One of the least understood things about decorative laminates is that the visuals you see – whether they’re abstracts, woodgrains, stones, or fantasy designs – are created on specially engineered decor papers. These papers are then treated with...
In an effort to provide the most up-to date information about the latest in surface and lighting technology Surface & Panel is reaching out to the companies at the leading edge of development. The following piece was provided by Phillips, and is meant to serve as an introduction to OLED technology.
High gloss finishes entered the realm of kitchen cabinetry several years ago via the top European design houses. Since then the popularity of the look has increased, and high-gloss is becoming more prominent in everything from kitchens and baths...
There are many reasons that LED solid-state lamps are becoming more popular for illumination. The obvious reasons for consumers include things like energy efficiency, and extremely long life. But for the design world LED has even more compelling implications. LEDs are cool to the touch and can be very small...
AIA, and alumnus of Harvard Graduate School of design, is principal of the award-winning FINNE Architects. Raised in Norway and the United States, Finne established his practice in Seattle in 1994, bringing a Scandinavian understanding of craft and landscape to the Pacific Northwest.
Specifier demand is the impetus for some of the most exciting advances in engineered materials. The versatile co-creativity of the decorative surfacing world will undoubtedly help keep HPL on top of the world of fashion moving forward.
Each year Surface & Panel asks industry designers to share their insights on fashion trends, emerging surface designs and applications. This is is part two of the Surface Design Guide, a sampling of what is new in decor paper, powder coating and specialty surfaces and panels for 2011.
Each year Surface & Panel asks industry designers to share their insights on fashion trends, emerging surface designs and applications. This is is part one of the Surface Design Guide, a sampling of what is new in high-pressure laminate and 3-dimensional laminate surfaces for 2011.
The company expanded to manufacture low-pressure polyester-laminated components and in 1980 introduced the look of “real wood” in designs with fully laminated and wrapped raised panels. From there, the Sauder family established its name as a company recognized today as a pioneer in affordable engineered-wood RTA furniture.
How One Ecoresin is Breaking into the Residential Market
Chris Clemans, owner of Cabinet Fabrication Group (CabFab) in Syracuse, N.Y., is doing his part to shift the design paradigm. If he isn’t pairing wood and iron in antique tractor seat barstools, he’s likely manufacturing residential cabinets with materials that align closer to the future than the past.
It is not a motorcycle, it is a Harley-Davidson. And it is not a hobby, it is a lifestyle. Those under the spell of Harley-Davidson claim that the Harley provides its rider a peculiar thrill that comes from controlling a powerful beast. That the beauty of the moment is found in a combination of leather whipping in the shrieking wind and the throaty growl of the Harley engine streaking down the open road.
From the intriguing world of fashion, surface design professionals divine what colors, textures and patterns the future holds. It is a relative art. “Trend colors are developed in conjunction with other materials used in interior design, including fabrics, carpet, etc.
Surface design is informed by the same forces of fashion that guide style across many disciplines. Although the connection between office furniture and women’s handbags may not be obvious, they share a common lineage of thought.
Advances in digital printing technology are the new frontier of décor printing. Bipan-Astrid, a subsidiary of the Italian industrial Gruppo Frati, has taken innovation further by applying patent pending inkjet technology to digitally print décor designs directly onto the surfaces of individual HDF flooring planks.
The homeowner had no intention of spending a little extra money. All he wanted was a pop-up television that could disappear into a cabinet. The installer didn't push. But what he did next helped close the sale of an upgrade that eventually led to a long line of lucrative referrals.
The classic five-piece cabinet door, with cope and stick or mortise and tenon joinery, has been around forever. With a raised or flat panel, this door style in solid hardwood is the staple of custom woodworkers and mass producers alike.
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