officeinsight Articles on Materials
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.
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.