The 2020 International Design Awards (IDA) receives entries exhibiting the highest design standards in its 14-year history

The International Design Awards (IDA) exist to recognize, celebrate and promote legendary design visionaries and to uncover emerging talent in Architecture, Interior, Product, Graphic and Fashion Design.

Los Angeles, United States – Each year architects, interior designers, product designers, graphic designers, and fashion designers are invited to submit their work for the IDA design competition in order to gain worldwide exposure and enter one of the most respected and prestigious global design awards.

The IDA jury saw entries exhibiting the highest current design standards across the five Award disciplines Architecture, Interior, Product, Graphic, and Fashion Design and evaluated submissions from more than 80 countries. Each design entry was evaluated by the professional IDA Jury panel on its own merit.

Among thousands of entries, the jury was able to score and select some of the best and most innovative designs as the main winners of IDA. The Architecture discipline award was handed to One Sino Park by lead designer Qun Wen. The project highlights relationships between architecture, nature, society, and the people of Chongqing, thus enhancing the spatial experience of the building’s visitors through a design-oriented rethinking of modern lifestyles.

By: Russel Carr

Lotus Evija by Russel Carr received the Product

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Realogy Expansion Brands Releases In-Depth Oral History Of COVID-19’s Impact On The Real Estate Industry

MADISON, N.J., Feb. 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Realogy Expansion Brands, a division of Realogy Franchise Group focused on driving growth for its brand portfolio comprised of Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate and ERA® Real Estate, has released a new industry report.

“Real Estate in the Time of COVID,” the definitive oral history of the pandemic’s impact on the industry, examines the initial reaction, the measured response and the resulting reset that is occurring as the industry continues to navigate the evolving real estate landscape. Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate and ERA Real Estate brokerage leaders across the country contributed to the report, providing an “on the ground” account of how the real estate industry is responding to the pandemic.

According to the affiliated brokers interviewed for the report, key observations included:

  • Despite a two-month “pause” related to the national shelter in place, initial fears of a real estate downturn went unfounded as many affiliated companies have seen notable year-over-year gains.
  • With record low inventory levels creating intense competition for listings, there was a noted increase in brokerages providing their affiliated agents with timely market statistics that allowed agents to win listings with data-driven communications.
  • The flight from major
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William Means Real Estate records best year in 87-year history | Business

William Means Real Estate announced that 2020 was the best in the company’s 87-year history with $308 million in overall sales, a 45{ac967ad544075fb2f6bcea1234f8d91da186cac15e616dc329e302b7c7326b8c} increase over 2019.

This is the highest recorded sales increase of any boutique company in Charleston. They represented the highest sales number of homes priced at $3M or more for a boutique firm with more than $250M in overall sales. This included homes all over the Charleston area including South of Broad, Sullivan’s Island, Kiawah Island and more.

“This record-breaking achievement solidifies our position as the top firm in Charleston luxury real estate,” said Helen Geer, president and broker-in-charge for William Means Real Estate. “During the past year, the housing market led to an increase in buyers from around the country moving to the Charleston area. These clients sought out the services of our established team of agents and trusted our firm to help them call the Lowcountry home.”

Some of William Means most impressive designations in 2020 include: Number one boutique firm in sales and sides in the I’On community in Mount Pleasant. Number one boutique firm in sales and sides for Belle Hall in Mount Pleasant. Number one boutique firm in sales on Sullivan’s Island.

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