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April Editorial: Think Global, Design Local

During my first trip to Vegas, I was on a budget. And one of the very first things I learned upon checking in was why you should never, ever visit Sin City on the cheap...

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Making Opaque Materials Transparent

Grace Jeffers begs the question“What is solid surfacing?” John Busel at the American Composites Manufacturers Association, the trade organization that oversees such materials, offers up an answer, with descriptions and explanations of solid surfacing products, cast polymer and cast stone.

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Whitney Houston's Media Frenzy

Debbie comments on the exaggerated coverage of Houston's death and how it begs the question...where do our values lie as a society? She compares it to the passing of sustainability trailblazer Ray Anderson last year.

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Power Us With Love

Looking for a handy way to power up those mobile devices without having to crawl underneath your desk? The Plug Lamp from Form Us With Love could be the answer you've been searching for!

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How Do We Love Marble?

Let me count the ways...
Cool, elegant, timeless and infinitely shapeable--this is why we love marble. But how much do we actually know about it? Let’s explore this most sophisticated stone.

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Video: Ticket to the Largest Marble Quarry in the World (continued)

A video from a trip to the Danby Marble Quarry in Danby, VT.

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Alkemi, Solved

Grace addresses a question from Jake Sollins, the New Materials Librarian at California College of the Arts about aluminum recycling.

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A Finnish Twist on Interactive Design

Considering that Finland holds the coveted title of World Design Capital 2012, I can definitely say it was no wonder to me when I discovered recently that a small coffee shop in Helsinki gave new meaning to the term “interactive design” by giving online users complete control over the ambiance of the space.

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A Ticket to the Largest Marble Quarry in the World

I&S was honored to be invited last year on a truly unique trip, organized by none other than our friends at Artistic Tile. And while it was quite a few months ago, we still thought it beneficial to you, our readers, to be aware of these amazing CEU trips this tile giant offers to designers.

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FLOR Gets Cozy

Bravo to FLOR for giving us a sweater for the floor! Here's a closer look at Lanyard and Just Plain Folk.

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