Stockholm Furniture Fair 2017

On a whim, a spur of the moment opportunity arose to attend this year’s Fair in Stockholm, Sweden. After a fifteen-hour flight, I arrived in 20-degree weather with ice covering the ocean and much of the landscape. My goal was to find new products, new materials, new knowledge, new trends, new environments and new technical […]

2017 Las Vegas Market Trends

Everyone loves to go to Vegas – Right? Well, I only go there to visit the World Market that is held twice a year. Beyond the glimmering lights of the casinos, the decadent food and eye-candy stores everywhere, this is where you will find me. Coming on strong, again, is tufting. You will find it […]

Today’s Acoustical Design Solutions

Acoustical privacy is something that is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain in today’s office. Our work environment is becoming more diverse and noisy with the implementation of open-office floor plans, multi-functional spaces, and the ability to work mobile through technological advances. The 4-wall office is becoming a thing of the past, and it’s being replaced with open […]

Light + Building Show in Frankfurt

For those of you who don’t get out much – lighting has changed a great deal. I had the opportunity to attend the Light + Building Show in Frankfurt, Germany last month.  This is the World’s biggest event for lighting, electrical technology and home and building automation.  There were 2,589 exhibitors from 55 countries.  An […]

an inside look at this year’s top design trends

WE’RE BACK FROM VEGAS! DESIGN TRENDS TO FOLLOW IN 2016 Now that the 2016 Vegas Furniture Market, Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) and The International Surface Show (TISE) has officially wrapped up, it’s easy for us to spot the hottest trends for 2016! Take a look below to see what inspired each PPDS designer […]

The Future of Multi-Family Living

The multi-family market has evolved dramatically over the years. Consumers are looking for a home that meets the demands of their lifestyles; as demographics shift, so will residential trends. Here are a few future trends we can expect to see now and in the coming years for apartment communities. In Austin, the average unit size has […]

neocon 2015

NeoCon is one of the world’s largest design trade shows. The PPDS designers were all fortunate enough to attend this summer, getting a first look at the products as many manufacturers release their newest collections to the public at NeoCon. The show is located in the heart of downtown Chicago at the Merchandise Mart; housing […]

on the edge of design in miami

Jenna Caradonna and I were selected to attend Interior Design Magazine’s bi-annual event, re:Source, a face-to-face targeted buyer event held at The Miami Beach EDITION hotel designed by Yabu Pushelberg. This event included one-on-one meetings with vendors of various product types ranging from surfaces to architectural products to furniture. We even got a sneak peek of some […]

myths about ergonomics you need to forget

I read this great article in “Interiors and Sources” and thought it would be useful information for everyone to see. I know everyone has been instructed to “sit up straight”. From your mother to your school teacher. Well guess what, sitting upright forces the body to slump forward creating poor seating posture and unnecessary stress […]

Geometry at NeoCon

This year at Neocon, we noticed a lot of geometric patterns. Why are they so popular? We see these shapes in nature even if we don’t realize it. We found them in furniture, on fabrics, and even in the bathroom sink! Current trends blend the use of color and shape to create a stunning display. Take […]