Blogs

NeoCon 2018 Wrap Up
June 2018
We were so thrilled to attend the 50th edition of NeoCon this year in Chicago! If you were in attendance, or have attended in the past, you know the pure magic that exists within the walls of the Merchandise Mart during the 3 days of the show.
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Be Well - Bring the Outside In
June 2018
Have you thought about placing some plants around your office or house? Taking care of indoor plants is easier than most might think.
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Hurricane Harvey Remodel
June 2018
As you know, Hurricane Harvey left a wake of devastation in its path in the Fall of last year, unloading unprecedented amounts of water in what can be only be described as a “1,000 years flood”.
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Meet Michael Rall
May 2018
After students in the Industrial Design program at Appalachian State University generated five winning entries in Mockett’s Annual Design Competition over the course of two years, we took notice, and we wanted to take the opportunity to get to know the professor behind it all.
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Meet Peter Clare
May 2018
Meet Peter Clare, winner of Mockett’s Annual Design Competition. We caught up with the 24 year-old product and apparel designer from North Carolina to find out a little bit more about the inspiration for his design entry and his bold and refreshingly unconventional approach to design.
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Meet Colter Swan
May 2018
Meet Cotler Swan, winner of Mockett’s Annual Design Competition. We got the opportunity to catch up with the Award Winning Designer to discuss his recent design entry, his personal design influences, and his vision for the future of design.
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Meet Steve Goldberg
May 2018
Meet Steve Goldberg, three-time winner of Mockett’s Annual Design Competition. We caught up with Steve to learn more about his winning design and to get some industry insight as part of our Ask An Expert Series.
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Spring Cleaning: Office
April 2018
Spring is here and it’s cleaning time! You can start by cleaning your work space - a clean and organized space will increase motivation, productivity, and mood.
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Mockett Solutions: Kitchen
April 2018
Kitchens are the nucleus of activity in the home, a place where all the family gathers for conversating, cooking, and fraternizing.
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Metal Finishes
March 2018
Every detail, no matter how big or how small, is crucial in interior design, especially when it comes to finishes and their harmonious relationship with one another.
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Mockett Solutions: Offices
March 2018
Are you dreading the idea of updating your office? Don’t be. It’s easier than you might think.
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Workplace Trends 2018
March 2018
It’s hardly a secret that our world is changing all around us to accommodate the changing landscape of office culture. The familiar office concepts of the 90’s have come crashing down. Literally.
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Trends that are Here to Stay
February 2018
Trends come and go, but sometimes we are lucky enough to have some special styles that stick around a while.
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Dwell on Design
February 2018
Dwell on Design is the perfect trade show for professionals who want to see the latest in residential and hospitality design.
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Ancient Architecture
February 2018
Architecture has a rich history having been born alongside the dawn of human civilization. Our basic need for shelter has sculpted our evolutionary architectural journey and every period tells its own story.
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Construction Trends
February 2018
The construction industry is very enthusiastic about 2018. Builders and contractors are foreseeing a strong year following a great last quarter in 2017.
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AIA Continuing Education
January 2018
Staying up on the current trends is more important than ever for architects and designers, and we’re here to help you succeed! Equip yourself with the tools you need to tackle any design project.
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Ask an Expert: Best Online Cabinets
January 2018
We had the opportunity to talk with Best Online Cabinets about everything cabinets and about current trends and best practices.
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IBS 2018 Recap
January 2018
Hello, friends. It was an absolute delight to be at the International Builder Show (IBS) in Orlando where we got to see some old friends and meet many new ones.
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Color Of the Year 2018
January 2018
Pantone has announced its 2018 color of the year, ULTRA VIOLET. This variation of purple is a complex color and might be a fitting color for this New Year.
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IBS And KBIS 2018
January 2018
Construction Week is back! America’s largest light construction building tradeshow, International Builder’s Show (IBS), is coming back to Orlando January 9 – 11, 2018. As a special bonus, IBS and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) have agreed to continue their co-location contract through 2020 so your pass will grant access to both shows.
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2017 - That's a Wrap!
December 2017
Another year has come and gone at Mockett. Our 37th to be exact. Each as excellent as the last!
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Gifts for Your Engineers
December 2017
It’s that time of the year again… And time is running out! We’re here to help – we’ve put together a few gift ideas for engineers/architects/builders.
