From Canada

Come Up To My Room is an alternative design show focusing on the diverse practices that work outside the norms of traditional design: multidisciplinary, independent, emerging and self-taught, all within the backdrop of a historic 120 year old hotel.

Come Up To My Room Via Design*Sponge


Eco Furniture

viesso-020909New resource for custom sustainable furniture, Viesso

“Viesso aims to provide something that breaks the traditional system that seems to dominate the industry, and offer an efficient way for people to express their individuality through custom furnishings. We design our own products, always with the goal of customization, sustainability, and functionality in mind. Viesso believes every customer and every space is unique, and strives to offer the right choices so their individual furniture needs can be met without having to settle for “almost”.”

Binder is available in the Library.

Knit Crazy!


Anyone who knows Oracle Jr knows of her love (let’s be real – obsession) of knitting.  From WebUrbanist comes some great examples of really out there stuff.  So fun!

Via WebUrbanist (Thanks Kate!)

Simple Elegance

patcraft-020509A new collection from The New Patcraft & Designweave (we have intel that they’re finally changing that name soon!), Simple Elegance.  (Pattern shown is Glamorous.)  Made from 100% eco solution q®, each of the four patterns is available in 16 colors.  It’s hard to tell from the photo but this is a multilevel pattern which makes it stand out from other linear patterns.

Binder is available in the Library.

Stockholm Furniture Fair


Check out Yanko Design’s coverage of the Stockholm Furniture Fair here.

Lace Trends

Nice article via PPG Paints ‘The Voice of Color Exchange’ about the newest trend, lace.


art-koncepts-020409Los Angeles-based team of artists and designers, ArtKoncepts, specialize in sculpted wood accents.  Their pieces include lighting, wall elements, and ceilings along with custom works.

Check out their website for more installation images.

Gorgeous Mosaics


Pierre Mesguich Mosaics, based in the UK, are mosaic artisans whose pieces are handmade in France and Spain.  They have recently opened up a showroom in New York.  They are known for their custom mosaic pieces.  Shown above is an installation from their Swinging London Collection, Mirror Trees.  Check out the Gallery section on their website for some inspirational images of their work.

Download a brochure here.

New from Schluter Systems

schluter-ditra-xl-0203091New from Schluter Systems, Ditra-XL.

Ditra has been a product from Schluter Systems available for many years.  It’s an underlayment for tile and stone installations that has been widely used in 1/8″ applications.

Now, they have introduced Ditra-XL which is, at 5/16″ depth is ideal for use in transitions from tyle to hardwood flooring.  It can also be used when installing ceramic tile over single-layer plywood subfloors.

A new brochure is available in the Library along with a sample so you can see the difference yourself!

Many Apologies and Blah Blah Blah

Oracle Jr must apologize for being absent from The Lab for this amount of time. She was stricken with an ailment that required time away from the blog and all other things work-related. But now we’re back and geared up to continue to share the latest in materials, resources and inspirations to the masses!



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