The ASID Austin Design Community held its 27th Annual Design Excellence Awards ceremony on November 7, at Abel's on the Lake. Austin's premiere design community joined in to celebrate creativity, innovation, and achievement in interior design. The evening’s festivities began with a fajita bar, cocktails, and a photo booth.
Designers viewed and experienced new products from 22 vendors including, Dorado Stone Distributors, Anchor Ventana, Cosentino, Legen Lighting, BMC, Crossville Tile & Stone, Daltile, Decorum Architectural Stone, High Tech Flooring and Design, Kravet/Lee Jofa, Stockton Hicks Laffey, Stone SOlutions, Travis Tile, Kingwood Fine Cabinetry, Architectural Tile & Stone, Austin Stone Works, Exteriors Designer Showroom, Sherle Wagner Intl, Sunsational Solutions, Texas Sun & Shade, and Tufenkian Artisan Carpets.
Slocum Street Style 2012 was once again a great success. Yesterday evening, Slocum Street brimmed with design enthusiasts and curious others strolling along leisurely from showroom to showroom in the twilight of the evening. Each showroom was full of the bustle of lively conversation.
The spread at McGannon Showrooms
They helped soothe the growl of people’s stomachs by serving light bites and drinks. Also featured in each showroom were individual raffle prizes for people in attendance. For those with bigger appetites, there were food trucks located on a few street corners filled with the smells of mouth-watering food.
The Kitchen Source had chefs from Subzero whip up some scrumptious tex mex finger foods for guests.
When it comes to rounding things off nicely, the HAWA-Media 70 is the first choice for sliding doors, having a minimum radius of 500 mm. This tried and tested sliding door hardware enables the creation of architectural solutions with appeal for shops, trade fairs and interior design, requiring little time and effort. Unusual ideas take shape and catch the eye of the passer-by, like the crystal-clear cylindrical telephone booth in front the Savoy Hotel in Zurich's Bahnhofstrasse, the ingenious finish to a spiral staircase, the circular room partition, or the high-class sliding door cabinet with its spectacular design. Unsightly recesses and alcoves in old housing stock, often difficult to utilise, transform into integrative elements of interior design, smoothly building bridges between the old and the new. This is another example of the valuable contribution the HAWA-Media 70 offers towards design and utilisation.
High-quality technology easily assembled
Sliding doors equipped with HAWA-Media 70 are not only something for the eye of the beholder; the interior designer and the end user alike will appreciate its running properties – exemplary thanks to plastic-coated ball-bearing rollers and rattle-proof floor guides – just as much as its easy assembly.
Susan King, Glasshouse, shares some of the many ways to utlize glass in ways you may have never thought of:
At Glasshouse, we have had a lot of fun experimenting with our clear textured glasses and colored glasses. We can silver the back for a mirrored affect and can also antique the silver for an aged affect.
It’s great on a piece of furniture or a ceiling for example. We have also painted the back of the clear glass with metallic paints to achieve a gold leaf, platinum or copper affect. This can be beautiful when the glass has a sandblasted design in it also.
Texas Sun & Shade celebrates their 25th year in business serving Austin and Central Texas.
September marks the anniversary that Ben & Gudrun Skoldeberg, a husband and wife team, brought retractable awning systems to Austin. In 1987 the Skoldebergs, along with one business partner, saw an opportunity to expand their already successful awning business, located in northern Sweden, to a new market with much climatic need for these systems - and Texas Sun & Shade was born.
On September 26, the Skoldebergs held a celebration at Abel’s on the Lake to mark the anniversary of their business in Austin. They welcomed their staff, friends, family, clients and all of the business partners who have contributed to the success of Texas Sun & Shade over the past 25 years.
New Braunfels Downtown Design District is excited to announce their first ever downtown design stroll! It will be held Thursday, September 20, and the third Thursday of every month from 5 - 9 p.m.; so don't despair if you can't make it to this one. All seven shops will be open later hours for these events and each will have their own separate events and happenings. This downtown design stroll is not only a premiere event, it marks the grand opening of Adele Kerr & Company's showroom!
Photo courtesy of Cosentino
There is a plethora of beautiful, solid, surface counter options, from which the design professional can choose. However, there is a new philosophy, which demands responsible consumption and an awareness of our environmental footprint.
In this time of ecological awareness, Cosentino has introduced to the market the leading eco-friendly surface.
Within the past four years, Eco by Cosentino has emerged and has peeked the interests in both residential and commercial specs. This product embraces sustainability, design and quality in a new category of recycled surfaces.
Chihuly Exhibit - Dallas Arboretum
Photo by Bill Hurst
Glass, in its plethora of uses, is something that has allured people for centuries upon centuries. Our eyes are captivated by its visual beauty, its tactile appeal, its wondrous ability to capture and refract light in a thousand breathtakingly subtle ways. As with many art mediums, new and innovative techniques are being developed and employed for using glass to create art of unparalled beauty and distinction, while the old tried and true techniques are being refined and adapted for the same purpose.
Across the country, glass sculptures and other glass art forms are becoming the hot décor item with homeowners and design professionals, as the current display of internationally celebrated artist Dale Chihuly’s glass sculpture exhibit at the award-winning, 66-acre Dallas Arboretum and other similar glass art exhibits across the country clearly demonstrate. His collection demonstrates that glass art "works" organically in both outdoor and indoor environments.