June 24, 2010

What's New: The next generation has arrived

For all you iPhone fanatics out there (count me among you), the day we have waited for is finally here. Apple's latest smartphone went on sale today and I would love to upgrade mine when my contract is up on my soon to be "vintage" 3GS!

Did you have a chance to preview Apple's commercial, announcing this generation of iPhones?  It got me thinking of the next generation of materials.  Especially because as you can see on the photo above I noticed the sculpted headboard.  I am proud to share that my parents were the first to introduce sculptured panels in North America over 10 years ago after we visited the Batimat tradeshow in Paris. (Do you believe how lucky I was to go along?)  And now, just like the iPhones, technology has created a new generation: sculpted panels wrapped in a variety of natural and synthetic finishes including wood veneers and stone simulations and metallics.

In fact, just last night I went to the Retail Design Institute event at Maison France, which was sponsored by the French Trade Commission to showcase the latest in French design.  This is where custom luxury met savoir-faire.  My favorite was a hand crafted sculpted panel with wood floating in resin.  Just like the iPhone, the applications are endless!


  1. I'd love to hear more about how your parents introduced sculptured panels to the U.S. Are these anything like ASI, Interlam or B+N's products of routed MDF? Sounds like a good story!

  2. Hi! Thanks for commenting. My parents were always known for spotting a trend. These are MDF sculptured panels, which was the most innovative take on a wood panel we had ever seen. This textural effect continues to be a popular choice!