Product> Goodness Gracious, Great Walls Aspire: Top Facade Products

Spec Sheet  

(Courtesy James Hardie)

The defining aspect of every building—the facade—is where the artistic aspiration is most visible and where the performance factor is most vulnerable. These new cladding and construction products prove beauty is certainly more than skin deep.

Reveal Panel System
James Hardie

Developed specifically for multi-family, mixed-use, senior living, and light commercial facilities, these panels can be cut on-site to deliver an expressed joint look with deep shadow lines. Trims and fasteners can be field painted, or their metal finishes left exposed. The ventilated rainscreen assembly incorporates best practices for moisture management.

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Product> Six Materials and Systems for Great Facade Design

Spec Sheet  

(Courtesy Centria)

Whether it’s a unitized wall panel to facilitate faster build-speed or a cladding material that promises unlimited creative expression, new products for facades elevate both the art and science of design.

Formawall Graphix Series

This single component wall system facilitates the design of complex patterns that combine horizontal, vertical, and diagonal reveals within a single panel. The panels have a steel face and liner, along with factory foamed-in-place insulation that fills the voids in the panel joinery and prevents a reduction in thermal values. They also features pressure-equalized horizontal joinery that provides long term protection with minimal maintenance.

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Zaha Hadid, Fernando Romero, and friends reinvent the high heel for Milan Design Week 2015

Design, International, Product
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
(Courtesy Milan Design Week 2015)

(Courtesy Milan Design Week 2015)

What happens when you enlist four architects and a designer to create a shoe? That’s the task handed to Zaha Hadid, Ben van Berkel, and others. The result is an ethereal-looking sculpture wrought by selective laser sintering that vaguely recalls the giant dusters at a carwash.

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Product> Opening Statements: Six New Facade Elements

Spec Sheet  

(Courtesy CRL-U.S. Aluminum)

From door assemblies and curtainwalls to specialty glazing, these innovative new products combine aesthetic appeal with high performance.

Entice Entrance System
CRL-U.S. Aluminum

This is the first premium storefront of its kind that meets and exceeds the industry’s ever-evolving building codes and energy conservation requirements while maintaining an air of contemporary elegance. Designed with minimal vertical lines, and able to support door handle hardware on 1″ insulating glass panels via specialized thru-glass fittings, the system is also available in a hybrid configuration with fully integrated, prewired and serviceable LED lights that accent the top and bottom of the door.

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Back in Green: Jean Prouvé furnishings reissued and retooled with a little help from Rem Koolhaas

Design, International, Product
Wednesday, April 1, 2015

(Courtesy G-Star)

More than seventy years after their creation, a collection of classic office furniture by Jean Prouvé is being updated and released to the market. Dutch fashion purveyor G-Star, in conjunction with Swiss furniture manufacturer Vitra, have developed “Prouvé Raw,” a collection of ten pieces that include chairs, desk and wall lighting, conference tables, and writing desks.

And Rem Koolhaas also plays a role in this revival.

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Product> Outdoor Lighting with an Architectural Bent

Spec Sheet  

(Courtesy Erco)

Balancing safety, aesthetics, and performance, these innovative exterior luminaires also address issues of light pollution and trespass.


Offering powerful digital light with excellent glare control in a compact, minimalist design, the system features exceptional levels of luminous flux from a virtually invisible, fully shielded light source.

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Product> Six Brilliant Designs for Exterior Lights

Spec Sheet  

(Courtesy Bega)

Whether it’s adding architectural definition to buildings or landscapes, providing ambient illumination, or as a way-finding tool, these luminaires bring an after-dark shine to design.

Bollard 7786LED

These robust bollards provide glare-free widespread symmetrical illumination while acting as a piece of urban furniture. The construction is robust enough for people to sit or stand on. These luminaires are ideal for schools, parks and other public areas. With two-piece die-cast aluminum construction, consisting of a lower post and a top casting and a spun aluminum lamp housing, with hand-blown fresnel crystal glass screw-neck diffuser located inside the lower post. U.L. listed, suitable for wet locations. With LED lamping, it is available in 3000K and 4000K.

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Product> Brilliant Concepts: Six Light Fixtures that Do More than Illuminate

Spec Sheet  

(Courtesy Luceplan)

Merging practicality—ingenuity, even—with aesthetics can yield impressive results. These light fixtures and accessories go beyond the basic function of illuminating a space in some very surprising ways.

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Washing your hands will never be the same with this award-winning faucet’s swirling lattice of water

(Courtesy Simin Qiu)

(Courtesy Simin Qiu)

If you’re trying to up your faucet game and new fixtures just aren’t doing the trick—we’ve got the perfect piece to impress your dinner guests when they visit the powder room. Simin Qiu, a student at the London Royal College of Art, has designed a faucet that releases water in an elegant latticework pattern. Finally, water from the tap won’t just lazily fall into your sink basin, resigned to its dreary passage into the sewers; it will do it with pizzaz!

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LEGO Architecture honors the Great Emancipator with a miniature of the Lincoln Memorial

(Courtesy LEGO)

(Courtesy LEGO)

A miniature LEGO model of the Lincoln Memorial has just launched under the LEGO Architecture brand, a “Lego for grownups” product line that celebrates architecture and the chameleon capabilities of the LEGO brick.

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Product> Facing the Wall: 6 Wild Wallcoverings

National, Product, Spec Sheet
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Spec Sheet  

(Courtesy Flavor Paper)

Wallcoverings have come a long way since the days of fuzzy, flocked papers in garish colors. Today, the erstwhile decorative product offers added value in the form of LEED credits, antimicrobial coatings, and even light-transmitting properties. Read on to see what’s on our radar.

Flavor Paper

Designed by Karen Hsu of Omnivore and Keryn Dizon, this pattern has a 27 ½-inch repeat; 27-inch-wide rolls are 15 feet long. The delicate photographic image comes in four standard colorways, with custom colors available; on clay-coat paper or silver mylar.

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Product> SpecSheet: Six Super Surfacing Treatments

Interiors, National, Product, Spec Sheet
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Spec Sheet  

(Courtesy Neolith / TheSize)

Long the workhorses of finishes, composites have come a long way. Mineral- or wood-based, polymers, ceramics—new chemistries and production methods have expanded the both the performance range and the aesthetic qualities of these surface materials. Here are six new products that are as durable as they are attractive.

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