10 Material Breakthroughs You Should Know

March 4, 2014
10 Material Breakthroughs You Should Know

We distill 10 material breakthroughs in surfacing, textiles and flooring down to their most important points, so you can specify the latest and greatest.

Material innovation is happening at a stunning pace, and new technologies are pushing architects and interior designers to rethink what's possible. Unfortunately, keeping track of all the new can start to seem as unimaginable as the products themselves—especially when complex scientific terms and concepts get involved…

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Surtex® Announces 2014 designext® Winners

Representing the future of surface design, the four winners of the designext® international student competition organized annually by SURTEX®, have been selected and will participate in the show being held May 18-20 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

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KI Hires Patti Ferrell as Major Account Sales Executive

KI has hired contract furniture industry veteran Patti Ferrell as its new major account sales executive. Ferrell will be responsible for uncovering and cultivating new business opportunities for U.S.-based major accounts in a variety of high-tech, fast-growth industries.

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MooreCo® Launches Resource Site for Education-Oriented Dealer Channels

MooreCo® Inc. announced today that it is launching as a support tool for its early education, grade school, and higher education dealer channels. The website launch coincides with recent educational-market product launch announcements from MooreCo, including their Up-Rite student sit-to-stand desks and Shapes configurable student desks.

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The Gettys Group Appoints Two New Directors

The Gettys Group has appointed two new directors to its North American team: Lorraine Knapp Masch and Malia Snyder Hoffman. Knapp will oversee Gettys' Miami office, while Hoffman will join the Brand Design Group in Chicago.

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Global Lighting is introducing Zero lighting to the North American contract market. Originally fabricating in perforated sheet metal, the company has now expanded to a more broad range of materials, such as with their Fisherman's Pendant, featured here.

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