Selling shade

August 1st, 2015

Conrad Masterson builds his business by focusing on what clients really want—and what employees need. "The first thing I learned when I entered the shade sail industry was to focus on what the customer really wants,” says Conrad Masterson, president of SHADE Industries, Phoenix, Ariz. “That may sound simple, but it can be easy to […]

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Dual-purpose draping

August 1st, 2015

A luxury high-rise apartment melds aspects of lifestyle, image and opulence to attract its clientele, and The Vermont in Los Angeles, Calif., sought that special touch that would set it apart. Cliff Garten of Cliff Garten Studio in Venice, Calif., was commissioned to create an architecturally integrated sculpture with a dual purpose: as a façade […]

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The sky’s the limit

August 1st, 2015

Shang Xia, a high-end retailer purveying the best of Chinese design and craftsmanship, wanted its boutique in Shanghai, China, to reflect the light and simplicity of its clothing, furniture and household products. The 1909 red-brick building housing the boutique posed a challenge for Kengo Kuma and Associates, Tokyo, Japan, the architect commissioned to redesign the […]

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Lightweight looks great

August 1st, 2015

What do 3-D printing, sportswear fabric and a leaf have in common? All of them inspired EDAG Engineering AG, the largest independent engineering firm in the automotive industry, to develop the EDAG Light Cocoon concept car. EDAG, headquartered in Wiesbaden, Germany, brought the striking vehicle to the Geneva Motor Show in March 2015 to illustrate […]

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Not too hot, not too cold

August 1st, 2015

New textiles and applications that control temperature provide comfort and safety in extreme conditions. When obstacles for achieving a goal are temperature related, there’s a good chance that textiles are a part of the solution. Just ask Erik Weihenmayer, who has scaled the Seven Summits (the highest mountains on each of the seven continents) and […]

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As the ACA stands

August 1st, 2015

Despite legislative and legal challenges, now is the time to prepare for new requirements in 2016. Although the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been around since 2010, despite more than 50 Congressional attempts to repeal it, its shaky financial footing may do it in. The ACA’s sharply increasing health care costs were highlighted in the […]

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Dad’s challenge spurs Refuse Goods

August 1st, 2015

Seattle-based Resolute designs and manufactures decorative lighting fixtures to architects’ specifications, using mostly American-made materials to create unique, elegant solutions for illuminating spaces. Brent Markee, a Resolute lighting designer, challenged his two sons to develop a product using discarded scraps of one of the company’s favored materials, Xorel® bio-based woven polyethylene textile from Carnegie Fabrics […]

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Pedaling out to sea

August 1st, 2015

Taking the bike out for a spin is a whole new adventure on the Schiller S1, a bicycle built for water. No heavy boats, paddles or special equipment are needed; bikers can get out on the water and enjoy the ride. Like a traditional bike, it has a saddle, handlebars, cranks and pedals. But it […]

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