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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A Tale of Two Covers

Put down your phone. There’s no need to call your eye doctor and make an appointment to up your prescription.

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Putting the Future Behind Us

Our modern offices have boiled down the principles of fun, collegiate start-up culture, gussied it up with multi-million dollar re-designs, and took all the joy right out from under us.

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Bringing Back Some Balance

I don’t think anyone in their right mind would really argue for bringing back the cubicle. Not the “veal pen” or “prairie dog” variety anyway. But the open plan has its own drawbacks, too

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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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Chin Up, Chintz Down

Why does chintz exist? How has it managed to stick around for so long when things like Twin Peaks and Twinkies have come and gone without a fight? And how can we put an end to it once and for all?

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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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