Interior Design Protection Consulting

March 19, 2012

Sacramento Bee Throws Baby Out With Bath Water on Interior Design Bill

On March 19th, in his Sacramento Bee op ed column, License bill cuts down competition Dan Walters appears to have done something no one else has ever done.

Congratulations, Dan – you have managed to tick off interior designers in favor of licensing AND those against it.

While I agree wholeheartedly with Walters’ overall judgment that licensing of interior designers is anticompetitive and unnecessary, and drives up costs to consumers I was appalled by his disparaging, belittling, inaccurate stereotyping of the entire interior design industry.

The reason that interior designers “like to call themselves” that is because it accurately describes what they do.   Interior decorating and interior design are not necessarily interchangeable, although design services can and frequently do include decorating.

And categorizing interior design as a “marginal profession” is just plain insulting and did nothing to further his position.

The Walters piece is just one of several similar articles that have been published in the past few years in direct response to pending legislation – and the industry can thank the ASID Cartel for that…

In their efforts to so-call “professionalize the industry,” the Cartel has accomplished the direct opposite.  Their absurd assertions like “every decision an interior designer makes affects the health and safety of the public,” or their unending scare tactics that the use of the wrong fabrics in hospitals could spread infection contributing to 88,000 deaths every year, flammable carpets spark infernos, porous countertops spread bacteria; jail furnishings being turned into weapons”[1] do nothing but make the industry fodder for ridicule.

It is alleged that the Cartel has spent over $7,000,000 lobbying for legislation to eliminate their competition over the past 35 years.

If they had, instead, spent that money educating the public about interior designers, their own members, and their own private certification, we would not be embroiled in the contentious turf war taking place today.

Dan – “ridiculous ideas deserve ridicule” (Christina Botteri), but please… don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.


1 Comment »

  1. Interesting article, but the comments made below the article were enjoyable reading.

    Comment by elizabeth bennett — March 19, 2012 @ 11:23 pm |Reply


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