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Posted @ 7/11/2014 12:45 PM By Grace Jeffers
At NeoCon earlier this month I saw an increasing trend towards using “greener,” “more natural,” and “less toxic” materials. But did you ever ask yourself “Why do they put all this stuff in materials anyway?” No one wakes up in the morning and says, “I am going to manufacture the most toxic products possible.” And yet there are many materials that the design community is now trying to avoid due to this very issue.
Posted @ 9/30/2013 11:27 AM By Grace Jeffers
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.
Posted @ 8/25/2013 9:44 PM By Grace Jeffers
The plastics industry has long focused on creating stronger, lighter and more efficient materials, but new innovations are improving how plastics feel and support our bodies when used in furniture.
Posted @ 8/15/2013 8:54 PM By Grace Jeffers
There is something about a wrapped up thing that delights us. Whether it is the wrapping paper on a present or artwork by that master of large scale wrapping Christo, we enjoy the bound surface and wonder what lies beneath.
Posted @ 6/27/2013 8:02 PM By Grace Jeffers
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.
Posted @ 11/16/2012 2:39 PM By Grace Jeffers
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.
Posted @ 10/25/2012 7:29 AM By Grace Jeffers
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...
Posted @ 9/16/2012 8:32 PM By Grace Jeffers
Grace Jeffers discusses the Fusión Wood Panels collection from Architectural Systems, Inc.
Posted @ 8/27/2012 8:08 AM By Grace Jeffers
In the wake of the Olympics there is always a surge of excitement about sports. We are all inspired by the athletes’ world-record-breaking performances and passion, their success at making their own marks on history. What we don’t often realize is how the clothing they wear, the equipment they use and the very stadium they compete in are contributing to their outstanding performances.
Posted @ 8/6/2012 6:56 PM By Grace Jeffers
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!”...