DESIGNSPEAK: HARDWOOD

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A botanical group of trees featuring board leaves. The term does not necessarily refer to the hardness of the species.

DESIGNSPEAK: GLASSBLOWING

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The process of gathering molten glass onto the end of a blowpipe and forming it into a variety of shapes by blowing and manipulating it as the glass is rotated.

DESIGNSPEAK: FLUORESCENT

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A fluorescent lamp, or fluorescent tube, is a low-pressure mercury-vapor gas-discharge lamp that uses fluorescence to produce visible light. An electric current in the gas excites mercury vapor, which produces short-wave ultraviolet light that then causes a phosphor coating on the inside of the lamp to glow.

DESIGNSPEAK: ENAMELED GLASS

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Glass decorated with particles of translucent glass or glass-like material, usually of a contrasting color, which fuses to the surface under heat. Multicolored designs can be created, as well as monochrome coatings.

DESIGNSPEAK: CORBEL

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A decorative bracket carved from wood; used under shelving, vent hoods, countertop overhangs, and mantel shelves.

DESIGNSPEAK: BALUSTER

The vertical supports of stair railing. These can range from very simple to very ornate turned pieces.

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DESIGNSPEAK: WALLPAPER

A decorative material which is used to cover and decorate the interior walls of homes, offices and other buildings. Wallpaper is usually sold in rolls and is put onto a wall using wallpaper paste.

DESIGNSPEAK: TRIPTYCH

A three-paneled artwork. Historically, triptychs were hinged together so that the two side wings closed over the central panel.

DESIGNSPEAK: SCALE

Scale is the relative size of something as related to another element of known size.   The size of an object, or comparisons between a drawing size and the actual size of a piece.


DESIGNSPEAK: RAKU

The technique of rapidly firing low-temperature ceramic ware. Raku firings were used traditionally in Japan to make bowls for tea ceremonies