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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!”...
Posted @ 7/8/2012 7:08 PM By Grace Jeffers
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.
Posted @ 6/25/2012 10:54 PM By AnnMarie
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!
Posted @ 6/8/2012 4:23 PM By Grace Jeffers
Eldorado Stone offers up the Hawaiian Collection of four distinctive lava rock simulations, each with a unique color, texture and shape.
Posted @ 5/2/2012 1:28 PM By Grace Jeffers
Grace Jeffers explores the world of Peter Glassford, an artisan who creates beautiful wood collages.
Posted @ 4/24/2012 2:38 PM By Grace Jeffers
Perhaps one of the hallmarks of a great design firm is when they apply materials in a way that totally changes my perception. KGB-Limited in New York City has done just that by taking industrial, behind-the-scenes materials and working them with the careful hand of a French atelier. We have asked them for a list of five of their favorite materials and examples of how they use them in their work.
Posted @ 1/16/2012 8:14 AM By Grace Jeffers
Few design schools have materials libraries; but The California College of Art (CCA) has two!
Posted @ 10/25/2011 2:23 PM By Grace Jeffers
American-made plywood panels by Columbia Forest Products are made from the common tree species that grow abundantly in the regions near our mills in the South, North and West.
Posted @ 10/12/2011 10:26 AM By Grace Jeffers
American Chestnut is one of our most abundant tree species and is almost gone from our eco-system. Now American Chestnut wood is only available from reclaimed sources.