The Changing Role of the Designer

Molly Klimas guest blogs for us here on Inside Sources to report on Configura's conference in Las Vegas in October. Attendees found the role of the CET designer is becoming much more front and center.

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Hurricane Lamp (of Choice)

Many people in the Northeastern U.S. could have used an “eternal flame” in the past couple weeks—a light that will burn bright despite power outages, superstorms, nor’easters and blizzards—a true hurricane lamp.  Even better if that dream lamp is not only a serviceable object, but well-designed, technologically modern and environmentally conscious too. The Alessilux line of portable, rechargeable LED lamps meet the criteria.

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Warmth + Human Spirit: BDNY 2012 Photo Recap

The third annual BDNY tradeshow event was brimming with activity and positivity, despite some wreckage caused by Hurricane Sandy. We tracked down some of the booths that went toe-to-toe with the storm, and talked with designers about their recovery. We also found an emerging use of warmer, fleshier tones, and a continuing turn to golds and pinker metallics.

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Girl Power: Design Local Washington D.C.

Mannington Commercial's Design Local movement made its way over to the East Coast last month. And Washington D.C. played host to a very unique team.

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Know Your Sheep (Breeds)!

We may think of engineered fibers as a relatively new phenomenon. But a good sheepherder knows that wool is actually the first “engineered” fiber. “How so?” you may ask. Because sheep breeds were refined and crossbred so the wool fibers would have specific performance properties.  

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Cersaie 2012 Recap: Day 3

If you’ve been waiting for some bath coverage, today is your lucky day, as our third and final visit to the Bologna Fairgrounds was devoted entirely to fixtures and furnishings.

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The Horrifying Horrors of ICFF

Debbie Designer is celebrating Halloween with her readers with a few hair-raising finds from one of the most unlikely of places. Guess you're not safe anywhere these days...

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Cersaie 2012 Recap: Day 2 (Electric Boogaloo)

Despite the sore feet, we returned to the Bologna Fairgrounds for Day 2 of the Cersaie tile and bath show and went right back to work, searching for the very best in ceramic and porcelain tile.

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Bendheim Architectural Glass Identifies Three Industry Trends

We reached out to Bendheim Architectural Glass to see what they are doing to innovate in the world of glass and the following are three current trends they've identified...

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Cersaie 2012 Recap: Day 1

Counting more than 900 exhibitors across 20 halls within Bologna's expansive trade grounds, Bologna's Cersaie trade fair was filled with stacks of the finest ceramic and porcelain tiles--not to mention the most advanced bath fixtures and furnishings--currently available to designers.

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