Product> Hot Stuff for Kitchens & Baths

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LEAD-LaCornue

(Courtesy La Cornue)

Assertive style and high performance are characteristic qualities in the latest crop of new products and collections for the kitchen and bath. Often drawing on designs of the past, they nonetheless present an advanced aesthetic.

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London skyline as battleground: Designers render 3D-printed chess pieces in the shape of iconic architecture

(Courtesy Skyline Chess)

(Courtesy Skyline Chess)

City skylines can seem at times like battlegrounds, with architects vying for superlatives of tallest, grandest, and bizarrest. Skyline Chess, founded by London-based designers Chris Prosser and Ian Flood, reimagines chess pieces as miniature models of the city’s landmark buildings.

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Product> Great Pavers for Plazas and Hardscapes

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(Courtesy Unilock)

From courtyards to car parks, pedestrian streets to city plazas, pavers offer an aesthetic and durable alternative to ordinary asphalt and concrete surfaces.

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Products> Hot Products for Hot Summer Days

National, Product
Saturday, July 4, 2015
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(Courtesy Vitrocsa)

Landscape lighting, kitchen systems, pavers, and wire mesh: readers of SpecSheet certainly have wide-ranging interests. Here are some of the most popular products of the year thus far, as measured by the volume of online traffic.

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American Standard makes a splash with 3D-printed sculptural faucets as the brand turns 150

Design, International, Product
Thursday, July 2, 2015
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(Courtesy American Standard)

(Courtesy American Standard)

American Standard has debuted a series of high-end 3D-printed faucets evoking sculptural artwork. Formed by selective laser sintering, each design presents a creative play on the way water cascades from it. While faucets have long been prototyped using 3D deposition modeling, the plumbing and building product manufacturer claims that this series of luxury faucets is the first ready-for-market faucet wrought using powerful lasers.

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Product> Windows, Walls, and Doors for Spatial Solutions

National, Product, Spec Sheet
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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Spec Sheet  
LEAD-Maars-lineaCube-3

(Courtesy Maars Living Walls)

Inside or out, these six systems encourage spatial efficiency in both commercial and residential settings. Innately flexible, their design allows square footage to respond to the changing demands of the user.

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Product> Architecture Without Borders: Operable Exterior Walls

National, Product, Spec Sheet
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
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Spec Sheet  
LEAD-vitrocsa-FRAN-SILVESTRE-ARQUITECTOS-VALENCIA-(11)-copy

(Courtesy Vitrocsa)

Operable exterior walls strengthen the link between architecture and landscape by selectively erasing portions of a building. Whether they’re swinging, sliding, or pivoting, these dual-purpose panels expand the possibilities of design.

Invisible Wall System

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Product> Interior Wall Systems: Six Top Designs

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LEAD-Raydoor-2

(Courtesy Raydoor)

New interior door and wall systems encourage spatial efficiency and flexibility—essential traits in the contemporary office, where shifting, collaborative work groups are the norm. Here’s a look at some innovative designs for this ever-critical design element.

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Products> Clever New Door Hardware

National, Product, Spec Sheet
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
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Spec Sheet  
LEAD-HAFELE-Slido-80-M

(Courtesy Häfele)

Hinges, rollers, and locksets are the unheralded—and often hidden—components of a door’s design. Here’s a sampling of what’s new in functional hardware.

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Product> Gripping Design: Six New Door Handles

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LEAD-OMNIA-Prodigy-Designs-copy

(Courtesy Omnia Industries)

Knobs, levers, locks, and handsets: Providing both security and the all-important initial aesthetic impression, decorative door hardware is a key design detail.

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Product> Choice Seats: Creative Chair Designs

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LEAD-CARL-HANSEN_StripesByPaulSmith_range

(Courtesy Carl Hansen & Son)

Ready to revitalize a living room in a summer home, these freewheeling, fashionable chair designs offer comfort as well as outstanding styling.

CH445 Chair, Stripes by Paul Smith
Carl Hansen Collection, Coalesse

Upholstered in a vibrant Maharam fabric designed by Paul Smith, this classic wing chair gets a new look. Chair designed by Hans J. Wegner.

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Product> Home and Away: Residential and Commercial Furnishings

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LEAD-BERNHARDT-

(Courtesy Bernhardt Design)

Thanks to the increasingly sophisticated tastes of clients and consumers, it’s becoming harder to discern a distinct boundary between residential and commercial furnishings. These tables, chairs, benches, and stools attest to the success of such stylistic crossovers.

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