officeinsight Articles on Materials
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.
10.25.10 | For the past twelve years, Robin Reigi Inc. has collaborated with architects such as HLW, Gensler and Gruzen Sampton on important projects like the New York Headquarters of Google, Goldman Sachs, Museo del Barrio and Trump SoHo.
10.25.10 | David Fell’s dissertation project investigated the psychological influence of wood in interior spaces. He found evidence that “wood provides stress-reducing effects similar to the well-studied effect of exposure to nature in the field of environmental psychology…
5.17.10 | If the US Green Building Council has done one thing in a supremely
effective manner, it has been to motivate interior designers to seek out
sustainable materials for their projects. This has led to a wholesale
desire within the design community to find the greenest, cheapest
3.8.10 | It may be a new name to many designers in the States, but Mokum Textiles has been established in its native Australia for over 30 years. The name of the company is derived from a sentimental Yiddish nickname for the city of Amsterdam. Mokum’s new collection, Moderne, is just as elegant and globe-spanning as the company’s namesake.
7.6.09 | One of the positive aspects of a gently attended Neocon was the time folks in the showrooms had to spend with visitors. This slower, more thorough pace was a real treat and should be considered when weighing the options to attend trade shows during a soft economy. There was plenty of time to discuss product lines in detail and to gain much more information than usual.