Paragon Names Holan to Head Operations

White Shaker Door Manufacturer Paragon Concepts

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Steve Holan COO of Paragon Concepts

DENVER, CO, USA, May 11, 2021 / — Paragon Concepts continues its pursuit to building the best shaker door ever by naming Steven Holan Chief Operating Officer.

Steven was one of the founding members of Cascade that would later become Canyon Creek Cabinet Company #116 on FDMC 300) and served as Director of Operations with Huntwood Industries (now #10 on the FDMC top 300 list). He has grown young, budding companies into production powerhouses. His background and rather lengthy experience in operations excellence is without debate.

“We are overwhelmingly grateful and excited to have Steve join our team. This moves Paragon’s production and operational capabilities beyond anything we could ever have imagined at this point in our lifecycle. Our growth has been phenomenal, and it is time to up our game. The next level isn’t what we are after. The next ten are. I am confident that Steve will get us beyond that,” quotes Isaiah Rozek, founder of Paragon Concepts.

“Joining Paragon is a fortuitous shot of life into my career. I thrive on hyper-growth situations and am excited to join a group of folks dedicated to defining the cabinet door industry. With family here in Colorado, the decision to move was quite easy. I really look forward to great things to come,” notes Mr. Holan.

Paragon has invested more than a million and a half dollars in equipment, technology and training since the pandemic started last year and is now turning its sights towards human capital and upping its game within. Note Rozek, "we have such amazing people that have gotten us to this point. But, we are reaching new horizons, which demand someone who has walked in places we have yet to see."

Paragon Concepts manufactures its doors in Colorado and sells them across the country. You can read about them at

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Paragon Concepts
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Wood Products Industry Trends Build On Demand For Supply Chain Transparency

Wood Products Market Report 2021: COVID-19 Impact And Recovery To 2030

Wood Products Global Market Report 2021: COVID-19 Impact And Recovery To 2030

The Business Research Company’s Wood Products Global Market Report 2021: COVID-19 Impact and Recovery to 2030

LONDON, GREATER LONDON, UK, May 11, 2021 / — The increasing demand for supply chain transparency and stringent government regulations on the wood industry has led to the implementation of tracking and tracing technologies, which are major wood products market trends. Many wood companies have implemented their own tracking systems to maintain transparency in their timber supply chain. Electronic tracking is being adopted by wood companies and government agencies over paper-based systems and technologies such as radio-frequency identification chips, barcodes and advanced traceability software are being used. For instance, the Forest Stewardship Council, a leading non-profit organization has developed Online Claims Platform for providing timely information about the FSC’s products and the companies that produce them for free of charge to FSC Certificate holders. This enables digital connection between FSC certified suppliers and customers.

Major companies in the wood products industry include Georgia-Pacific Corporation, Weyerhaeuser Company, West Fraser Timber Co Ltd, Andersen Corporation, Celulosa Arauco y Constitución.

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The global wood products market is expected to grow from $624.2 billion in 2020 to $666.3 billion in 2021 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6%. The growth is mainly due to the companies rearranging their operations and recovering from the COVID-19 impact, which had earlier led to restrictive containment measures involving social distancing, remote working, and the closure of commercial activities that resulted in operational challenges. The market is expected to reach $866.3 billion in 2025 at a CAGR of 7%.

Asia Pacific has the largest wood products market share, accounting for 39% of the market in 2020. North America is the second largest region, accounting for 27% of the global market. Africa is the smallest region in the global wood products market.

The timber and wood products market is segmented by type into finished wood products, wood processing, manufactured wood materials and by application into residential, commercial.

Subsegments covered are millwork, wood pallets & skids, prefabricated home, other finished wood products, sawmills, wood preservation, reconstituted wood, plywood, veneer sheets.

Wood Products Global Market Report 2021: COVID-19 Impact and Recovery to 2030 is one of a series of new reports from The Business Research Company that provides wood products global market overview, forecast wood products market size and growth for the whole market, wood products global market segments, and geographies, wood products market trends, wood products market drivers, restraints, leading competitors’ revenues, profiles, and market shares.

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Concora and Surfacing Solution Announce Strategic Partnership

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The Chaska, Minn., manufacturer launches its Digital Experience Platform powered by Concora to streamline product selection and accelerate specifications, sales

In today's world, time is a critical element. Being able to streamline all parts of our clients needs, from asset downloads to specifications and BIM files is a game changer.”

— Jeramey Fistrovich, President at Surfacing Solution

ALPHARETTA, GA., UNITED STATES, May 10, 2021 / — Concora, developer of the commercial building products industry’s only Digital Experience Platform designed specifically for commercial building product manufacturers, and Surfacing Solution — a manufacturer of decorative wall panels and ceiling tiles for commercial and residential spaces — announced today that both companies have formed a strategic partnership.

