• Theme: Flooring and Wallcovering

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        Known to the ancient Egyptians, glass was first used to create small decorative objects. With time, processing became more efficient and economical, leading to its usage for larger objects and structures such as buildings and houses. The birth of the Maison de Verre in 1932, built by French architect Pierre Chareau...

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    Using homegrown materials and sustainable production techniques, a fresh generation of Balkan creators brings design-driven products to a worldwide audience.   Boasting a strong tradition of hand weaving and woodwork, the Balkan countries saw a decline in their traditional crafts in favor of mass-produced homeware. To...

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    Zero-waste design, upcycled materials and low-impact living are not only current trends, they’re reality. Consumers want it, manufacturers aim to deliver it and architecture and design professionals automatically expect to create it. Alongside manufacturers, architecture and design professionals lead the path in...

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    Italy’s international ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings exhibition Cersaie runs this week from September 25 to 29. For the fourth year in a row, Cersaie helps boost the economy with its collective B2B exhibition Milleluci. The event plays off the Italian TV variety show Milleluci that, despite only airing for...

    It’s always exciting when Benjamin Moore’s color of the year is announced. This year’s Shadow 2117-30 engenders a romantic, somewhat silky and quietly stormy mood. That’s what color is good for—creating moods. Colors are known to affect one’s emotional state, and Benjamin Moore’s mood producers have two new brands on the...

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    In the context of Chicago’s NeoCon commercial design fair,  Perimeter Architects and client Dispensary 33 held a conference on Chicago’s most successful cannabis dispensary. The state of Illinois opened up to a license structure for cannabis distribution in 2014, allowing about 20 cultivators and 60 dispensaries....

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    Designing interiors for health care facilities faces greater demands than for other sectors. It requires better risk management, higher cleanliness standards and consideration of how different types of users, from patient to staff, visitor to cleaner, will interact with the design. In addition, recovery can be linked...

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    Algorithms and sound wave tracking technology have led to a metamorphosis in modern concert halls to produce a richer experience for the audience. The swirling walls of the Elbphilharmonie concert hall, Hamburg’s newest, were designed by Herzog and De Meuron. While it may resemble an abstract work of art,  its...

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    Behind a factory façade decorated with colorful creations, the auditorium at National Sawdust is even more striking. Intersecting black lines on the white walls, floor and ceiling break up a symmetrical space to generate the illusion of irregularity. “In any major city, a post-industrial arts space is very...

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    If there’s one thing that David Claringbold knows, it’s sound. The current chief marketing officer of the German d&b audiotechnik and former Technical Director of the Sydney Opera House has been making his living with sound in the built environment since the 80s.  After that long in an industry, you start to have some...

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