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We Love Kate Spade
We’ve loved the Kate Spade brand for a long time. But, what we’re loving even more is the announcement of a new line, Kate Spade Saturday, targeting a younger demographic and at a lower price point. We’re excited about the news and looking forward to seeing what this means for the in-store environment. Kate Spade New York stores are known for the brand’s signature storytelling style and colorful brand personality, and we’re hoping “Saturday” will bring the same upbeat energy. Stay tuned; you know we’ll be watching.

Trend Watch: Materials

Technically, this post is not by Mary. Mary is jetting off to Spain for a super-cool behind-the-scenes tour of a fantastic vendor, and we could not be more excited for her. She promises to return with lots of things to share so stay tuned. In the meantime, Mary found time to put together some trends she’s seeing in materials, and this time, in video format!

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The Broom
The Broom Chair

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Philippe Stark collaborated with Emeco to create a functional, sustainable and beautiful chair called the Broom Chair. For those of you who are not familiar with Emeco, they first manufactured the Navy Chair in 1944 to use on submarines, a chair that is still manufactured and used today! The Navy Chair is guaranteed for life as is the newest addition to the Emeco line, the Broom Chair.

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Top 5 Trends from NeoCon 2012

NeoCon is a conference for the design world to explore the most innovative products and resources for commercial industries, from corporate to healthcare to retail. For designers and architects, it’s an opportunity to become educated as well as inspired. As a designer and specialist of materials trends, this is one of the most exciting shows for me to attend. I can’t keep all the great discoveries to myself though, so I’ve compiled the Top Five Trends for you. Read more…

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Crazy about Quartz!

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In our industry, we are always looking for beautiful products that will hold up to the demands and abuse of the retail and restaurant atmosphere. I love quartz solid surfaces because they have the depth and beauty of natural stone without the maintenance and upkeep. Plus, color consistency in quartz makes for easy specification and uniformity throughout a roll out situation. Read more…

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100% in love with LineUp

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I am really impressed with the new patterns from 3form’s 100 Percent Collection. This collection has been around for a while now, and I have always loved that this product of resin panels is made from 100% post-consumer recycled polyethylene. The website notes that over 1,000 plastic milk bottles are used to make one panel, which eliminates tons of waste from the landfill! The material is chemical resistant so it’s suitable for horizontal work surfaces, even in healthcare. It can also be used in exterior applications and will not fade in the sun.

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LineUp is the newest addition the 100 Percent Collection. The patterns are so crisp and clean, especially for being constructed entirely from recycled materials. The color choices really pop and it’s clever that the pattern runs in two different directions (latitude and longitude). LineUp portrays a feeling of luxury, and it would be beautiful for specialty tabletop surfaces in a retail store.

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Material Heaven: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

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Luxury reached new heights through the use of materials at The Cosmopolitan hotel in Las Vegas. We’re referring to it as “material heaven.”

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As the cab pulled into the parking garage area, we were already “oohhing” and “ahhhing” at the sight of the giant side-lit chrome letters that spelled out “The Cosmopolitan.” Stepping out of the cab, we couldn’t help but notice the pavement. It sparkled and shimmered, feeling like an elegant interior floor finish rather than something cars should be driving on. We walked inside, stopped and stared.

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