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Cut the Cord(s)

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NeoCon is a huge annual show for the commercial interiors industry held at The Merchandise Mart, here in Chicago. I attended the show last week for the debut of the new wireless Corian® Charging Surface, and you guys. We are living in the future.

NeoCon 2015, The Merchandise Mart, Chicago
Wireless Charging at NeoCon 2015 in Chicago with #CorianPowerUp

You probably already know Corian®. It’s a solid-surface material that comes in 110 colors and patterns that can be custom-cut and fabricated with near seamless installation. It’s durable, stain-resistant, and easy to clean, so while most people are familiar with as a countertop for the kitchen or bathroom, it’s often used for commercial and hospitality applications too.

Corian and Zodiac Colors

The Corian® Charging Surface is a transmitter that can be installed below the surface of a counter to wirelessly charge smart devices, stopping automatically when the battery is full. Zodiaq® quartz counters work with the technology too and there’s no difference in appearance with it installed (unless you want to add an identifying mark), so you get this secret little charging spot that doesn’t change the design of your room! We usually have a phone or tablet (or both) charging in our kitchen, and the tangle of cords drives me nuts. I’m forever gathering everything up to squirrel it all away in a drawer, so to be able to charge everything without wires would be awesome.

Samsung is already offering phones that can be charged wirelessly, but you can adapt other phones with a special case or Powermat® wireless charging ring. Powermat® is also making the technology work for commercial spaces (coffee shops, restaurants, airports, etc.) with multiple charging spots and remote cloud-based management. Both the residential and commercial transmitters’ firmware can be updated and are PMA and Qi compatible to support upcoming technology.

Wireless Charging with #CorianPowerUp

I liked the new Corian® design at the show that looked like marble (without marble’s tendency to stain and etch), and it would work in almost any kitchen or bath. I was into some of the darker options though — almost black, but with enough interest to keep them from looking flat. A dark counter with painted cabinetry in a beautiful color and an integrated Corian® Charging Surface would be fantastic. Adding one to a piece of furniture in an entryway or mudroom would be smart too. And wouldn’t it be amazing for the technology to take off on a large enough scale so that you could head out with your phone, sans-cords and cables, confident that there would be a spot where you could set your phone down to charge wirelessly? Hello, future.

You can follow Corian® on Facebook and Corian® Twitter to keep up with them and their latest innovations.

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Just a Few Totally Normal Pillows

I was rooming with Nole from Oh So Beautiful Paper at Alt Summit, and I was laughing as I read an email submission. I’m skimming the press release, seeing things like “premium lamb’s wool” and “broad range of textiles including velvet and linen…” and then I get to the photo. Nowhere in the copy did it mention that the pillows had drawings of boobs on them. Oh, hello!

So then Nole was telling me about a pillow she saw from an Etsy seller at the National Stationery Show that had strippers on it. She had somehow forgotten, until I pulled up the picture of them on her blog, about the penis patterned pillows alongside it. So now we’ve got ourselves a little theme here, and while not nearly as naughty, I thought the winking eye pillows I added to our bedroom recently would fit well here stylistically.

Body parts! And a bonus ‘boyfriend.’ Enjoy.

Cheeky Pillows

  1. Wink Wink Pillow, People I’ve Loved

  2. Brostette Boob Pencil Pillow, Creating Cozy

  3. Black Outline Pillow, Creating Cozy

  4. Boyfriend Pillow®

  5. Dick Pillow, Lark + Raven*

  6. Pinstripper Pillow, Lark + Raven*

* Available in 6-8 weeks. They’re being made now!

So You Need a Leather Dining Chair

Leather Dining Chairs

There’s a leather chair, with a certain shape and metal legs, that has been popping up here and there lately. Have you noticed it, too? Sort of a cushier version of Charlotte Perriand’s les arc chairs. After coming across one for the fourth time, I took it as a sign to round them up and present them to you, for you may have need of a good looking leather dining chair. I try to be helpful like that.

Four Leather Dining Chairs

  1. Roadhouse Leather Chair, CB2, $249 (also shown in the first photo)

  2. Leather Schoolhouse Chair, Rejuvenation, $219

  3. Fernando Chair, Jayson Home, $695 $566

  4. Giron Brown Leather Chair, ABC Carpet & Home, $745

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