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ASID & DIFFA Join Forces on Design Impacts Life Fund

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ASID & DIFFA Join Forces on Design Impacts Life Fund

Posted on 29 May 2019 by cradmin

ASID Board Director-at-Large Kerrie Kelly, DIFFA Executive Director Dawn Roberson, ASID CEO Randy Fiser. Photo Credit: Matthew Carasella

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) announced a donation of $375,000 to DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, creating the new Design Impacts Life Fund. The Fund will offer grants to nonprofits that provide services, education and treatment to those affected by HIV/AIDS, with the potential to expand its reach to support others in need. This donation represents one of the largest single gifts ever to DIFFA.

The gift comes from the ASID Benevolent Fund, which was started in 1974 by ASID members to provide funds to those in need in the design community during the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. ASID paused fundraising for the Benevolent Fund when DIFFA was launched as a larger design industry focused organization. This donation closes the chapter on the ASID Benevolent Fund and opens opportunity for DIFFA to increase its organizational impact and reach. The ASID Design Impacts Life Fund will be leveraged to create the greatest possible impact on those living with HIV/AIDS and the DIFFA organization. Thanks to the national reach of both ASID and DIFFA, potential grantees may apply from all aver the country.

In addition to its grant support, the Design Impacts Life Fund will leverage the combined power of ASID and DIFFA to spur the industry to action. Through their various programs and partners the two organizations will continue to broaden the scope of the fund to inspire support from the design world and maximize its effect on all communities in need.

Both ASID and DIFFA have a rich history of helping others. ASID provides monetary support through the ASID Foundation, which advances the profession and communicates the ability of interior design to enhance the human experience through research, scholarships and education. In addition to its fundraising and volunteer events, DIFFA has granted more than $4 million to support nonprofit organizations across the country supporting HIV/AIDS.

The Design Impacts Life Fund was officially announced at the annual NYCxDesign Awards on May 20, 2019 at New York’s Pier 17. Both the Society and DIFFA will continue promotion of the fund through their various annual programs.

You may also be interested in this article about BLANCO’s partnership with DIFFA.

 

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OSHA Requests Info on Lockout/Tagout Standard

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OSHA Requests Info on Lockout/Tagout Standard

Posted on 28 May 2019 by cradmin

The Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) is asking employers about the possibility of updating the Control of Hazardous Energy standard, better known as Lockout/Tagout (LOTO). The administration is seeking comments and criticisms on the use of control circuit-type devices to isolate energy as well as the evolving technology of robotics.

Some of the information requested is as follows:

  • Types of circuit control devices, circuitry and safety procedures in use
  • Limitations of these devices, circuitry and required safety procedures
  • Determination of other conditions control circuit devices may be safely used
  • New risks of exposure to hazardous energy as a result of employee interaction with robots
  • Whether the agency should consider changes to the LOTO standard to address these risks

The current LOTO standard was published in 1989 and requires that all sources of energy be controlled during the service and maintenance of machines and equipment using energy-isolating devices. The standard currently specifies that control circuit devices cannot be used as energy-isolating devices, but the administration recognizes that recent technological breakthroughs may have improved the safety of control circuit devices.

Comments on the standard must by submitted on or before August 18, 2019 and may be submitted electronically at www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal E-Rulemaking Portal. Submissions may also be made by fax or mail. For further information, please refer to this Federal Register notice.

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Radianz Introduces New Colors

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Radianz Introduces New Colors

Posted on 24 May 2019 by cradmin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lotte Advanced Materials has introduced a wide array of new colors to its Radianz Quarz Cirrus Collection,with colors ranging from rustic concrete finish to white aesthetics. Inspired by high-altitude sweeping clouds, the Cirrus collection features dynamic, flowing patterns that express tranquility and permanence.

The new colors introduced for 2019 are: Calacatta Venatino, Calacatta Verona, Calacatta Veneto, Divine, Halo, Interstellar, Pluto, Rapture, Vega, Cadiz, Ceres, Charcoal, Contrail, Modern, Starlight, Urban, Marquina Lavagna and Spa Black.