This business alliance begins with the recent and successful commercial launch of Surfacing Solution’s brand-new Digital Experience Platform technology, which core architects, designers and contractors can access via Surfacing Solution’s corporate website. The Digital Experience Platform — which serves as an expansive and detailed product information hub for Surfacing Solution’ web visitors — not only serves as a branded extension of the Surfacing Solution corporate website, it also provides architects, designers and contractors with a simpler method for searching, selecting, and specifying its commercial building products.

"We're excited to announce our partnership with Surfacing Solution," said Kip Rapp, CEO of Concora. "They understand that enhanced digital marketing means providing their community (architects, designers and contractors) with more than just a product list. Now they will be able to offer digital assets like CAD, BIM/Revit, specifications, and other project-creation tools, like e-submittals, in a marketplace-like, branded extension of their website."

The Digital Experience Platform equips Surfacing Solution with an intuitive product selection experience for its design community, technical content management and publishing that is easy, and real-time access to detailed metrics and analytics — product asset downloads, unique visits, project-related inquiries, and user contact information — for its sales and marketing teams — enriching its lead generation pipeline, uncovering true purchasing intent, and driving sales.

“Concora will not only make things easier for our clients (architects and designers) to navigate and find the needed information on our products, it will also benefit us by knowing which products are receiving the most interest, how/where they’re being specified, and more. This will help to ensure we’re meeting our target audience demands and allow us to continue improving our products and our company,” said Adam Benge – Vice President of Sales at Surfacing Solution.

In return, Surfacing Solution’s design community has access to a plethora of technical product content — specifications, 3-Part Specs, installation manuals, and BIM/Revit content — and project management tools that accelerate product selections and increase the likelihood of specifications.

“In today's world, time is a critical element. Being able to streamline all parts of our clients needs, from asset downloads to specifications and BIM files, is a game changer. If you are not consistently working towards a path of product or business development, it is easy to fall short or be forgotten. This is a much-needed step in the right direction for our company and our clients – we couldn’t be more excited about partnering with Concora,” said Jeramey Fistrovich – President at Surfacing Solution.

“At Surfacing Solution, we’re focused on manufacturing quality products and offering the best customer service we can. It just made sense (through the power of technology) to offer our clients an easy-to-use platform with everything in one place. This is the perfect recipe for increased interest in our company and our products. When something is easy to use – people are more likely to revisit often. This aligns perfectly with our consistent growth” said Zack Fistrovich, Vice President of Surfacing Solution.

Architects, designers, contractors, and specifiers interested in seeing how Surfacing Solution’s vast lineup of Tambour, specialty ceiling, wall treatment, wainscoting, and acoustical material solutions are now presented online are invited to visit

About Concora
Concora helps building product manufacturers to get their building materials specified for use in commercial construction projects. With Concora's Digital Experience Platform (DxP), manufacturers can provide a simplified buyer's journey that meets the stringent requirements of commercial architects, engineers, and contractors (AEC) customers. Learn more about Concora at

About Surfacing Solution
Producing quality products while offering exceptional customer service is one of the many reasons we've been in business well over 30 years.

We have experience on all scopes of projects, ranging anywhere from home use to large scale hospitality projects. Our willingness to be supportive throughout every step of the process sets us apart from all others in our field.

Our wide variety of textures and finishes, and the ability to create custom one of a kind products for your project can give you an edge up and a truly unique end result.

Phil Gerolstein, VP of Sales
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Auction Daily Introduces New Updates to Premium Auction News Platform

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Auction Daily Introduces New Updates to Premium Auction News Platform

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, May 10, 2021 / — “Auction Daily is a leading hub for premium auction industry updates, Auction Previews, event calendars, and custom subscriptions.”

Industry news site Auction Daily recently made additions to its daily news updates. The site will now feature both extended and brief previews of daily auctions. It also offers a detailed Auction Calendar to keep Auction Daily subscribers and visitors informed.

Auction preview give Auction Daily readers and subscribers brief overviews of key lots in upcoming sales. “We want to offer art collectors opportunities to learn more about an interesting piece at auction. Our art specialists and guides provide unexplored information about every lot— a unique feature unlike any other auction news site,” says the team at Auction Daily.

Auction Daily offers both brief and extended previews that give collectors insight into prime lots, estimated prices, and auction information. These sale announcements include specific details about brands, provenance, period, and artists. The team at Auction Daily also provides comprehensive coverage of record-breaking and new-to-the-market lots.

Industry-wide schedules are available on Auction Daily’s auction calendar. Bidders can find sales based on auction house names, locations, dates, and/ or lot interests. With an auction house directory of more than 300 companies worldwide, Auction Daily caters to international collectors, casual bidders, auction houses, and art experts.

As a global auction news site, Auction Daily works with other media sources to provide up-to-date news.. The auction news source is known for its art market insights and updates on events, galleries and museums, and NFTs. Regarding these new additions to the site, a spokesperson for Auction Daily said, “In the current times, as the world switches to digital channels, auction houses are also adopting these upgrades.”

