Fiber to Fabric

I have been knitting and crocheting for 15 years. I like to know how things are made and took a beginning spinning class 3 years ago to gain knowledge and appreciation for fibers. It has now become a passion of mine because I love knowing that I’ve made a product from beginning to end. Read more of this post

EuroShop 2017: Material Trends

EuroShop 2017, Material & Texture Trends

Foreword: Every 3 years, 100,000+ visitors flock to an international destination to experience all things retail. Hailed as the “Global Retail Trade Fair,” EuroShop covers all things retail related, from store design to visual merchandising. Located in Dusseldorf, Germany, the event offers 17 exhibition halls within 19 different buildings.  A group of lucky FRCH-ers made the trip this year and will be sharing global trends and inspiration from the conference all week!

As we learned yesterday, textures are in! And not just in white … this year is all about creating amazing dimension. New materials for specification at Euroshop are proving to be polarizing-ly different. Huge monolithic tiles and sleek surface materials abound in white, black and shades of neutrals. But what really caught my eye were the more luxury crafted products – they take dimensionality to a new level. Read more of this post

Highlights from Coverings 2016

Coverings Conference 2016, Creative FuelCoverings is an international trade fair and expo dedicated to showcasing ceramic tile and natural stone. It has grown to be the largest and most important show of its kind in the U.S., featuring exhibitors from more than 40 countries and attracting thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors and specifiers, architectural and design professionals, builders and real estate developers.

I had the privilege of attending this year’s conference in Chicago. With more than five football fields worth of surfacing, it was a lot to see in a short amount of time, but here were my top highlights:

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Some Of Our Favorite Things … From HD Expo

HD Expo, Las Vegas Earlier this month a group of lucky FRCH-ers took to the floors of The Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, to attend this year’s Hospitality Design Expo (HD Expo) conference. This three day show offers a glimpse into the most innovative products and services in the hospitality industry. Read more of this post

Not just what’s ON the Menu…

Menus can say a lot about a Brand and contribute even more to the overall personality and dining experience. They have become much more than a vehicle for communicating the offering – they tell a bigger story about guest interaction, choice, sustainability and ever-changing fresh daily menus. Beyond that, they present their own personality – whether they are home-spun, casual, iconic, playful or loud… they create a unique experience. Here are some of my favs (menus and restaurants!)…

ABOVE:  Menus from ForkHeartKnife (left) and Take the Cake (right), both in Cincinnati (and fabulous). These speak primarily to their daily culinary creations. The kraft paper and chalkboard materials also give them an old school deli/bistro feel.

ABOVE:  Menus from Mayday (left) in Cincinnati and Yeah! Burger (right) in Atlanta, specialize in all the possible crazy combinations and fun choices for ‘Build Your Own’ dining.

ABOVE:  Menus from Andaluca Restaurant (top, left – photo courtesy of jenniferyellow/flickr) in Seattle, farmerbrown (bottom, left – photo courtesy of ja-nel-a-di/flickr) in San Fransisco, and Hidden (right – photo courtesy of amenonine/flickr) in Vancouver all use paper in innovative and playful ways for the guest to interact with. The Hidden drink menu is a game, like the ‘fortune tellers’ of elementary school, where you play to find out what you’ll be drinking that evening. The farmerbrown menu goes a step beyond and uses an industrial metal cover and magnet to hold on daily specials.

ABOVE: West Egg in Atlanta goes with the fun, loud approach matching big graphics with big flavor! That Banana Bread French Toast is genius.

Eat. Drink. Be Graphic.