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  • Nicole Gibbons

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    Nicole Gibbons is an American interior designer, television personality and design blogger. She is best known as the founder of the decorating and lifestyle blog So Haute, and for her frequent television appearances. She currently appears as a design expert on Home Made Simple, a home improvement reality show on the Oprah Winfrey Network. She is also the founder of Nicole Gibbons Studio, LLC, which specializes in high-end residential and commercial interior design. She splits her time between New York, N.Y., and Los Angeles, CA. Gibbons describes her design aesthetic as "classic sophistication with a fresh, modern edge." She likes to combine trends and styles in unexpected ways to create unique, dynamic spaces.

  • Open plan

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    The team-oriented 'bullpen' – an example of open plan in use. A sea of cubicles, one type of open plan. An office landscape floor plan, another type of open plan.Open plan is the generic term used in architectural and interior design for any floor plan which makes use of large, open spaces and minimizes the use of small, enclosed rooms such as private offices. The term can also refer to landscaping of housing estates, business parks, etc., in which there are no defined property boundaries, such as hedges, fences or walls. Open-plan office designs are generally promoted as improving collaboration, but moving from cubicles to open workspaces (e.g., tables with no visual barriers) actually results in dramatically fewer face-to-face interactions among staff and reduced productivity. In residential design, open plan or open concept (the term used mainly in Canada) describes the elimination of barriers such as walls and doors that traditionally separated distinct functional areas, such as combining the kitchen, living room, and dining room into a single great room.

  • Scandinavian design

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    The Brooklyn Museum's 1954 "Design in Scandinavia" exhibition launched "Scandinavian Modern" furniture on the American market.Scandinavian design is a design movement characterized by simplicity, minimalism and functionality that emerged in the early 20th century, and which flourished in the 1950s, in the five Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.

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