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Art Center ID Feild Trips

February 6, 2010

I recently went on several class field trips and would like to tell you about them.

Lighting class went to Hussar Electric Supply at 843 East 18th St., and learned firsthand about the latest technologies and how efficient lighting has become.  Did you know that some light bulbs can last 20,000 hours (that equates to 8 whole years, my friends)?  This information is perfect for LEED design.  The trip was a great way to witness the various lighting options up close and personal, complete with expert advice about each.  If you have any questions about lighting, I recommend contacting Richard Kelemen’s email: or call (520) 622-3321.

Furniture Design class took a little trip to Alvarado custom cabinetry and furniture at 1027 S. Tyndall Ave.  We learned the ins and outs of what it entails to design quality custom pieces of cabinetry.  Many, many steps are taken with accuracy and precision, or they have to start all over.  Amazing.  Now I fully understand why it is so important to actively persuade a client into investing in custom work.  What a great experience.  If you would like to contact them, Luis Alvarado will be happy to answer your questions at (520) 623-2211.

Another stop that day was at Clyde Door and Cabinet Hardware on 331 South Olsen.  Who knew there were so many options?  It’s like being a kid in a candy store.  I recommend checking it out personally, because it is quite the experience (and it just so happens to be in my backyard).  They can be reached at (520)-622-6431 if you would like more information about knobs and pulls.

I can’t stress enough how important it is to remember the accessories.  Putting the time and effort into the details of a space makes for a more polished, manicured, and thoughtful design.  Thanks to Jeff Tobin (Instructor Extraordinaire) for introducing us to these great resources!  And this week, it’s a visit to Arizona Designs.

EVENT ALERT:  Aviar, Commercial Space Planning and Design, is having a gathering this Friday to show off the dress they designed out of flooring material.  TACDC Alum, Jill Sweet, will be modeling (I hope it doesn’t weigh a ton).  For more information contact Lollen (she works there as a design assistant and just happens to go to TACDC) at (520)624-3342.  Go to their website to learn more about them:

Design Diction of the Day: Marquetry~ Elaborate surface decoration using inlay in wood veneering.  The pattern is produced by inserting contrasting materials in a veneered surface.  Rare, grained, and colored woods are the most common materials used, but thin layers of tortoise-shell, ivory, mother-of-pearl, and metals are also occasionally seen.

~Jules, ID/LA

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