Product> Surfaces Effective: 14 Innovative Materials

Interiors, National, Product
Friday, February 13, 2015

(Courtesy Dinesen)

Visual grace notes to architectural compositions, surface and finish materials can bring tactility, color, and pattern into a space. From floor to ceiling, from wood and tile to composites and carpeting, here’s our pick of the current palette.

Plank Floors

Founded in 1898, this family-run company sources Douglas fir and oak from the best forests in Europe, selecting trees between eighty and 200 years old for exceptional custom flooring installations.

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Product> Tile: Six Top Picks for Architectural Applications

Spec Sheet  

(Courtesy Design Tale Studio)

Ceramic or porcelain, mosaic or large-format, rectified or squared, tile is a clay canvas for not only original expressions, but also for convincing imitations of natural materials. Here’s a sampling of new products.

Design Tale Studio / DTS

Fossil is a hand-drawn illustration, inspired by prehistoric imprints of plants and animals on rock formations. The collection was designed by Kasia Zareba, the winner of the manufacturer’s Create Your Own Tile competition. The 24-inch by 24-inch porcelain tiles are available in beige, brown, and grey and five patterns.

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A Stapler Never Looked So Sleek: Tom Dixon’s designer desk tools are sure to make every architect jealous

Design, International, Product
Monday, February 9, 2015
(Courtesy Tom Dixon)

(Courtesy Tom Dixon)

Perk up your home office with sleek stationery that doubles as a design artefact. The new range of glammed-up everyday utilities from British designer Tom Dixon features the minimalist, no-nonsense aesthetic we have come to expect from British design. Clad in copper, each piece exudes an understated glamor that speaks of old money. Five product lines form a family of quotidian items imbued with an unexpected luxury and durability–from staplers to tape dispensers and a desk tidy box.

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Now here’s a bright idea: Designer 3d prints skyscraper-shaped light bulb covers

Stalaclights 3D-printed LIGHT BULB covers by David Graas (Courtesy David Graas)

Stalaclights 3D-printed light bulb covers by David Graas (Courtesy David Graas)

Dutch product designer David Graas started with this premise: what if the cityscape as we know it were literally flipped upside down? His answer is a collection of 3D-printed light bulb covers shaped like some of the world’s glitziest skyscrapers. Suspended from the ceiling, these so-called “Stalaclights” appear at once disorienting and enchanting from the impression of icy stalactites descending from the ceiling like tiny cities floating untethered in mid-air.

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Put a Ring on It: Architectural Jewelry Features Functional Measuring Tools

Miniature scale ruler ring by architect Damien Delgado-Elias (Courtesy Simon & Barrere)

Miniature scale ruler ring by architect Damien Delgado-Elias (Courtesy Simon & Barrere)

Rather than wear your heart on your sleeve, why not sport your passion on your finger? Peruvian architect Diego Delgado-Elias has created a collection of rings ornamented with miniature mainstays of the architect’s toolkit.

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Product> Floorcovering: Six Carpets with an Architectural Edge

Spec Sheet  

(Courtesy Nanimarquina)

Enhancing acoustics, elevating comfort, and offering an attractive shot of color underfoot—carpeting can impact an interior in both subtle and obvious ways. Kick off your shoes and see what we’ve discovered.


The new Tatami collection by Ariadna Miquel and Nani Marquina are the first color pieces to be part of Nanimarquina’s Natural Collection. Inspired by Japanese straw tatami mats, Tatami is made with a combination of soft, New Zealand wool and bright, structured jute. These complementary fibers are hand loomed together to create the perfect marriage of style and comfort. Available in several colors.

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Product> Above the Ordinary: Best Bath Fixtures and Fittings

National, Product, Spec Sheet
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Spec Sheet  

(Courtesy Duravit)

Including an architect-designed element in the bath can elevate the look of the room without breaking the client’s budget. Whether a suite of fixtures or a single item, it’s an added-value investment.

Starck 1 Washbasin

This modern washbasin features a unique faucet hole that is nearly impossible to machine fabricate. The faucet surround of the sink is hand-sanded to create an entirely flat surface on the top and sides of the hole, resulting in a unique appearance.

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Product> Six Top Design and Materials Apps for Architects

National, Product, Spec Sheet
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Spec Sheet  

(Courtesy HI-MACS)

Technology is supposed to make design a more streamlined, efficient process. But as anyone who’s ever squinted at a tools palette of inscrutable icons can attest, it too often deters the creative process. To the rescue comes a smart selection of task-specific, nimble apps and programs.

LG Hausys

Available for Apple and Android phones, this app’s clean design and linear sequencing makes it easy to explore. In just a few taps, users can find descriptions and specifications of the surfacing material—including water permeability, thermoformability, and heat resistance—as well as all the products and colors available.

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Products> High-Tech Hardware for Architects

National, Product, Spec Sheet
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Spec Sheet  

(Courtesy FARO)

The right hardware can go a long way toward easing the design process. From analyzing infrastructure and documenting site conditions to monitoring construction and updating archives, there’s a tool for every task.

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Want a Rem in your room? Beijing’s CCTV tower transformed into a wardrobe


(Courtesy Design Miami)

At the recent Design Miami fest, artist Naihan Li exhibited her work-of-art wardrobe, which is helpfully—or confusingly—titled I AM A MONUMENT. (Apologies, and a tip of the chapeau, to Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour.) The monument in question is, of course, Rem KoolhaasCCTV building.

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Presents with Presence: AN’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide sure to please all the designers on your list

National, Newsletter, Product
Thursday, December 18, 2014

(Courtesy J. Hill’s Standard)

For those in the A/E/C practices, there is little doubt about the greatest gift of all: time. While AN can’t source that elusive asset for you, we have assembled a collection of material goods that are designed to make life a little more elegant, efficient, and even fun. Happy holidays to all!

Elements Collection
J. Hill’s Standard

A fresh take on Irish cut crystal, this barware is marked by cuts and textures of varying depth, creating a graphic language. Designed by Scholten & Baijings.

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Product> My Tech: Insightful Apps for Engineers and Architects

National, Product, Spec Sheet, Technology
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Spec Sheet  

(Courtesy Penetron)

So much to know, and so little time…. Here’s a pocketful of design and construction apps that will put you in control of the facts on concrete calcs and lighting schemes to entry systems and steel data.

Penetron App

For Android and iOS mobile devices, this app offers numerous advantages for on-site work. It features instant access to product data sheets (for application instructions) and a solutions guide for a vast number of technical issues. Additional functions include a product overview, a technology summary, a QR scanner for Penetron codes, and a calculator to estimate product quantities needed for a job.

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