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Mind Over Matter

Grace Jeffers' love affair with materials began at nine years old, when the other students used paper doilies to decorate their Valentine’s Day project, she shingled hers in laminate.

Broken

In writing about materials I have noticed that one key difference between materials and synthetic materials is in our attitudes about wear. If a wooden object is cracked, gouged or worm eaten it has character and value but a modern material that is scratched, chipped or worn is damaged.

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Fluorescent

You pick up a highlighter to make some notes… Throw on a high visibility jacket for an evening run… Mark a page with a bright Post-It... See an orange caution cone on the highway.  All these common objects are fluorescent.  But have you ever stopped to think about what makes something fluoresce

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Against the Grain

A new exhibition at the Museum of Art and Design (MAD) highlights the most cutting-edge conceptual and technical trends in woodworking today.

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Bioluminescent Solutions: Natural light that is from a source other than the sun.

What will be the future of light? It is likely that we will seek solutions that will move away from the use of electricity and utilize a more sustainable form of power instead

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The Clark Art Institute Presents "Electric Paris"

What material changes how we see every single other material around us?  Light.  You may not automatically consider light a material in the traditional sense, but it is critical to how we perceive our world.

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Studio Gang Featured at Art Institute of Chicago

Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects, is the first exhibition in the world devoted to the Chicago-based group, and it explores a sense of how buildings and projects are created, what issues they resolve, and how solutions are shaped.

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Elisa Strozyk's Wooden Textiles

You may have seen Elisa Strozyk’s wooden textiles already—they seem to be pinned everywhere on Pinterest these days! Not only are they cool to look at, with their geometric drape, but they are interesting in the way they make us look at two very common materials in a whole new light.

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Take the Global Cardboard Challenge

Imagination knows no bounds. The adage was never more true than in the story of Caine Monroy and his Cardboard Arcade. It all started when LA resident Nirvan Mullick needed a new door handle for his car. He walked into his local auto parts store, only to find that the store owner’s son, nine-year-old Caine, in the most entrepreneurial of moves, had created an arcade by the front desk constructed completely of recycled cardboard and repurposed household objects.

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The Importance of Specifying FSC-Certified Teak

This is where I beg you to proceed cautiously with your decision to specify teak. Today as much as one-third of the annual harvest of teak comes from the native forests of Burma. If you have heard of “Thai teak” it is actually Burmese teak that was logged by Thai loggers and hauled across the border.

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The Mayan Calendar Rug

My grandmother used to say “Money was invented round because it is supposed to roll.” Later in life I realized that clock faces are mostly round and thought perhaps that theory applies to time as well.

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