Not Your Father’s Laminate: Check out These Woodgrain, Stone and Matte Finishes

Laminate used to look cheap and cheesy. It was durable, but certainly not fashionable. However, times have changed, and now the material is much more realistic-looking. In fact, it can mimic many of your favorite materials, which makes it an excellent, inexpensive design choice. Whether you choose to implement it on floors, countertops or even walls, there’s sure to be a use for laminate in any room of your house. Read on to learn more about how to incorporate this once-taboo material into your home.

Laminate flooring

One of the benefits of laminate flooring is that it can easily mimic a variety of materials: wood, stone and even tile. No matter what your design needs are, there’s likely a laminate to match. And while it doesn’t have the same properties as the material it mimics, it’s still a more affordable way to get that visual effect. Modern laminate floors are
laminate tile floor
laminate wood
laminate chairs
laminate countertop
laminate infinity
laminate bathroom
laminate black
laminate bedroom
laminate cabinets
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V-Plan House / Studio B Architecture + Interiors

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  • Architects: Studio B Architecture + Interiors
  • Location: Aspen, United States
  • Principal In Charge: Scott Lindenau
  • Project Architect: Ashley Clark
  • Architect : Kevin Heath
  • Designer: Eric Sechrist
  • Landscape Architect : Julia Marshall
  • Area: 6000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: James Florio
  • Contractor: GF Woods
© James Florio © James Florio

Text description provided by the architects. This V-shaped parti delineates two structures containing separate owner and guest wings. The program is pushed to the property edges to screen adjacent neighbors and direct framed views to a large central courtyard and mountains beyond. The gabled roofline serves as a subtle reference to the alpine vernacular.

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Plans Plans
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A modest front face conceals the garage doors and provides a roof-protected corner entry. Upon entry, a public open space anchors the floorplan; providing views through the house to the private courtyard and gardens.

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Building on history – London Wall Place by Make Architects

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8f/8f98e38b29dbefdc919665e469fba03d.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />London Wall Place &ndash; a joint venture development between Brookfield Properties and Oxford Properties &ndash; is a new destination in the City of London. The client&rsquo;s ambition was for a premium, architecturally outstanding commercial campus. At full capacity, the campus needed to host 5,000 employees.
Unusually for a commercial development in the City, Make proposed to create public gardens encapsulating Roman and medieval ruins, into which two visually similar but geometrically different office and retail buildings were placed. The design thus exceeded the commercial brief by offering a large area of public realm with user wellbeing as its focus. The new 1-acre public park is formed of a series of terraced pocket gardens that, together with the adjacent Salters’ Hall Garden and nearly-complete St Alphage Gardens, will deliver over 1.5 acres of public space and over 780m2 of green walls. Included in this vertical landscape are the hugely popular Continue reading "Building on history – London Wall Place by Make Architects"

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Here are some more photos from my recent Great Plains road trip, two buildings in Southeastern Wyoming: H. H. Richardson’s Ames Monument (1882) in Albany County and Antoine Predock’s American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming in Laramie.

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Bijou Lamp + Table by Sergey Makhno Architects

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/bijou-lamp-table-by-sergey-makhno-architects/bijou-lamptable-sergey-makhno-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/08/Bijou-lamptable-Sergey-Makhno-1-810x907.jpg" alt="Bijou Lamp + Table by Sergey Makhno Architects" /></a>
                                We&#8217;ve featured the <a href="https://design-milk.com/tag/Sergey-Makhno/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">architectural and interior design work</a> of <a href="https://mahno.com.ua/en"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Sergey Makhno Architects</a> in the past and now the Ukrainian design firm is showing another side with their product designs, particularly the Bijou Lamp + Table, designed by Sergey Makhno and Igor Havrylenko. Composed of stone, marble, and steel, the combination piece takes on a sculptural feel with its elegant stem bisecting the stone base to curve up and hold its marble tabletop. The minimalist design pulls double duty with its reserved silhouette making it fit in to about any situation.
The steel stem is flexible, rotating 180 degrees so its integrated LED light can be directed where it’s needed. The floor lamp would work residing next to a sofa or chair, but also living beside a bed where it would double as a bedside table and reading light.
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Bijou Lamp + Table by Sergey Makhno Architects

