Monthly Archives: August 2016

Our Trip to The Mart

    Our team just got back from Chicago where we toured several showrooms in theMART and participated in some training. TheMART, which is two city blocks long and twenty-five stories high, is abundant in innovation and creativity. It captivates thousands of consumers to its luxury kitchen and bath, home furnishings and outdoor furnishings showrooms each year and is a major hub for interior designers, architects, contractors and business owners. While theMART includes residential showrooms, it also has showrooms for commercial design. In fact, the Design Center has more than 100 showrooms and 900 of the finest product lines… Needless to say, we were in heaven.   Check out the … Continue reading

Love the Look: Reclaimed Wood

    Reclaimed wood gives an interior space texture, warmth and interest but it also charms us with its aged and honest look. Even better, reclaimed wood has a history. Was it at one point in time a part of the structure of a barn? Perhaps a boxcar? One thing’s for sure… There’s something romantic about a material that tells a story of the past.       Oftentimes, reclaimed wood is known for its durability and therefore can be quite expensive. Wood that won’t rot and perish typically needs to be seasoned, air-dried and sometimes dried in a kiln. If you’re looking for highly durable wood you … Continue reading

Best of Competition: Teknion’s Zones

    At this year’s NeoCon 2016, Teknion’s Zones Collection took home “Best of Competition.” Designed by Tom Lloyd and Luke Pearson of PearsonLloyd, a London-based design consultancy, Teknion’s Zones Collection embodies an exploration of design concepts that address the social and technological changes driving behavior at work.   “The boundaries between traditional and emerging work space is breaking down,” said designer Luke Pearson. “People don’t just work in offices; hotels, public transport, cafes and home have become an extension of the office.” Zones is different than the traditional workstation. It combines comfort, function and sophistication and is the perfect collection for collaborative spaces … Continue reading

Trendsetting: BuzziSpace

    Established in 2007, BuzziSpace became an instant hit as open floor plans had increased in popularity in both homes and offices. At that time, open collaborative spaces were gaining recognition and BuzziSpace’s sound-absorbing acoustic panels quickly turned heads as many found them highly innovative and refreshingly playful. BuzziSpace’s products are functional in regards to nose reduction but are also aesthetically pleasing and fun — something we can all dig.   The Belgium-based company also helps to reduce waste, which makes BuzziSpace products good for the environment. Their eco-felt or BuzziFelt consists of 100% upcycled plastic bottle waste. Their team follows the philosophy of “Cradle-to-Cradle,” which ultimately seeks to … Continue reading

Biophilic Design and the Best Plants for your Office

      With today’s focus on corporate environmental responsibility, health and wellness trends in the workplace, and overall green efforts, it may come as no surprise that Biophilic design is gaining significant attention from interior designers, architects, and the general public. What is Biophilic design? It’s an innovative design method which focus regards the human connection between nature and the built environment. In the past, we frequently designed our cities and suburbs in techniques that degrade the environment and actually alienate us from nature. Biophilic design unites us with nature in spaces that have normally felt sterile or bare. … Continue reading