How COVID-19 Will Change the Built Environment

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These days, as most of us shelter in place, it is hard not to pay more attention to the physical spaces we inhabit. Many in the design community are reevaluating what it means to continue designing for a world that will never be the same with regards to how we gather and use large public spaces. Experts in the industry predict, technology will move more toward, with automation instead of touch to help eliminate the spread of germs. The addition of more hand-washing stations and touch-less payment options are just …

The Re-Introduction of Bouclé Fabric

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Bouclé fabric made its debut in the late 1940s when Florence Knoll requested Eero Saarinen design a chair that she could really “curl up in”. The product of her request was Saarinen’s Womb Chair (1948) in a nubby textile made from a yarn of curled fibers, now known as Knoll’s Classic Bouclé. Bouclé is derived from the French word meaning “ringed” or “curled”. Bouclé can refer to a yarn made from a series of looped fiber or the fabric made from it. The most common fiber to be used for …

New Decade, New Design Trends – All the trends happening in Hospitality Design for 2020

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With new hotels, restaurants, and other hospitality driven spaces popping up every day, what trends will be popular in 2020? Below are some trends predicted for hospitality design: 1. The Environment Structures and objects in our day-to-day lives are being redesigned as a response to climate change. Committing to environmentally conscious decisions is pushing the industry forward as well as giving guests to make choices in travel and leisure that align with their own values. In a technology dominant world, a swing back to natural materials and forms is exactly …

Commercial Design Trends for 2020

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Every year new design trends emerge as the world of design is constantly in motion. This year is no exception as we are a few months in and have already seen some fun new ideas that will be sure to give you a space that you will fall in love with! Fun patterns on wall and floor tiles: Both geometric as well as organic shapes are welcome! Patterns are a great way to bring color and interest to a space. Asymmetric layouts that lead from one color to the next …

Materials Brought to Life – Scientists Create Living Concrete

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Builders have been making concrete the same way for centuries, and now researchers have created a concrete that is both alive and can reproduce. Minerals in this new material are deposited by cyanobacteria, a type of microbe that captures energy through the process of photosynthesis. This photosynthetic process absorbs carbon dioxide, unlike the production of regular concrete, which emits large quantities of carbon dioxide. When combined with a gel (i.e. gelatin) and put into a mold, many sizes and shapes of blocks can be produced. These photosynthetic bacteria also give …

Product Spotlight: Interface’s New Flooring Collection Is Incorporating Revolutionary Science

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All materials shape the way we perceive the world and our relation to it. Haptics, the science of touch, is one of the sensory inputs that can be an influential tool for designers when choosing the materials in a space. One of the first sensory connections we have is to material, so it is important to use this opportunity to create memorable connections to materials which will create more meaningful experiences in the built environment. Interface’s latest LVT and Carpet Flooring Collection, Look Both Ways, showcases this by re-imagining materials …

The Importance and Benefits of Wayfinding in a Commercial Space

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Something often over-looked in our big-picture-driven society is the end users experience in the built environment. Getting people from point A to point B isn’t always an easy task, and creative and practical wayfinding does exactly that. Some benefits of using wayfinding in your design are: 1. Creating a sense of place – Instead of overwhelming a visitor with all the information at once, the use of creative wayfinding helps the visitor explore the space on their own and in their own way. 2. Creating an easy and natural visitor …

Happy Holiday from Everyone at IDC

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It has been a busy but productive year here at ID Collaborative. another great year at ID Collaborative. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our clients, manufacturers, reps, installers, and friends. We would no be able to do what we do without you. We’re looking forward to another year of new and on-going projects. ID Collaborative will be closed Tuesday, December 24 through Wednesday, January 1. We will back in the office Thursday, January 2. We wish you and all of yours a very warm and …

Giving Thanks For Our Sales Reps

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At this time of Gratitude, all of us at IDC are most grateful for the wonderful support we receive every day from our SALES REPS! We cannot design, or create exemplary environments without you. With your guidance, education and support, you make IDC a better Design Team. You are with us in the good times and there by our side, in the trenches, when issues arise that need factory follow up or technical assistance. If all your hard work, at times feels unappreciated or thankless, please know that is not …

Featured Designer: Isiah Powers

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We would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to Isiah Powers, the newest member of the ID Collaborative team. Isiah is joining us from Savannah College of Art and Design. And we’d like you to get to know him a little bit better: Where are you from? Thomasville, NC Name 3 items you MUST have when you travel. Toothbrush, deodorant and cash What is your favorite color? Green What is your favorite decade for design? Why? 1960’s because I believe the artists like M.C. Escher architecture and design …