Article Number: 10534
ASID NJ Design Symposium, Industry Trade Show, Wed., Sept. 12
FREEHOLD, N.J., Aug. 10, 2018 -- The New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) will hold its 2018 Design Symposium & Industry Trade Show at Jersey City's Liberty Science Center on Wednesday, September 12. Themed, “Design I T: Design, It’s Our DNA,” the event promises to inform and inspire attendees and have them experience innovation firsthand.

The Chapter invites all area trade, including interior designers, architects, industrial designers and Industry Partners to participate in this stimulating day-long event. Members of other ASID chapters, the Interior Design Society (IDS), the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the International Furnishings & Design Association (IFDA) are among those welcome.

The morning begins with a choice of two out of four CEUs that are sure to make everyone informed:

• Moen: The latest in shower design and technology (HSW credit & NKBA, AIA, GBCI-approved)
• Steelcase: Biophilia, Wellness and the Visual Environment (HSW credit)
• Steelcase: Speech, Privacy and Sound Masking (HSW credit & AIA-approved)
• Phyllis Harbinger: Getting Organized and Streamlining your Workflow

Then, the Keynote Luncheon features award-winning interior designer Ghislaine Viñas, who will speak about “Designing Happiness.” A firm believer in the “aesthetics of happiness,” she runs a unique and thriving design firm in New York City with a strong belief in collaboration and experimentation. Born in the Netherlands and raised in South Africa, her international background allows Ghislaine to design with an eyes-wide-open approach. Her designs push the boundaries of color, scale, and form in ways that continue to innovate, inform and inspire.

The Trade Show runs from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and will continue to inform and inspire attendees with the latest products and 70-plus resources.

Following, attendees can experience” Wonders of the Night Sky” in the newest and largest planetarium in our hemisphere. Last but not least, attendees can end the day by celebrating with live music, a Steinway and refreshments.

Blackman®, one of the Northeast’s largest distributors of luxury fixtures and so much more, with over 20 locations throughout New York, New Jersey and Florida, is a Platinum event sponsor. Porcelanosa, a global leader in the innovation, design, manufacture and distribution of tile, kitchen and bath products, is a Gold event sponsor. Media sponsors include Design NJ: New Jersey's Home and Design Magazine Aspire Design and Home and Design NJ: New Jersey's Home and Design Magazine.

"Design IT: It’s in Our DNA” promises to be our best event yet, allowing attendees to gain new insights in the field of design, cultivate new relationships and discover new products and resources in this stimulating, interactive environment," said Joan Ravasy, President of the New Jersey Chapter of ASID. "It’s also a great opportunity for our Industry Partners and others to exhibit their latest innovations to a receptive audience and to strengthen connections with the design community. Exhibitors and sponsors will enjoy never-before-seen opportunities for product and brand visibility."

About ASID
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) believes that design transforms lives. ASID serves the full range of the interior design profession and practice through the Society’s programs, networks, and advocacy. We thrive on the strength of cross-functional and interdisciplinary relationships among designers of all specialties, including workplace, healthcare, retail and hospitality, education, institutional, and residential. We lead interior designers in shared conversations around topics that matter: from evidence-based and humancentric design to social responsibility, well-being, and sustainability. We showcase the impact of design on the human experience and the value interior designers provide. ASID was founded 40 years ago when two organizations became one, but its legacy dates back to the early 1930s. As we celebrate nearly 85 years of industry leadership, we are leading the future of interior design, continuing to integrate the advantages of local connections with national reach, of small firms with big, and of the places we live with the places we work, play, and heal. Learn more at

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