Everyone loves the look and feel of real wood. But wood is not without its issues. Lisa Thornton from Egger Wood Products shares the many benefits of using laminate materials for items like desks and doors, including cost-effectiveness, lighter weight and more.
Camira's North American products are rich in wool, and so is its Chicago showroom. Hear how the company used sustainable fabric in rich jewel tones with spin top-like hanging fixtures to create a dramatic backdrop for NeoCon 2019.
Christoph Trappe sat down with NCARB CEO Michael Armstrong at AIA in Las Vegas 2019 and got an update on what’s happening with the industry, the history of architectural codes and education as well as who the key players are and what actually goes into licensing architects. Listen now >>
An expert from Wilsonart joins the I Hear Design podcast to discuss the importance of asking for larger samples of surface materials (laminate, quartz, etc.), especially when you’re considering a large-scale pattern. Listen now.
The Relaxing Floors collection from Mohawk uses research to uncover fractal carpet patterns in nature to reduce stress. Robert Nieminen, editor-at-large for interiors+sources talks about this thoughtful approach to design.
The "open office dilemma" poses a space issue for companies who find themselves growing out of their office setting. Christoph Trappe speaks with Cia Mooney from Watson about their solutions to this problem and how they help companies overcome these challenges.
Wallpaper technology—Christoph Trappe chats with Sandro Ciurcina from Gemanco Design about their evolution of the classic wallpaper. Sandro shares their new WaterProof System products for wet environments, like showers and gyms, 3D imaging as well as many other versatile options.
This podcast is produced in partnership with Gemanco Design.
John Stein, founder of Kirei, is in the Materials Pavilion at NeoCon 2019, speaking with Christoph Trappe. John reflects on the history and meaning behind his company that helped unite green design and beauty in the design industry. He also talks about how far acoustic design has come and what role his company has played in educating designers.
This podcast was created in collaboration with Kirei.
All designers face the pressure of creating something new—remaining relevant in an ever-changing design industry. In fact, it’s a common theme running through the showfloor here at NeoCon 2019. Iris Wang from Brentano has her own thoughts on this topic and shares her process with me as well the new Clear Water Collection.
Patient room furniture has a reputation of being comfortable by day and turns to a sleeping nightmare at night. From the NeoCon 2019 show floor, Christoph Trappe chats with Kim Sank from Wieland about their new featured products that combine both function and comfort.
Chief Content Officer Christoph Trappe joined Scandinavian Spaces Partners Thomas and Robert Jönsson in their booth at NeoCon 2019 to discuss how the company strategically uses color to inspire workplace creativity.
From the early days of OFS' founders kicking seeds in the dirt to today, OFS delivers sustainability at NeoCon 2019. Their philosophy for staying focused on sustainability is simple: "Do the right thing" and "Small choices make a big difference."
Following the successful original event in February, Design Connections 2.0 is a two-day, wholly hosted event in Palm Springs, CA. It will focus on Past vs. Future in Design and how technology is helping or hampering the design industry.
Is your space in need of a low-profile system to hide clusters of cables and bulky wires? Steve Batchelder, director of sales for Connectrac, explains how the young company's easy-to-install wireway systems can provide both power and cord management for any environment. Learn about Connectrac's newest system launching this year, which will be on display at Design Connections 2.0.
During the height of the interior design industry’s trade show season, several companies take advantage of the large gatherings to reveal their latest design competitions and results. Plus, interiors+sources reveals a sneak peek at its own competition taking place during NeoCon.
Terry Eaton, founder of Eaton Fine Art, has over 25 years of experience collaborating on art programs for international hotel brands. At the HD Expo in Las Vegas, he shares with us the current trends he’s seeing.
Known for its sustainable practices, Momentum Textiles and Wallcoverings discusses four hospitality design trends they’ve spotted. They are chatting with us during the 2019 HD Expo, held at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Convention Center.
