Textures, Materials & Patterns

January 10, 2020

2020 Pantone Color of the Year: Classic Blue

Blue is a color with universal appeal—it’s a shade we’re naturally drawn to in uncertain times. Blue is a sure sign of trust and stability when everything else seems chaotic. It’s also a color that naturally makes us feel safe and secure. So when Pantone recently announced Classic Blue as its Color of the Year for 2020, we had to smile.

January 3, 2020

How Design Inspires Creativity in the Workplace

We’re all born with varying degrees of creativity. Enlightened by the digital revolution and the subsequent development of mobile technologies, employers prize creativity because it directly correlates to increased ideation and innovation. Now, companies that want to be competitive and innovative in today’s market are turning to workplace design as a solution to boost creativity.

September 27, 2019

How Engaging the Senses Creates Meaningful Design

What makes a well-designed space? It’s a question that prompts many answers, but ultimately the goal of an interior environment is to move forward the intention of a space and engage the user in meaningful ways. One way to do that is by designing spaces to activate the five basic senses: sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste.

August 7, 2019

The Future of Design is Biomimicry

Before biologist Janine Benyus, biomimetic design was an amorphous idea, without a singular guiding methodology or end goal. That all changed with the publication of Benyus’s 1997 book Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature, which gave the world its first working definition of biomimicry and introduced us to the ingenious ways the Earth has thoroughly mitigated many design problems over its 3.8 billion-year development.

July 22, 2019

Design Trends that Mixed and Mingled at NeoCon 2019

Same, but different. The lines that define interior spaces, aesthetics, color and materials are being blurred more than ever. What we spotted at Milan Design Week bleeds into NeoCon and beyond: the continued blending of workplace design with residential, hospitality and more. The latest looks celebrate our differences in a unifying mashup.

May 8, 2019

What We Saw at Milan Design Week 2019

Mid-April marks a shift in the design calendar. Brands begin promoting their latest campaigns. Emerging designers present new and compelling ideas to challenge the status quo. It’s Milan Design Week, the most influential design showcase of the year — a week-long spectacle overflowing with inspiration and innovation. What’s shown in Milan inspires and evolves over…

April 5, 2019

Spotlight on Scandinavian Design at Stockholm Furniture Fair

Design shows like SFF are of course mechanisms for companies to showcase their latest products, hottest trends and freshest colour palettes. But more and more, companies are using this arena to talk about how they’re tackling broader design issues such as wellbeing, sustainability and community in the office environment.