Friday, April 5, 2013

TED Talks: Paul Bennett

For those in the design, technology, and entertainment industry (and really, any other field), TED Talks are a great resource for discovery. Typically around 15-25 minutes in length, these lectures feature speakers who are front runners in their field--and they are packed with great information that not only gets you thinking, but desiring to better yourself within your line of work.

Below is great TED video to leave you with on a Friday afternoon, with a talk by IDEO's creative director Paul Bennett, who discusses the importance of solving individual's needs in order to solve corporate needs--which ultimately means taking on the end-user's point of view.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Cabinet Trends for 2013

This year, during the International Builder's Show in Las Vegas, the hottest trends for kitchen cabinets were announced...and let me tell you, gone are the days of ho-hum cabinetry! With so many custom options and configurations available in today's market, kitchen designs are more elaborate and connected to the overall flow of the home. Open floor plans are now placing kitchens, which used to be located away from the main part of the home, at the forefront--forcing homeowners to outfit them in a manner fitting of their new importance in the home. Below is a run down of trends to watch for in kitchen cabinetry this year...

  • Darker, furniture-like finishes
  • Pure White
  • Avoid middle finishes, such as natural oak
European Style Cabinets: 
  • Hidden hinges
  • Soft close doors and drawers
  • Frameless cabinet construction
  • Full overlay doors and drawer fronts
Cabinets with glass doors:
  • Allow homeowners to showcase fine china and stemware
  • Help keep a kitchen organized by helping occupants to see what is being stored in each cabinet
Popular Styles: 
  • French Country: rich in personality and warmth
    French Kitchen D├ęcor, Taste of Elegance : French Country Kitchen Decorating
  • Contemporary: mostly available in white, chrome, and bold colors, these cabinets are classical with a touch of modern.

  • Shaker Style: simple, clean lines that work well with numerous types of decor
sources: one . two . three . four

Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Wilson House

I recently came across this video on the Wilson House, the private residence of Wilsonart founder Ralph Wilson Sr. and his family. Although plastic laminate was a popular counter top material in the 1950s when the house was built, many of the applications and building techniques seen throughout the home predate those used by the laminate industry by several years.

Take a few minutes to check out the video below, as this house pioneered a large number of standards that are commonplace in the plastic laminate industry today. And be sure to check out the great article that accompanies the video on Wilsonart's website here, for a little more insight on how the industry has developed from the 1950s-today.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Advanced Cabinet Systems Expands National Reach With New Casework Dealer

Marion, Indiana—Advanced Cabinet Systems (ACS), a manufacturer of Division 12 Plastic Laminate Casework and Retail Store Fixtures, has expanded their dealer network by signing The Braley Company as their latest dealer of Division 12 casework in the Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama Markets. Darryl Braley, Founder and President of The Braley Company, had over 20 years experience in the plastic laminate casework industry when he established The Braley Company in 1995. Located in Harrison Tennessee, The Braley Company specializes in selling casework in the healthcare, educational, and industrial industries.
In 2011, ACS changed their business model to focus on manufacturing quality casegoods and developing a dealer network to sell their products. “ACS has an aggressiveness and drive that their competition lacks,” says Kelly Cooke, Vice President of The Braley Company.  ACS succeeded in surpassing its bid goal by more than 50% in 2012 alone. This shift is primarily attributed to the ACS dealer expansions. “I’m excited to take the quality products ACS manufactures to the southeast market. ACS is committed company that stands behind their product, which is important to us,” says Cooke.
ACS has developed an extensive casework dealer network since 2011. Their dealers include Harry J. Kloeppel & Associates, Inc. representing ACS in the Indiana and Illinois territories, Glover Equipment to handle Maryland, Delaware, and Washington D.C. , The Barfield Group to represent Florida, Smith & Schaefer to represent ACS in Michigan, Ohio, western Pennsylvania, and Kentucky, m.LICCIARDELLO to represent eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey markets, and most recently The Braley Company representing Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama.
ACS is actively seeking out dealers in other regions as they continue to expand. If you’re interested in learning more about the ACS dealer program please contact Jay Higgins (

Monday, February 11, 2013

2013 Trend Watch

JWT, one of the most well-known marketing communication brands in the world, recently released their annual trend report: 100 Things to Watch in 2013.

If you want to see the list in its entirety, you can check out the report here. However, the firm did put together a short video that I wanted to share, which seems to be a quick overview of the 10 trends they believe are going to make the biggest impact.

Whether or not we will actually see these ideas go mainstream in the next year has yet to be seen, but I have to say, I find them to be pretty thought provoking. 

What do you think? Do you see these trends becoming reality in 2013?