officeinsight Articles on Materials
4.29.13 | Momentum, classically defined, is mass times velocity, moving in a particular direction. It can tell you a lot; in short, how much, how fast and in what direction. Over the last several years, it appears that one textile organization, appropriately name Momentum Group, has fairly quickly grown in size, gathered speed and moved up in the ranks of contract textile producers. Its brands include Momentum, LoomSource and Textus. One reason is its Design Team headed by Shantel McGowan.
4.1.13 | I found a job that might even be better than my own: a member of the design team for Lamin-Art. The team’s boss and mentor, Donald Krog, also the owner of the company, loves to travel, and when he does, he doesn’t just visit cathedrals and monasteries. “I love to mix it up with the people whether I speak the language or not,” said Mr. Krog. “And I enjoy the local products, the unique finishes and the materials and designs of those products.” Fortunately for the design team, Hans Mutzke and Virginie. Boucher, what’s good for the boss is good for them, and not just parenthetically, it’s been very good for business. Their job, in great part, is to travel the world for inspiration, ideas that might make it into the Lamin-Art catalog and, thereafter, into the public view. There is one caveat: Every new design or pattern must be visually distinguishable from everything that is on the market.
1.14.13 | Last year was a pretty good year in the commercial design and contract furniture industries. Large contract furniture companies had, in general, some very nice stock performance. Smaller companies were strong on profits and performance. Interior design is fast maturing as an important profession whose reach is extending quickly. Next week we’ll go over some of the business aspects. For now, here are some general highlights of the year.
10.22.12 | I love 3form. Everyone loves 3form, especially with the company’s ever-increasing vocabulary of products ranging from lighting, seating, tables, sliding doors and partitions, and so on. In addition to its regular and expanding offerings and its Ready To Go Solutions, 3form has a Custom division and a Light Art division that produce what can approach a Chihuly-like delightful diversity of object d’art, so to speak. Apparently, with material that can be colored and imprinted in unlimited ways, and an in-house staff of artists, there is little that can’t be done. Then there is the Full Circle program in which the company works with artisans around the world to bring native art forms to every day commercial use.
5.27.12 | OFS Brands – OFS, First Office, Loewenstein, Carolina Healthcare – is into its sixth generation of family ownership, with 75 years of forest stewardship under its belt and considerable resources at its disposal. After six generations, things add up, with approximately 1,700 employees and 1,500,000 sq.ft. of manufacturing space. The emerging picture is that OFS Brands is not only a company to be reckoned with, but one that is on the move and very interested in enhancing its relations with the A&D community.
4.29.12 | Few new companies have had as much impact on the interiors scene in the past decade as 3form, a manufacturer of sustainable building materials and architectural hardware solutions. Recently, the company was awarded HA+D’s (Hospitality Architecture+Design) Readers’ Choice Award for its Nature Gallery product and the Green Plus Award for PaperCut, both in the Surface Materials category.
4.22.12 | Momentum Textiles is launching a Memo Take Back program called 2 Clicks, so called because that's all it will take to return samples to Momentum's warehouse for recycling. That is why Momentum is making it a priority to offer, among other things, tech-savvy solutions to help. This is just part of a more comprehensive program that includes a Tube Takeback program, quilts for the homeless, and jackets for rescue dogs. Being environmentally responsible takes time and effort.
4.8.12 | From her role as creative director for Knoll Textiles or design director of Tandus Flooring to her transparent designs for Skyline Glass, Suzanne Tick’s professional work is emblematic of the contemporary look of surfacing for commercial interiors: cool, sophisticated, and typically very flat. But, her personal weaving artwork, on display at the New York office of Gensler until the end of May, is a departure from the familiar designs that everyone knows.
2.27.12 | The work of the resource director in an architecture or design firm is tricky business. It’s best to have a professional in your corner, though most design firms either can’t afford a full-time librarian or find it hard to see their value, often because they previously depended on interns for the position. In 2009, Peter Carey created Streamline Material Resourcing to give design firms a cost effective way to satisfy their needs for product and material research based upon their current client and project needs.
5.9.11 | Formed just 17 years ago, Luna Textiles has become a most agreeable fixture on the small firmament that we call contract design and furnishings. With its opening of a NYC showroom and with NeoCon 2011 just around the corner, we took a peak at what’s in store and set it in the context of this company’s design approach.