In a category that can sometimes be too utilitarian, Stacy Garcia partnered with MTS to create sexy design and bring fancy furniture to public spaces and guest rooms in the hospitality industry. Chief Content Officer Christoph Trappe sat down with Stacy Garcia herself during HD Expo 2019 to discuss the idea of soft comfort and invigorated design.
Exhibiting at HD Expo this year, Sandler Seating brought several new and exciting products. Roy Sandler joins Editor-at-Large Robert Nieminen to discuss their latest hospitality designs. High Density Stacking chairs in the HDS series. Wood Look brings the aesthetic of wood with the sturdiness of aluminum. Its fifteen year warranty guarantees a satisfying experience. Several variations of their seating options allow for unique customization. Ariane was designed by Martin Ballendat with the option of swivel base, swivel-and-tilt base, or four legs. Its Italian leather upholstery allows for around 60 color choices.
This episode is in partnership with Sandler Seating.
Design Core Detroit is the only U.S. city to be officially designated as a City of Design by UNESCO. Learn more about the nonprofit's initiatives and the results of its latest report, which highlights the progress of inclusive design projects across the city.
Are you looking to create a master design or architectural plan for your next big project? Founding principals of Duda|Paine Architects Turan Duda and Jeff Paine highlight some of their notable projects to explain what constitutes as a good master plan, and the factors A&D professionals should take into consideration.
Coverings 2019 is utilizing a modern makerting technique: influencers. Becca Sass, account supervisor for Coverings social media, selected eight design influencers like John McClain to digitally promote and cover this year’s show.
Founder and principal of Studio O Liz Ogbu is one of three keynote speakers at this year's NeoCon's, taking place in Chicago's the MART, June 10-12. Hear how her keynote presentation, Do No Harm: The Role of Design in Complicated Times, ties in with this year's human-centered design theme that will be highlighted throughout the 51st edition of the commercial design event. Listen to more podcasts.
NeoCon is hosting its 51st edition in Chicago's the Mart. Listen to what you can expect at this year's show, including the details behind three powerful keynote presentations that tie in with this year's theme.
The demand for power is changing how architects, designers and facility managers specify products for commercial spaces. With a growing need in every facet of life—whether for public charging stations, outlets at every workstation, or weathersafe charging—smart and sustainable electricity is more in-demand than ever.
With over 15 years of experience in commercial and residential building systems, Tyler Jennings of Legrand details how manufacturers are designing solutions to meet these needs.
Biophilic elements are at the forefront of commercial interior design. Interior landscape provider Ambius identifies six biophilic trends that are changing the way users work, live and play within the built environment.
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Discussions surrounding gender-neutral and more inclusive bathroom design have reached a high in recent years. Designer Lida Lewis, winner of Sloan's 2018 Restroom of the Future design contest, explains what an inclusive bathroom design might look like, misconceptions that surround these spaces, their benefits and tips for designers on creating a comfortable facility for all.
What is the economical state for the interior design profession? How much do designers make? Is the job field growing? Get the answers to all these questions and more in this week's live Twitter broadcast with staff writer Adrian Thompson.
Chief content officer Christoph Trappe chats with staff writer Sarah Kloepple about her recent stay at Arlo SoHo, a new hotel in New York that offers 150-square-foot micro hotel rooms -- but plenty of space for co-working on the main floors. They discuss both the benefits and drawbacks, and how hospitality design is evolving to meet the needs of frequent travelers and "urban explorers." Read the article and see the video tour
Spanish architect Luis Vidal explains NaTeCo, the term used to describe the inspiration behind Pittsburgh International Airport's new terminal design.
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interiors+sources' Robert Nieminen and Adrian Thompson highlight hot topics discussed during Design Connections 2019, including the significance of creating healthy relationships between emerging professionals and seasoned designers, along with the importance of labels.
