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Coverings 2016 Manmade Natural Article

grace-jeffers-KBIS NOLAN CROPFor designers interested in ethical alternatives to natural material sources please read this overview article of my Manmade Natural Lecture on The Coverings 2016 blog.

Truth to materials is a principle of modern design that holds that the innate qualities of natural materials should influence the projects created from them, and the doctrine assumes natural materials are superior to man-made materials. But are natural materials always the best choice? Go to article… 

Man-Made Natural – ASID Highpoint Lecture

In the world of materials, “real” is good and “fake” is bad, right? In the age of tree plantations, engineered lumber, and bio board, what exactly does “natural” mean now? And are natural materials always a better choice than manufactured ones? This session explores these and other issues that influence our decision to choose natural or synthetic materials. Attendees will learn surprising truths about materials and confront their preconceptions to become more educated specifiers.

Winner 11th Annual Wilsonart Chair Design Competition

ChairWinDebuting at ICFF 2015, Competition Challenged Appalachian State University Students to Design Chairs Inspired by North Carolina’s Regionalism

A visually arresting collection of one-of-a-kind chairs – each conceived and built with Wilsonart® Laminate by outstanding student designers from Appalachian State University – was showcased at the 2015 International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), May 16 to 19 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York.

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