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/bijou-lamp-table-by-sergey-makhno-architects/bijou-lamptable-sergey-makhno-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/08/Bijou-lamptable-Sergey-Makhno-1-810x907.jpg" alt="Bijou Lamp + Table by Sergey Makhno Architects" /></a>
                                We&#8217;ve featured the <a href="https://design-milk.com/tag/Sergey-Makhno/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">architectural and interior design work</a> of <a href="https://mahno.com.ua/en"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Sergey Makhno Architects</a> in the past and now the Ukrainian design firm is showing another side with their product designs, particularly the Bijou Lamp + Table, designed by Sergey Makhno and Igor Havrylenko. Composed of stone, marble, and steel, the combination piece takes on a sculptural feel with its elegant stem bisecting the stone base to curve up and hold its marble tabletop. The minimalist design pulls double duty with its reserved silhouette making it fit in to about any situation.
The steel stem is flexible, rotating 180 degrees so its integrated LED light can be directed where it’s needed. The floor lamp would work residing next to a sofa or chair, but also living beside a bed where it would double as a bedside table and reading light.
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Celebrating Detroit as the First UNESCO City of Design with a Month-Long Design Extravaganza

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                                Recently Detroit was designated as the first <a href="https://designcore.org/detroit-city-of-design/overview/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">UNESCO City of Design</a> and to celebrate, the <a href="https://designcore.org/month-of-design/overview/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Design Core Detroit</a> is transitioning the Detroit <a href="https://designcore.org/month-of-design/overview/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Design Festival</a> from a week-long series to a month-long design extravaganza! From September 1st to 30th, there will be events, special projects, and competitions all throughout the city to celebrate the best of Detroit design.
The full schedule is available at designcore.org but here are some of our favorite highlights: At the Shinola Canfield flagship store on September 7th, a presentation by NEXT:SPACE + TOM GIBBS STUDIO in partnership with DetroitIsIt and Shinola will explore how design practices of iconic designers like Charles & Ray Eames and Florence Knoll are being implemented by today’s designers including Alex Drew and NO ONE, Nina Cho, Colin Turn, Hunt & Noyer, and more. Drinks and design? Now you’re speaking our language. On September 13th, hosted by Design Core Detroit and
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Celebrating Detroit as the First UNESCO City of Design with a Month-Long Design Extravaganza

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/celebrating-detroit-first-unesco-city-design-month-long-design-extravaganza/eastern-market-after-dark/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/08/Eastern-Market-After-Dark-810x540.jpg" alt="Celebrating Detroit as the First UNESCO City of Design with a Month-Long Design Extravaganza" /></a>
                                Recently Detroit was designated as the first <a href="https://designcore.org/detroit-city-of-design/overview/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">UNESCO City of Design</a> and to celebrate, the <a href="https://designcore.org/month-of-design/overview/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Design Core Detroit</a> is transitioning the Detroit <a href="https://designcore.org/month-of-design/overview/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Design Festival</a> from a week-long series to a month-long design extravaganza! From September 1st to 30th, there will be events, special projects, and competitions all throughout the city to celebrate the best of Detroit design.
The full schedule is available at designcore.org but here are some of our favorite highlights: At the Shinola Canfield flagship store on September 7th, a presentation by NEXT:SPACE + TOM GIBBS STUDIO in partnership with DetroitIsIt and Shinola will explore how design practices of iconic designers like Charles & Ray Eames and Florence Knoll are being implemented by today’s designers including Alex Drew and NO ONE, Nina Cho, Colin Turn, Hunt & Noyer, and more. Drinks and design? Now you’re speaking our language. On September 13th, hosted by Design Core Detroit and
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Casa LV1 / T+E Arquitectos

