CERAMICS MANIFESTO

There is just something about ceramics. Something intimate, something infinitely familiar. The story has it that Prometheus fashioned man out of clay and he loved his creations so much that he gave them the gift of fire. Man fires earth just as we toast bread and it becomes something magically delicious, we fire earth and it transforms into a miracle.   While walking the Coverings trade show in April I read this manifesto written by Maiarelli Studio for Ceramics of Italy and was so moved I thought I would share it here:   "We Care: A Declaration of Purpose:   We begin with what we stand on: clay and sand. We form it into slabs and fire it at volcanic temperatures. Our tile can be humble. It can be majestic. It can be shaped in an infinite number of ways. A single tile can be as large as a table, as thin as wire. It can withstand fire. It can withstand extreme conditions. It breathes with its environment. It lasts for decades. It is not merely decoration. It ...

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Material Liability

At NeoCon earlier this month I saw an increasing trend towards using “greener,” “more natural,” and “less toxic” materials. But did you ever ask yourself “Why do they put all this stuff in materials anyway?” No one wakes up in the morning and says, “I am going to manufacture the most toxic products possible.” And yet there are many materials that the design community is now trying to avoid due to this very issue.

 

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Selling the Dwelling

Home ownership wasn’t always common in the United States. For a nation in which 67.4 percent of its citizens own their own homes this seems unfathomable but Americans had to be coaxed into becoming homeowners. Selling the Dwelling: The Books That Built America’s Houses, 1775-2000 shows the 225 year story of how "the American dream" of home ownership was made accessible.

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Scenes from Design Connections 2014

View a few behind the scenes shots from this one of a kind event! Learn more at http://dsignconnections.com/.

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1950s Color Palettes

What hues come to mind when you think of 1950s colors? Most people think of carnation pink, light turquoise and butter yellow. What we think was history and what history actually was are often two different things. How do we mediate this circumstance? By referring to period documents. Here we have assembled 1950s color palettes, which represent four different design phenomena: Fashion, Interiors, Architecture and Automobiles.

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Design Plays (hair)Ball

Another year, another Mubadala World Tennis Championship, am I right? For those of you who may be unfamiliar with this important tick of the annual clock, the Mubadala Championship marks the beginning of the global tennis season. Each year six of the world’s top tennis players head to Abu Dhabi to compete instead of celebrating New Year’s Eve like normal drunk people. And this, my friends, is the Mubadala trophy, brought to you by Lasvit:

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Last Call for Mannington Commercial’s 2013 Design Local

The last team of 2013 for Mannington Commercial’s Design Local program gathered in Philadelphia earlier this month to scour the city for artifacts, photos, sketches (and in their case some perfectly aged cheeses) that represented their hometown.

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Design Hits the Catwalk at Product Runway

On November 11, the design community came out to see NEWH New York’s Product Runway, a fundraiser for students working towards a career in the hospitality industry. We recap the winning designs from a big night.

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Guilloché Redux

In design, sometimes a word takes on a different meaning when we talk about a different material.

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Design Local Rocks Music City

There’s more to Nashville than meets the eye, and when you look past the surface of all the honky-tonks, oversized belt buckles and cowboy boots, you uncover a rich dichotomy of opposites that formed the backdrop for the second stop in Mannington Commercial’s Design Local tour.

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