Freedom Movement Allies Unite to Restore Design Freedom in Florida
The Interior Design Protection Council (IDPC) was joined by ten other interior-design and allied organizations in filing their Amicus (“Friend of the Court”) Brief in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in support of the appeal filed by the Institute for Justice last month.
These like-minded organizations include:
- Alabama Decorators, Artists, and Designers
- Association of Design Education
- Association of Interior Design Professionals
- Decorating Den Systems
- Designer Society of America
- Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association
- Interior Design Society
- Interior Redesign Industry Specialists
- North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers
- Real Estate Staging Association
Among other things, these organizations agree with the fundamental principle that interior design regulations have nothing to do with protecting the public and everything to do with protecting industry insiders from fair competition.
“Patti Morrow and IDPC share our views on legislation of the interior design profession,” said Adrian Small, president-elect of the Association of Interior Design Professionals. “AIDP is committed to actively oppose any existing or proposed legislation that seeks to regulate the ability of interior designers to practice their trade. There is a time when we must join forces with our peers to insure that the voice of the majority of the interior design community is heard.” Continued Small, “This is that time.”
Natasha Lima-Younts, founder and president of the Designer Society of America, was one of over 600 members of the Florida design community victimized by the Board of Architects and Interior Designers’ ruthless witch hunt. “We are thrilled to support IDPC in this brief and in funding their important work,” declared Younts. “Yes, interior design involves creativity and critical thinking, but limiting who can offer interior design services to only a small, self-anointed handful provides no additional public protection, but instead results in fewer choices and higher prices for consumers.”
The Interior Design Protection Council is the only national nonprofit organization exclusively formed to protect the rights and livelihoods of the interior design community. Founder and director Patti Morrow has been instrumental in beating back over 100 efforts to expand or enact new interior design regulations. “What is so insidious about a one-size-fits-all regulatory scheme is that it not only negatively impacts interior designers, per se,” said Morrow, “but many other allied and ancillary industries as well.” Morrow claims that in Florida – Ground Zero in the fight for design freedom – people in more than 20 occupations were disciplined for violating the restrictive, anti-competitive interior design law, including office furniture dealers, restaurant equipment suppliers, workrooms, stagers, various retailers, kitchen designers, remodelers, real estate developers, art and antiques dealers, yacht design, and even a florist. “It’s time for the sun to set on the Florida interior design cartel!” avowed Morrow.
Also joining the fray are the National Kitchen and Bath Association and the Office Furniture Distributors Association, which each filed their own Amicus Brief.
Click here to read the Amicus Brief of the Interior Design Protection Council et al: http://www.idpcinfo.org/Amicus_Brief_of_Interior_Design_Protection_Council_.pdf