RICSSummit of the Americas Toronto 2014
May 4-6, 2014
RICS Summit of the Americas 2014 is for any real estate professional looking to draw from timely, in-depth market knowledge that will be shared by local and international experts in the land, property and construction sectors. The summit will provide an excellent opportunity to connect with top professionals from around the world and engage in educational seminars and premier discussion forums. 

Sonoma Living: Home Tours
May 10, 2014
AIA San Francisco and AIA Redwood Empire are excited to announce Sonoma Living: Home Tours, a new home tours program for 2014. Sonoma Living will showcase a wide variety of architectural styles, neighborhoods, and residences—all from the architect's point of view. The program provides design enthusiasts and the general public with an inside look into the world of distinctive residences in Sonoma county. Tour participants have the opportunity to see some of the area's latest residential projects from the inside out, meet design teams, explore housing trends, and discover design solutions that inspire unique Sonoma living.

Design for Social Impact
May 25–August 3, 2014
Based on the idea that design is a way of looking at the world with an eye for changing it, the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) presents Design for Social Impact, an original exhibition offering a look at how designers, engineers, students, professors, architects and social entrepreneurs use design to solve the problems of the 21st century. 



Deadline: April 25
Call for Entries (Student Awards) 

Deadline: June 1 
AIA|LA 2014 Design Awards Program Registration 

Deadline: December 31
Kitchen Design Contest
Wolf and Sub-Zero 

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Showroom: Not Your Mother's Laminate

For its new Ink collection, Arborite tapped three designers to create playful patterns. Photo courtesy, Arborite.Laminate options just got a little bit more fun with Arborite’s new Ink collection, introduced recently at NeoCon. For the colorful collection, the company tapped three designers: Giona Maiarelli, of Maiarelli Studio; Peggy Leung, of PLD Studio; and Gonzalo Bustamante, of GBDW. “The designers used laminate as a canvas to create innovative and contemporary patterns that are unique to Arborite and unlike any others available on the market,” explains Arborite’s president, Salvatore Rivera.

For Maiarelli, his childhood in Italy informed his design—but not in the way you might think. “Growing up in 1960s Italy and seeing the image of America through the media, I saw all sorts of paneled wood on appliances, cars, televisions, everything!” He translated these memories into a Pyne, a tongue-in-cheek take on traditional imitation-wood laminates and rendered the design in bright, decidedly un-wood-like hues.

Leung, on the other hand, took her cues from mosaic tiles for her design, Chroma. “I wanted to approach them in updated way. By giving it a monochromatic color palette and a flexible scale, it’s a subtle pattern that can be used in a range of spaces.” As an added bonus the pattern is non-repeating and can be used to create a much-larger scale pattern than what would be found in a typical laminate or wallcovering.

Corcho, Bustamante’s design, came, in part, from a place of sustainability. With the world’s cork supply dwindling, he chose to replicate the material in a different form. He also notes,  “I love the look of cork, and by recreating the design on laminate, it makes the material usable in demanding, high traffic hospitality settings.” Like Maiarelli, he did experiment with colors beyond what’s found in nature—it comes in a natural color combination and in a vivid mix.

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