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Design in an Age of Globalization

Design in an Age of Globalization

“In an age of globalization, there is an increasing need for rarity, individualism and uniqueness in the selection of materials that make up our interior spaces and environments. As a result, we have crafted surface materials that allow architects and designers to create multisensory experiences that translate into lasting impressions.”
—Hans Mutzke, Design Director, Lamin-Art

It seems fitting that nearly 30 years after introducing our first Pearlescence collection in 1984, we’ve gone back to our roots and refined and expanded our pioneering use of pearlized inks in the manufacturing of high-pressure decorative laminates. And, in keeping with Hans’ vision of creating multisensory experiences, we’ve expanded our color ranges and developed a variety of new finishes and textures to stay ahead of the rapidly evolving color trends in commercial interior design.

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Meet the Team: Matthew Krog, Vice President and Master Mariner

Meet the Team: Matthew Krog, Vice President and Master Mariner(As seen on www.csum.edu)

ALUMNUS MATTHEW KROG FINDS NEW APPLICATIONS FOR SKILLS LEARNED AT CAL MARITIME
As with many Cal Maritime graduates, Matthew Krog’s journey has taken a few unexpected, albeit positive, turns. After graduating from Cal Maritime in 1981, Krog went from a 10-year career as a merchant marine where he held every position from deck hand to navigator, to his position now of vice president of Lamin-Art, a U.S.-based, privately held company that has supplied the commercial A+D industry with innovative laminates for more than 50 years.
The insight into other countries—as well as the communication and leadership skills—he gained through Cal Maritime and the maritime industry have proven invaluable in his career today.

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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
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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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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.”

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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What Inspires Us: Inspiration Around Every Corner

What Inspires Us: Inspiration Around Every Corner

For Lamin-Art, inspiration for the new line came from completely modern architectural elements. Design director Hans Mutzke cited China’s National Stadium, more commonly known as the “Bird’s Nest” from the 2008 Summer Olympics, as a source of inspiration behind the Axis line’s embossed design.

“We find a lot of top retail stores are also using those types of images to carry a theme for the future,” Mutzke says. “Where others use glass and other elements, we’re using aluminum foil that is bonded and embossed to our standard craft.”

Mutzke added that while competitors do produce some smaller metal laminates, what sets Metal-Art™ apart from the competition is its dimensionality and scale. “The Metal-Art collection is meant to serve a large-volume space, like a major hotel reception area or feature walls,” he says.

Another attribute exclusive to the Metal-Art laminate line is its light reflectivity. The two-layer embossing allows light to bounce off the embossed elements, making a light and shadow effect on the design.

“It’s a subtle visual image, and that is really a language,” Mutzke says. “It’s an architectural language.”

Shine On with Metal-Art™

Shine On with Metal-Art™

Metals take on a new role in interior design with Lamin-Art’s exclusive collection of embossed architectural surfaces: Metal-Art™. The collection is made up of five large-scale designs (Waves, Striations®, Axis®, Geometrix® and Interlink®), which combined with Classic, a simple brushed metal, add a dramatic element to any space.

Inspired by nature and classic architectural motifs, our designers Hans Mutzke and Virginie Boucher researched the architectural surfaces landscape and needs of the A+D community. As a result, they crafted designs, each with a large matrix, deep relief dimensionality and eye-catching metallic sheen.

Each of Metal-Art’s™ designs is offered in four colorations — brushed aluminum, brushed stainless, brushed bronze and brushed champagne — for a total of 24 surfaces that can be combined and coordinated on feature walls, reception desks, columns, elevator cabs, and other vertical architectural applications in hospitality, retail and corporate environments.

Take a look at each architectural surface, and see how Metal-Art™ designs can make your next interior shine on.

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