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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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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