Archive: Mar 2011

  1. Thursday Salute to Originals: Systematic Groceries

    In our quest to highlight originality from the commonplace to the most sophisticated high design, this week’s honoree takes the cake (no food pun intended) for managing to address both ends of the spectrum. This is one of those instances where the whole is truly more than the sum of the parts, in terms of […]

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  2. Thursday Salute to Originals: Floating Furniture

    Interior designers might appreciate this play on the familiar – to challenge the conventional notions of home and everyday objects, artist Kyung Woo Han splices and reconstructs furniture shapes within a traditional room setting. Stark white chairs, tables, and desks appear suspended in a still pool of water within a basic room setting.  A transparent […]

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  3. Thursday Salute to Originals: The Blarney Stone

    This Thursday, let’s mix a few of my favorite things from personal and professional life (Irish tradition and natural stone) by saluting an old icon in Irish tradition, the Blarney Stone. The Blarney stone is set into the walls of Blarney Castle, in Cork Ireland, lodged into a crevice between the main walls and the […]

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  4. 5 (Ok, 6!) Reasons for Designers To Love Natural Stone Panels

    As the counterpoint to our blog post “5 Reasons For Designers To Love Faux Stone Panels”, today we take on the alternate perspective and illustrate the benefits of natural stone panels. Given that this succeeding post quickly catapulted to twelve points, which I narrowed to six here, it’s pretty clear which material we regard as […]

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  5. Thursday Salute to Originals: Edible 3D Food

    Let’s throw practicality to the wind – this innovation is just plain cool. Cornell scientists have teamed up with leading chefs at the New York French Culinary Institute to develop a process that allows printing of edible objects in three dimensional format. Check out the image above – miniature space shuttles are crafted from cheese […]

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  6. 5 Reasons For Designers To Love Faux Stone Panels

    Ouch. I feel like I’m backstabbing my trusted old friend, the natural stone panel. Lately we’ve seen a surge of interest in faux stone products, particularly for backlighting applications, and have found ourselves recommending these products for certain instances. There are some high-quality acrylics, poured resins, and co-polyester materials that have made advancements in the […]

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  7. Thursday Salute to Originals: Shaping A Stone City

    When natural forms and human intervention merge in a delicate dance, the results can be incredibly moving. Take the ancient city of Petra, an expansive city in Jordan carved into rock faces that originated over twenty centuries ago. The natural color and variation in the rock faces itself is stunning, but what makes this world […]

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  8. Blank Canvas or Billboard? Stretch Fabric Architecture

    Sculptural forms of translucent stretch fabric twist your loftiest design visions free from constraint. With lightweight properties, stretch fabric applications defy gravity and scale limitations. Large sleek expanses of material act as a blank canvas, producing sensational effects when illuminated or used as a projector screen to transmit images. With an aesthetic that expresses impermanence […]

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