A Look Into Biophilic Design

Bio-what?  This new trend is catching on fast.  The union of great design and healthy spaces is finally taking shape with these new principles of design focused on making sure your tenants, employees and residents are getting the most of the materials and environment surrounding them.  Data finally backs up what we already knew about the built environment – your surroundings dictate your mood, attitude and productivity. More light, better light, more color, brighter color, more greenery and outside views make you feel better and perform better.  We were treated to a tour of the ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) building in DC, which really drove home the experience, with integral herb gardens, perspective, privacy and cloud shaped light fixtures rounding out the experience of designing for your team instead of designing for the building.  

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What You Should Know About PaperStone

  • One of only a few surfacing products available with a matte finish
  • Very easy to work with, fabricate, and install
  • Manufactured with recycled paper
  • Can be used as exterior cladding
  • Less brittle than stone
  • Can be refinished multiple times
  • Incredibly durable
  • Nearly impervious to water
  • Makes great countertops

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March Vignette - Squaring Off

From Back to Front:

Kirei - EchoScreen, Off The Grid, 325
Wonderwall Studios - Jungle
IceStone - Cobalt Ice 
PaperStone - Azure
Koskisen - KoskiDecor Transparent Plywood, Blue, 5024
Lapitec - Fossil, Bianco Polare

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PaperStone Joins Our Tex Mix

CaraGreen is pleased to announce that we are now the exclusive distributor for PaperStone in Texas. If you have heard of PaperStone but have never seen samples or had the chance to use it on a project, now is your chance. This material is versatile, durable, and comes in a variety of thicknesses and colors. One of the few surfacing options with a matte finish you can design against, PaperStone is strong and durable, but can be cut and machined with woodworking tools. To get samples or more information on PaperStone, or schedule our CE course on Turning Paper into Stone, please email paperstone@caragreen.com.

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EchoSky Reaches New Heights

Upon relocating into a former dining facility, Belmont Central and Student Organizations were confronted with a problem: how to manage the acoustics of an exposed ceiling in an educational setting. Kirei’s EchoSky acoustic system solved that problem in a visually appealing and highly effective manner, with its long, streamlined ceiling panels. According to Janet Wennerlund of Earl Swensson Associates in Nashville, TN, “We chose to remove the existing ceilings and expose the structure so overhead acoustics needed to be addressed in a non-traditional format. EchoSky provided that acoustic solution. Its low profile was an important characteristic as well given the low heights of the structure and mechanical services. The clean contemporary aesthetic of the system married well with the student-centric vibe of the interior. And the general contractor commented on the ease of assembly and installation. If a GC focuses in on a product in that manner I consider it a win/win.”

Photo credit: Janet Wennerland, Interior Designer at Earl Swensson Associates

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Burning Love

Chattanooga, Tennessee is home to the newly opened Songbirds Guitar Museum. This is the premier collection of vintage guitars in the world, displayed artistically throughout the beautifully designed space. ReSAWN Charred Timber adorns the walls in the Hai finish - the darkest, most charred version of Shou Sugi Ban. The owners and guests of the museum love the dark contrast between the burned timbers and the showpiece guitars, which are complemented by imagery and videos of musicians, their guitars and their incredible backstories. It is a unique experience to see these symbols of musical history and this leading edge design material alongside one another. For more information on reSAWN Timber, email resawn@caragreen.com.

Photo credit: Songbirds Guitar Museum

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February Vignette - Feeling the Love

Koskisen - KoskiDecor Transparent Plywood, Red 4002 (left)
Koskisen - KoskiDecor Transparent Plywood, Red 3020 (right)

Heart, Clockwise Starting at the Bottom:
Durat - 450 
Durat - 150
Kirei - EchoPanel, 576 
IceStone - Morrocan Red 
reSAWN Timber - Shou Sugi Ban, Charred Cladding, Pinku
Kirei - EchoPanel, 258 

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PaperStone Gets Benched

PaperStone takes a seat along some of the most revered furniture designs with this stunning bench, designed and assembled by Austin Bryant Moore.  Using durable PaperStone sheets and a CNC router, the company turned Pewter PaperStone into this beautiful work of art.  This is testament to the workability and versatility of this material, which can be used for applications from Lab tops and intricate furniture to cutting boards, kitchen worktops, and tabletops.  For more information on PaperStone and getting samples, please email paperstone@caragreen.com.

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Modern Surfaces Collection Bumps Quartz

Apologies to the hundreds of quartz companies out there peddling Chinese, Indian, and South American quartz, but your days are numbered.  With quartz flooding the market, and fabricators stockpiling containers, private labeling, and bringing in multiple brands without loyalty, the door has opened for alternative materials.  Durat, PaperStone, and IceStone surfaces with recycled content have positioned themselves as the perfect oasis for designers and architects who are drowning in copycat quartz collections. These three brands have partnered to offer durable and beautiful alternatives that have a good backstory as well as a refined palette to make surfacing decisions easy and respectable.  For more information on the collection, or to follow their journey as they roll out the collection, email info@modern-surfaces.com or follow us on instagram @modernsurfaces.

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Lapitec - The Highest Performance Surface

If you are specifying quartz instead of sintered stone, you are missing the boat.  Sintered surfaces have rapidly begun to penetrate the European market, as they are far superior in performance and aesthetic.  This is the next generation of man-made stone.  Lapitec is engineered to outperform everything and in nearly every way.  Lapitec is at the forefront of the charge with its through body color and patterning, three different thicknesses, and seven textures.  Outdoor kitchens and clean, modern interior spaces are an ideal market for Lapitec. Suitable for counters, walls, and floors, Lapitec is the solution for the timeless surface designers have been seeking.  If you do not have this in your library or your shop, you need to get in the game.  Email lapitec@caragreen.com to get samples or certification training.

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