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  • Architect: T+E Arquitectos
  • Location: Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico
  • Architects In Charge: Ricardo Espinosa Reyes, Denisse Navarro Pérez
  • Collaborators: Sergio Tovar Palacios, Alejandro Morales, Jorge Cabrera
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Lorena Darquea
© Lorena Darquea © Lorena Darquea

Text description provided by the architects. The Casa LV1 (casa nanchi 1 and 2) is a complex of two houses designed for a family an elderly couple, their young daughter and their granddaughter. Each house has the necessary privacy for each development, with the interrelationship and coexistence of the family; they are located in an irregular diamond-shaped land of approximately 250m2, a gradient over 10% with a view to the southeast.

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The Casa nanchi 1, on its main floor has: living room, dinning room, kitchen, bathroom, main bedroom with closet and its own bathroom, this floor is directly connected with the service area; the lower floor has a hall, two bedrooms

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A Notebook-Inspired Cabinet and Bench by Swedish Ninja

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/a-notebook-inspired-cabinet-and-bench-by-swedish-ninja/notebook-cabinet-bench-swedish-ninja-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/08/Notebook-Cabinet-Bench-Swedish-Ninja-1-810x894.jpg" alt="A Notebook-Inspired Cabinet and Bench by Swedish Ninja" /></a>
                                Malmo-based design studio <a href="https://www.swedishninja.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Swedish Ninja</a>, headed up by Maria Gustavsson, recently released two new products that merge metal bases and cork with colorful flecks to spice up your interior (or spice up your life if you want to get <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wfpXI5PKlw"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">that song</a> stuck in your head. Both the Notebook Cabinet and Bench will be part of the <a href="https://www.londondesignfair.co.uk/features/swedish-design-pavilion"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Swedish Design Pavilion</a> at this year&#8217;s <a href="https://www.londondesignfair.co.uk/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">London Design Fair</a> in September.
First up is the Notebook Cabinet which is designed to store your stuff inside while highlighting photos, inspiration, or clippings on the outside, like a notebook. The doors are covered in practical cork, but not just any old cork. This cork has confetti-like bits of color mixed in giving it a fun, playful appearance. The oval Notebook Bench features a similar metal base that’s topped off with a piece of color speckled cork for moments of reflection or just as a light-hearted
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Which of the 25 Best Ranked Colleges in the U.S. Have Architecture Programs?

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MIT. Image Courtesy of Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT. Image Courtesy of Massachusetts Institute of Technology Time Magazine and MONEY have released a new 2018 ranking that identifies the affordability and education quality of more than 700 leading institutions across the United States. The ranking looked at colleges that have a strong record of helping students graduate and preparing them for jobs at which they’ll earn enough to pay off student debt. Of the top 25 schools, over half offer either unaccredited or NAAB accredited architecture degrees for undergraduate students.  While programs and states differ, most of the 54 United States licensing boards require that architects hold a professional degree from a NAAB-accredited program, which includes bachelor of architecture, master of architecture, and doctor of architecture programs. The following list explores undergraduate degrees offered to high school and transfer students interested in pursuing architecture and its related fields.  Here, presented in MONEY's order of ranking, are some of the most
Princeton University. Image Courtesy of Princeton University
UCLA. Image Courtesy of University of California-Los Angeles
MIT Media Lab. Image Courtesy of Massachusetts Institute of Technology
University of California Berkeley. Image Courtesy of University of California-Berkeley
Taubman College. Image © James Haefner
University of Virginia. Image Courtesy of University of Virginia
Rice University. Image © Nash Baker
U.Penn School of Design. Image Courtesy of University of Pennsylvania
Yale University. Image Courtesy of Yale University
Gund Hall. Image Courtesy of Harvard University
Texas A&M University. Image Courtesy of Texas A & M University-College Station
Hinman Research Building. Image Courtesy of Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus
University of Washington. Image Courtesy of University of Washington-Seattle Campus
University of Florida School of Architecture. Image Courtesy of University of Florida
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Image Courtesy of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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GARDE Expands to Santa Barbara with a New Concept Store and Boutique Rental

