officeinsight Articles on Materials
3.3.14 | One of the endearing things about interior design professionals is their penchant for contributing their creative talents in support of charitable event. Recently, the IIDA NY Chapter’s 6th Annual Sustainable Quilt Auction was helod to benefit the Fiver Children’s Foundation. A collection of nine quilts featuring themes ranging from New York City culture and geography to the contemporary art world and pop culture were auctioned to raise funds for the foundation.
2.24.14 | It is important to note that ceramic tile is an umbrella term that describes various types of manufactured tile, such as quarry, pavers, porcelain and terracotta. The durability and fire resistance of ceramic tiles are well known, but other characteristics vary in important detail. Some of the lesser know qualities include their anti-microbial qualities, and some of their other ecological benefits.
2.11.14 | At its 4th Annual Global Excellence Awards, the IIDA (International Interior Design Association), in partnership with BMW Group Designworks USA, bestowed its Best of Competition honor on 4N Architects (Hong Kong) for its Le Salon Croissanterie et Restaurant project.
2.3.14 | In 1893, Swiss scientist, Karl Wilhelm von Nageli discovered the antimicrobial phenomenon called the oligodynamic effect. So why isn’t all of our workplace, and home, hardware made of copper, brass or another copper alloy. In 2008, the EPA issued registration approvals for five groups of copper and copper alloys after a wide body of research proved that when cleaned regularly, copper alloys kill more than 99.9% of several strains of bacterial organisms within two hours.
1.13.14 | What kind of year was 2013? Not too bad, considering the amount of continuing uncertainty, led by the decision-making – or lack thereof – at the Federal level. One positive marker is that workplace interiors designers have given us great reason to expect better and more productive workplaces. The salient theme of the best workplace design now centers around the effective use of space, rather than being anchored to the idea of the efficient use of space.
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12.2.13 | Teknion LLC opened its renovated 22,000-sq.-ft New York City showroom, which now features products from the new Teknion Studio, Teknion Textiles and B&B Italia Project Collection. “The introduction of these new product groups led us to rethink the way we design our showrooms,” said Maxine Mann, President of Teknion’s U.S. operations. “By showing these new products in the context of the whole Teknion portfolio, their value becomes as apparent as their beauty.
10.28.13 | The pre-event buzz was whether attendance at NeoCon East would suffer from the government shutdown. It seemed logical that it would given the importance many of the exhibitors attach to the presence of the GSA specifiers and buyers at the show; on the other hand, with nothing better to do … . I’ve even heard some in the “exhibitors” category refer to NeoCon East as “a GSA Show.”
10.14.13 | Tracy Bowie, Vice President of Informa, the show organizer stated, “Our goal for the last few years has been to diversify the show into all areas of design and attract more design attendees from across Canada, more architects, and more international visitors.” Thus IIDEX this year took on more of a residential, even artsy-craftsy feel.
9.23.13 | Biophilia and biomimicry explicitly recognize the capabilities of nature, which include humans’ advanced capacities to understand, explore and exploit processes that evolved over time and to put these processes to use in other contexts. In other words, biophilia and biomimicry are but specific examples of the benefit of building upon what went before, rather than simply destroying what exists to create a clean slate for a new beginning.
9.23.13 | For the past decade IIDEX carried the NeoCon Canada tag line. This meant, effectively, a little NeoCon, one in the hinterlands, so to speak. But the fulfillment of the vision has been elusive, but as one door closes, others open, and the folks that now own and manage IIDEX are moving forward in a new direction. Their timing is right. The world is changing and, while NeoCon will remain NeoCon, other opportunities are calling for new ideas.