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Our Best Customer Service Tool? YOU
December 2017
As you’ve probably noticed, we’ve been going through a series of updates on our website lately. We launched an entirely new site in the beginning of 2017, and like any major project, there were a wave of updates to follow to work out any “bugs” we encountered.
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5 Ways to Update your Office
December 2017
When’s the last time you updated your office? Has it been 10 years or more? Maybe it’s time to start thinking of ways to renovate. Office designs and trends change periodically, and older setups can look tired and outdated making it a less attractive setting for employees and clients.
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Tips To Update Your Kitchen
November 2017
There’s no doubt that a full kitchen remodel can really spice up the look of your home, but committing to it can be expensive, challenging, and time consuming. Luckily, if you want to see some big changes without committing to a remodel, there are some simple solutions that won’t break the bank.
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BDNY 2017 Recap & Review
November 2017
We had a blast at the famed Boutique Design New York trade fair, BDNY. For those of you that we had the opportunity to meet with, we thank you for visiting with us.
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Tips on Productivity
November 2017
Sometimes Mondays just feel like… Monday. That Sunday feeling dreading going back to the grind. Expect your productivity to be at its lowest on Monday morning, often putting important tasks at risk while you struggle to get back into your groove.
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Fun things to do in NY while attending BDNY
November 2017
New York is one of the most visited cities in the world. And for good reason! From food to fashion to finance, this city is booming with culture. The Big Apple really is an incredible experience, and if you plan to visit New York for BDNY, you'll want to pack as much excitement as you can into your trip.
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Hotel Trends to Watch
October 2017
Early adopters of technology, especially Millennials and Centennials, are shaping the hotel industry like no other generations before. As they increase their travel related spending annually, hotels are increasingly looking for ways to accommodate this tech-savvy generation in the best way possible.
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Pinterest Picks - Halloween
October 2017
Fall means cooler weather, lattes, pumpkins, and of course, Halloween. And for you creative types, this is the absolute best time of year to show off your dark side-fueled craftiness. Pinterest is full of great Halloween decoration ideas from fun to spooky to downright scary.
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How to Choose a Color Scheme
October 2017
One of the most difficult tasks in interior design is selecting a color palette. It can be very challenging, especially since all furniture and accessories will have to follow the color palette you’ve chosen in order to maintain that perfect harmony.
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Guide for Hardware Positioning
October 2017
Changing hardware can make an old cabinet look new again. So choosing the hardware not only that you like, but that fits the style you are trying to accomplish, is the first step in re-imagining your space. Once you have selected your hardware, give some serious thought to its placement on the cabinets. You may not have given it much thought before, but the positioning of the hardware on your cabinetry makes a huge difference in its overall look.
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Donation Drive - Hurricane Harvey
October 2017
After Hurricane Harvey landed in Houston unloading unprecedented amounts of water, the city and surrounding areas were devastated and more than 30,000 people were displaced from their homes. As soon as the news broke, organizations and people all over the country immediately pulled together to help Hurricane Harvey Victims in any way they could.
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How to Decorate Shelves
September 2017
Wall shelves can be elegant, fun, and bold. They not only optimize vertical space, but can easily add personality to offices, commercial spaces, kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, living rooms, you name it. They can be tricky though – done wrong, and they can make your wall look cluttered. Follow these tips to find the perfect shelf brackets for your application – with a bit of fun, vibrant personal expression!
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Universal Design Kitchen
September 2017
The newly designed Signature Space Universal Design Kitchen was carefully planned by residential environments and design students, and through layout and product selection, they created a kitchen that accommodates people with a wide range of physical and cognitive abilities.
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The Rise of the Billion Dollar Stadium
September 2017
Football season is upon us. Rejoice football fans. But as much as we love watching football, have you noticed lately that the stadiums where the games are played have become the center of attention?
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Why You Should Attend BDNY (for FREE! w/ Promo Code)
August 2017
Are you in the Hospitality Industry? Project Contractor? Or a design enthusiast? Here is why you should attend BDNY this year:
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Ask An Expert: Anna Orfanides
August 2017
We caught up with interior designer, Anna Orfanides, for a Q&A session about what's new in interior design and what the future holds for the industry. Anna is known for creating custom looks that balance style and function that are tailored specifically for each project. Interiors require a highly intuitive use of space and design, visualizing what is important to clients and combining clients' resources and design style.
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Know Your Wood!
