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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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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