Wilsonart Chair Design Competition


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Six talented design students will kickstart their careers during the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) May 17-20, 2014.

They will introduce their design entries for the 10th annual “Wilsonart Challenges…” Student Chair Design Competition centered around the theme SPACE and inspired by the Wilson House museum.

Wilson House Museum | KitchAnn Style

The house was built in 1959 by Ralph Wilson Sr., founder of Wilsonart International. Wilson used it as both his home and a test lab to see how many uses his company’s plastic laminate could serve in everyday living. Wilsonart purchased the Wilson House from Ralph Wilson’s widow in 1997, and has since restored it to its original appearance in 1959.

Wilson House Museum | KitchAnn Style

The Wilson House has been recognized as a significant architectural structure by the Texas Historical Commission and the National Register of Historic Places. For more information, check out this circa 1998 article from The New York Times.

 Wilson House Tour | KitchAnn Style

The students began the competition period learning about Chair History and…

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Kinetic Lighting Control and All White Bulbs for Philips Hue


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Philips’ hue lighting system is gaining two new components, a hue lux remote-control white bulb, and the hue tap, a clever little switch which makes controlling your favorite Hue light scenes even easier. And, since it’s kinetic-powered no batteries are needed.

Phillips Hue Tap | KitchAnn StyleThe new hue tap is built on Philips’ hue wireless lighting system, which has grown from the original iOS app-enabled, color-changing LED bulbs to an ecosystem of smart lighting accessories.

The tap is the first official product from Philips to bring hue lighting control out of the app and into the physical world.

Philips Hue tap needs no batteries as it operates using kinetic energy – simply through taps from your finger. As a result, it has a remarkable zero watts of power consumption and needs no main power source. Meaning it’s not only smarter, but greener and hassle free.

“Hue tap is the perfect solution for users who want to control…

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The Fast Collection


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With the Wood-look ceramic trend on fire it’s not too surprising to see innovations from the installation side.

Del Conca Fast Collection | KitchAnn Style

In the quick-laying category, the Fast Collection from Italian manufacturer Del Conca, is a ceramic tile collection that can be put down quickly over any existing floor surface without the use of mortar or grout.

Del Conca Fast | KitchAnn Style

The tiles in this patented collection are snapped together and create a continuous surface without joints. This system can also be uninstalled and reused.

Del Conca Fast | KitchAnn Style

Three collections are available within the Fast Connect Line; Monte Napoleone Fast, Saloon Fast and Forma Fast. Monte Napoleone and Saloon offer plank tiles that look like wood. The Forma collection looks like cement planks.

Del Conca Fast | KitchAnn Style

This tile is marketed to the DIYer and is carried by Home Improvement Stores.

Del Conca will start manufacturing this tile in Loudon Tennessee in 2014 in their new 320,000-square foot facility. Currently 75% of Del Conca…

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