Optimism, Creativity, Design
Natural Reboot: Debra Duneier, Feng Shui Master
EcoChi in the Media: Designing the Human Experience
Natural Reboot, Episode 7: Debra Duneier and Allison (Feng Shui)
Green Spa Network: Google Hangout w/ Executive Director Paul Schmidt
Natural Reboot, Episode 11: Debra Duneier and Sheila (Feng Shui)
NEWH Green Voices at BDNY: An Interview w/ Gensler's Lorraine Francis
EcoChi Client Testimonial: Real Estate Agent, Nicole
EcoChi Testimonial: Architect, Porie Saikia-Eapen
Better Home TV: Feng Shui in the White House & in a New Home
EcoChi Testimonials: McGraw Hill Construction, ENR
EcoChi on NBC Miami: Eco-Friendly Design & Living Tips
Attracting Wealth Using Feng Shui: Debra Duneier on CBS Atlanta
The Story of EcoChi: How Was the Design Philosophy Formed?
Debra Duneier Introduces EcoChi to Daytime
A Commercial Guide to Subdividing vs. Open Office Plans
The debate about whether to break up and subdivide large office buildings or opt for open office formats isn’t a new one. Alex Cohen, a commercial real estate specialist at CORE in New York City, is an expert on the subject. “Companies started using open office layouts in the early 20th century,” says Cohen, whose clients include Unilever, Kering (Gucci), Canada Goose, and CBS. “Landlords have been pre-building smaller office units from larger spaces for decades,” he adds.
A Century-Long Business Obsession: The design of office space has been a key element in business decision making since the late 19th century, and design trends have constantly evolved with the changing workplace. “Early on, managers and owners focused on their office layout requirements,” says Debra Duneier, President and Founder of EcoChi, LLC, in New York City. “They gave little if any consideration to workers’ needs,” she adds.
Healers Among Us: EcoChi: Purposeful Interior Design
Debra Duneier, President of EcoChi, has been described as a “visionary” and her company is trying to change the way we view our living spaces. The interior design company helps to create sustainable, environmentally-friendly and harmonious indoor living environments, by thinking outside the box and using the 5,000 year old Chinese practices of ‘Feng Shui.’
Feng Shui is the old philosophical practice of organizing living spaces in a harmonizing way, and Duneier (Fung Shui Master) does her best do design spaces this way in order to create feelings of optimism, harmony, abundance and prosperity.
Use Natural Stone in Living & Work Spaces to Increase Well-Being
Many people live a fast-paced stressful existence in spaces dominated by concrete and other unnatural materials. Even in environments where natural stone is used, it can be taken for granted. We focus on its practicality and ability to boost productivity, rather than appreciating its properties that induce well-being. “To be greener, many communities are tight-knit,” explains Debra Duneier of EcoChi Design, LLC in New York City. “They’re developed so people can get to a grocery store, beauty salon or post office very quickly.” But such communities distance us from nature and keep us highly stressed, according to Duneier, an expert in purposeful design. An accredited LEED® Green Associate and Certified Eco-Designer, she creates environments using sustainable...
How Office Design Affects Your Business
From the reception desk to the shape of your conference table, the details of office design affect the vibe your business creates for everyone who enters. “Visitors get a feel for your space the moment they enter,” says Debra Duneier, the President and founder of EcoChi, LLC.
“They decide almost immediately if they want to stay or get out of there as quickly as they can,” adds Duneier, a Feng Shui Master Practitioner. That is equally true of current and prospective employees as well as clients.
Eco-Mindset: A Design Approach with a Human Touch
Debra Duneier thinks differently about sustainability. As a Feng Shui master practitioner. accredited LEED Green Associate, certified Eco-Designer, and a New York Slate-licensed real estate broker, Duneier is the creator of the EcoChi system of design and the author of EcoChi: Designing the Human Experience.
Publisher's Point of View
This past week I spoke with Debra Duneier, Founder and President of New York-based EcoChi, LLC about her company’s EcoChi 180° certification program (see article). It is just beginning to be adopted by hospitality businesses. What interested me about EcoChi 180° is that it addresses some issues that other lodging certification programs do not address…
Space of the Week: Family Business
Recently I stopped by the Harlem offices of Cheryl McKissack, the civil engineer and CEO of design-and-construction firm McKissack & McKissack. On arrival, I encountered this magnificent vertical living wall designed and installed by Blondie’s Treehouse, Inc., under the guidance of the interior designer Debra Duneier of EcoChi, who worked with McKissack to conceptualize…
EcoChi: Designing the Human Experience
Every space has a life of its own, and impacts us as we go about our lives. Our actions, energy and thoughts, as well as our physical well-being, are all profoundly influenced by our surroundings. The design, color scheme, textures, light, furnishings, accessories and placement of each item in our indoor environments impact our senses from moment to moment and shape how we feel about ourselves and others. This is true whether we are at home, at work or in public spaces. This heightened understanding of how our interiors affect us both consciously and unconsciously is the solid foundation of the EcoChi®.
Feng Shui & Sustainable Living for A Happy, Healthy Home
Creating an indoor space that reflects who you are and makes you thrive does not have to be expensive or complicated. On average, we spend about 90 percent of our time indoors, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency, where the environmental risk to human health has been highlighted in numerous reports. Yet, how about the effect of our home’s indoor environment on our emotional and mental health?
Monaco Yacht Show Magazine: I Feel Better When I Sleep To Starboard
Manhattan-based Debra Duneier, creator of EcoChi®, combines classical Feng Shui with green and sustainable living and environmental psychology, which appears to result in a successful blend – ashore at least. An accredited LEED® Green Associate, Certified Eco-Designer and Feng Shui Master Practitioner, Duneier was quick to respond when I mentioned Prince Albert II Foundation’s ‘Wood Forever Pact’ and its promotion of the use of wood on superyachts from sustainable sources: “Green and sustainable choices make for good Feng Shui and a better world. We use wood in our designs from well-managed forests wherever possible. Taking care of our natural environment nurtures us – it is the circle of life that the five Feng Shui elements* are based on”.
Calm Spaces: Healing Mind, Body, and Spirit
In the midst of the clinical hustle and bustle of tests and treatments, cancer patients and their loved ones need an escape. And while a trip to a tropical island may not be feasible, patients and their caregivers can create everyday surroundings that feel like a personal retreat. "It's important for patients to nurture their mind, body, and spirit," says oncology nurse Sharon Overath, RN, OCN, who works at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford. "Escaping for a few moments can be as important as...