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At TURF, the combination of acoustic properties and pleasing design creates ceiling systems that people will appreciate for years to come. Their systems are made from 99-percent post-consumer PET (polyester) plastic, with half of that coming from single-use water bottles, ensuring that sustainability is always top priority.
Christoph Trappe of interiors+sources and Buildings speaks with Zoe Post and Dustin Headley from Turf Design about their headquarters, products and how they help clients, “Put a lid on it.”
With the advancement of technology, human interactions are often set aside. Design Connections conference chair Jane Rohde and Studio Director of Puccini Group Nick Domitrovich share ideas on the opportunities for balancing this tech within various types of designed environments.
Social media and social responsibility can go hand-in-hand when orchestrated thoughtfully. However, challenges can come up along the way when deciding what information to include and how to post it to the public. Design Connections conference chair Jane Rohde and Susanne Molina, principal for ONE Design Collective, discuss how both can work together to lead to positive marketing outcomes.
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Christoph Trappe and Sarah Kloepple discuss their recent trip to the AHR Expo and tips for dealing with airport security during the government shutdown. Some of their airport security tips include showing up early, having plenty of entertainment or work, and having patience with unpaid TSA employees.
As the popularity of certification systems like the WELL Building Standard and Fitwell continue to grow, what does this mean for employees' personal expression? Design Connections conference chair Jane Rohde and senior associate for Stanley Wilcox Toni Wyre sit down to discuss the impacts of health and wellness certifications and more in the first segment of i+s' Design Connections podcast series.
Heimtextil is the world's largest textiles fair, and the first design trend event of 2019. Materials Intelligence founder Kenn Busch recaps the show's role in analyzing design trends along with specific directions that were explored during the four-day event.
Crossville is the first manufacturer to earn Green Squared certification across all US-manufactured porcelain tile products. As big tiles become mainstream, the question on everyone's mind is 'What are the benefits of big tile installation?' Frank Douglas, VP Business Development at Crossville, settles in with Mariah Obiedzinski of interiors+sources to discuss 2019 trends, the most popular tiles, the benefits of big tiles, and much more.
Everyone knows that the ways in which retail is changing for the consumer, but what should designers keep in mind? Editor-in-Chief Kadie Yale discusses the topic with Jonathan Lopez, Associate Principal and Design Director for Retail Design Collaborative.
The intertangled history of tile trends and Crossville is a long, fascinating journey. Mark Shannon, EVP of Sales, and Tim Curran, owner and CEO of of the Curran Group discuss tile in the interior design world.
Robert Sonneman has had a fascinating career in lighting design that has spanned fifty years. This week, Editor-in-Chief Kadie Yale discusses his history, the future of lighting design technology, and what interior designers need to know about lighting and wellness.
Meetings Today's Vice President & Chief Content Director Tyler Davidson talks with Omni Hotels & Resorts' Dan Surette, senior vice president of sales and marketing, and Laura Trussel McKoy, creative director and vice president of interior design, about the hard-charging brand's newest developments and design concepts.
Acoustics is more than a design buzzword: it's an important aspect of interiors. Editor-in-Chief Kadie Yale discussed the basics of acoustic design with Hanson Hsu, principal acoustician and founder of Delta H Design Inc., a research, design, and build firm providing design and consulting services for architecture and acoustics since 1998.
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While healthcare design is seeing changes, from pulling in aesthetics from hospitality to addressing new policies like the Affordable Care Act, it still remains one of the most heavily regulated sectors for design. Editor-in-Chief Kadie Yale discusses changes in the healthcare market and the ins and outs of healthcare design with Rebecca Donner.
Need to, Have to, Want to: How do designers truly balance work and life? Editor-in-Chief Kadie Yale discusses running a business and living life with Danielle Fennoy and Cece Stelljes, co-principals of Revamp Interiors, including the time they gave birth five weeks apart while running a successful firm.
A very special GreenBuild episode!