For decades, the auction industry relied on in-person sales. It was not until the COVID-19 pandemic that live auctions through online platforms became essential.

“Earlier, only a few big players had adopted these technologies for their auctions. However, during these unprecedented times, to keep the art industry steady, almost all auction houses have opted for live online biddings and auction viewings,” says the Auction Daily team.

“Auction Daily is among those leading platforms that forecasted these needs and started a complete digital channel, which today serves as a major platform for auction updates, news, and lot estimates."

The news site offers a subscription option for its readers and provides custom updates on categories such as furniture, jewelry, fine art, pop culture, and more. By selecting these options and signing up for updates on auction news and auction previews, subscribers can get information in advance regarding potential lots, global sales, and art events.

About Auction Daily:
Auction Daily launched in 2019 to keep collectors, auction houses, and industry professionals up-to-date on the latest auction news. It provides previews of upcoming auctions, an easy-to-use auction calendar, and in-depth coverage of industry events. With a versatile auction house directory and a team of art market specialists, Auction Daily continues to be a leading source for global art news.

Liz Catalano
Auction Daily
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Cabinet Tronix Introduces First Ever “Outdoor Mobile TV Lift Cabinet Bar & Fridge Stunner”

Cabinet Tronix Outdoor Mobile TV Lift Cabinet Bar & Fridge Stunner made of imported wood with built in refrigerator on the side, ice tray on top for chilled drinks, and a TV lift for oversized TVs to hide and then lift out and surprise guestsd uring parti

Cabinet Tronix Outdoor Mobile TV Lift Cabinet Bar & Fridge Stunner

The Cabinet Tronix Outdoor Mobile TV Lift Cabinet Bar & Fridge Stunner is the first ever of its kind created to roll out to outdoor spaces for entertaining on the spot. The bar is made of beautifully imported wood and includes a side refrigerator, ice buc

The Cabinet Tronix Outdoor Mobile TV Lift Cabinet Bar & Fridge Stunner is the first ever of its kind created to roll out to outdoor spaces for entertaining on the spot.

The Cabinet Tronix Outdoor Mobile TV Lift Cabinet Bar & Fridge Stunner is the first ever of its kind created to roll out to outdoor spaces for entertaining on the spot. The bar is made of beautifully imported wood and includes a side refrigerator, ice buc

The Cabinet Tronix Outdoor Mobile TV Lift Cabinet Bar & Fridge Stunner is the first ever with a built in refrigerator

Hidden TV system offers new flexibility for entertaining anywhere, forever changing party landscape

This unit just loves to be the center of attention – and rightly so. We just released it and already those who have it are the envy of their block”

— Trace McCullough, founder and CEO of Cabinet Tronix

SAN DIEGO, CALIF., UNITED STATES, May 7, 2021 / — Cabinet Tronix, a San Diego-based award-winning showcase TV lift design company, has introduced the first ever outdoor mobile TV lift cabinet bar and refrigerator unit. With built-in wheels, the unit, called the Outdoor Mobile TV Lift Cabinet Bar & Fridge Stunner (US patent pending), is completely movable and includes a hidden TV lift, upper serving and bar area, storage, built-in refrigerator and everything needed to make an outdoor space entertainment ready.

“You’ll never struggle to get the party started with this insane outdoor TV lift cabinet, bar and refrigerator unit that you can set up anywhere,” said Trace McCullough, founder and CEO of Cabinet Tronix, who designed the unit. “Set up by the pool, on a roof top deck, serve up drinks with a view on the patio, chill out on the deck or get shaking cocktails by the hot tub as you surprise your guests when the TV lifts out of the sleek bar. We’ve redefined what entertaining at home means with an unreal design that makes every day feel like Friday.”

The outdoor mobile US-made TV lift system, which fits up to a 65-inch TV with optional sound bar and 360-degree manual swivel, is entirely weatherproofed, designed to be enjoyed in every climate and comes with an extensive 10-year warranty. The interior is made of solid mahogany and includes a stainless steel ice bin that holds up to 40lbs of ice, a walnut/cherry cutting board, upper bottle holder, condiment station, bottle storage, and space for essentials such as glasses, cocktail shaker and utensils. It also features two magnetic detachable lights that go over the bar for visibility after sundown, and which can be stored when not in use.

“There’s also a charging station inside the stainless storage door so you can crank up your favorite play list and charge your tablet, mobile or portable speaker at the same time,” added McCullough. “We’ve carefully crafted the ultimate in home entertainment using hardwearing IPE wood – also known as Brazilian teak. This is durable, robust and can stand up to whatever Mother Nature and your bartending has to throw at it. That means you don’t need to give a thought to mold, insects or moisture.”

Exterior dimensions of the Outdoor Mobile TV Lift Cabinet Bar & Fridge Stunner (US patent pending) to fit a 55-inch TV are 68 inches wide, 35 inches deep, and 45 inches high on the taller part. Exterior dimensions to fit a 65-inch TV are 68 inches wide, 35 inches deep, and 45 inches high on the taller part.