You may also be interested in this article about new Viatera colors from LG Hausys.

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Felder Group Presents kappa 590 Premium Sliding Table Panel Saw at IWFS 2019

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Felder Group Presents kappa 590 Premium Sliding Table Panel Saw at IWFS 2019

Posted on 23 May 2019 by cradmin

Felder Group invites you to IWFS  2019 to view the new kappa 590 Premium Sliding Table Panel Saw. The new twin-pivot unit has a total swivel range of 92° and achieves a cutting height of 202 mm for saw blades with a diameter of 550 mm. This saves valuable working time and simplifies the cutting of internal mitre and simple compound cuts.

The company states that the highly efficient synchronous motor with continuously adjustable speed control from 2,000 to 5,000 rpm guarantees constant high performance and best power transmission with state-of-the-art Poly-V-belt technology.

All axes of the machine can be controlled ergonomically and intuitively by the central operating unit with 15-in. touch screen. The in-house software with graphical user interface, a multitude of programs, a USB interface and the prepared network connection make work easier and guarantee efficiency and productivity.

The new Premium Sliding Table Panel Saw also has all the proven Format-4 virtues and quality features. According to the company, with these Format-4 system solutions, different outrigger versions and individual control variants, the kappa 590 sliding table panel saw makes perfection the norm.

Features include:

  • Saw blade tilt +/-46°
  • Complex angle cuts as easy as possible – intuitive machine control with 15″ touch screen
  • Highly efficient synchronous motor with continuously adjustable rotating speed
  • Preparation for automatic cutting optimization and network connection
  • 3-axis scoring unit control with park position (optional)
  • Positioning control of the rip fence
  • Unlimited tool storage positions
  • Complete cutting sequences programmable
  • Possibility of importing cutting sequences
  • Additional functions: rabbets, grooves, notches, angle cuts, oblique cuts plus, false mitres, compound cut plus, concealed V-neck, hip and valley rafters as well as various geometric shapes

Felder Group invites you to visit them at booth #8625 at the IWFS Fair in Las Vegas July 17-20.

Click here to sign up for a free ticket to the event.

You may also be interested in this article about polishing wheels from Alpha Professional Tools.

 

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Explain Why a Professional Is Preferable to DIY

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Explain Why a Professional Is Preferable to DIY

Posted on 22 May 2019 by cradmin

This short video features real estate agent Brenda K and Sean Mitchell of East Coast Countertops. Mitchell talks about some of the reasons why a consumer would be better off with a professional countertop fabricator rather than making it a DIY project.

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LG Hausys Introduces New Viatera Colors

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LG Hausys Introduces New Viatera Colors

Posted on 21 May 2019 by cradmin

Tenor – Musica Collection

LG Hausys has introduced six new Viatera colors to its Masterpiece and Musica Collections. From light and airy to dark and dramatic, let these colors serve as centerpieces to your upcoming projects.

Two new colors were added to the Masterpiece Collection. Mica is a highly reflective, crystalline surface. Umbra has dark,linear veining with a muted gray background.

The Musica Collection gained four new designs. Dolce contains creamy threads that gently play across a luminous backdrop. Melody features muted dark beige capillaries that rise and fall across a cream-hued canvas. Tenor has vibrant threads that ring out across a cool taupe surface. Basso is a soulful symphony of deep, velvety hues.

Available in Jumbo size, 63”x130” (2CM & 3CM Thickness)

You may also be interested in this article about Antolini’s addition to its Exclusive Collection.

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Granith Launches New Website

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Granith Launches New Website

Posted on 20 May 2019 by cradmin

Under the slogan “Selective Natural Stone”, GRANITH® launched a new website capturing the natural essence of the different natural stone models.

True to form, the website shows  real projects, the most inspirational ones showcasing exotic stones. It is a space where the latest trends in natural stone are released, as well as their outstanding technical characteristics. Visit the new website at https://www.granith.es/en/.

