Mafi USA, known for its sustainably engineered wood flooring, recently debuted a unique collection, which encourages artistic expression. The new Tiger Oak floors with color fill update the idea of traditional wood flooring by running bold streaks of color through the grain. To produce the floors, the wood is baked using Mafi’s exclusive technique, which creates natural cracks in the wood. Next, each crack is filled with an epoxy available in dozens of color choices, including violet, blue, green, cream, silver and grey. The resulting look offers a bold addition to the design aesthetic of any project. Each floor is unique and can be fully customized to the client’s preference. The floors come in two finishes, brushed and natural oil, and varying lengths and widths.
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Leslie Williamson's book Handcrafted Modern: At Home with Midcentury Designers (Rizzoli, October 2010, $45) fulfills her desire to connect with architects and interior designers through photographing the homes they create for themselves. The 224-page book, with 250 photographs, presents captivating images of the homes of midcentury designers, such as Walter Gropius, Charles and Ray Eames, Harry Bertoia, Albert Frey, George Nakashima, Jens Risom, Wharton Esherick, Eva Zeisel, Russel Wright, Ray Kappe, Vladimir Kagan, Irving Harper, Jerry and Evelyn Ackerman and JB Blunk.
Williamson's photographs show the iconic, beautiful, and creative interiors just as they were lived in by their respective designers. Both revealing and awe-inspiring, each home is a creative and genuine example of midcentury modernism. Through showing the overall space, as well as intimate details of the design and furnishings, Williamson successfully and beautifully demonstrates an in-depth insight into the previously unseen private lives of influential and iconic designers.
Join FORM October 7 as we celebrate September/October's The Money Issue and the AIA/LA Design Awards exihibit at A + D Museum. We'll feature a State of the Industry panel discussion with:
Jack Skelley, Senior Partner/FORM Contributor, Paolucci Communication Arts
Carl Muhlstein, Executive Vice President, Cushman & Wakefield of California
Andy Cohen, Executive Director, Gensler
Tom Hinerfeld, President, Hinerfeld Ward Construction
Ann Gray FAIA LEED AP - Moderator, Founder/Publisher, Balcony Media/FORM
The Denver International Airport is getting a new look courtesy of architect Santiago Calatrava. The south terminal redevelopment program aims to enhance the airport's connectivity and functionality, with the addition of a signature rail bridge, a terminal train station, a 500-room Westin hotel and conference center and a multi-functional civic plaza, complete with retail shops and concessions.
The $650 million project, one of the largest in the country, will reveal a new narrow, concrete-and-steel building branching off of either side of the original terminal. The tall structure will dip into a deep V-shape in the center, allowing for a view to the iconic peaked fabric roof. A glass-and-steel canopy will cover the open-air train station, while the hotel will be defined by an undulating metal frame. By it's completion in 2016, the train will connect the airport with downtown Denver.
For more on Calatrava, visit FORM's website, where you can hear portions of publisher Ann Gray's exclusive interview with the architect about the stage sets he designed for the New York City Ballet.
On the six-month anniversary of the 7.0 earthquake in Haiti, the international charity ARCHIVE (Architecture for Health In Vulnerable Environments) has launched the campaign Kay e Sante nan Ayiti, which means Housing and Health in Haiti in Creole.
The one-year campaign puts health issues at the forefront with the goal of showing that innovative housing structures can reduce the transmission of airborne diseases, including tuberculosis. To put this idea into practice, the charity is hosting a global design competition and calling on architects, engineers, health specialists, and the general public to submit housing designs that are sensitive to the local culture and that mitigate TB transmission. The campaign website serves as a platform for both professionals and students from various disciplines to post their details and find suitable teammates. An interdisciplinary panel of judges and the local community will choose five winning designs, which will be constructed in the coastal port town of Saint-Marc in western Haiti, an hour’s drive from capital Port-au-Prince. Register before September 20th.