The Comeback of Lamella

Any substance arranged in a thin, open structure could be described as a lamella structure, for example the lace-like marrow found in the center of bones.  In architecture, the term refers to a specific type of timber construction; originally developed by Fritz Zollinger in 1908, it was patented as the Zollinger-Bauweise in 1910 and was most commonly used between the World Wars when metal beams were cost prohibitive. 

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Finding Bathroom Excellence at Cersaie

Cersaie’s new Bathroom Excellence 1998/2012 exhibit traced the evolution of Italian bathroom design over the past 15 years, and showcased more than 160 products judged to represent the best in Italian bath design from each year. Here's a look at some of our favorites.

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Design Local Kicks Off in Jet City

The rainy, gray weather Seattle is notorious for was on full display this past weekend for the kickoff of Mannington Commercial’s second annual Design Local event, but it would have taken much more than that to dampen the spirits of the designers assembled in the Edgewater Hotel.

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KGB Limited's Maxim Bench is a Lesson in Decadence with its Peacock Feather Upholstery

KGB Limited, known for their use of stunning materials, has designed a new bench that is literally fit for the gods! The Maxim bench has a base of solid walnut and silicon bronze, and the seat can come upholstered in peacock feathers. 

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A Few Favorites from Cersaie 2013

Our second year at the Cersaie international tile and bath show in Bologna, Italy gave me a new appreciation for just how big it is. Here’s a look at a few of our favorite products spotted from the show floor.

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Charles Pollock Remembered

Charles Pollock's work laid a foundation for the Mid-Century Modern movement and influenced the evolution of the modern office. We take a brief look back on his career in the wake of his death at the age of 83. 

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Plastic Gets a New Feel

The plastics industry has long focused on creating stronger, lighter and more efficient materials, but new innovations are improving how plastics feel and support our bodies when used in furniture. 

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The Art of Wrapping

There is something about a wrapped up thing that delights us. Whether it is the wrapping paper on a present or artwork by that master of large scale wrapping Christo, we enjoy the bound surface and wonder what lies beneath.

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Expanding your Design Vocabulary….with Arborite’s INK Collection

At NeoCon Arborite unveiled three new laminate patterns called the Ink collection. Each design is graphically bold and oh so new, but I could not help but see the connections with time honored decorative arts. Allow me to explain. 

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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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