Yearly Archives: 2013

Show Us How You Use Lamin-Art

Show Us How You Use Lamin-Art

Did a Lamin-Art product help make your design more eco-friendly? Has our Veneer-Art or Premium Wood Prints helped create a warm environment with enhanced durability? Do our coordinating collections help create visual interest in large spaces? However you’ve used our products, we’d love to see your work and feature it in our newsletter.

So send an email today with your firm’s name, project location, photos, and the product specified.


Designing with Nature in Mind

Designing with Nature in Mind

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At Lamin-Art, we believe in providing leading-edge educational content to help interior design professionals consistently promote the value of design to their clients and business decision makers. As a generalization, business people want quantitative information to inform and support their decisions. When they’re considering the effect of design on human beings in the interior environment, they also factor in the potential financial impact of these decisions on their businesses.

Based on the their needs, we have created a new continuing education program (CEU) Human Benefits of Designing with Nature. The content of this CEU provides empirical data based on scientific research conducted by Terrapin Bright Green and their study, The Economics of Biophilia: Why Designing with Nature in Mind Makes Financial Sense. It provides quantitative support and return on investment (ROI) for the benefits of bringing nature into the interior environment on human beings.

In design, we have long recognized and promoted the benefits from a qualitative point of view. Thanks to the research study by Terrapin Bright Green, Lamin-Art has introduced this important new CEU, which demonstrates the quantitative support for these design decisions.

The attached summary of its key points has been developed to provide sound bytes to help design professionals in their conversations with business decision makers. These facts support the financial impact of design concepts integrating nature, across major market sectors including Healthcare, Education, Workplace, Retail, and Communities. (link)

The Lamin-Art exclusive CEU is accredited by the IDCEC, AIA, and the GBCI for .1 hour credit for Health, Safety, and Welfare, HSW, and Sustainability.
Georgy Olivieri MBA, LEED AP
Vice President of Sales

Meet the Team: Brooke Phillips Amplifies Sustainability, Repurposes Lamin-Art Designs

Meet the Team: Brooke Phillips Amplifies Sustainability, Repurposes Lamin-Art Designs

Meet Brooke Phillips: Our Senior Architectural Representative for Lamin-Art in the southwestern markets of Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico—and a mosaic artist.

As a Senior Architectural Representative for Lamin-Art, Brooke has been part of the Lamin-Art family for more than eight years. She works with interior designers and architects as a valued resource in their specification process for diverse surface applications. And with an interior degree, it’s no surprise that she has the creative eye for design to match.

She found the discontinued designs from various collections similar to beautiful fish scales and designed a vivid mosaic of a bass fish. After that, Brooke was hooked on a new creative outlet that has developed into a treasured hobby that she shares with her young daughter. We sat down with Brooke to learn more about how creating these extraordinary fish out of our products first started.


Project of the Month: Bowling in the ‘Zanzibar Jungle’

Project of the Month: Bowling in the ‘Zanzibar Jungle’

To create that classy lounge ambience in the Kings Bowl location in Rosemont, IL, the team at at Whitlock Architects picked Zanzibar Ebony by Premium Wood Prints, an elegantly cool wood print that let them enjoy an exotic product without any financial or environmental drawbacks.

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Runway Couture at IIDA Charity Event

Runway Couture at IIDA Charity Event

Project Runway met Interior Design September 26 at the 4th-annual International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Georgia’s Dressed competition, proving that couture fashion collections aren’t the only stylings deserving of a catwalk.

Pairing Atlanta’s most talented interior designers with leading contract material manufacturers, the event challenged 20 design teams to create a runway-ready, fashionable garment made almost entirely of high design, interiors finish materials, including decorative laminates, wall coverings, floor and wall tile, carpet, vinyl, rubber base, contract furniture, paint and more.

Established to promote the creativity of the interior design community, the Dressed event has become the IIDA Georgia Chapter’s largest annual happening, drawing over 500 attendees. Appropriately, the event is an important fundraiser benefiting Dress for Success, a non-profit organization that provides clothing and career advice to low-income women in over 75 cities worldwide.

This year’s theme, Dressed in Seasons: thru World-Changing Events, gave the design teams a meaningful and exciting design challenge.

“The theme created a whole new layer of understanding by reminding us how we are all connected by history, as well as design,” says Tiffany Chen, one of the team members of ASD, the multi-disciplinary design firm with offices in Atlanta, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Tampa, Jacksonville, Birmingham and South Florida.

ASD paired with event sponsor Lamin-Art, a North American design leader in architectural surfaces, including decorative laminate, real wood veneers and metal collections, along with other sponsors to create a striking World War II fighter plane-themed couture gown and structured bomber jacket combination that went on to win the Best in Spring award.

