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  • Material Measures: The Mohs Scale of Mineral Hardness

    An essential aspect of many material specification methods involves a determination of durability and resistance to abrasion. Developed over 200 years ago, the Mohs scale of mineral hardness offers a straightforward system for testing the toughness of materials—including minerals, rocks, and gemstones—that roughly measures of the resistance of a smooth…

  • 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…

  • Acoustical Solutions: Sound Absorption and Sound Transmission

    Acoustics play a crucial role in any environment, impacting everything from productivity in the workplace to the market value of residences. Though the science behind sound is well established, the act of implementing it to design a desirable acoustic environment is complex and a broad scope of solutions is used…

  • 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…

  • The Power of Performance Fabrics

    Photography Courtesy of AnzeaExplore Materials and Sample It is well known that performance fabrics are ideal for outfitting high traffic areas in interior spaces that are designed to stand the test of time. When searching for easy-to-clean materials that can hold up to heavy wear-and-tear, it is best to specify…

  • Between the Tiles: Comparing Cement Grout and Epoxy Grout

    Photography Courtesy of Emser  TileExplore Materials and Sample Grout plays a fundamental role in tile installations. Though it often goes unnoticed, grout is hard at work between the tiles, bonding them together, strengthening their surface, and fighting off water damage and stains, while imparting a finished look for floors, walls,…

  • Natural Stone Selections: Marble Versus Granite

    Marble (left) and Granite (right). Photography Courtesy of Arca Marble and granite are two highly sought-after surfacing materials armed with a timeless allure that elegantly adapts to almost any aesthetic from classic to contemporary. While granite and marble share many common characteristics, an understanding of their unique attributes is essential…

  • 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…

  • Carpet Considerations: Characteristics of Nylon Carpet Fiber

    Photography Courtesy of Milliken When it comes to choosing carpet, one primary consideration is the type of fiber used in its construction. The characteristics of the carpet fiber can determine the carpet’s appearance and feel underfoot, as well as its ability to hold up over time. While many types of fiber…

  • Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Vinyl Wallcoverings

    Photography Courtesy of Carnegie In the world of wallcoverings, vinyl has dominated the scene for decades. When searching for a different way to cover your walls, it is worthwhile to explore the array of alternatives also on the market. There are many contenders comprising unique materials that pack a punch…

  • 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,…