You may also be interested in this article about Oneida Air Systems’ website relaunch

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Antolini Adds Python Black to Exclusive Collection

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Antolini Adds Python Black to Exclusive Collection

Posted on 17 May 2019 by cradmin

Antolini added a new stone to its Exclusive Collection, Black Python. The company described its latest addition as cinereal streams of ashen strokes that abound in this chic quartzite in an ensemble of naturally orchestrated beauty. As contoured silhouettes protrude across its igneous surface, the natural characteristics of Python Black emanate an elegance that naturally augments the contemporary interior to arrive at an integral realization of luxury and refinement. A truly unique form of Exclusive Stone in antiquity given to us through aged time in articulation of Mother Nature’s endless beauty.

According to the company the patterns of Python Black vividly reinterpret the shapes of a python’s skin, providing a sophisticated and wildly charming atmosphere to any environment. Bright, flowing and chaotic strokes emerge from a uniform, black background. Thanks to its exquisite characteristics, this natural stone from Antolini’s Exclusive collection is ideal for interior applications as well as outdoor structures.

You may also be interested in this article about the Concrete Collection by LG Hausys.

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Laminate Makes a Comeback

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Laminate Makes a Comeback

Posted on 16 May 2019 by cradmin

According to a recent article in the Washington Post, laminate countertops are making a comeback, especially among Millennials. Homeowners who are 30 to 50 years of age still have a distaste for laminate because their memories are from the 1960s and 1970s, when it was blandly colored or designed with only stripes or squiggly lines. They see it, like wallpaper, as outdated.

Since 2005, laminate has been making a comeback. As new materials, such as hardwoods, stone and concrete began being used for countertops in earnest, laminate has been updated to include designs that mimic the look and feel of stone and wood.

Laminate was first made by Westinghouse, but an employee, Daniel J. O’Conor, left the company and co-founded Formica. This high-pressure decorative laminate was used for tabletops in the 1920s and for bars the 1930s. However, the housing boom gave the industry its big break.

Laminate was thought of as a luxury in the 1950s, and although its popularity has diminished, it is still the most common material used for countertops. According to the author, Caylin Harris, laminate countertops then fell in popularity in the 1970s with a resurgence in the 1980s.

After another steep decline, new Millennial homeowners entered the market, and they did not have the stigma of the over-styled designs of the 1980s. Wilsonart actually targeted Millennials for a research study which showed that young homeowners wanted something that looked like other natural surfaces but more affordable.

To meet the growing demand, Wilsonart and Formica are employing new technologies to fabricate the look and texture of the material. Some designs also use state-of-the-art printing technology.

The current laminate being produced by these two powerhouses of the industry look just like the real, natural materials, but some say that may not be enough.

However, laminate is also more durable than before. Finishes are now scratch resistant, but a large gouge could ruin it. Heat can also damage laminate, but again, the laminate of today withstand temperatures up to 400 F. Another downside is that the seams are more noticeable than they are with natural stone, engineered stone and solid surface.

To read the full article, click here.

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Natural Stone Institute Receives Pillar Award

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Natural Stone Institute Receives Pillar Award

Posted on 15 May 2019 by cradmin

Natural Stone Institute’s Pam Hammond and Jim Hieb accepted the Pillar Award.

Natural Stone Institute has been presented with the United Way of Great Lorain County’s Pillar Award. The award was presented during United Way’s Annual Celebration of Community Impact.

The Pillar Award acknowledges organizations with the largest percentage increase in employee participation by size of company. Natural Stone Institute staff began volunteering and making financial contributions to the United Way in late 2018.

Natural Stone Institute CEO Jim Hieb commented: “It has been rewarding and invigorating to see our staff get involved with United Way over the past few months. We incorporated these efforts into a team-building exercise at our last staff retreat, and employees in our Ohio office have volunteered with several local United Way programs, including a local food bank for seniors. Although we are a global association, it is important for us to remember that there is much to be done in our local communities. We look forward to continuing to support United Way throughout 2019 and beyond.”

You may also be interested in this article about MSI’s Top Workplaces Award.

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