Editor-in-Chief Kadie Yale discusses the Women in Sustainability Leadership Awards with Rochelle Routman, director of sustainability for Metroflor. As a previous recipient of the WSLA, Routman will be announcing the WSLA Alumnae Group and Summit during GreenBuild, connecting female sustainability leaders with one another.
Get ready to love your space again! Benjamin Moore's 2019 Color of the Year is a calming Gray that transforms in different lighting. Editor-in-Chief Kadie Yale discusses the hue with Andrea Magno, color and design expert at Benjamin Moore, as well as what designers should know when using it.
There are spaces, and then there are experiences. Editor-in-Chief Kadie Yale talks with Johnnie Rush, chief business innovation officer at The McBride Company about how his team transforms place into something more.
Carl Gustav Magnusson has been at the forefront of industrial design for decades, having started his career with Charles and Ray Eames. Editor-in-Chief Kadie Yale discusses his history, thoughts, and favorite car with the man himself on this week's episode.
What does it take for a living walls company to make sure even the worst brown thumbs keep their system alive? Editor-in-Chief Kadie Yale sits down with Nathan Beckner, lead plant designer of sagegreenlife to discuss their latest collaboration with Gensler.
With the ways in which office spaces are changing and evolving, what do designers need to know? That’s the question EIC Kadie Yale takes on with Allsteel’s Brandon Sieben, president, and Jan Johnson, vice-president of design and workplace resources.
A. Razzak Memon thrives on ever-changing technology, providing a total solution for current and future needs. He also has been a frequent flyer at 300,000 miles every year. Needless to say, he spends more time in airport lounges than anywhere else. Christoph Trappe and Adrian Thompson discuss some of his favorite lounges over the years.
Sustainability design has been an ever more important aspect of interior design and the way we live, work, and interact. In episode 7, Editor-in-Chief Kadie Yale discusses sustainable initiatives and the importance of footprinting over hand printing with Lisa Conway, VP of sustainability of design for Interface America’s.
Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams, announces Sherwin-William’s 2019 color of the year, how it was chosen, and what you can expect to see in this contemporary hue in the next year.
On this episode of I Hear Design, Chief Content Engagement Director Christoph Trappe and Editor-In-Chief Kadie Yale sit down with the Executive Director of the Architectural Salvage Warehouse of Detroit. His team deals in deconstruction and re-manufacturing for interior design and architecture of abandoned industrial structures and commercial structures in Detroit. Listen in on a conversation about a unique, often forgotten side of interior design and architecture.
Royce Epstein, a+d design director of Mohawk, discusses millennial pink with EiC Kadie Yale in this latest episode of the interiors+sources interior design podcast I Hear Design. Over the last several years, pink has made its way into the design industry—but why? Epstein and Yale discuss its origin story as a gender descriptor, why it’s so prevalent, and how long designers can expect it to stick around.
A discussion with Trenton Horinek from Hologenix, creator of Celliant. Our August Product Materiality is a reactive material that absorbs the heat from your body, converts it to infrared, and delivers it back to the body where it's absorbed into the skin tissue and bloodstream.
Although research began in the early 1990s, FDA Determined/Designation in 2017 has lead it to be used in a variety of textile products, including in collections for both Designtex and CF Stinson. The hope is that by using this product as upholstery on office furniture, it'll nix some of the health issues that occur when people sit too long.
Legendary architect, coder, and film director, Beverly Willis always likes to start with a question: “One of my favorite questions I like to ask, particularly to men, but also women: Can you name five women architects?”
In the first episode of your best choice in interior design and architecture podcasting, I Hear Design listens to and discusses the full interview of legendary architect Beverly Willis.
To keep up with the demands of the next generation of workspaces, companies have transitioned from traditional individual office spaces to open office floor plans. The answer? Booths. Booths that can be inserted into any open office floor plan. And there’s not just one exhibit, but many that showcase this innovative approach to a solve a very real problem.
Christoph Trappe is front and center at NeoCon 2018, and he sees a very interesting solution popping up.