officeinsight Articles on Materials
4.7.14 | Last fall, Jhane Barnes announced that her 2013 Fall Menswear Collection would be her last; that she would focus in the future on the design of products for the workplace. We wondered what led to such a surprising decision, so we asked. Of course, the answer turns out to be as complex yet simple as one of her famous textile patterns.
3.31.14 | The 2014 Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban stands apart from previous Pritzker honorees for his extensive and ingenious efforts in disaster relief projects. Ban is the seventh Japanese architect to earn the award, the second highest of any other nation, and his diverse range of elegant design projects are all underscored by his humanitarian work.
3.31.14 | 3form’s recent installation of its laminated architectural Pressed Glass in conjunction with Gensler NY at the corporate offices of international insurance company Beazley creates transparency in the workplace without sacrificing aesthetic appeal and attitude.
3.17.14 | Oft-considered a basic foundational material and nothing more, concrete takes center stage in DOMITALIA’s URBAN accessory family, an integral part of its newest collection of products set to debut at the 2014 Milan Furniture Fair on April 8-13th. URBAN furnishing includes tables, coat racks, bookshelves and lamps. This line and other fresh designs were created by the Italian studio Radice Orlandini design studio.
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.