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  • An Exploration of Eero Saarinen’s Enduring Designs

    Saarinen Table & Tulip Chairs.  Photography Courtesy of Knoll, Inc. One of the most recognized names in 20th century design and architecture, Eero Saarinen’s organic forms introduced an interesting aesthetic that was a breath of fresh air during the wave of International Style buildings and Modernist furnishings. Saarinen’s design work…

  • A Brief History of Tibetan Rugs

    Since they were introduced to the West in the 1970s, Tibetan wool rugs have been admired for their texture, colors, and patterns. But how did they become a popular import, and how do they differ from other hand-knotted rugs? The history of Tibetan rugs is uncertain. The first time that…

  • An Overview of Wood Block Printing

    Wood block printing onto fabric has been a main staple of Indian culture and commerce for the last 2,000 years. Although today there are mechanical means, such as screen printing, which are able to mimic the appearance of traditional block printing—some not only echoing the motifs, but integrating minute mistakes…

  • The Influence of Designer Gio Ponti

    The Superleggera Chair Giovanni Ponti was an architect, designer, exhibition organizer, and editor who is widely thought to be one of the major influences of the 20th century. His most famous works include the Superleggera chair, the Littoria Tower—which is now known as the Branca Tower—and the Pirelli Tower in…

  • A Brief History of Bentwood Furniture

    Photography Courtesy of Thonet A pioneering design that transformed interiors and revolutionized industrial production processes, bentwood furniture features an iconic appeal that has transcended time. Its sleek and sinuous forms are fashioned from a centuries-old technique rooted in steam-bent, laminated woodwork. As a formative feature in the history of furniture…

  • A History of Subway Tiles

    The subway tile is an essential element of interior design that holds a storied 100-year history, having first emerged in the early twentieth century as an easy-to-clean, sleek surfacing solution for the subterranean spaces beneath New York City streets. The ubiquitous three-by-six-inch rectangular tile has evolved from applications across Manhattan…

  • Advantages of Acid Etched Glass Treatments

    Photography Courtesy of OmniDecor Glass Design When a designed space demands both opacity and openness from its surfaces, etched glass panels provide a favorable fix for an array of applications. Adding dimensionality and depth to interiors, decorative acid etched glass surfaces deliver a degree of privacy by delicately obscuring outlines…

  • An Overview of Onyx

    Photography Courtesy of Artistic TileExplore Materials and Sample Characterized by kaleidoscopic colors unfolding across undulating layers, onyx is a precious gemstone material that is imbued with intrigue. The lightweight and luminous stone has a long and rich history of use—its earliest appearances can be traced back to ancient Egypt and…

  • Woven History: Ikat and Suzani Textiles

    Ikat (left) and Suzani (right) Textiles. Photography Courtesy of Schumacher As enduring symbols of time-honored textile traditions, the diverse yet distinctive designs of ikat and suzani textiles trace the influences of techniques advanced by cultures and continents around the world. “Ikats showcase an ancient technique that has a really incredible combination…

  • Renewable Resources: Advantages of Cork Flooring

    A celebrated interior element, cork is a compelling renewable resource regarded for its tactile touch and timeless, organic appeal. The vast majority of cork is used in the production of bottle stops, while its other uses range from consumer goods to construction uses and transportation components. Ubiquitously used for design…

  • A History of Damask and Brocade Fabrics

    Distinguished by delicately rendered decorative patterning, damasks and brocades are two types of finely detailed fabrics. Bearing many similarities, they are often thought to be interchangeable by those less acquainted with their intricacies. While both fabrics boast age-old histories dating back to centuries ago, their alluring appeal has endured over…

  • A History of Toile

    Photography Courtesy of Schumacher Toile is popular patterned print that touts a time-honored heritage. With a provincial aesthetic comprised of pictorial scenes with intricate illustrations, its patterns have been prized for several centuries. Today toile continues to thrive, with its pastoral prints perpetually popping up across the design industry. The…

  • Painting Possibilities: Finding the Right Finish

    The prospect of selecting a paint often entails dedicated deliberation and a drawn-out decision-making process. From choosing the right type of paint to pinpointing the precise color that will best suit a space, a series of steps is involved. While often saved for last, finding the right finish is just…

  • Painting Possibilities: Oil-Based and Water-Based Paints

    Depending on the desired aesthetic, a coat of paint possesses the power to inject character and color into any interior, calling for a careful consideration of the correct coating. After pinpointing a precise color, it is important to understand which type of paint will have the most potential to meet…

  • Going with the Grain: Plain Sawn, Quarter Sawn, and Rift Sawn Lumber

    Wood elements can enliven any interior, adding natural texture and depth with a rustic and raw appeal. When looking for lumber that will best suit a certain space, an important consideration to keep in mind is the way the wood is cut. Milling methods can contribute to cost, durability, and…

  • Tile Tales: An Exploration of Porcelain Versus Ceramic

    Photography Courtesy of Design and Direct Source Explore Materials and Sample When choosing the type of tile that works best for your space, it pays to do your homework. Porcelain and ceramic are commonly considered to be one in the same. Both are made of clay baked in a kiln…

  • Nubuck Versus Suede: How Do They Compare?

    Nubuck (left) and Suede (right). Photography Courtesy of Moore and Giles When seeking a leather with a soft and velvety feel, your search will likely lead you to nubuck and suede. Knowing that they each feature a similar smooth finish, it is interesting to study how the two leathers match…

  • Mad for Plaid: Understanding Plaid’s Pattern Variations

    A popular and time-tested pattern of crossed horizontal and vertical bands, plaid is easily identified. However, the pattern’s plethora of iterations are often more difficult to pin down. From checks and tartans to ginghams and glens, plaid comprises a collection of ten different patterns in total. For the plaid impaired,…