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How 3-D Printing is the Wave of the Future for Interior Design and Architecture

Let's Demystify 3-D Print Technology & How it Impacts the Design Build Community There is exciting news for all you design lovers out there. 3-D Printing is becoming more accessible, more affordable and faster than ever. Still not sure how the process works and can't seem to wrap your head around it? Check out this video above to give you a visual understand of the process. Let's start with the basics. 3-D Printing is a 35 year old additive (key word!) manufacturing process that builds material layer upon layer, and is controlled by a computer. Currently we can print material using wood, plastic, metal, glass and organic material (food and organs!  Yes you heard that right!). This is technology that's going to impact our industry as much as the industrial revolution. A Rococo table, is being 3-D printed using contemporary materials and colors.  A great way to make the old new again. 3-D Design and Printing is here and only getting bigger. In 1995, it was a $295 Million Dollar Industry. In 2014, it grew to a 4.1 Billion Dollar Industry. By 2020, it's projected to be a 21.3 Billion Dollar Industry. According to Ben Uglow of Morgan Standley These are number you can't ignore. There are some titans in the industry who are creating innovative pieces of furniture in a way that is forward thinking and environmentally conscious. Dirk van der Kooij is printing furniture that is Cradle to Cradle using 100% recycled plastic, printing locally and with less environmental impact.  Check out more of his work here. Bram Geenen has streamlined the process to be more efficient using a thin expensive carbon fiber skin that is printed on top of 3-D material without waste. Check his work out here. Lilian van Daal is inspired by nature and Biomimicry.  With her designs, she is changing the shape and feel of furniture being built with 3-D printing so that it's hard where it needs to be (legs for support) and soft in other areas (like the seat and back). There are Still Challenges This isn't a magic box.  You need tools or you need help. Inexperienced designers will need education or an engineer to build the CAD models to then manipulate and customize designs in scale, proportion, material, etc. They haven't perfected the process of the conception to finished product. This is still expensive technology at this phase in the game.  Printers run anywhere between $50,000 to $100,000. How Can You Design Your Own Line?   What's exciting to me about all this is that there is NO barrier to entry.  Currently, if a designer wants to develop their own collection of furniture, they have to work with existing powerful brands who hold the magic key.  As 3-D printers become more accessible, designers can soon create their own line whenever they want, or print one-offs.  It will be like a Kinko's for the design build industry.  This is nearly impossible with expensive traditional manufacturing.  When you design your own piece, it's highly customizable where you can easily change the color, dimension and entire concept. Now Watch This! If you printing furniture blew your mind, check out an entire HOUSE (above). This home was built in 24 hours and only cost $10,000! So Where Are We Going? To the moon, Alice! You heard me.  Norman Foster + Partners has completed a project with robotic arms that will be sent to the moon to 3-D print homes made of moon dust! And now, the sexiest scientist I've ever seen, Neri Oxman.  Neri is a material scientist at MIT and is printing wearable skin embedded with organisms to help humans survive in interplanetary travel. It's crazy! Check out her TED Talk here. Story of Provenance If you've read this far in my blog, that tells me you're interested.  Great!  So now you can participate in the conversation and join the community which is your opportunity to be a part of a new story. In printing your own designs, you can create an emotional connection and customization in your work to share with your clients about being at the forefront of the industry.  That's quite impressive! Because of all this, I've joined the Board at Print the Future which will be the next wave of printing ideas on demand.  We've set up a Pop-Up shop in NYC during the month of March 2017 so you can see the printer with your own eyes. I am incredibly inspired and can't wait to see what the future holds!