Other Seasonal winners included idea|span (Best in Winter), WB Interiors (Best in Summer), Perkins + Will (Best in Fall) and Harris + Smith (Best in Show). Winners were selected by a panel of five distinguished designers based on criteria, including creativity, craftsmanship, detailing within the garment, use of materials and wearability.

Tara Harris, Georgia architectural representative for Lamin-Art and IIDA Georgia’s industry representative, said the show was a huge success. “The idea for the competition’s theme started last summer,” she says. “Having witnessed the evolution of each team’s design concepts from gorgeous sketches to vogue creations, it was great to see their creative ideas emerge as fashions being worn on the runway.”
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ASD’s Best in Spring garment constructed with materials including Lamin-Art’s Metal-Art Brushed Bronze #622 for the corset, and Lamin-Art pre-finished, real wood veneers as structural support for the coat shoulders and hat. A special thanks to the team for their hard work and stunning designs. Photography: David Smith, ASD Inc.
Sketches: Josye Utick, ASD Inc., Tiffany Chen, Sky Design, and Katie Bruckner, ASD Inc.


Lamin-Art, Baker Audio, HITT Contracting, Interface, Knoll/Corporate Environments, Hansgrohe, Catamount Constructors, DeKalb Office, idea|span, Collins Cooper Carusi, Centiva, Tandus, Daltile, Shaw, Price Performance Company, Mannington, 3form, West Cobb Dance Explosion, Johnsonite, Global, Kimball Office, Crossville, J&J Flooring, JSE Design Group, Smith Carter, 3M, Lutron, Office Creations, Allseating, Turnerboone, Architectural Ceramics, Milliken, OFS Brands, Ceramic Technics, Illuminations, JANUS Et Cie.

The Judges’ Choice Award:
Winter | Creation of the Printing Press | SRSS

Best Interpretation of Event:
Fall | Fall of the Berlin Wall | Heery International

Most Creative Use of Materials:
Spring | Electricity | Interior Architects

Most Wearable:
Summer | September 11th | Casablanca Design Group

Best Accessory Package:
Fall | Stock Market Crash | Smith Carter

Best in Winter:
DNA Discovery | idea|span

Best in Spring:
World War II | ASD

Best in Summer:
Women’s Rights | WB Interiors

Best in Fall:
Reformation | Perkins + Will

Best in Show:
Spring | Go Green | Harris + Smith

Wine & Design Comes to Chicago

Wine & Design Comes to Chicago

Earlier this month we had the pleasure of sponsoring The Common Thread for the Cure Foundation’s first Chicago Wine & Design event. Nearly 200 guests from the A+D community gathered to support the cure for breast cancer, enjoying hors d’oeuvres, gourmet cheeses and wine from Russian River Vineyards that featured last year’s winning wine labels.

Founded in 2000, The Common Thread for a Cure is challenges design firms in the A+D industry to create a wine label that supports breast cancer awareness while reflecting the Russian River brand. The labels then compete to be placed on one of two award-winning wines from Russian River Vineyards. This year: pinot noir and sauvignon blanc.

While guests mingled and admired the 12-15 label designs provided by local design firms, Carl Magnusson of CGM Design and Arexit was scrutinizing the designs and selecting this year’s winning labels.

This year Nelson designed the winning label for the Sauvignon Blanc, while Perkins and Rome won the best label for the Pinot Noir.

Each bottle of wine sporting the winning label supports Helping Hand Grants, which help support breast cancer survivors and their families. Last year, The Common Thread for the Cure assisted 25 breast cancer survivors and their families with Helping Hand Grants.

Lamin-Art’s own Georgy Olivieri is on the board of directors for The Common Thread for the Cure. We’re so glad we had the opportunity to co-sponsor this amazing event. Here’s to making this an annual gathering!

Founded in 2000 by Suzann Burkhead-Bray and Scott Burkhead, The Common Thread for a Cure is a unique program within the A+D industry that challenges designers to create a unique wine label, which they enter into a contest. The winning label is placed on the award winning wines of Russian River Vineyards and then sold through online and at industry functions throughout the US. A percentage of the sales are given to provide Helping Hand Grants in support of persons or families fighting breast cancer. For more information, visit

Project of the Month: Lounging with Lamin-Art (student edition)

Project of the Month: Lounging with Lamin-Art (student edition)

This month’s project pick comes from Kristi L. Koch, project manager/architect at the University of Texas at Austin. As the project manager of the University’s Division of Housing and Food Service (DHFS), Koch was assigned to remodel a student lounge in 2010.

When it came time to settle on a decorative surface for the project, she knew that a college student space would require a color accent and decided to channel that pop of color through the lounge’s furniture.

