The Heart of Great New York Residential Design

To independent architect/interior designer Jae Chang, modern design is about taking something classic and proven and making it contemporary, habitable and inviting. When he was approached to design and renovate a Madison Avenue apartment for a fellow architect, he leapt at the chance to transform the outdated, underused space into a modern, functional, showcase apartment.

Located near the historic Morgan Library in Manhattan, the prewar building was rife with Old World charms: high ceilings, arched doorways, thick walls and a sturdy foundation. Chang used the distinctions of the classic building as inspiration, designing a neoteric New York apartment with a mid-century feel.

According to Chang, modern design isn’t just about creating something brand new and shiny, with sharp edges and eccentric angles. It is also about renovation and revival, simply clearing the forest for new growth.

“The project was a white canvas, but I wanted to evoke the old soul of the building,” said Chang. “It was a gut renovation, but the building had such good bones. So we replicated existing details of the structure. We went with a simple crown, simple base and simple panels. I wanted it to be both modern and timeless.”

One of the common complaints of residents of prewar apartment buildings is creaky floors. Chang addressed this summarily, choosing only rift sawn white oak from Frank Miller Lumber for the hardwood flooring.

“The floor was one of the most important things I wanted to address early,” added Chang. “We ended up going with white oak to keep it lighter in color and modern, but durable.”

Completed in spring 2011, the 1,500 square-foot project took Chang and his team 11 months to complete. The hardwood flooring was manufactured byWilson Woodworks.

Frank Miller Lumber in Japan, Singapore and Australia to Meet with Architects and Customers

Three-week Expedition Is Latest in Company’s Global Efforts

UNION CITY, Ind., June 11, 2012 — This month, Dan Hackett, CEO and president of Frank Miller Lumber, and Criswell Davis, architectural marketing manager at Frank Miller, will embark on an international trade mission, covering markets in Singapore, Australia and Japan. Frank Miller intends to use the excursion to highlight its growth into a thriving, global enterprise.

During the trip, Hackett and Davis will meet with many of Frank Miller’s international clients, attend an American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) conference, and build relationships with architects and designers.

Singapore will be their first stop, where Hackett and Davis will attend the AHEC 17th Southeast Asia & Greater China Convention, the theme of which is “American Hardwood and Green Design: Life Cycle Assessment and the True Environmental Impact of Material Choice.” During the convention they will have the chance to network with members of many different Asian trade associations and institutions, including The China National Furniture Association, the Malaysian Furniture Industry Council, The Singapore Furniture Industries Council, and the Singapore Institute of Architects, among others. The American Hardwood Export Council, with which Frank Miller is closely associated and a member of, is the leading international trade association of the U.S. hardwood industry.

Hackett and Davis will then travel to Perth, Australia, to visit with a customer who has organized a large architectural presentation featuring Davis as the keynote speaker, with many members of the Australian Institute of Architects in attendance. Hackett and Davis will also travel with their customer, giving presentations about Frank Miller quartersawn hardwoods to manufacturers and builders. They will also travel to Sydney to visit with another large distributor, giving presentations about quartersawn hardwoods around New South Wales and in Canberra, Australia’s capital. The design of Canberra by American architect Walter Burley Griffin was, in part, influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright and his Prairie Style, which often incorporates quartersawn white oak.

“Frank Miller Lumber is a relatively small niche hardwood manufacturer with a very large international profile,” said Davis. “Manufacturers and distributors around the globe are more interested than ever in how to set themselves apart from one another through unique product lines.”

The final part of the trip will have Hackett and Davis traveling from Sydney to Japan, where they will travel extensively with their largest distributor. They will visit key manufacturers in Takayama, Osaka, Hiroshima, and Tokyo to try to learn more about each one and strengthen Frank Miller Lumber’s relationships with its customers.

In the 1980s, Frank Miller’s growing relationships with Japanese furniture manufacturers encouraged the company to significantly increase its quartersawn hardwood production. Thirty years later, Frank Miller is now one of the few providers in the world capable of producing hardwood in this manner, and one of the largest producers of quartersawn hardwoods in the world.

“As many already know, our products are specified by architects and designers around the world in high-end commercial and residential construction,” said Hackett. “This trip will further cement Frank Miller Lumber’s position in the world community of distributors, manufacturers, designers and architects.”

About Frank Miller Lumber (www.frankmiller.com)

Frank Miller helps architects and designers realize the elegance and durability of quartersawn hardwoods in the most distinctive architectural endeavors. Established in 1903 and located in Union City, Indiana, Frank Miller produces exceptionally fine quartersawn and plain sawn hardwoods for manufacturers of fine furniture, cabinets, architectural millwork and flooring. Frank Miller’s quartersawn products are used in high-end commercial and residential construction around the globe where there is a significant architectural/design element to the project’s cabinets, millwork and flooring.

