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

A Brief History of Construction Materials

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“There exists a dynamic exchange between the life of matter and the matter of our lives.”

-Reiser and Umemeto

Each material has its own unique way of acting and reacting with its environment. As designers we are responsible for creating the appropriate expression for each condition. Whether this is executed through scale, patterns, joinery, or structural articulation depends on the nature of the material itself. However, the complexity and sheer volume of today’s innovative products can make it seem like we need to be scientists to understand the behavior of many contemporary materials. This entry is part one of a series on unraveling that myth. As a designer by day and aspiring materials scientist by night, I hope to give some insight into how new materials behave and inspire ideas about how we can express these behaviors through design. In lieu of the 45th anniversary of FRCH, I thought it would be appropriate to start by taking a look back at the history of traditional building materials, and what was primarily available to work with when the firm started in 1968.

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