“This unit just loves to be the center of attention – and rightly so,” said McCullough. “We just released it and already those who have it are the envy of their block.”

To view specifications, click here or to see other products, visit the Cabinet Tronix website at

About Cabinet Tronix
Founded in San Diego by Trace McCullough in 2008, award-winning Cabinet Tronix has revolutionized TV lift cabinets with its sleek designs. Known for its ready-made and custom designs for both indoors and out, Cabinet Tronix has recently launched the first-ever outdoor mobile TV lift cabinet bar and fridge (patent pending). For product photos and more information, please visit

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AWFS Fair Preview: 5G CNC Working Cell Has Brains and Brawns

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The Complete CNC Working Cell will debut at the AWFS Fair 2021 in Vegas

CNC Factory’s 5th Generation Technology not only does all of the critical thinking it totally eliminates manual lifting of parts.

SANTA ANA, CA, UNITED STATES, May 7, 2021 / — Compact, yet powerfully productive. Technologically advanced, yet super simple to operate. Loaded with the latest in CNC, laser and robotic automation, yet affordable to own. These are just some of the hallmarks of the 5th Generation work cell that CNC Factory will present at the AWFS Fair in Las Vegas.

The driverless cut, edgeband and bore/insert system, requiring only a 24-foot by 48-foot block of space, is capable of cranking out more than 100 ready-to-assemble cabinets in an 8-hour shift. Making the working cell even more efficient is the addition of CNC Factory’s new robotic arm. Combined with automatic load/unload systems and motorized roller conveyors, manual material handling from feeding full sheets onto the machining center through unloading parts that have been edge banded, is completely eliminated.

The 5G working cell’s driverless technology not only does away with the heavy lifting, it does all of the critical thinking. Even a new hire with zero industry experience can learn to operate the large 21-inch touchscreen control in about an hour. The result is a highly reliable, lean manufacturing system that dramatically reduces errors and waste while assuring part quality and maximizing productivity.

The robotic 5G work cell that CNC Factory will demonstrate at the AWFS Fair is anchored by the Python XPR CNC machining center. Winner of FDMC’s Best CNC for 2020, the Python’s driverless technology seamlessly adjusts all key functions of the machine when production calls for changing to a different substrate thickness, size or nesting pattern. By simply pressing a short sequence of buttons on the command center touchscreen, the Python automatically makes precise adjustments to tool height and vacuum hold-down placement; raises or lowers the unique robotic dust hood to the optimal fixed position; selects the required tool from the 12-automatic tool changer; and more. In addition, the Python robotically affixes bar code labels to each part that includes downstream processing instructions.

The Python’s driverless technology kicks into full gear after completing the machining cycle of the first panel of a production run. After automatically unloading the freshly sized parts onto a stacking table, the Python cleans the spoil board with a one-two punch of pressurized air and dust collection within 30 seconds. Simultaneously, the next panel is rear-loaded and positioned onto the Python for processing with any or all adjustments again being made with no operator intervention.

While the Python continues to go through its paces, the new small-footprint robotic arm springs into action. The robotic arm has the capacity to handle any size part up to 50 pounds. It is the latest example of a plug and play add-on CNC Factory developed that allows customers to expand their production capabilities as needed now or in the future. The robotic arm methodically places one part after the other onto a conveyor leading to the Badger edgebander. Upon exiting the versatile Badger with corner rounding capability, a return conveyor moves each part to an unloading station.

Rounding out CNC Factory’s 5G work cell is the Scorpion LDR boring and dowel insertion machine equipped with an advanced wireless barcode reader. Upon scanning the barcode, the Scorpion’s laser-guided robotic measuring system precisely drills two holes at a time. As a new pair of holes are being drilled, the Scorpion inserts dowels on the opposite side of the workpiece, further boosting productivity and more expeditiously preparing parts for cabinet assembly.

Be sure to stop by booth #1901 to witness a demonstration of CNC Factory’s 5G CNC work cell in action during the AWFS Fair, July 20-23, at the Las Vegas Convention

The COVID-19 pandemic did not create the critical skilled labor shortage, but it has certainly magnified the challenges woodworking companies face moving forward, says Chris Corrales, owner and CEO of CNC Factory based in Santa Ana, CA.

“Good employees are hard to come by and trying to find and keep an experienced person is especially tough,” Corrales says. “As a result, wood product manufacturers have to continuously strive to find ways to make more product with fewer people if they want to grow their businesses.”

A former cabinetmaker, Corrales says CNC Factory’s 5G CNC working cell is a response to industry’s mounting need to do more with less. He notes that CNC Factory’s development of the working cell that will be demonstrated at the AWFS Fair and the individual machines comprising it result from a “continuous evolution of add-ons after add-ons.”

Many of these add-ons, including CNC Factory’s new small footprint robotic arm, are plug and play features that allow a customer to expand their production capacity as needed. Other examples of CNC Factory’s anytime upgrades include:
• Nine-position drill block;
• Deluche vision marking tools to automatically include post-production instructions on each part;
• Additional vacuum pump; and
• Mister kit for cutting plastics, acrylics and aluminum.

