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Free to Design: Florida Entrepreneurs Take On the Interior Design Cartel

Florida is ground zero in the nationwide battle to cartelize the interior design industry.

A small group of well-funded industry insiders led by the American Society of Interior Designers has been relentless in its pursuit of ever more restrictive laws. Studies have shown that interior design regulations result in higher prices, less variety, and fewer employment opportunities, especially for minorities and older mid-career switchers.

On May 26, 2009, the Institute for Justice joined with three interior designers—Eva Locke, Pat Levenson and Barbara Gardner—and the National Federation of Independent Business to file a lawsuit in federal court in Tallahassee challenging Floridas interior design law.

The Institute for Justice is the nations leading legal advocacy group for economic liberty—the right to earn an honest living free from excessive and arbitrary regulation. IJ has successfully challenged anti-competitive interior design laws across the country. Floridas suit promises to be the biggest fight yet in the battle against the interior design cartel, and may finally put an end to restrictive interior design laws nationwide.

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11 thoughts on “Free to Design: Florida Entrepreneurs Take On the Interior Design Cartel”

  • Flight Of Spice Blog February 9, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    living in a nice place is lifechanging

  • seerofdestiny February 9, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    if you want to change carriers and become a designer GO TO SCHOOL all other designers out there have been thru training to gain that title you cannot call your self a designer without the proper training you need to in order to ensure your your clients safety and the NCIQ is very relevant to ensure that our clients will be safe……it figures a cuban would want the easy way out go design in your country if you don't want to adhere to the laws of this country. stop the pity party

  • SpareSimian February 9, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    Texas regulates ID and the cartel there opposes removal of regulation:

    w w w supporttaid org

  • Rafael Davila February 9, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    this the best happened to florida i hope the same will happened to the practice act of architecture all over the US .

  • MiloTheSwift February 9, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    Admit it, you're just a glorified decorator and about as "professionally qualified" as a graphic designer or web designer. About the only harm you could do is to give your client a headache with your color scheme. Stop trying to be so elitist and obviously scared of the competition. If you were a professional designer, your portfolio speaks to your skill not a sheep skin.
    I'm a naturally skilled artist and I don't need someone to teach me how to be creative, i was born this way.

  • D Dudemanhey February 9, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    Playing the race card is really pretty desperate dont you think Clark (Rhetorical question- cuz I know you dont care as long as you have clients with deep pockets)?
    Your mastery of the obfuscation of interior decoration and interior design is admirableNOT!
    Where do you find these people?

  • idesign67 February 9, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    The next time you lay your head down in a hotel room somewhere ask yourself a few questions. Are these curtains flame retardant ? What is the flame spread on this carpet? Do these swags and jabots meet ASTM standards? Was this room done by a decorator with a business card and a little flair or by a degreed, certified, licensed professional interior designer? An interior designer has the ability to cause a lot of harm to a lot of people. I put in my time and effort why can't you do the same?

  • MsLoleeb February 9, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    I agree with shimmers773. The fields of work are entirely different. Designers work closely with architects and are required to know codes, flammability requirements, durability, etc.. Decorators decorate – designers design. It's simple.

  • Individualism101 February 9, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    LOL! 4 year apprenticeship to design people's wallpaper? Sounds like the guilds of old.

  • norriscj February 9, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    Outstanding video! Be sure to pass on this video!

  • legendre007 February 9, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    I hope the Institute for Justice wins this case.

    In school, I was taught so much propaganda about how antitrust laws protect the public from "anti-competitive" monopolies and cartels. In fact, it is the federal government's regulations that prop up cartels and impedes upon competition through tariffs and occupational licensing.


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