August 2017
Looking to bring a natural feel to your work space? We all know wood is the prime material for construction and furniture manufacturing, but who knew there was so much to it? Each species has its own unique properties that are as unique as your own fingerprint. With so many to choose from, you're sure to find something that fits your exact tastes and budget. Here are some basics to help you decide.
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Trend Alert - Antique Furniture
August 2017
What's the best way to make antiques new again? Pair them with modern furniture. The mixed materials and finishes will create a fun and modern blend. Then to accent this pairing of old and new, don't be afraid to go bold! Bright colors will create a dramatic effect and help bring out the natural qualities of the antique furniture.
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Ask An Expert: Josh Briere
July 2017
We caught up with Josh Briere, CEO of Elite Design and Construction, a company that specializes in high end quality finish carpentry and remodeling. Josh has worked on everything from high end and celebrity estates to major casinos and restaurants projects.
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Pinterest Picks
July 2017
Pinterest is an endless gallery of inspiration. Hidden treasures on every page. But it can also be dangerous! How many times have you been lost in your feed for hours? Well, we'll save you the endless journey and just give you some highlights.
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Wire Management
July 2017
Spaghetti party? No, sadly, it's just a bunch of clutter leaving a mess of wires behind on and around your furniture. Where to start? It can seem daunting, perhaps even impossible. Trust us, getting organized with wire management ...
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Selecting the Right Hardware
July 2017
Think drawer pulls and knobs are easy and don't require much thought? Think again. During the selection process for hardware, you not only have to decide which style best suits your application, but you also have to decide ...
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PCS77 Installation
July 2017
The PCS77 is one of our favorite Pop-Up Kitchen Power options. It has everything a power grommet needs, and your electrician will love it too! The PCS77 has Tamper Resistant, GFCI outlets and a water tight seal...
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Dwell on Design 2017
June 2017
Dwell on Design, a modern design-themed trade show, returned to the Los Angeles Convention Center to showcase the latest in furniture and accessories and residential design applications.
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NeoCon 2017 Wrap Up
June 2017
If you attended NeoCon 2017 in Chicago, surely we don't need to tell you there was no shortage of work-inspired details. If you didn't get the opportunity to attend, read on and we'll tell you more about what we found in our recap roundup!
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Ask An Expert: Peter Stathis
June 2017
We caught up with industrial designer, Peter Stathis, for a Q&A session about the future of office design. This just in time for NeoCon 2017, where we expect to find the latest trends on display, but Peter offers some professional insight ...
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Tactile Relationships
June 2017
What we touch and feel has a tendency to create a deeper emotional connection than sight alone. Texture is one of the most often overlooked design elements, but it is actually one of the most important.
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Kitchen Trend Report
May 2017
Are you planning to remodel your kitchen this season? This helpful Q&A will give you some helpful tips and guidelines for your project. Don't forget the details that can help make your kitchen even more inviting and functional.
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Future of Customer Service
May 2017
The future of artificial intelligence is becoming a reality. We've all talked to a call-routing bot and also chatted with it. This sandbox version of artificial intelligence that we are currently living in is not quite up to par just yet, but it's getting close.
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Kitchen Power Outlets
May 2017
If you are building or renovating your kitchen, you may have encountered some problems with your hidden kitchen power requirements. You have a brilliant design in mind, but not so fast...
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A Brief History of Cabinet Hardware
May 2017
Architectural Hardware plays a much bigger role in our daily lives than you may have imagined. Hardware as we know it today started to take off during the industrial revolution, but it has been giving our furniture...
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Perfection is in the Details
April 2017
What separates your business from the competition? If the customer experience is not at the top of your list, it should be. Now, what creates the best customer experience? The details! The thoughtful little things that leave a lasting impression.
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5 Tips For The Perfect Interior
April 2017
Spring is in the air, and so is the warm breezy weather that sets the stage for your home remodel. Roll up those sleeves and prepare for demo - sun's out, guns out! Or maybe you just need to shake things up without any construction.
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Leading The Charge
April 2017
USB-C is the developing industry standard for transmitting high speed power and data. What is USB-C? USB-C will soon do away with all proprietary power adapters and USB cables in a call to unify all devices once and for all.
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Interior Design for Commercial Spaces
March 2017
Is your brick and mortar store missing something? Is it getting increasingly difficult to get new customers in the door, or are you even losing your existing customers? Maybe it's time to reevaluate...