“Back in my day as a cabinetmaker it was you buy what you get and you get what you buy,” Corrales says. “Then two years later, you would find that you need some new capability and you would have to take a big loss on your machine to buy another one. We’ve really turned a lot of the industry upside down having this plug and play capability that our customers are starting to see and exercise.”

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LIT Lighting Design Awards Announces the winners of the LIT 2020 Edition.

LIT LIGHTING DESIGN AWARDS – 2020 WINNERS LIGHTING DESIGNER OF THE YEAR Category: Interior Architectural Illumination UNION STATION GREAT HALL RESTORATION Company: CharterSills Lead Designer: Erin Held Designers: Goettsch Partners (Architect)

EMERGING LIGHTING DESIGNER OF THE YEAR  Category: Interior Architectural Illumination INTERIOR LIGHTING – OFFICE, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN Lead Designer: Swathi Madhi Designers: Luca Gregorini, Micaela Malusa University: Politecnico Di Milano, Italy Location: Milan, Italy

LIGHTING PRODUCT DESIGN OF THE YEAR Category: Designer and Custom Lighting ARTIST’S HAND Company: Niamh Barry Studio Lead Designer: Niamh Barry Location: Dublin, Ireland

EMERGING LIGHTING DESIGNER OF THE YEAR Category: Interior Architectural Illumination INTERIOR LIGHTING – OFFICE, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN Lead Designer: Swathi Madhi Designers: Luca Gregorini, Micaela Malusa University: Politecnico Di Milano, Italy Location: Milan, Italy

EMERGING LIGHTING PRODUCT DESIGN OF THE YEAR Category: Mood Lighting HUE – YOUR EVERYDAY LIGHT Lead Designer: Neeraj R Jawale Designers: Samriti Gosain School: National Institute of Design, Gandhinagar, India Location: Gandhinagar, India

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, May 7, 2021 / — The prestigious LIT Lighting Design Awards is pleased to reveal the LIT 2020 Winners in professionals’ and students’ categories.

The LIT Lighting Design Awards was created to recognize the efforts of talented international lighting product designers and lighting implementers. The organization believes lighting is both and art and a science, and that it is one of the most important elements of design. LIT was envisioned to celebrate creativity and innovation in the fields of lighting products and applications.

The LIT Jury board members evaluated all submissions from 43 countries, based not only on the highest of current lighting design standards and trends but also seeking out truly visionary designers showcasing creativity and innovation.

“As we struggle this year with an unprecedented challenge. The lighting product designers and lighting designer actions global kept with their excellence in designing. With more than 350 designs submitted this year, you will find some incredible designs by both professional designers and students. This collection of winning works will set new standards in best of best in lighting design.” Said Mr Hossein Farmani – Founder.

LIT 2020 Lifetime Achievement in Lighting Design: Mrs Sally Storey
Design Director of Lighting Design International and John Cullen Lighting.

For over 30 years, Sally Storey has been guiding John Cullen Lighting and founded Lighting Design International company, gathered a talented team of designers from a variety of backgrounds: architecture, theatre design, fine art, product design and engineering.

Sally has been pushing the boundaries of technology and design to create outstanding spaces and memorable experiences. She has written three well-received successful books on lighting and often contributes to the national and international press.

Sally Storey’s contribution to the Lighting Industry is tremendous!

LIT 2020 Lifetime Achievement in Lighting Application Research: Professor Wout Van Bommel
Van Bommel Lighting Consultant

With over 50 years in Lighting Research and Application, Prof. Wout Van Bommel has carried out researches into various lighting subjects; some of the concepts he proposed, are now used in international and national standards for lighting.
Prof. Wout Van Bommel has published more than 150 papers in national and international lighting journals in various languages and wrote well-regarded books.
Member and Chairman of various Lighting Societies and Commissions, Prof. Wout Van Bommel is also a University Professor and speaker.

He is passionate about non-visual biological aspects of lighting influencing health and wellbeing, studying and lecturing about “balancing the positive effects of lighting on living beings with the negative impact of that lighting on the environment. “

LIT 2020 Spotlight Prize : Women in Lighting
International lighting designers and light activists, Light Collective launched the project, Women in Lighting on International Women’s day in 2019. It is a celebratory project that set out to create an inspirational digital platform for women working in the architectural lighting industry to promote their passion and achievements, narrate their career path and goals, celebrate their work and elevate their profile in the lighting community.

Women in Lighting consists primarily of a website – – with a database of interviews with women from around the world. Starting with lighting designers, the scope has expanded to include women in all aspects of lighting – education, journalism, manufacturing, art and research. The project has already gathered support from individual female designers in over 70 different countries. These “ambassadors” are a point of contact in each location for other women seeking to find out more about the project. Initially started as it was evident that female participation in conferences, committees, juries and panels were under represented, a main aim was that as there are approximately 50% of female lighting designers, they get 50% visibility.

