Gramophone and Runco to Showcase Vistage Ultra-Thin Displays

Monday, May 16, 2011

Gramophone Diamonds EventJoin Gramophone and Runco from 6pm-8pm on May 18th and 19th for two evenings of martinis, music and the Runco Vistage line of ultra-thin displays, featuring a unique 1.7” thin design, exceptional brightness, rich colors and a wide viewing angle.

On May 18, the event will take place at the Timonium Showroom at:
4 West Aylesbury Road; Timonium, MD 21093

On May 19, the event will move to the Columbia Showroom at:
8880 McGaw Road; Columbia, MD 21045

Experience the magic of Runco's 50-inch and 63-inch Vistage displays, offering stellar performance and unique personalization options through Runco FinishPalette™, including metals, woods, fabrics, custom hand-painted murals, Runco ColourPalette™ and FinishPalette Signature Colors, and much more.

To RSVP or for more information, contact: diamonds@gramophone.com or call: 1-410-308-1650.

The Architecture of Eames and Vistage Veil

Friday, April 22, 2011

April 22, 2011

Charles and Ray EamesHusband and wife design duo Charles and Ray Eames are listed among the most influential designers of the 20th century, with simultaneous and significant contributors to the worlds of architecture, furniture, and textile design. They met at Cranbrook Academy of Art, married, and eventually moved to Los Angeles, where they designed the famous Case Study House #8, which also served as their home and studio, as well as the iconic Eames® Chair.

They extended their interest and skill in photography into film-making, creating eighty-five short films ranging in subjects from tops to the world of Franklin and Jefferson, from simple sea creates to the explanation of mathematical and scientific concepts. Twenty-five have been named into the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress.

According to fans, they “created a world of joy, innovation, and sheer excitement.” Theirs remains a strong voice in modern design. They even have commemorative US Postage stamps in their honor. In 1937, Ray wrote, “Modern architecture – not a style. A philosophy of life.”

But I ran across one of their lesser-known design, a prefab home prototype created with Kwikset Lock Company that reminds me of some design work that Runco has done recently. The curve of the roof of this house is reminiscent of the curve of an optional veil accessory on the back of our new Vistage™ flat panel by Runco. The same graceful, clean lines. I could see a Vistage panel feeling quite at home in an Eames-designed home, with homeowners kicking back in an Eames lounge chair watching the films of Eames!

Kwikset Lock Company architecture by Eames

Vistage Veil

Shimmery, Metallic Signature Colors

Friday, April 15, 2011

LightStyle Signature Colors“Seen all over the runway and at key home furnishings trade shows this past season, metallics speak to our desire to have luxury and glamour in our lives,” says Leatrice Eiseman, who is the Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, a leading authority on color trends.

Eiseman discussed the emergence of metallic color trends in Pantone's TONES Newsletter in late 2010: “The wide variety of gold metallic shades we have seen in the past is still out there; however, as we move forward to 2011 we are seeing consumers turning away from excessive glitz and "bling" and instead moving toward metallic finishes and treatments that appear warmer. Artful patterning, mottled finishes and distressed or etching techniques are some of the new surface treatments being applied to the standard gold, silver and bronze metallic shades, as well as to color. The ongoing interest in combining different metallic shades is a trend we also see continuing for 2011.”

The metallics that make up the Signature Color collection for Runco’s FinishPalette for projectors and flat panel displays are great examples of these trends. Metal shades like silver, copper, and gold, as well as jewel tones, come to life in a subtle sparkle that adds depth and richness. Just as Leatrice suggests, we can combine metallics to create a unique duo-tone look on the LightStyle projectors, for instance.

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