Philip Berger

Trends: Flooring

As with carpets, manufacturers of other flooring are intensely fixated on promoting a green profile – simply because a material is “natural,” processing and production techniques may impact the sustainability factor. That aside, high style is abundant if you look…

Trends: Lighting

Could Mies van der Rohe possibly have imagined how widely his famous maxim about less and more would be so broadly and almost indiscriminately co-opted? He would probably applaud the way it’s become a mantra for lighting design. Energy efficiency…

Trends: Textiles

With durability and eco-friendliness as standard practices, manufacturers of contract textiles can pursue other features including technological innovations or high style.

The Graves’ Design Empire Grows

Although Michael Graves may not be superhuman, he is a super-designer. From leadership in the post-modern architectural movement to the hundreds of consumer products his enterprise has turned out, he is one of the few design talents in America who…

Rashid Does Floors

Calling Karim Rashid colorful is like calling Bill Gates rich; the basic adjective doesn’t adequately convey the extent of the description. So his lively appearance at the Tarkett Commercial booth—where Rashid displayed four designs he created from various Tarkett’s Azrock…

Alfresco Textiles

In a giant leap from the backyard patio barbecue, outdoor kitchens of surprising complexity have become a new fetish area for acquisitive homeowners. And as exterior kitchens have begat exterior dining rooms, outdoor dining rooms have sprouted outdoor living rooms.…

Contemporary Refinements

You can barely open a high-end shelter magazine without seeing a project by Shelton, Mindel & Associates; editors love the firm’s sumptuously minimal aesthetic. While the firm has frequently had its furniture designs fabricated for particular jobs, Knoll Studio is…

Allegorical Furnishings

Chicago designer Lee Weitzman says his Pandora’s Box, a cabinet on legs featuring a geometric configuration with two drawers and two doors, was intended to surprise and amuse. “People look at the piece but it’s not really apparent what it…

Serpentine Seating

The three components of the Za (“to sit” in Japanese) modular bench system can be assembled in several elegant and sinuous configurations: straight lines, serpentine curves, and perfect circles. According to Ashley Davis, Advertising Director of Davis Furniture Industries, the…

Maharam’s Pliable Laminates

During the past several NeoCons, the Maharam showroom at the Merchandise Mart has become more installation space than a simple display area; this year, British artist Liam Gilliam worked with New York architects Fernlund + Logan to create an environment…

Tables to Commingle

Like other designers in an increasingly green-conscious industry, Norman Diekman’s furnishings are inspired by nature. He says he got the idea for these low sculptural tables from a cluster of tree stumps he saw while walking around New York’s Fire…

Taking Textiles to the Streets

Carnegie continues on a path of targeted marketing with its Street & Sport textiles. Their imagery is meant to evoke a mix of extreme sports [Grip is inspired by the standard grip applied to skateboard decks], graffiti [Havoc features splattered…

A Shift in the Boardroom

Nucraft commissioned Cesaroni Design of Chicago to design a boardroom table that could be rearranged for other purposes, like training, where a “C” configuration would make more sense. Its newly developed quick gang connection is what makes it distinct: the…

Elegant and Efficient Workspace

The Wedgewood office system for Tuohy Furniture reimagines the strategic configuration of private office space. Los Angeles designers David Ritch and Mark Saffell of 5D Studio recognized that office real estate is shrinking, so that even when you find traditional,…

Crafting Bamboo

Bamboo is big in interior design—it’s readily found in flooring, wall coverings, and furniture. But its natural form has also been a source of inspiration. As Ruth Livingston recalls, “I was riding on an elephant through a bamboo forest in…

Fashion Inspired Carpets

Last fall, Natalie Jones, VP, Brand Management for Lees Carpets, indulged in some retail therapy before attending a new product development meeting with designers at HOK. By the time she reached their offices in Chicago’s landmark Inland Steel Building, she…

Outdoor Slingbacks

During the 1960s, Richard Schultz added several designs to the Knoll portfolio; one—the “Petal” table—reached iconic status. In 1992, Schultz reacquired rights to his designs and has been manufacturing them under his own signature ever since. Now, with the assistance…

Umbra Upgrades With U+ Line

While Umbra was developing its new U+ studio collection of housewares and accessories, it internally referred to the three style directions as College, Queen West, and Bloor, to evoke the individual flavors of each of these sections of Toronto, where…