Women in Lighting is not about gender inequality but about inclusivity and how this is beneficial to the profession as a whole. The project is supported by formalighting and archifos.

For more information about Women in Lighting, please visit

A full list of LIT Design Awards winners can be viewed here.

About LIT Lighting Design Awards
LIT Design Awards was assembled by the Farmani Group as the sister initiative of the IDA International Design Awards, which has been recognizing and celebrating smart and sustainable multidisciplinary design since 2007.

The Farmani Group, established in 1985, is responsible for many successful awards around the globe. Farmani Group organizes the International Design Awards (IDA), Architecture Masterprize, DNA Paris Design Awards, London International Creative Awards, Prix de la Photographie in Paris, and the Annual Lucie Awards for Photography, which has emerged as one of the world’s most prestigious awards.

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This EID, Bring Beauty to Your Backyard with a Stunning Pergola from 800 PERGOLA



800 PERGOLA, a leading pergola manufacturer in Dubai is offering exciting deals on exclusive and trendy pergolas. Check out this news to know more.

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, May 7, 2021 / — A pergola is a visually interesting and comfortable area that can enlighten the beauty of your backyard. 800 PERGOLA, a leading pergola manufacturer in Dubai is offering exciting deals on exclusive and trendy pergolas. Check out this news to know more about the offer.

As Eid is around the corner, the whole world is getting ready to celebrate it to the fullest. No other time can be as good as this to enjoy your quality time with friends and family. Although we are yet to defeat the novel coronavirus completely, why not make this 'stay-at-home' experience a precious one?
Making your backyard beautiful can be achieved any time of the year, so why not this Eid? Modern pergolas can be a great option to take your backyard living experience to an ultimate level.

Mr. Satish Nadar, founder, and partner at 800 PERGOLA mentions, “Pergolas are one of the most popular backyard additions and that too for a good reason. They have both functional value as well as aesthetic interest to any outdoor living space you can mention. Along with creating a comfortable, protected outdoor gathering place, pergolas are the reason for a beautiful ambiance of your backyard.”

He also adds, “In Dubai, we have an established collection of amazing pergolas as we are into manufacturing custom pergolas according to homeowners’ choices and needs. 800 PERGOLA specializes in aluminium, CNC cut, retractable and wooden pergolas. We have installed several such unique Pergolas across Dubai, Abu Dhabi & Sharjah, and this Eid, we are presenting some of the best offers on our pergola collection.”

When asked about this offer on Pergolas, we have found some interesting deals which might interest you…

When you book a pergola from 800 PERGOLA, you stand a chance to get:

1. Free Lighting to the entire Pergola
2. Upfront 20%* discount
3. Free Consultation with the Pergola Experts

Seems interesting? 800 PERGOLA has many things to add to their announcement on this offer.

After years of experimenting and partnering with local vendors, 800 PERGOLA has been a successful manufacturer and provider of pergolas in Dubai, UAE, and around. 800 PERGOLA takes pride in building its product line-up using easily yet sustainably sourced lumber, super quality concrete material, and wooden planks which provide an even level space for people to congregate.

Mr. Nadar also adds, “This offer is valid till this Eid only and we invite Dubai homeowners to visit our website and explore our collection of decorative and sturdy pergolas. We can arrange a quick call as well as a video tour to plan the next big thing in your backyard and make this Eid a memorable one.”

About 800 PERGOLA

800 PERGOLA was established & co-founded by Mr. Satish Nadar with an aim to provide sustainably sourced material that can be used to ambiance around the houses. Today, it has become one of the leading manufacturers of the modern-day pergola. 800 PERGOLA is now a trusted and reputed name in Dubai. All 800 PERGOLA products are designed to help homeowners increase the usability of their space along with delivering unmatched quality of the materials they are using. Products are directly installed in the home thus removing the hurdles of distributors and dealers which allows the company to provide its services at reasonable costs. Learn more at

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10 Trends That Will Change the Course of the Aerospace Industry

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NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter spreads its wings before attempting its first-ever flight.

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Formaspace manufactured the 60″ x 24″ x 64″ stainless steel mobile cart shown above for use in such an environment at a space program facility in Florida.

Here are the top 10 trends which will change the future of space exploration, the airline industry, military defense programs, and more.

As NASA scientists prepare to look for signs of life on Mars, they have also been surprised to discover unexpected life forms within the confines of the International Space Station.”

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AUSTIN, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, May 6, 2021 / — Today we look at the top trends driving the aerospace industry in 2021.

This is our latest article in a series of market intelligence investigations. Be sure to check out our previous articles on which industries will grow the fastest in 2021, as well as the top trends in supply chain and logistics, pharma and clinical healthcare, furniture manufacturing, and high-tech.

