...And the award goes to Bolon by Jean Nouvel!!

We are so proud to announce that Bolon has won the 2017 Interior Design Best of Year Award For flooring: Hard category.  

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The Interior Design's Best of Year awards recognizes the most significant work from manufactures, designers and architects from around the world.  So it goes without saying that this is a great achievement for Bolon to be awarded the Best of Year winner from the thousands of submissions entered. 

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Red Dot awards Andreu World for the Best Brand Communication!

The Red Dot Award evaluates communication and creative works presented by companies from 50 participating countries and Andreu World has been chosen: Winner Brand Design 2017!!

A 24 member Jury at Red Dot has precisely chosen Andreu World Publication “Stories 1 and 2”, two graphic documents that reveal the product through experiences, culture, architecture and a personal story that make its relatable.

“With Stories we want to express through a selection of our designs, the values that we have been building for more than 60 years in a stimulating and fresh way, serving as a source of inspiration.  These pages are intended to demonstrate the love of wood, detail, work well done, and at the same time design together with technical progress, innovation and finally our relationship with the word around us…”

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Wave to the New! Bolon Studio Wave Collection


The Bolon Studio Wave Collection is inspired by the curved and organic line pattern of terra cotta rooftop tiles. Wave is a fluid and versatile flooring tile that can be laid in different directions due to it's wide variety of styles, patterns and laying options which offers endless opportunities to enhance the designers creative vision! You can start creating today with The Bolon Design Tool on bolon.com.

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BOLON by Jean Nouvel...

A departure from Bolon’s typically designer-driven flooring, this architectural edition was conceived with spatiality in mind. The result is a flooring with a textural, hand-woven effect created of woven vinyl in combinations of black, grey, red and blue.  

"The freedom is yours to use the flooring to play with colour and light, and engage the windows of the space.  It is not a decorative carpet, but an architectural floor."  Jean Nouvel

Contact me to see the entire Bolon collection, receive samples, and answer any questions regarding pricing and lead times.  

Camira Fabrics Makes the Grade at Sheffield Hallam University

The STEM learning space at Sheffield Hallam University in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England recently underwent extensive renovations while utilizing several Camira fabrics in various shades of grey and rich pink for upholstery application.  The fabrics featured in this project are: Patina PAT18, Synergy LDS35, and Main Line Flax MLF11.  With Camira's 10 year warranty, you do not need to sacrifice durability for sustainability with these beautiful wool and flax fiber fabrics.  I'd give Camira an A+!

You can see more installation images and read more about the project by clicking on the image below.  Contact me to see the full range of Camira's offering or to receive samples.

Transcend by Suzanne Tick for Skyline Design

Transcend™ by Suzanne Tick responds to changes in how we use and experience space today, as we seamlessly transition from one spatial function to the next—between interior and exterior, from public to private, from open to quiet areas.

Read more about Suzanne Tick and her design inspiration behind the Best of NeoCon Gold award winning Transcend by Suzanne Tick collection in Metropolis magazine.

Valayo Collection by Integra... Silver Award Best of Neocon Winner

The Valayo Collection is an excellent example of striking design meets exceptional strength.  Clean, contemporary design at its functional best.  The sleek steel legs angling through the seat & back allows for the clean-out feature and creates the wall saver design.  Smartly proportioned and scaled to comfortably accommodate various users with 3 chair widths of 26″, 32″ and 46″. Contact me for more information about this thoughtfully designed and winning collection.

Chelsom launches their new furniture collection...

Take a look at the beautiful, contemporary table designs offered by Chelsom.  In addition to your hospitality projects, these would fit great within your Multi-family and Senior Living spaces.  Contact me for more information on product specs and pricing.

Chelsom's in-house design team has worked hard to create trend setting styles, whilst maintaining high quality standards and commercial appeal. New finishes and materials create a big impact ensuring the collection is Chelsom's most innovative and striking to date.

BOLON Projects We Love - comes to America!

I am excited to see Bolon's project of the week was a US corporate project in Minneapolis, MN featuring Bolon Studio Triangle shapes. I love the pop of yellow among the neutral combination of beige, blue and black. Contact me for more information on how you can use Bolon in your next project.


