No Design Legislation

Opposing interior design legislation everywhere

Florida Design Law to be Challenged!

See press release below:

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Interior Design Protection Council

It’s time for the Florida cartel to face the music!

And your support is needed!
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This could be the most important event in the future of interior design. Come and be a part of history in the making! Attend the press conference and RALLY. . .

Design Community: Click here for FLYER with rally date, time and details

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— especially in showrooms and vendor locations —

Colleagues, please join the fight for our rights and freedom to design

With your help, we CAN resist or repeal legislation that restricts your practice or right to call yourself “interior designer” in every state — including YOURS. You can help by joining our team!

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Patti Morrow
Executive Director
Interior Design Protection Council

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May 21, 2009 Patti Morrow 603.228.8550

Florida interior designers victimized by restrictive law to get relief

Lawsuit, press conference and rally on May 27th in Tallahassee

Concord, NH – On Wednesday, May 27th, a public rally will be held at Waller Park in Tallahassee to coincide with a
legal challenge filed against Florida’s interior design practice law.

The Institute for Justice (IJ) is filing suit in Florida on behalf of several small business entrepreneurs whose basic
Constitutional rights have been violated by the most restrictive interior design law in the country. At issue is a Florida
law that restricts residential interior designers from advertising themselves as “interior designers” and prevents them from
legally practicing any type of commercial design. The law also prohibits industries such as office furniture and restaurant
equipment dealers from doing furniture or equipment layouts, an essential practice needed to succeed in those fields.

“Interior designers are already struggling with this difficult economy,” said Patti Morrow, executive director of
the Interior Design Protection Council (IDPC), the national grassroots voice for independent designers. “The last thing
they need is a completely unnecessary law that places an additional burden on their ability to earn a living.”

The proponents of the law, the Interior Design Associations Foundation (IDAF) and the American Society of
Interior Designers (ASID) maintain that Florida Statute 481 – and licensing in general – is needed to protect the health,
safety and welfare of the public, a claim that remains unsubstantiated even after the 30-year pursuit to impose interior
design licensing in all 50 states. Yet, since 2003 more than 600 unreasonable disciplinary actions have been brought
against members of the Florida design community, none of which had anything to do with public safety. When asked
about the aggressive disciplinary actions and increased fines imposed by the regulatory board, Janice Young,
spokesperson for IDAF responded, “We do it [penalize unlicensed design] by making the punishment more painful
and significant.”

“Florida’s restraint of trade and censorship of interior designers is blatantly unconstitutional and represents a
deliberate attempt by a tiny faction within the interior design industry to (1) eliminate their competition by restricting the
type of services they would be free to provide in nearly every other state, (2) silence competitors by preventing people
from truthfully advertising the services they do provide, and (3) improperly burden and discriminate against interstate
commerce,” said Clark Neily, senior attorney with the Institute for Justice. “This law has come from a minority of elitist
insiders within the design industry itself, not as a result of public demand or legislative determinations that such regulation
is necessary for the public good. They are clearly abusing government power to drive thousands of hard-working small
businessmen and women out of business. This law cannot stand.”

Over the last year, IDPC spearheaded the effort to raise awareness of this issue in Florida, by conducting town
hall meetings, lobbying the legislative and executive branches to deregulate the law, supporting amendments to FS 481,
opposing changes to the Florida Building Code, exposing blatantly false statements made by IDAF, revealing the
ruthlessly aggressive actions of the law firm retained to prosecute designers, and by publicizing the devastating effects on
the lives of these victims. IDPC’s widespread grassroots support will mobilize to support the IJ legal challenge.
“We value the innovation, creativity and diversity as well as the multiple methods of entry that have been the
cornerstone of this dynamic profession, serving the public without harm. Florida’s once-size-fits-all licensing scheme for
interior designers could not be more contrary to those values,” explained Morrow. “Protectionism, censorship, cartel,
monopoly, domination, control, special interests – you name, it’s all here, and it’s having a devastating effect on the lives
of Florida designers. It’s time to pull the curtains on the interior design cartel.”


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  1. I think legislation on interior design is ludicrous! The company I used to design the layout of my office was irreplaceable. I could have never chosen furniture and placed it in the way that they did; they made my office ‘work.’ Legislation is ridiculous; I think they should focus on more important issues.

    Comment by Melbourne Office Furniture | May 22, 2009 | Reply

  2. When will the IDPC acknowledge that 99.9% (my opinion) of the anti-regulation effort would be moot if interior decorators simply acknowleged that they are not interior designers and to label their occupational efforts as interior design is unethical? It is not illegal. It is not about business. It is not about collusion of professional organizations to limit competition. It is just plain wrong. On the surface it appears to be a semantic tug of war. To anyone with any knowledge of the profession it is much more than that.

    Comment by Mike Dudek | May 22, 2009 | Reply

    • Oh, wow, you mean people will stop trying to prevent others from practicing interior design if only the people the cartel doesn’t approve of will just call themselves decorators instead of designers? Who knew?


      The goal of legislation is to severely restrict the practice of interior design to people who have jumped through the specific hoops that an incredibly small percentage of the design population of the country has tried – and almost universally failed – for 30 years to set up as the minimum entry criteria into the profession.

      If you want to know what IDPC thinks and plans, you’ll have to ask them directly. This is not their blog; it’s my own, although I repost their email blasts.

      I’ll tell you right now, though, that they’ll never acknowledge that, and never stop fighting legislative attempts, and neither will any of the rest of us.

      Comment by Hoechstetter Interiors | May 22, 2009 | Reply

  3. There you go again stating that this process we both claim expertise in is in fact a profession. You really need to stop referring to what we do as a profession. Call it an occupation or a past time I don’t care. Just know that as long as you keep promoting the effort of the IDPC and the IJ to deprofessionalize MY profession, I will continue to call you and your buddies on your hypocrisy.
    The ID legislation effort is nothing more than a very cumbersome way to distinguish qualified interior designers from those that merely pretend, or as you say, have a god given talent. THAT IS IT. You can spin it into some grand conspiracy if that makes you feel better about your self-preservation effort. But there really is nothing more to it than that.
    But please keep the angels and demons anti-legislative conspiracy stories coming. They amuse me.

    Comment by Michael Dudek | May 24, 2009 | Reply

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