officeinsight Articles on Materials
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.
4.25.11 | Just as material research is crucial to the world of avant-garde fashion, materials largely determine design direction at Jongeriuslab. There, Hella Jongerius combines ancient craft technique and modern technology to produce new forms and materials, typified by contextual twists, historical archetypes, and by transformations from old to new. One of her latest offerings is Borders for Maharam, another embroidery textile.
2.7.11 | 3form’s aggressive goals for minimizing the impact of its products and processes is called its Path to Zero. The Path to Zero goals are a commitment to continually reducing its overall environmental footprint toward the ultimate goal of total sustainability. Recently, the company hired Crystal Frost, LEED Green Associate, as its director of sustainability, charged with executing and amplifying its environmental commitments.
2.7.11 | Last year, Concrete Cloth won Material Connexion’s first annual Material of the Year. This year, another concrete product, Carbon Negative Cement, is the winner. The Material of the Year award recognizes materials that demonstrate outstanding technological innovation and the potential to make a significant contribution to the advancement of design, industry, society and economy.
1.24.11 | Everyone in this industry knows and loves John Geiger because he is authentic, the genuine article. Well, John Geiger is now out of the wood business, having long completed the transition after the sale of Geiger International to Herman Miller, but now his son Jonas Geiger sees his future in the business of wood furniture. Jonas has just purchased a majority interest of Dovetail International. His objective is to create “a world class organization in all aspects of the business, including but not limited to design, quality and service, and environmental responsibility.”
Kimball Office’s new comprehensive surface materials platform was designed over a period of 18 months by Eva Maddox, Eileen Jones, their team from Perkins + Will/Eva Maddox Branded Environments, and Kimball Office. It is a textbook case study for design with integrity — an expression of a company’s core values that meets business challenges and resolves conflicting points of interest. This result equally benefits clients, dealers, designers, and the environment.
Carnegie Fabrics is 60, Xorel, its performance fabric is about to turn 30, and its 36 year relationship with Switzerland’s Création Baumann is still going strong. “The core of what we’re about,” said President Cliff Goldman, “is the willingness to be open-minded, which leads to the ability to adapt and change.” As evidence of this, last week Carnegie introduced an impressive redesign of it website, www.carnegiefabrics.com, whose guiding light is to help designers research and render their products with ease and pleasure.
10.25.10 | Momentum Group used the recession to open a NYC showroom in Gramercy Park. Recessions can open the doors a little wider for reasonable rents, but Momentum had a greater urgency: to introduce its “revolutionary product Silica, a proprietary fabric developed over the past two years as an alternative to vinyl and polyurethanes.