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the laYeRS Radical Shift When Sarah Templin’s museum-registrar job was cut to part time, the Baltimore resident started focusing more on her hobby, designing fabrics. The hobby is now a full-time business called Radica Textiles , and DC designers are quickly turning on to Templin’s fi rst collection of in materiaL hand-painted and “People can look at it and feel it, and see that -screened patterns. there’s a human touch here,” Templin says. radicatextiles. com Democracy Rules Wouldn’t it be great to star in your own home show, having architects compete to design your house or addition? DC architect Nir Buras is turning that concept into reality with Qtect , a new crowdsourcing site that helps homeowners fi nd the best architects for their projects. Sounds to us like a blueprint for success. qtect.com the COMpetItION the eXpaNSe Arisen Again A year after the ski lodge burned down at Pennsylvania’s Nemacolin Woodlands Resort—a popular DC getaway— the newly designed Sundial Lodge is beautifully back in business. But for six months between the February fi re and the start of ski season, Pittsburgh’s DRS Architects scrambled to balance good design with a tight timetable. The result is a basic steel structure, highlighted by monumental Douglas fi r beams. The Swiss-inspired lobby is minimal and modern, says Senior Architect Paul Cali, so the timber wouldn’t get lost in a “muddy soup” of traditional ski-lodge decor. Cheers to that. nemacolin. com FROM THE ASHES After the fi re, Nemacolin’s Swiss-inspired Sundial Lodge the UpDate Technical Merit 98 | | March 2013 NEMACOLIN WOODLANDS RESORT PHOTO BY JEFFREY M. GREEN; DUXILON COPY BY ALEXANDRIA ABRAMIAN-MOTT It’s called Duxilon , and it’s a new process of manufacturing wood that allows for more dramatic curves, wood worKs Duxilon puts a new spin—and rounded edges and curve—on shop class. fl uctuating thicknesses. Contemporary furniture-makers have embraced the process, using it to create solid-wood tables, shelves and bookcases that take on myriad forms of geometry. Th e latest example is at Roche Bobois—its Miriapode bookshelf resembles a pop-art apostrophe. roche-bobois. com

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