ Examination, is confident in the skills of those professionals who hold the NCIDQ Certificate, and is thrilled to promote those interior designers/interior architects who are the best examples of what the NCIDQ Examination stands for: health, safety and welfare within the spaces we use daily.

P.S. July 16: When I checked my Google Search results this morning I was expecting to see at least one press worthy item on the new credential. Instead Clare Danes mutters in Vogue that she thought about becoming an interior designer and the blogosphere ignites with joy;

Claire Danes, Interior Designer? http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/179483-claire-danes-interior-designer/

Why Claire Danes considered an interior design career http://wonderwall.msn.com/tv/why-claire-danes-considered-an-interior-design-career-25701.gallery

Would Claire Danes Be an Interior Designer Right Now if ‘Homeland’ Hadn’t Come Along? http://tv.yahoo.com/blogs/emmys/would-claire-danes-be-an-interior-designer-right-now-if–homeland–hadn-t-come-along–002810920.html

The NCIDQ credential is a much needed change for the profession but evidently we have a long, long way to go.

CALIFORNIA CERTIFIED INTERIOR DESIGNERS UNDER ATTACK….OR ARE THEY?

I’m back.

Okay follow this missive from the CCIDC regarding California Senate Bill 308 and its language that the CCIDC says is detrimental to the profession:

http://ccidc.org/eNews/sb308-2nd-bulletin.html

Okay now read this web post by the Interior Design Coalition of California claiming that there is no need for concern:

http://www.idc-ca.org/idcc-news/templates/featured.aspx?articleid=210&zoneid=22

I find the IDCC claim regarding the supposed AIA backed amendment to SB-308 that-

As part of this process, an amendment was considered and is being interpreted as an attempt to deregulate the interior design profession. Upon closer review with legal counsel, we have found this NOT to be the case”

troubling not only in that it contradicts the CCIDC claim that the current CID model will be

DISASTROUS for Certified Interior Designers and any non certified designers including those doing kitchens and baths!”

it also does not tell us why their legal counsel reached this decision.  Are we to go on faith here?

Well I came back to call BULLS**T! Somebody is not telling the whole story here and for either organization to claim otherwise is extremely troubling.  The pissing match in California is growing old it’s time to;

GET OVER IT- TELL US THE WHOLE STORY-GET ON THE SAME PAGE AND MAKE THIS WORK!

No I do not have a dog in this hunt per se but we all suffer the consequences of the fallout from your pissy fits.

GOOD GRIEF.

P.S. California SB-308 will be brought before committee this morning at 9:00 AM  (PST)….Listen to the great debate here;

http://www.calchannel.com/live-webcast/

P.S. The hearing was rescheduled for July 2nd, listen to it here;

http://abp.assembly.ca.gov/hearings

YET ANOTHER SHOT OVER THE BOW OF THE GOOD SHIP INTERIOR DESIGN

PROFESSIONALINTERIORDESIGNER has highlighted the efforts of the Institute for Justice, The Reason Institute and the CATO Institute to use Interior Design regulation as the prime example why government regulation is bad for the economy. Now the Goldwater Institute has issued this “Policy Report” in which the regulation of interior design is cited as one of the prime examples of why the government needs to reduce, or reform, “occupational licensing laws to increase jobs and lower costs”

http://goldwaterinstitute.org/sites/default/files/Policy%20Report%20247%20Licensing.pdf

Since you probably have better things to do with your time than read this claptrap I will pull out a few of Dr. Schlomach’s more pertinent assertions;

Do you have a love of fabric, furniture, and a talent for decorating? In a few states, unless you have a license, it’s tough luck if you want to start a decorating business. Most states actually have laws that limit the use of the title “interior designer.”

That is patently untrue…but damn it sure helps make a point.

“Scary stories, what-ifs, mights, and maybes hardly constitute a basis for sound public policy. Nevertheless, they are the foundation on which most licensing laws rest.

The International Interior Design Association’s advocacy webpage begins, “Interior Design laws help establish and maintain professional standards that protect the health, safety, and welfare of the general public.”

No explanation or examples, other than the assertion noted that links interior design to public health and safety, can be found on the website. The Reason Foundation, which is opposed to licensing, produced a video specifically about interior designers’ efforts to get licensed. The best a licensing advocate from Texas could muster was a general statement about the danger of people slipping on a floor, with no specific examples.

Economists are generally skeptical of arguments defending occupational licensing. Such defenses are typically advocated by members of the profession and not by the general public.”

Again there is proof that interior design does play a large role in the safety of occupants of interior spaces (how can it NOT?) but it is usually muddied by the confluence of building codes, life safety codes and guess what -occupational licensing. What about that entire chapter in the International Building Code pertaining to interior finishes….? Rhetorical question I digress.

Let me reiterate we are the whipping post of many, if not all, influential legal and political think tanks and unfortunately many policymakers are easily influenced by high fallutin’ think tank types.

If I did not know better I would just shrug this misinformed neocon poli-babble as just that. But I can’t and neither should you- why you ask? Well Okay I asked but go with me here…… Should the political winds in November blow to the right these policy reports, position papers and opinions cloaked as research in which regulation is seen as strangling the economy could* become the evidence for widespread deregulation within the Fed and the states. And guess what interior design regulation, both current and proposed, will be the one that many reformers will target. Why? Please don’t make me answer that.

*Think what you will of all of this anti-regulation rhetoric posing as research. I can assure you that many policy makers are also thinking “what they will” of these diatribes and unfortunately this is the only side of the story they are hearing.

And There Was This One Time at Design Camp……………..

http://designcamp.com/

PROFESSIONALINTERIORDESIGNER has poked fun at the Design Camp folks before. I do admire their marketing and self promotion moxey and they are certainly free to promote their little business venture. Unfortunately when they make statements such as;

“The curriculum at Design Camp is on par with course work from any top interior design school. The biggest differences being, you’ll graduate in a few days, invest a lot less money and have much, much more fun!”

I have to wonder how ASID can allow their credential to be associated with such a blatant bar lowering statement.   

Unfortunately Ms. Dennis is free to tout her ASID credential as she pleases.