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The Future of 3D Printing for The Interior Design Industry

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Jean-Jacques L'Henaff, Vice President of Design
American Standard Brands

On Friday, October 16 the Bienenstock Furniture Library will host an hour-long presentation titled, "The Future of 3D Printing for the Interior Design Industry." DXV by American Standard, the luxury bath and kitchen division of the 140 year-old plumbing products giant, will sponsor the event. DXV by American Standard is pioneering leading-edge design in new unique applications, and has launched the first commercially-available residential faucets created with additive manufacturing, better known as 3D printing.

The presentation will be given by the Library's 2015 Distinguished Speaker Jean-Jacques L'Henaff, vice president of design for American Standard Brands. The talk will be professionally recorded and available for view on demand from the Library's website. A 3D printed faucet from DXV by American Standard will be installed in the first floor bathroom of the Library. It will stay in place throughout the High Point Market for guests desiring to experience its unique operation.

"3D printing's impact on the furniture and interior design industry is just beginning to be felt," said Leslie Carothers, a volunteer member of The Bienenstock Furniture Library Board. "Since 1970 the Library has been a repository for historic documents, including books, magazines and catalogs about the furniture and interior design industry. This year's distinguished speaker continues the tradition as the harbinger of the latest design trends and innovations impacting the furniture and interior design industry. Learning about the challenges of designing, manufacturing and distributing a 3D product, on an international scale from Mr. L'Henaff will be fascinating for those able to attend or listen to the presentation later on the Library's website, and is consistent with the Library's mission to promote collaboration among professionals, scholars, students, and all those who recognize the importance of 3D production to the future of design," added Carothers.

Pictured Above: 3D Printed Faucet from DXV by American Standard

Mr. L'Hénaff has served as vice president of design for American Standard Brands since October 2013. Prior to joining American Standard Brands, L'Hénaff had been a design executive for Kohler, Audiovox, and Terk Technologies. He studied at Ecole Superieure de Design Industriel in Paris and is considered to be an expert on applying this art and science to the interior design industry.

In reinvigorating the design function at American Standard, L'Hénaff and his team have taken a more user-centric approach to the design process. "It is all about the user's experience," L'Hénaff said. "We focus not only on the product's look, feel and function, but also on the overall experience we want the user to have when interacting with it."

"Three-dimensional printing is changing the way a number of industries are producing products. The benefits are highly relevant to our industry-especially the ability to create inexpensive prototypes quickly. It also allows designers to experiment with new combinations of materials, new shapes, and structures that don't lend themselves to molds. Finally, it is ideal for making one-of-a-kind highly personalized items, and even miniatures to perfect scale," said Carothers. "This technology is currently being used to create everything from human organs and prosthetics, to delicate aerospace parts. Why not furniture," opined Carothers. "A Google search of" images 3D furniture printing" shows hundreds of items already being using this process," she added.

You can buy your own industrial printer for about $500,000, or a small scale one for about $1000-$5,000-the same price as a laser printer. Most designers create designs and send them out to be fabricated. There are an increasing number of companies offering the services.

For those who would like to be sent a link to watch the presentation at a later date, please contact Karla Webb, Library Director at 336-883-4011 or email info@furniturelibrary.com

About Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library: The Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library is a worldwide center for research, design, and collaboration. It holds the world's largest collection of rare and significant books on the history and design of furniture, with more than 5,000 volumes.

The Library is located in High Point, NC and is open to members of the home furnishings industry, students and the general public. The Library was founded in 1970 with an endowment from Furniture World Magazine and the Bienenstock family. It is supported by a board of directors from nearly every facet of the home furnishings industry. It is devoted the advancement of knowledge about design, furniture, interiors, architecture, textiles, finishes, and constructions.

The Library's rare book collection contains volumes published since 1640. A special climate controlled room houses these rare volumes. It is a treasure trove of inspiration for anyone interested in home furnishings and interior design.
The Library's facilities include the Vuncannon Seminar Room, the high tech Hadley Court Center For Design Collaboration and the Pat Plaxico Sculpture Gardens. These areas are available for seminars, classes, events, meetings, design collaborations, networking and design retreats for a small honorarium.

In addition, the Library operates a specialty bookstore selling significant contemporary works, out-of-print, and hard-to-find volumes. For more information visit www.furniturelibrary.com or contact Karla Webb, Library Director at info@furniturelibrary.com or 336-883-4011.

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About AMERICAN STANDARD BRANDS: American Standard Brands make life healthier, safer and more beautiful at home, at work, in the community and throughout the world. Offering total project solutions for residential and commercial customers around the world with respected brands such as American Standard®, DXV™, Safety Tubs®, Crane Plumbing®, Eljer®, Fiat® and Decorative Panels International®. American Standard Brands is owned by LIXIL Corporation (TSE Code 5938), and is part of LIXIL Water Technology (LWT) business, which operates across 150 countries. LWT brands include: LIXIL, INAX, GROHE, American Standard, and JAXSON. Learn more at www.americanstandard.com, or follow us at twitter.com/AmStandard, https://www.facebook.com/AmericanStandardPlumbing.

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