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/garde-expands-santa-barbara-new-concept-store-boutique-rental/garde-summerland-retail-space-by-sam-frost-6/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/08/GARDE-Summerland-Retail-Space-by-Sam-Frost-6-810x540.jpg" alt="GARDE Expands to Santa Barbara with a New Concept Store and Boutique Rental" /></a>
                                The last time we caught up with Scotti Sitz, we were visiting her <a href="https://design-milk.com/a-visit-to-design-shop-garde/" data-wpel-link="internal">Los Angeles storefront GARDE</a> which has become a renowned mecca for Los Angelenos (including Ellen DeGeneres, Ellen Pompeo and Kelly Wearstler) looking for avant-garde design by contemporary brands and makers. Since then, she has opened a second location with <a href="https://gardeshop.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">GARDE</a> co-founder John Davidson in idyllic Santa Barbara, California. GARDE Summerland takes place inside a historic, two-story farmhouse from the 1920s that’s been restored to its former glory and transformed into a concept store/Airbnb rental hybrid where roaming Silkie chickens and modern design are aplenty.
The first floor is modern backdrop for the curated collection of furniture, lighting, and home accessories, offering works by APPARATUS, Egg Collective, When Objects Work, Heather Rosenman, Workstead, Giopato & Coombes, Emilie Lemardeley, DIM Atelier, KBH Denmark, Gubi, Faye Toogood, Karen Chekerdjian, Arno Declercq, Malgorzata Bany, Editions Milano, Celestino and Chiara Andreatti, cc-tapis,
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Colormixstore / Basiches Arquitetos Associados

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  • Architects: Basiches Arquitetos Associados
  • Location: Alameda Gabriel Monteiro da Silva, 1522 - Jardim America, São Paulo - SP, 01442-002, Brazil
  • Authors: José Ricardo Basiches, Ronaldo Shinohara
  • Area: 362.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Fran Parente
  • Collaborator: Stephanie Toloi
  • Construction: Murilo Alves Dantas Construtora
  • Landscape Design: Juliana Freitas Paisagismo
  • Lighting: Ricardo Helder - Lux Projetos
  • Air Conditioning: Bom Estar
  • Mep: Murilo Alves Dantas Construtora
  • Approval Plan: Plenno
  • Art Graphics Floor: Flavio Samelo
© Fran Parente © Fran Parente

Text description provided by the architects. Located in São Paulo city, on a traditional street which contains a great number of architecture and interior shops, COLORMIXSTORE is focused on selling internal and external coatings for buildings and wanted to use their own products for the façade of the building.

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Together with the customer, Basiches Arquitetos Associados designed a unique material for the entire façade: a triangularly shaped skin, internally

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AIA Outlines Initiatives in Response to Rise in School Shootings

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Perspective of the New Sandy Hook School. Image © Svigals + Partners Perspective of the New Sandy Hook School. Image © Svigals + Partners The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has issued a statement outlining its new initiatives in response to the rising tide of school shootings in the United States. The statement, titled “Where we stand: School design and student safety,” outlines four paths of action the Institute intends to take to support architects and school communities. While not containing a detailed policy to tackle the ongoing crisis, the AIA statement commits to updating school design guidelines, supporting education to achieve safe school design, making safe school design eligible for federal grants, and establishing a federal clearinghouse on school design.
Perspective of the New Sandy Hook School. Image © Svigals + Partners Perspective of the New Sandy Hook School. Image © Svigals + Partners

Over the course of almost two decades, architects have worked with school communities across the country in response to repeated acts of deadly violence targeting students and educators. Architects

Perspective of the New Sandy Hook School. Image © Svigals + Partners
Sandy Hook Memorial. Image © SWA Group
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