For the Birds> Michael Graves’ last design for Alessi updated his Bird Kettle with a dragon

Design, International, Product
Monday, August 3, 2015
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(Courtesy Alessi)

The last project Michael Graves completed for Alessi references one of his earliest creations for the company: The 9093 kettle, better known as the Bird Teakettle. To mark the thirtieth anniversary of the iconic piece, the late architect designed a new component for what’s being called the Tea Rex kettle.

In January 2015, Graves explained the development of this update.

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2015 Best of Products Awards> Visionaries

Awards, National, Product
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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(Courtesy Nissha Printing Company)

On a hot day in June, a jury convened to review nearly 400 entries to The Architect’s Newspaper first Best of Products competition. Submissions, divided over eight categories, abounded in new materials and exciting technologies, provoking a lively dialogue during the evaluation process.

Colin Brice of Mapos, Barry Goralnick of Barry Goralnick Architects, Harshad Pillai of Fogarty Finger Architecture, and architect Alison Spear generously contributed their considerable expertise and insight to the judging.

The complete roster of winners can be found in our just-published print edition, and online here. In this final installment of reporting the competition results, we recognize four products as Visionaries. Whether a prototype or already in production, these pieces caught the jury’s attention for their pursuit of pure design ideals.

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2015 Best of Products Awards> Kitchens + Baths and Lighting

Awards, National, Product
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
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The winner of the Lighting category, Running Magnet 2.0 by FLOS Architectural. (Courtesy FLOS Architectural)

On a hot day in June, a jury convened to review nearly 400 entries to The Architect’s Newspaper first Best of Products competition. Submissions, divided over eight categories, abounded in new materials and exciting technologies, provoking a lively dialogue during the evaluation process.

Colin Brice of Mapos, Barry Goralnick of Barry Goralnick Architects, Harshad Pillai of Fogarty Finger Architecture, and architect Alison Spear generously contributed their considerable expertise and insight to the judging.

While the complete roster of winners can be found in our just-published print edition, AN will be publishing the results daily over the next week. Today’s categories, Kitchens + Baths and Lighting, evidenced a trend toward efficient use of space and energy. View all of the published categories here.

View the winners after the jump.

2015 Best of Products Awards> HVAC and Outdoor Furnishings

Awards, National, Product
Monday, July 27, 2015
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The winner in the Outdoor category, Walkable Photovoltaic Floor by Onyx Solar. (Courtesy Onyx Solar)

On a hot day in June, a jury convened to review nearly 400 entries to The Architect’s Newspaper first Best of Products competition. Submissions, divided over eight categories, abounded in new materials and exciting technologies, provoking a lively dialogue during the evaluation process.

Colin Brice of Mapos, Barry Goralnick of Barry Goralnick Architects, Harshad Pillai of Fogarty Finger Architecture, and architect Alison Spear generously contributed their considerable expertise and insight to the judging.

While the complete roster of winners can be found in our just-published print edition, AN will be publishing the results daily over the next week. Today’s categories, HVAC + Environmental Systems and Outdoor Furnishings + Products, evidenced a shared trend of sustainability. View all of the published categories here.

View the winners after the jump.

Here’s what happens when Zaha Hadid and Pharrell get together to design sneakers

Design, National, Product
Monday, July 27, 2015
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(Courtesy Adidas)

From the strange bedfellows files: Musician Pharrell Williams has enlisted Zaha Hadid as a partner to rejuvenate a rather staid athletic shoe.

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2015 Best of Products Awards> Facades + Structural and Openings

Awards, National, Product
Thursday, July 23, 2015
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The winner in the Facades+Structural category, UniQuad Unitized Daylighting System by CPI Daylighting. (Courtesy CPI Daylighting)

The winner in the Facades+Structural category, UniQuad Unitized Daylighting System by CPI Daylighting. (Courtesy CPI Daylighting)

On a hot day in June, a jury convened to review nearly 400 entries to The Architect’s Newspaper first Best of Products competition. Submissions, divided over eight categories, abounded in new materials and exciting technologies, provoking a lively dialogue during the evaluation process.

Colin Brice of Mapos, Barry Goralnick of Barry Goralnick Architects, Harshad Pillai of Fogarty Finger Architecture, and architect Alison Spear generously contributed their considerable expertise and insight to the judging.

While the complete roster of winners can be found in our just-published print edition, AN will be publishing the results daily over the next week. The entries in today’s categories, Facades + Structural and Openings, show a joint interest in streamlining the installation process while expanding aesthetic possibilities. View all of the published categories here.

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2015 Best of Products Awards> Finishes + Surfaces and Interiors + Furnishings

Awards, National, Product
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
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(Montage by AN)

(Montage by AN)

On a hot day in June, a jury convened to review nearly 400 entries to The Architect’s Newspaper‘s first Best of Products competition. Submissions, divided over eight categories, abounded in new materials and exciting technologies, provoking a lively dialogue during the evaluation process.

Colin Brice of Mapos, Barry Goralnick of Barry Goralnick Architects, Harshad Pillai of Fogarty Finger Architecture, and architect Alison Spear generously contributed their considerable expertise and insight to the judging.

While the complete roster of winners can be found in our just-published print edition, AN will be publishing the results daily over the next week. Today’s categories, Finishes + Surfaces and Interiors + Furnishings, evidenced a trend toward dramatic design.

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Product> Hot Stuff for Kitchens & Baths

Spec Sheet  
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

Spec Sheet  
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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.

More after the jump.

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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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