Plastic Laminate. We use and see it every day whether we realize it or not, but still the name Plastic Laminate can make you wrinkle your nose in disgust. But why?
I recently had the opportunity to visit the Arborite factory facility in beautiful Montreal! I loved the experience and learned a ton, but I think the most important thing I learned is that using Plastic Laminate and other man-made or “fake” materials isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it can be a very good thing for a number of reasons. Arborite’s historian and materials expert, Grace Jeffers, gave a very enlightening presentation entitled, Man-made Natural; the Truth about Fake Materials. The presentation basically boiled down to when you should use a “fake” or man-made material vs. the “real” or natural thing.
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Grace gave two lectures at The ASID SCALE event last weekend in Oklahoma University. This is ASID’s National Student Summit formerly known as LAUNCH is a one-of-a-kind, multi-day conference for interior design students includes seminars for educators and ASID chapter leaders.
Grace’s Manmade Natural and Global Forestry 101 were very well attended with standing room only for both. The ASID Scale event marked the end of a frantic lecture schedule that started with her appearance in The New York School of Interior Design before flying to Montreal to present to 60 plus IDCEC attendees.
Her next major lecture is in Chicago at the Cabinets & Closets Conference at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Wednesday April 12 and Thursday April 13. Click here to register.
Grace is giving her lecture – Man Made Natural: The Truth About Fake Materials – today as part of ASID’s Fort Worth Impact ON Design Conference at the Hurst Conference Center. The lecture is at 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM and your attendance will earn you 0.1 IDCEC CEU and AIA LU 1.0.
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Debuting 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.