Laminate in Design History

In 1998 I was lucky enough to be visiting the Wilsonart Laminate company in Temple, Texas. It was lunchtime and one of the executive assistants said “They are gutting the founders house today. You should take her over there. There’s lots of old laminate, it’s a real hoot!”...

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More Retail Insights from Werner Franz on Puma's Redesign

We had the pleasure of speaking with Werner Franz, architect and co-founder of Plajer & Franz Studio, about the firm's work on Puma's ambitious redesign of its stores in London, Amsterdam and Munich. With over a decade of experience on international retail projects around the world, we were eager to get his thoughts on the broader trends in retail design, and what the future of retail will look like.

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A Question from the Film Industry

This question comes from Caroline Alder, an art director in the film industry. She writes: “I am presently working on a period short film (mid 50s). The house we will be filming in has a lot of white wood veneer wall panels (see attached pictures). I am confident that wood veneer existed in that period but I question the white one.”

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LMNOP, Easy as ABC

Last Thursday I found myself in the new Milliken showroom on 31st and 5th, watching the sun slowly turn the Garment District orange. It was LMNOP’s annual Summer Benefit for Architecture and Design Professionals.

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A San Francisco Treat

While visiting the Academy of Art University in San Francisco a couple months ago, I was able to make my way over to the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood where (and don’t let Williamsburg, Brooklyn tell you otherwise) the original hipsters were born.

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National Gallery of Art Presents Material Interventions

One of the great qualities of art is that it conveys meaning without words. Art makes us feel. Sometimes an artist uses color or composition or form to do this; the artists currently on view in a new exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. all use materials to elicit a certain sensory response in the viewer.

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The Stone Carving Trade of Dzitya

On the outskirts of Merida lies the little pueblo of Dzitya, which for generations has been home to some of the premiere stone carvers in Mexico. Evidence of the stone carving trade can be found in the names of towns throughout the Merida province, such as Tunich and Xcanatun.

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San Fran's Academy of Art University

A while ago, I was honored to take a trip to a city I’d never experienced before. That’s always a treat in and of itself, but the point of this one was to visit the Academy of Art University in San Francisco!

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Eldorado Stone Respects Mother Nature

Eldorado Stone offers up the Hawaiian Collection of four distinctive lava rock simulations, each with a unique color, texture and shape.

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Break it Down

A couple weeks ago I went to Sacco Carpet's 10th Anniversary party, and I--dare I say it? Thoroughly enjoyed myself. 

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