We’re excited to join Boston, Los Angeles and New York in welcoming our newest sales representatives to our team: Mark McLinden, who will be representing Boston and Cambridge; Nicole Ben, who will be representing New York; and Sarah Buncher, who will be representing Los Angeles.More
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In a Metropolis Point of View article, our own Georgy Olivieri provided her insights on working with new interior designers. But rather than making assumptions and using previous experience, she and a colleague sat down with a group of designers whose experience ranged from one to five years of experience.More
“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.More
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.
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.
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 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.More
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.”
For more information, visit www.iidageorgia.com.
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.
DRESSED 2013 AWARDS:
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
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
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!
ABOUT COMMON THREAD FOR THE CURE:
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 www.commonthread.info.