1. A New Renaissance In Space Exploration Bridges The Political Divide

Space exploration is enjoying a new renaissance, with the US enjoying renewed pride in its recent accomplishments, such as the recent successful flight of NASA’s Perseverance Mars Lander and the launch of five astronauts this past November aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft (powered by a SpaceX Falcon9 rocket) en route to the International Space Station.

These achievements mark a new era in the space program, as NASA breathes a sigh of relief that it is no longer wholly dependent on Russian rockets to send astronauts into space.

But this week, all eyes are focused on NASA’s Perseverance Mars Lander and its Ingenuity Mars Helicopter, which will attempt the first-ever powered, controlled flight on another planet. The first takeoff test is expected very soon and will be broadcast on NASA television and on their YouTube channel.

We can expect more significant developments from NASA in 2021, including:

Additional CST-100 Starliner Flight Tests

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program has two companies competing against each other: SpaceX and the Boeing/United Launch Alliance partnership. While SpaceX has already had one successful flight ferrying astronauts to the International Space Station, Boeing/United Launch Alliance’s CST-100 Starliner failed a critical flight test this past November. A retest in March has been delayed but expected later in 2021.

Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART)

Can we protect ourselves from asteroids barreling toward Earth? NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) intends to find out by intentionally crashing into an asteroid to change its orbital path. Expect the mission to launch later this summer, with the asteroid crash test taking place late in 2022.

James Webb Telescope

The Hubble space telescope, famous for needing to be fitted with corrective “glasses” after a math miscalculation in its optical lens system, will be joined by the new James Webb Space Telescope. The new telescope is expected to be launched in the fall of 2021 and will stake out a position orbiting the sun for a clear view of the cosmos.

Orion And Space Launch System Tests For The Artemis 1 Moon Mission

As part of NASA’s plan to return astronauts to the moon, dubbed Artemis 1, it will launch an unmanned test flight of the new Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System (SLS) rocket this fall. A successful test could pave the way for the launch of the Artemis one crew in 2023.

Space exploration remains popular among the American public. According to a new poll from Morning Consult, nearly 50% of Americans believe it’s essential that the United States continue to be a world leader in space exploration. When asked about specific programs, most respondents believe the top priorities for the space program should include:

1. Monitoring the Earth’s climate system
2. Monitoring asteroids that could strike Earth
3. Developing tech not just for space exploration

Congress seems to have gotten the message.

Space exploration is actually one of the few political funding areas that competing political parties in Washington can agree upon, with both Democrats and Republicans supporting continued funding for NASA’s space exploration initiatives.

Nonetheless, NASA will need more money than the $24.7 billion that the Biden administration has proposed in its fiscal 2022 budget to fully fund a manned mission to Mars.

2. Life In Outer Space Is Closer Than You Think

Thanks to recent advances in space technology, the idea of living in space or traveling to Mars no longer seems like a far-fetched idea taken from science fiction books.

Much of the credit for this goes to Elon Musk, who has worked tirelessly in his quest for humans to land on Mars.

Last December, Musk’s company SpaceX performed the first major test of its SN8 prototype for its Next-generation “Starship” spacecraft / rocket system, which is the scaled-up successor to the successful Falcon9 program designed to take humans to Mars and back.

This private enterprise approach (albeit funded with lucrative government space launch contracts) is quite different from the government-run “space race” of the 1950s and 1960s and marks a major new trend.

And Musk is not the only civilian promoting space travel. He’s part of an elite “billionaires boys club” that are leveraging their fortunes to explore space, including Amazon’s Jeff Bezos (with his Blue Origin rocket company), the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, and Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson (with his stunning new SpaceShip III vehicles).

What If Space Travel Becomes A Common Occurrence In The Coming Decade?

Even if space travel is widely available, the challenges ahead for our physical bodies are still daunting.

Recent studies of long-term visitors to the International Space Station quantify just how unprepared the human body is for life in space – with loss of bone mass, heart muscle shrinkage, and sustained radiation damage just a few of the most worrisome challenges.

And those looking to escape environmental problems here on Earth may well be disappointed that humans have already created what can best be described as a massive “garbage belt “ of space debris surrounding the Earth, which imperils the life of every astronaut passing through it. (This month, the Japanese company, Astroscale, launched its ELSA-d (short for End-of-Life Services) mission which will test new technology for “hoovering up” that prodigious amounts of junk in near-Earth orbit.

As we actively work toward colonizing the moon and Mars, we will also have to address another important scientific and philosophical question:

Are we the first life forms to get there?

Or are we following in the footsteps of life forms that preceded us?

This Question About The Existence Of Life In Outer Space Has Taken On New Significance Recently.

As NASA scientists prepare to look for signs of life on Mars, they have also been surprised to discover unexpected life forms (such as mold formations) within the confines of the International Space Station.

Meanwhile, discussions about alien life that were once relegated to the covers of sensational tabloids found at grocery store checkout counters are now appearing in more serious academic journals. For example, noted Harvard University astronomy Professor Avi Loeb recently wrote a book, Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth, about the peculiar cigar-shaped Oumuamua asteroid that passed between the Earth and the sun in 2017. Loeb believes it could have been a spacecraft pushed by the momentum of light particles built by a technologically advanced alien civilization.