Designer Home Tour: Andrea Michaelson’s Romantic Modern Abode

    Andrea, seen here with husband Marc We had a wonderful opportunity to tour the stunning home of Andrea Michaelson - an unbelievably talented designer of interiors, metal tile, furniture and fashion.  Her eye is exquisite with no detail left unattended, and she is incredibly down to earth, kind and humble. Andrea's Coffee Table Plank finished dark burnished brass plated aluminum. Her Coffee Cube Tables made of metal, wood, marble - fully customizable. Although these next images of her personal home don't do her space justice, we were so thoroughly enthralled and had to share.  It's a perfect blend of casual comfort and rich sophistication, without any pretense.    At the entry, sweet little delicate chairs flank a stunning overscale and ornate mirror. The structure of her home is architecturally modern with clean lines, concrete and metal finishes, but she adds in rich layers of antique furniture, modern art and perimeter lighting which makes the space completely unique and other worldly. Traditional furniture warms up the modern home, and a slip-covered sofa adds a contemporary feeling. A sleek metal coffee table designed by Andrea and laid back sofa sit among vintage and antique furniture rugs and tapestries. Staircase railing made with a metal chain and finials add texture. Curved wooden doors and old world decor. Curved doors fit perfectly into the straight edge detail of the wall structure. Who says you need one big dining table? The pizza oven in the professional chef's kitchen made the most authentic pizza. Don't worry so much about marks, stains or rings on your furniture. Nothing is perfect and this is a great example of something that has been lived in.  So relax, enjoy your home and make your memories. Modern art and a metal coffee table contrasts with the worn and aged furniture. The outdoor lounge space in between the structure of the home covered in vines and her Design Studio.  We could've hung out here all night.  Overlooking the pool on to the Design Studio in the background. Samples displayed on reclaimed wooden crates. A creative way to display and store her inventory of delicate wrist sleeves. Her metal tile samples hung casually by clips. One of our favorites was the Deck Composite Tile in a Dark Nickel Finish. We couldn't be more impressed with the taste and quality of her designs and want to thank her for her warm hospitality.


Highlights on Design Camp – HOTlanta

  Filming at Jaipur Rugs among the most beautiful collections of new pillows.  I was in heaven!   Design Camp Atlanta was HOT!  Not so much the weather, but definitely the event.  This was not only one of our largest but the most inspiring camps yet!  The theatre at Americas Mart was packed with over 600 eager interior designers ready to soak up all the tips and information on how to make their business a success and bring the entire design community to a higher level.  It was a packed house! Tastemakers Suzanne Kasler and Z Space Design's Peter Zakas were incredibly inspiring as they shared their stunning design aesthetics and immense creativity.  Once again, our always entertaining resident Design Camp counselor and wine connoisseur, Adam Japko, shared his wealth of knowledge and expertise in building online marketing content and social media, which resonates across the board to any small business.   Suzanne Kasler at her exclusive Design Camp booksigning in the Jaipur Rugs showroom.  Her new book Timeless Style features beautiful glossy, full-page images that effortlessly transport you into her elegant style and design.   Who doesn't love a scavenger hunt?  And posting your finds on Instagram makes it even more fun for everyone!  Designers were scouring showrooms throughout America's Mart on the prowl for the latest and greatest on the market.  Everyone got creative with their posts: hosting imaginary tea parties in Fermob's showroom, falling head over heals in love with their Kintbury Collection.  "They're the absolute cutest outdoor chairs we've ever seen.  Perfect for a garden party!"  Others posted shots of themselves melting into "the most comfortable chair EVER!" at Natuzzi.  Campers were blown away by the gorgeous new collections showcased at Jaipur Rugs, Currey and Company, Emporium Home, Noir, Europe2You, Leftbank Art, and more!     Natuzzi's Leather Recliner was a smash hit! Campers were so impressed with the texture in the art at Leftbank Fermob's sweet little outdoor Kintbury Collection Oh Noir, how I love you so!       Did you say Cocktail Hour?  Design Camp would never be complete without a fabulously hosted party where everyone has the chance to sip, mingle and make lasting connections.  We all know and love Currey and Company for their exciting furniture and lighting, but boy do they know how to through a party.  We'll have another!   Can't wait to join us in the fun?  There's still a seat for you at Las Vegas Camp on January 19th.  We'd love to see your smiling faces so register online here. I'm sure there will be plenty of highlights from this camp!  What happens in Vegas.....