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    Thursday Salute to Originals: When Socks Become Sculpture

    What do a block of wood, an old towel, and “The David” all have in common? Well, nothing, really. Unless you look at the work of one contemporary artist who uses the traditional art of sculpture and infuses it with an alternative media and not-so-fancy subjects (think: dirty socks and tennis shoes). Instead of carving […]

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    Impactful Entry Space: Hotel V Nesplein

    In this Impactful Entry Space blog series, we will feature a designer or artist that has created an attention-grabbing design for the main lobby space of a building. Drawing inspiration from completed entry spaces around the world, we travel beyond the image by diving into the design process and concepts behind it. Today, we feature our interview […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Grow Your Own Furniture

    There is no shortage of furniture designers working with wood in all forms, especially with the current popularity of reclaimed material. While the prototypical furniture maker is stocked with a workshop of utensils for cutting, sanding, gluing, and connecting, tools are not always necessary to create beautiful wood design. Today we highlight two furniture designers […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Getting to Know You

    If you are like many people, you rely on your smart devices in more ways than you even fathom. Losing your phone can feel almost like missing a limb, a split panic between being utterly out of touch with the world and fearing that someone out there has all your key contacts, to do lists, […]

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    Impactful Entry Space: The Peninsula Paris Hotel

    In this Impactful Entry Space blog series, we will feature a designer or artist that has created an attention-grabbing design for the main lobby space of a building. Drawing inspiration from completed entry spaces around the world, we travel beyond the image by diving into the design process and concepts behind it. Today, we feature our interview […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: M-R-I or A-R-T?

    It’s been said that modern medicine is more of an art than an exact science. And Andy Ellison is certainly making a convincing argument for that sentiment with his captivating and haunting images. But this creator is a little different than most – his background is as an MRI technologist and his medium is the […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: White Balloons

    We typically think of a balloon as a weightless, airy object that floats effortlessly above the built world without ever clashing with it. Today’s artist brings the ethereal balloon down to earth, producing images that provoke thought about materiality, density, and spatial usage. Charles Pétillon uses white balloons as an artistic intervention in public space. […]

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    Impactful Entry Space: Stamps.com Office

    In this Impactful Entry Space blog series, we will feature a designer or artist that has created an attention-grabbing design for the main lobby space of a building. Drawing inspiration from completed entry spaces around the world, we travel beyond the image by diving into the design process and concepts behind it. Today, we feature our interview […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Moving in Circles

    Surfing our favorite design blogs this week, we ran across these “sidewinding circular skates” from Hammacher Schlemmer. Their strange, spacey form initially caught our attention. And when we saw how effortlessly the skates spun across the pavement and glided over grass all without the wearer’s feet ever touching the ground, we were hooked. Not only […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Boiling Sculpture Down to Nuts and Bolts

    Nuts and bolts are a key component to all of our turnkey backlit systems. Usually serving as the main attachment mechanism for our substructure, though never seen, they are absolutely essential to the success of our features. We’ve configured these staple hardware pieces in hundreds of different arrangements – horizontal, vertical, upside down, and everything […]

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