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 www.laminart.com/metalart.

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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NeoCon with Interior Design Magazine’s Giants Celebration

NeoCon with Interior Design Magazine’s Giants Celebration

We’re at it again! After co-sponsoring Interior Design Magazine’s Hospitality Giants event at Nubo in Las Vegas, we decided to take on another event: the Giants Celebration event before this year’s NeoCon trade show.

The event, which was attended by nearly 600 of the most influential designers and architects, was located in the Gensler-designed Gratz Center at Chicago’s Fourth Presbyterian Church. It was a lovely way to kick off the week of design, as designer Todd Heiser was giving personal tours of the newly designed space. We are glad we were able to be a part of such a stunning event.

After the Giants event it was all business, as we co-sponsored and exhibited in the Materials Pavilion this year. Attendees were able to stop by, view all six of our collections and get more information about our product. If you missed it, please reach out to us! We are happy to send samples or information on any of our collections.

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About NeoCon
NeoCon is North America’s largest exhibition of contract furnishings for the design and management of the built environment. NeoCon features the latest trends, products, and concepts in office, healthcare, hospitality, residential, institutional and government environments from more than 700 exhibitors. Nearly 40,000 trade professionals are expected to attend.

When Nail Polish Meets Interior Design: HD Expo

When Nail Polish Meets Interior Design: HD Expo

It was a show of firsts for both Lamin-Art and the annual Hospitality Design Exposition & Conference (HD Expo). The expo hosted its first-ever Social Hub, an event space designed using a surface from our Pearlescence collection, and we tested a new marketing technique: nail polish.

This large-scale product placement gave attendees the chance to view 160 sq ft. of our elegant Pearlescence Porcelain (#2422) while they mingled and recharged over curated cocktails and small plates. The Social Hub was designed by New York-based designer, Vincent Celano, the creative force behind hospitality hotspots like Bagatelle, Liv Miami, and Holstein’s at the Cosmopolitan.

“The level of collaboration between our team, HD, and each participating vendor on this project was exciting,” Celano says. “Porcelain (#2422) gave us a clean modern feel, but also presented texture that accentuates the free-flowing shape of the structure.”

In keeping with the theme of firsts, we also tested a new promotional venture: nail polish. Since Metal-Art™ boasts the tagline, Shine On, we found two Essie nail polish colors that matched our metallic surfaces and had them at our booth—and the Social Hub—as giveaways.

The campaign was a huge success and worked to promote the product, client, and polish in more ways than one. Designers made a point to seek out the booth for nail polish and then stayed to chat about the new product. Second, and possibly more importantly, we transformed the nail polish into a marketing tool with a 1”x2” product sample chip on every bottle. Since the tags include product information and the Lamin-Art logo, each bottle serves as a reminder, letting Metal-Art™ “Steel” the scene. Make sure to follow us on social media for the most recent updates.

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.

View the Metal-Art™ collection
Download the Metal-Art™ brochure
Download the Metal-Art™ product data sheet

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