Standing 332 feet tall, this skyscraper in downtown Minneapolis, MN is one of the tallest buildings in the city. Designed by acclaimed architect Minoru Yamasaki & Associates, this multi-tenant office building has everything from dramatic interior finishes to an exterior plaza complete with worldly accents. Among its 22 floors, Bolon flooring was selected for the beautifully renovated café located on the fourth floor.

550 square meters of Bolon StudioTM Triangles from the Now and Botanic Collections cover the cosy eatery. With guidance from Elness Swenson Graham Architects, the atmosphere was transformed with the help of the vivid, textured floor.

Camira Fabrics - New Launch!

The Material Collective is excited to add Camira Fabrics to the family of manufacturers represented.  Patina, a beautiful, durable combination of wool and flax.  The pattern's design is derived from the beauty and design found in nature.  Available in 43 colorways, Patina meets heavy duty abrasion and is inherently flame retardant.  For more information, please visit the Patina product page.

For more information on the inspiration behind Camira's new fabric collections, please see our trend forecast, Evolution: Global Trend Directions 2017/18.

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Skyline Design Markerboard Quick Ship Program

Beauty and Speed, a winning combination with Skyline Design's White Markerglass board Quick Ship Program.  One color, four standard sizes...on it's way to you three days after receipt of order.  Contact me today for pricing and stock check.

Happy 5th Anniversary!

This week The Material Collective turns five.  The hard work of establishing a sales agency and building a business has been both humbling and rewarding.  I love what I do and appreciate everyone along the way that has helped me grow as a professional, a leader, a working mother and wife.  I could not be where I am today without the support of the design community, the manufacturers I've represented both past and present, my family and friends.  A special "thank you" to my husband who continued to believe in me and my business even when I had nothing to show for my efforts some months.  How appropriate for him to surprise me with a company sign for my office this Christmas, as wood is the traditional gift for your 5th anniversary.  Cheers! 

Chelsom Offers Lighting For Every Budget

Value Award by Chelsom offers beautiful, quality designs at great prices.  This collection is stocked in the UK making these great options for quick turnaround of small bulk orders (50-100 units).  Contact me for more information about Chelsom's wide range of lighting ranges, including the Value Award offerings.

Click here to download the Chelsom Value Award catalog.

Contact me for more information on the Value Award collection or other Chelsom products.

Team Work Makes The Dream Work

I am excited to announce that Patty Vera has joined The Material Collective in the much needed role of Administrative Assistant.  Patty will be involved with sample ordering, quote and order follow up, and maintaining a healthy calendar of appointments for me.  She can be reached by email at patty@thematerialcollective.com

Join me in welcoming, Patty!

  Patty Vera

Patty Vera

My name is Patty Vera.  Originally born and raised in California, I became an Arizona resident to attend Collins College in Tempe, AZ, where I received my Bachelors of Art, Interior Design. AutoCAD was my favorite subject and will continue pursuing it. While in College I went on to become the ASID North Student Rep to the Board.

Prior to working with Mary at The Material Collective, I’ve held many positions in the ever so respected retail business as associate, shift supervisor, visual manager, and store manager. I spent 5 years as a Showroom Manager at Corporate Interior systems. 

Regardless of everything I’ve done, my heart belongs at home. I’m fortunate to stay home and help Mary as her Administrative Assistant. This gives me time to be a mommy to my almost 9 month old baby boy and chef to my husband. When I need a break you can find me running, hiking, camping, practicing Muay Thai or planning my next Tough Mudder.

Andreu World... Forward Thinking Design For Today's Flexible Workspace

As flexibility continues to occupy the forefront of workplace design, Andreu World is staying ahead of the pack. Renowned for their forward-thinking contract furnishings, the Spanish manufacturer harnessed a 60-year track record at this year's NeoCon, revealing a sleek assortment of versatile new designs we expect will throw a curveball at how specifiers approach collaborative interiors.

Among these new introductions, Raglan stands out as a highlight. The family of modular lounge chairs and sofas incorporates edge seaming reminiscent of tensile Raglan sleeves common within athletic attire—an eye-opening indication of the collection's flexibility. Meticulous craftsmanship guarantees sleek and durable seating tailored to withstand the round-the-clock energy of collaborative spaces, and Andreu World's seemingly limitless range of fabric, color, and finish combinations gives designers the leeway to specify Raglan as they see fit.

To read the rest of the article, visit the Interior Design website. For more info on Andreu World, please contact me directly.