Frank Miller Lumber Used to Create Flooring Featured in Barnes Foundation

Barnes Foundation’s Philadelphia campus is home to private, world-class art collection

UNION CITY, Ind., May 24, 2012 — The grand opening of the Barnes Foundation Philadelphia campus was held on May 19, 2012, setting off an inaugural week of free admission for the public to the renowned art collection and entire campus, culminating with a Memorial Day weekend offering a variety of entertainment and programs, including a festival.

The 93,000-square-foot building, designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, provides substantial accommodations for the Barnes Foundation’s programs in art education and for temporary art exhibitions. Additionally, the building will house the world-class Barnes art collection, one of the most valuable private art collections in the world.

One of the key elements in the design of the museum was the flooring; it had to be stable and durable enough to support many years of public wear, while being aesthetically true to the vision of the architects. More than 30,000 square feet of flooring was manufactured using FSC-certified quartersawn white oak from Frank Miller Lumber. The floor was installed in a unique pattern at the Barnes Museum by Pennsylvania Flooring, a division of ReSource New Jersey Commercial Flooring. Designers often choose quartersawn white oak for its strength, stability and distinctive beauty.

Frank Miller was a part of the project from the outset, keeping the hardwood supply on track and helping the architects implement their visions.

“By allowing Frank Miller to be involved early in the design process, we were able to effectively meet the needs of the flooring manufacturer, the flooring installer and the specifications established by the architects,” said Criswell Davis, architectural marketing manager, Frank Miller. “It’s exciting to be a part of such an architecturally and culturally significant building.”
Dan Hackett, president and CEO of Frank Miller, echoed those sentiments. “It has been an honor to have our hardwoods included in the design of the Barnes Collection Museum. We know the public and the art community worldwide will enjoy the museum for many years to come.”

About Frank Miller Lumber (www.frankmiller.com)
Frank Miller helps architects and designers realize the elegance and durability of quartersawn hardwoods in the most distinctive architectural endeavors. Established in 1903 and located in Union City, Indiana, Frank Miller produces exceptionally fine quartersawn and plain sawn hardwoods for manufacturers of fine furniture, cabinets, architectural millwork and flooring. Frank Miller’s quartersawn products are used in high-end commercial and residential construction around the globe where there is a significant architectural/design element to the project’s cabinets, millwork and flooring.

Acme Floor Company Wins NWFA “Best Commercial Wood Flooring” Award

Frank Miller Lumber Supplies Quartersawn Hardwood Used by Acme in Award-winning Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Project

UNION CITY, Ind., May 14, 2012 — Acme Floor Company has won the “Best Commercial Wood Flooring” award for its installation of the flooring in Helzberg Hall, the 1,600-seat concert venue at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, and the current home of the renowned Kansas City Symphony. Supplied by Frank Miller Lumber, the flooring in Helzberg Hall was constructed and installed from more than 20,000 square feet of 3″ red oak and features a stunning floor-to-ceiling aesthetic showcasing a variety of North American hardwoods.

The 2012 National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) Expo, held April 2012 at the Gaylord Palms Convention Center in Kissimmee, Fla., is the only convention and trade show in the world dedicated solely to wood flooring. Experts in wood flooring and hardwood from around the world gathered to network, share experiences with their peers, and honor the achievements of some of the premier flooring companies in the industry.

“Acme is honored to receive this award from the National Wood Flooring Association,” said Bob Kenney II, president and owner, Acme Floor Company. “We are proud to do our part to create such an exceptional building for the Kansas City community.”

Helzberg Hall was designed by internationally renowned architecture firm Safdie Architects, who collaborated with Acme Floor Co. to create a space that showcases the delicate acoustics of solo concerts, chamber music and even full orchestras. The architects wanted to use quartersawn hardwood to complement their world-class design, and Acme turned to the premier quartersawn hardwood experts at Frank Miller.

“We feel privileged that Frank Miller was chosen by Acme Floor Co. to supply the hardwood used in the architecturally significant Kauffman Center,” said Dan Hackett, president and CEO, Frank Miller.

About Acme Floor Co., Inc. (www.acmefloorco.com)
A family owned and operated business specializing in laying, refinishing, and resurfacing hardwood floors for residential and commercial customers, Acme has more than 86 years of experience serving Kansas residents as a wood flooring specialist and also offers professional gym floors, custom staining and refinishing services.

About Frank Miller Lumber (www.frankmiller.com)
Frank Miller helps architects and designers realize the elegance and durability of quartersawn hardwoods in the most distinctive architectural endeavors. Established in 1903 and located in Union City, Indiana, Frank Miller produces exceptionally fine quartersawn and plain sawn hardwoods for manufacturers of fine furniture, cabinets, architectural millwork and flooring. Frank Miller’s quartersawn products are used in high-end commercial and residential construction around the globe where there is a significant architectural/design element to the project’s cabinets, millwork and flooring.