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Reducing Our Ecological Footprint
March 2017
Our environment is our most precious possession: it's the only one we've got and we can't afford to mess this up. Ecological diversity is what makes our sacred planet Earth the only livable habitat in our galaxy.
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Super Tables
March 2017
Did you know that your work desk can be much more than a simple tabletop? Consider the possibilities that can turn your regular old desk into a super table. Customize your user experience with a few simple upgrades.
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Medical Facilities Design - Waiting Rooms
March 2017
Going to the clinic is a dreaded experience. Whether you're getting a diagnosis or treatment for yourself, or simply there to be by someone else's side, it's never a comfortable experience.
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PCS77 on HGTVs Property Brothers
February 2017
We had a very exciting opportunity to include our Pop-Up Kitchen Power grommet, PCS77, on HGTV's Property Brothers Season 10, Episode 9. We were able to provide a practical and convenient kitchen power solution to a ...
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3 Reasons to Update Your Electrical Outlets
February 2017
Electrical outlets are an essential part of our everyday lives. They power the devices that are vital to our existence, like powering our social networks for instance! But power outlets rarely get the attention they deserve.
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Love Is In The Air! Three Ways to Use Rose Gold.
February 2017
Love is in the air, and the color for this season is Rose Gold. A beautiful, chic, and romantic color. This color can be found in many shades from dusty pink to a darker more reddish tone, the only difference being the amount of copper mixed in.
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Mixing Metals
February 2017
As we get settled into the new year, it may be time to consider freshening up your look with a new home décor for 2017. A few simple changes can revitalize your space and make the old feel new again.
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2017 Color of the Year and 3 Ways to Use It
January 2017
Pantone has announced its 2017 color of the year, GREENERY. This soft, soothing tone creates a warm and gentle mood. Recent design trends have been heavily influenced by a desire to reconnect with nature, as well as...
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31st Annual Mockett Design Competition Winners
January 2017
The Design Competition was created in 1985, and the rules are and always have been very simple: anyone can enter! No professional credentials required - anybody can submit their product ideas no matter how unusual, even those that...
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5 Holiday Gift Ideas for your Favorite Architect
December 2016
The holidays are fast approaching, and you've probably finished most of your Christmas shopping by now, crossing everyone off your list. Except one. If any of your loved ones are architects, then you know how difficult it can be to...
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3D Printing - The Future of Concept Modeling at Mockett
August 2016
We got into the 3D printing game early on. Years ago in fact. Long before it was in the news or making a big splash on social media, and certainly long before it grew into what it is today. In fact, the first model we had in the office was one...
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The Millennial Workspace
July 2016
The office construction industry continues to grow at a consistent rate, but much of that construction is geared towards a new kind of office space. A new take on design inspired largely by an evolving office culture and the...
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Convenient Power Options = Happy Customers
May 2016
Ask any bartender and you'll find that there are a multitude of things that we as bar patrons do that just, well, annoy them. From ordering "a beer" without specifying what KIND of beer to say, helping yourself to a cherry from the fruit tray, there...
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Barn Door Hardware - It's All About YOU!
March 2016
So, how did this rustic barn door style make its way into urban lofts and luxury interiors? Well, much of its recent trending success can be attributed to its basic functionality. The graceful freedom of movement is nearly frictionless as...
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Wireless Charging - Free Yourself from Cables!
March 2016
No Wires, No Mess. The question is: Are we there yet? The answer is: Yes! Wireless Charging technology has existed for quite some time, but not until recently has it become so accessible to consumers.
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How Safe is Your Electrical Device? Ask UL.
March 2016
What is UL and why is it so important? In short, Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is responsible for testing hundreds of thousands of parts each year and tagging billions of products with their safety certifications. When a new product is ready...
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Design Inspires Productivity
February 2016
Makes sense, right? It's not such an enigmatic concept if you think about it. Whether you work in an office or work from home, a comfortable workspace will keep you focused - staying focused will enhance productivity and inspire...
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Benching Solutions. Is it right for your office?
January 2016
Benching is the biggest new trend in office design, and those old high cubicle walls are crashing down in favor of an open space floor plan. But will it work for you and your office culture?
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CES 2016 in Review
January 2016
CES is nothing short of an all-encompassing sensory exploration that will leave you exhausted from tech fatigue. I've never seen so much "stuff" that I never knew I wanted. Until now.
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