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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.

THE ART OF WOOD

Grace Jeffers explores the world of Peter Glassford, an artisan who creates beautiful wood collages.

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A Few of KGB-Limited's Favorite Things

Perhaps one of the hallmarks of a great design firm is when they apply materials in a way that totally changes my perception. KGB-Limited in New York City has done just that by taking industrial, behind-the-scenes materials and working them with the careful hand of a French atelier. We have asked them for a list of five of their favorite materials and examples of how they use them in their work.

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Making Opaque Materials Transparent

Grace Jeffers begs the question“What is solid surfacing?” John Busel at the American Composites Manufacturers Association, the trade organization that oversees such materials, offers up an answer, with descriptions and explanations of solid surfacing products, cast polymer and cast stone.

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How Do We Love Marble?

Let me count the ways...
Cool, elegant, timeless and infinitely shapeable--this is why we love marble. But how much do we actually know about it? Let’s explore this most sophisticated stone.

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Alkemi, Solved

Grace addresses a question from Jake Sollins, the New Materials Librarian at California College of the Arts about aluminum recycling.

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FLOR Gets Cozy

Bravo to FLOR for giving us a sweater for the floor! Here's a closer look at Lanyard and Just Plain Folk.

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California College of Art Offers Up Two Times the Materials

Few design schools have materials libraries; but The California College of Art (CCA) has two!

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VT versus VCT: Know the Difference!

Vinyl Composition Tile, or VCT, is one of the most commonly used flooring worldwide. But how much do you really know about what you are walking on?

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See the Trees: Where Does YOUR Plywood Come From?

American-made plywood panels by Columbia Forest Products are made from the common tree species that grow abundantly in the regions near our mills in the South, North and West.

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American Chestnut: a Most Popular American Tree Logged No More…

American Chestnut is one of our most abundant tree species and is almost gone from our eco-system. Now American Chestnut wood is only available from reclaimed sources.

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