Conspiracy theorists can rejoice, as this also comes at a time when the US Navy and other federal agencies tasked with collecting reports about UFOs have begun to release additional information, which may result in providing the public more questions than answers.

What should we do about this? According to Michio Kaku, a leading physics researcher in the field of string theory, the answer is simple: keep quiet. Here is Kaku’s statement as reported in the Guardian:

Soon we’ll have the Webb telescope up in orbit and we’ll have thousands of planets to look at, and that’s why I think the chances are quite high that we may make contact with an alien civilisation. There are some colleagues of mine that believe we should reach out to them. I think that’s a terrible idea. We all know what happened to Montezuma when he met Cortés in Mexico so many hundreds of years ago. Now, personally, I think that aliens out there would be friendly but we can’t gamble on it. So I think we will make contact but we should do it very carefully.

3. Airlines Fight For Financial Survival During The Coronavirus Pandemic

The trillion-dollar question facing the airline industry is how to make money again in 2021 – and keep one step ahead of bankruptcy.

During the height of the coronavirus pandemic, airline traffic fell by more than 90%.

Much like restaurants that suddenly switched to take-out service during the Covid lockdown, passenger airlines quickly took on as much cargo business as possible to keep flying during the height of the pandemic.

Fortunately, the US government stepped in several times to provide significant financial assistance to help the domestic air carriers stay afloat and retain their employees. European countries and other nations around the world have done the same.

Thanks to the success of the coronavirus vaccination programs here in the US, the domestic airline industry can now shift toward planning for the future.

One of the first priorities is gaining the trust of the traveling public and convincing them that it is safe to fly once again.

While there is a lot of pent-up demand for leisure travel, it’s not clear if the all-important, highly profitable business class flyers will return to the skies in numbers anywhere close to pre-pandemic levels.

With this in mind, airlines will have to restructure their operations, perhaps taking on more cargo business than before or reducing their flight routes and service frequencies to align with lower revenue models. Airline companies may also lean on other business models, such as beefing up their airline travel points businesses.

How Quickly Will Airlines Recover?

A lot depends upon how quickly the public gets vaccinated. The CDC says it safe for vaccinated people to fly, although they should continue to wear masks in flight.

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Modern Faeries Launches Unique Feng Shui & Interior Design Practice

Modern Faeries

Modern Faeries

Kimberly Poppe and Eef Bons-Joshi

Kimberly Poppe and Eef Bons-Joshi

Space planning experts transform homes with good energy, harmony and abundance

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS, May 5, 2021 / — Modern Faeries today announced the launch of its new, innovative Feng Shui & Interior Design practice. To celebrate its new offering, Modern Faeries has announced a contest to win a free signature consultation. Details will be posted on the Modern Faeries Instagram page on May 11, with the winner being announced on May 26.

Modern Faeries offers its unique combination of ancient wisdom to create spaces where people can thrive in a modern, practical and down-to-earth manner. The Feng Shui design experts bring out the best in the potential for homes to exude warmth, breathing room and beauty—providing owners with bespoke, relaxed surroundings. Modern Faeries create living spaces that become a peaceful, desirable and cozy refuge using Feng Shui to “ignite passion, creativity and possibility.”

The owners of Modern Faeries are “Two Friends on a Mission” who want to help clients live in tranquil spaces conducive to unparalleled relaxation and harmony. The Covid-19 pandemic has made people acutely aware of the spaces around them, after having spent so much time indoors. Modern Faeries will consult with clients to make spaces peaceful, practical and personal. Modern Fairies can also transform home offices into serene, focused environments for those working off-site for their companies.

“Modern Faeries combines the ancient wisdom of Feng Shui, the science of energy flow, together with modern interior design and space planning techniques,” said Kimberly Poppe, Co-Owner of Modern Faeries. “We want to bring our clients comfort and peace in their homes by creating spaces that inspire. Each of us is a trained expert in Pranic Feng Shui, a unique and essential approach to the science of energy flow as taught by Master Choa Kok Sui. This is the main foundation we use in our work with clients, combined with modern design to deliver inspiring interiors.” Poppe also studied interior architecture and design at Parson’s School of Design in New York City, one of the top design schools in the world.

Co-Owner Eef Bons-Joshi commented, “Our goal is to set you free in your own space. We will create balance, peace, and harmony so you can breathe. The idea is that these qualities will then naturally spread throughout every area of your life. We can make any space feel like home, and if you are in the process of looking for a new home, we can help find one that will make you feel happy and comfortable from the start. We assess the good flow of energy, how to correct and optimize it and support clients to make this happen.”

Modern Faeries works in person in the Netherlands, but also offers virtual consults to its global clients.

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The contest for the free consultation can be found on Modern Faeries Instagram page at


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