Yetta Starr

IIDEX 2003 Proves Gem of a Trade Show

The northern sister of NeoCon World’s Trade Fair-Chicago, IIDEX/NeoCon Canada is an annual two-day event concentrating on interior design products and services. Established in 1984, the trade show was held in Toronto at the National Trade Centre building from Sept. 18-19 and brought together over 350 exhibitors and 14,000 visitors. One of the most refreshing aspects of this year’s IIDEX…

A Magic Box for Tech Support

Anthro Corporation, an Oregon-based manufacturer specializing in products for scientific and technology markets, may have snagged a silver Best of NeoCon award for iCart II, a compact support system for iMacs, but the company’s new eCart also deserves notice. Resembling a magician’s play box, the eCart features removable metal panels, multiple fixed and sliding interior components, and power access points;…

The Art of Hardwood

Following their success in cultivating exotic hardwood species in Costa Rica, American environmentalists Steve and Sherry Brunner formed Raleo, which translates as “thinning” in Spanish. With the help of another family member, Jake Brunner, who also has a horticulture background, the company produces refined sculptural furniture from over 30 types of hardwood, which the Brunners grow on their own farm…

Chromascreen Offers Beauty From In Between

There is a beauty in materials with translucent qualities, where light filters through the object to create layered space. Cesar Color has taken this translucence as inspiration for its liquid crystal technology, for use in lightweight acrylic or glass interior panels. The resulting ChromaScreen is clear and void of the clumsy yellow residue that marred early ’90s vision control technology….

Stitch Textile Collection

A collaboration between North Carolina firm HBF Textiles and the Atlanta-based TVS Interiors, the Stitch Textile Collection lives up to its name. Patterns exhibit sophisticated stitchery patterns inspired by daily objects; the lines have such identifiable names as Watchband and Seatbelt. This sense of playfulness is echoed in the products’ textures: Melted Crayon, for example, is a durable, simulated leather…

A Non-Directional Carpet Tile

While many carpet tile manufacturers have jumped on to the “randomness” concept of abstract patterning, Interface explores biomimicry’s nature-imitating principles to a profound level with its i2 free-form modular line. Each carpet square has a slightly different pattern, with the variance producing beautiful textural effects. But aside from the line’s 27 designs, i2’s product developer and strategist David Oakey is…