officeinsight Articles on Materials
9.7.15 | Current ideas about sustainability, modernity and creativity are crossing paths in increasingly innovative ways. This sustainably creative spirit has given rise to organizations and companies that are making it their mission to champion one or all of the three R’s – reduce, reuse and recycle – in creative business models that have the power to attract customers and participants from all industries and walks of life. One such company is repurposedMATERIALS, which gathers used materials before they hit the landfill for sale to customers who can give those materials a second life in a new industry.
8.3.15 | In the textiles industry, companies build their brands around everything from color and pattern to weaving processes, materials, and special manufacturing techniques. At the helm of HBF Textiles for more than 25 years, Mary Jo Miller, VP of design and development, has guided the brand under the inspiration, “Bringing texture to life.” The past three years has seen HBF Textiles take a laser-sharp focus in solidifying its identity as an industry leader in high quality yarn textures. With guidance from New York-based boutique design consultancy firm 2x4, the textile company is now hitting its stride with a clear brand message of full yarns and depth of materials.
8.3.15 | In the conclusion to a three-part series, we present the final installment of our coverage of the NeoCon 2015 “Smart Textiles for Modern Environments.” Part I focused on the basics of fabric and fabric selection, while Part II provided a comprehensive guide to the newest cutting edge technologies being applied to create “smart” textiles, as well as examples of these new “smart” textiles. This week, we’ll address sustainability issues specific to the textiles industry, including the complexities of “green” language, greenwashing, upcycling, and how to spec green.
7.27.15 | In the second installment of a three-part series, we continue our coverage of the NeoCon 2015 “Smart Textiles for Modern Environments” seminar led by Deb Barrett, a leading window fashion design expert, trend strategist, and principal of Window Dressings. Part I focused on the basics of fabric and fabric selection. For Part II, we present a comprehensive guide to the newest cutting edge technologies being applied to create “smart” textiles, as well as examples of these new “smart” textiles.
7.20.15 | It’s easy to forget the many roles fabric plays within an interior or exterior space. But fabric selection can make or break the quality and functionality of the elements of a space that it is being applied to. Amidst a sea of NeoCon seminars, this year we found a diamond in the rough at Tuesday’s “Smart Textiles for Modern Environments” session led by Deb Barrett, a leading window fashion design expert and trend strategist. The session provided a comprehensive guide to the basics of fabric and fabric selection, as well as to the newest cutting edge technologies being applied to create “smart” textiles.
6.29.15 | As the dust from NeoCon 2015 settles, we at officeinsight are excited to continue a long-standing tradition of offering readers our “Delights of NeoCon.” For people who attended this year’s show in Chicago, we hope this issue reminds you of the things – products, parties, seminars and more – that made NeoCon 2015 special for you. And for our readers who were unable to attend, we hope to bring an insider’s peak into the things and people that caught our eye throughout the show. In addition to the many workplace furnishing debuts of note, one major highlight from the show this year was River Drive Park, a splendid new green space at the Merchandise Mart in the south drive-through.
6.22.15 | Contract magazine’s Best of NeoCon 2015 competition of products launched at NeoCon recognized 79 products by 62 companies in 41 categories. The honors included 38 Gold Awards, 37 Silver Awards, nine Innovation Awards, and five Editors' Choice Awards for a total of 90 awards including Best of Competition. Tuohy Furniture Corporation was the big winner with its WorkStyles system, which received five Best of NeoCon awards: Two Gold Awards (Furniture Systems and Case Goods), one Silver Award (Furniture Collections for Collaboration), one Innovation Award (Occasional Tables), and Best of Competition. See below for more details about WorkStyles. HNI Corp. subsidiaries received seven Best of NeoCon awards; Andreu World won three Gold Awards and one Silver Award; Steelcase and subsidiary Designtex together received two Gold Awards, one Silver Award, and one Editors’ Choice Award; and KI also received four awards.
6.12.15 | NeoCon returns June 15-17 to Chicago’s Merchandise Mart for its 47th year, and we couldn’t be more excited! The three-day event will attract nearly 50,000 design professionals and showcase more than 700 companies. With more than one million square feet of exhibition space, the show this year will launch thousands of new products and cover a spectrum of vertical markets including workplace, healthcare, hospitality, retail, education, public spaces and government.
FLOOR 10 >3form (10-142) Metallics is a never-before-seen array of interlayers designed to capture the spirit of metallic looks in Silver, Gold, Rose Gold and Copper. To emphasize the textural qualities of 3form Metallics, three new finishes were launched for Varia Ecoresin®