The A&D community has been exercising both its creativity and technical skills of late, putting forth design concepts and operational guidelines that will help their clients move forward in the COVID environment.  The following will hopefully be a growing set of links to the insightful concepts and guidelines.

Design Concept - Mud Room by Wingate Hughes

Operations Guidance - Hotel Survival Guide by Streetsense

Operations Guidance - Roadmap For Return by Perkins + Will


Both natural stone and tile can exhibit significantly different tones depending ont the finish.  For granite, three of the better known finishes are polished, honed and flamed.  In the accompanying picture there are two samples of Absolute Black Granite - one flamed and one honed (both from Marble Systems).  The lovely white quartz surface used to demonstrate color values is the White Zeus Extreme from Silestone.

WALLPLANKS is a newer product in the peel & stick wood wall cladding category.  The prroduct is is made differently than its better known competitor, and has a commerical warranty.  For additional information or samples, you can contact Mark Soltis of JJ Haines.


Six Degrees Flooring Tread & RiserSix Degrees Flooring is making what we believe is a "first in category" product - an all-in-one LVT tread and riser that is part of their IMPRESSIONS line.  The product is being represented locally by Jim Poling of Stanley Stephens.  Another important attribute of this product can be summed up with a statement from the manufacturer : "Only Non Phthalate plasticizers are used in the production of our floors. Six Degrees was the first in the industry to make this important change."

Benjamin Moore has released their Color Trends of 2019, as shown below.

The range of format, scale and texture of products has been growing at a tremendous rate, and we thought we'd would share a couple of interesting products... not brand new, but special in their way.

Bati Orient - Coffee Tree Mosaic


The wood mosaic tile is Coffee Tree Mosaic from BATI ORIENT (represented by Conestoga Tile) and comes in at a price point in the low $20s/sf; and the indoor/outdoor rug product is Looping from ZENITH RUGS (represented by Out Design Group)... but it comes in at about $100/sf.

This is a tile from one of the smaller rep groups, and we thought that it was so cute that designers in our community would enjoy it.

The product is called HIVE and the glass versions shown in the pic are the DIAMOND style. The product comes in mesh-mounted sheet formats that are a bit more than 1.3 sq/ft.  With a cost of between $14-17/sheet depending on the size of the job, you can get a pretty big visual punch on a reasonable budget.

The local rep for the line is Jesse Haberstitch of Creative Materials Corp.

Recently we have received a couple of inquiries regarding custom mosaics, and these were a prompt to let designers know about an experience that we had with a custom mosaic installed at the Resource Studio.  Below are the photo from which the mosaic was made and a couple of images of the installed mosaic.

We learned of this tool from Deborah MacPherson of WDG, and thought that others might have an interest in using the tool to both determine the age and orginal architect of the buildings you may be doing work in.






We are very sad to share the news of the passing of our friend and colleague Jan Dwyer.  Having been a very active part of the design community in Washington DC for 13 years, Jan touched many of us with her quick wit, ready smile, and innate concern for others.  With Jan having had such an impact in our community, and having heard from so many designers and reps expressing their concern and best wishes, we thought it appropriate to let everyone know of her passing.

Most readers of this post will know that Jan fought a condition that, while long undiagnosed, slowly diminished her physical dynamism; but NEVER came close to overcoming her courage.  Even when her disease was finally determined to be ALS, an unconquered foe, Jan did not falter.  She remained unshakably positive, exuding a grace of spirit that was inspiring and humbling.

With our prayers for Jan and her family.

The Library Resources team

- Lynne, Adrian, Iris, Ilkim, Jessica and Evan