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Color of the Year 2016

Pantone, the international colorists, announced the Color of the Year 2016 last week. In a departure from previous form, the "color of the year" is actually two colors, Rose Quartz and Serenity. Let's invest a bit of time in this space to investigate the downstream impact that the announced colors have and then suggest a [...]

December 7th, 2015|Categories: Design Trends|Comments Off on Color of the Year 2016

Midcentury Modern Style

Why is Mid-Century Modern Style still intriguing us over half a century later? In fact, what is it really all about? Who drove its adoption and when? What are its key elements? Let's wander around this topic for a while and see what we turn up! The Diamond Chair via Wikicommons The period is arguably considered [...]

October 28th, 2015|Categories: Design Trends|Tags: |Comments Off on Midcentury Modern Style

Magic & Metal Tile

Do you believe in magic? Since it manifests itself in so many ways we must answer in the affirmative. The magic of illusion, the magic of nature, the magic of form meeting function. These are but a few examples if you will allow your imagination to expand the meaning of the word to also include [...]

September 30th, 2015|Categories: Design Trends|Tags: |Comments Off on Magic & Metal Tile

Eero Saarinen & TWA

The most perfectly symmetrical marriage of design and commerce in the '60's may have been the union of Eero Saarinen  and TWA at what was then Idlewild Airport in New York City.  Opened in 1962 amidst much futuristic and design fanfare, the TWA Flight Center, as shown below, was a beacon for airline travel, design triumphant, and internationalism. None [...]

September 22nd, 2015|Categories: Design Trends|Comments Off on Eero Saarinen & TWA

Fall Outdoor Design Trends

The turning of the seasonal page from summer to fall is here once again. Labor Day is gone and we exchange the summer BBQ for the fall tailgate fest. That transition noted, the well-known Chicago design professional Tony Perry, of A. Perry Homes, was kind enough to share his thoughts on Fall Outdoor Design Trends. [...]

September 9th, 2015|Categories: Design Trends|Comments Off on Fall Outdoor Design Trends

Four Color Thoughts

As we move to fall, it is fairly easy to think in terms of the color values that blink in our mind's eye; that we associate with this wonderful season. Instead, let's consider Four Color Thoughts that both transition within and sustain any design plan. via Farrow and Ball We have always had a [...]

September 3rd, 2015|Categories: Design Trends|Tags: |Comments Off on Four Color Thoughts

The Scallop Shape

The scallop shape in tile represents the logical extension of human interest in the symmetrical elegance of the shell. There is a wonderfully focused site dedicated to ruminations, facts, and otherwise called manandmollusc.net. This site helps us appreciate the enduring nature of the shell: “Archaeological diggings at many ancient sites have produced shells and artifacts in [...]

August 17th, 2015|Categories: Design Trends|Tags: |Comments Off on The Scallop Shape

Metal Mosaics

Anyone who follows interior design trends is well aware of the current market passion for metal mosaics and tiles. It is naturally quite valuable to find professionals who can add their own perspective on trending concepts such as this one. A fine case in point is the architect, Ronique Gibson, who we find to always be [...]

February 1st, 2014|Categories: Design Trends|Tags: |Comments Off on Metal Mosaics

Revamp Your Kitchen Over the Weekend: Small Updates That Make a Big Difference

Revamp Your Kitchen Over the Weekend: Small Updates That Make a Big Difference According to a recent survey of home remodeling professionals conducted by the National Association of Home Builders, kitchen remodeling is the second most popular home improvement project in the U.S. However, with the average minor kitchen remodel costing $18,527, as noted in [...]

February 12th, 2013|Categories: Design Trends, Kitchen Design|Comments Off on Revamp Your Kitchen Over the Weekend: Small Updates That Make a Big Difference