“Lamin-Art offered color selections that were unique and complimented the facility,” Koch says. “We wanted a laminate that would add a subdued “sparkle” to the space, and Lamin-Art accomplished that.”

She chose Abstracts #5028-T Copper Brushtone Textured and #7902-VT Rustic Bronze for the 60” round tables, and went with Pearlescence 2300-T Platinum for the smaller coffee tables.

And we’re happy to report that three years later, our products have withstood the wear and tear that comes with college students’ long nights and social gatherings. “The project was completed in 2010 and still looks new,” Koch says. “The pictures show the furniture’s heavy use and reflect the product durability.”

Interior Design Meets Catwalk for IIDA Charity Event

Interior Design Meets Catwalk for IIDA Charity Event

There’s only one time a year when hearing “that dress looks like a carpet” is a compliment, and it’s almost here! This year’s 4th-annual International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Georgia Dressed competition is pairing Atlanta’s most talented interior designers and architects with industry manufacturers, and Lamin-Art is co-sponsoring.

Every year, the competition challenges 20 design teams to construct a runway-ready, couture garment made almost entirely of construction finish materials, including wall coverings, floor tile, carpet, vinyl, rubber base, contract furniture, paint and more. In a new twist, this year’s theme is “Dressed in Seasons: thru World-Changing Events.”

As one of 50 sponsors, Lamin-Art is working with two design teams. And while we don’t know what the final design concept will look like just yet, one thing’s for sure: the teal will have plenty of metallic and wood print material to work with.

“Lamin-Art is one of the event’s Spring Sponsors, as well as a design team sponsor,” says Tara Harris, architectural representative for Lamin-Art and Industry IIDA. “Our involvement also includes donating large samples of material to the teams, including our Metal-Art and our Premium Wood Prints. I’ve seen the sketches and they’re beautiful!”

Nearly 600 people in the A+D community are expected to attend the fashion extravaganza at the Atlanta History Center on September 26 for what has become the IIDA Georgia Chapter’s largest annual event. And while the event will be a unique way to network and showcase manufacturers’ material, it also acts as a fundraiser, benefiting Dressed for Success. We hope to see you there!

Checking Metal-Art out at the Material ConneXion library

Checking Metal-Art out at the Material ConneXion library

It’s been a great year for Metal-Art™, our newest collection of architectural surfaces, and this latest development is no exception! We’re so excited to announce that the line will be exhibited at Material ConneXion, the largest library of advanced, innovative, sustainable materials and processes in the world.

The metallic collection, which includes five large-scale, distinctive designs, will be displayed in 10 Material ConneXion libraries in cities all over the globe, including New York, Bangkok, Beijing, Cologne, Daegu, Istanbul, Milan, Seoul, Shanghai, and Skövde.

Recognition from the Materials ConneXion libraries places Metal-Art™ among the ranks of 7,000 cutting-edge materials. We’re so proud to be a part of a project dedicated to identifying industry trends and providing a comprehensive overview of today’s innovative and sustainable material solutions. As our most innovative collection yet, we’re not surprised that Metal-Art™ made the cut!

“Designers and architects are the visionaries defining the future of our spaces and environments,” says Hans Mutzke, Lamin-Art’s design director. “This breakthrough collection was designed to answer the call from those visionaries for new ideas and materials.”

Each product in the Metal-Art™ collection is available in four traditional metallic colorations: brushed aluminum, brushed stainless, brushed champagne and brushed bronze. Our designers even developed the surfaces in a way that ensures they seamlessly match when Metal-Art™ sheets are applied side-by-side and end-to-end. Inspiration for the line came from sources such as the “Bird’s Nest” from the 2008 Summer Olympics and the fluidity of rippling water.

Explore the collection and order free samples by visiting

Project of the Month: A Lesson in Sustainability

Project of the Month: A Lesson in Sustainability

Central Piedmont Community College; Culinary Arts Building; Lecture Hall Kitchen; Charlotte, NC | Summer, 2009

Sleek with sophistication, the lecture hall kitchen in the newly constructed Culinary Arts Building in Charlotte, NC features Abaca, Burlap #8002.

“I love the look and dimension of the recycled banana fibers in the Abaca,” says designer Esa M. Weinreb, IIDA, LEED AP, sole proprietor of EMW Interiors & Environmental Solutions. “It has a unique quality and look matched by no other laminate.”

Completed in August of 2009, the hall’s kitchen counter front was designed to be eco-friendly, using Abaca as a backdrop to creatively contrast with modern, brushed metal panels.

“With every project I design, I try to educate my clients with the benefits of using eco-friendly materials such as the Laminart Abaca, recycled carpet backing in the carpet tiles, quartz countertops, and linoleum flooring tiles,” she says.


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