Product> Windows, Walls, and Doors for Spatial Solutions

National, Product, Spec Sheet
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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Spec Sheet  
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(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

Spec Sheet  
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(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  
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(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

Spec Sheet  
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(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

Spec Sheet  
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(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

Spec Sheet  
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(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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Product> Working It: New Office Furnishings

Spec Sheet  
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(Courtesy Vitra)

Although the office-as-playground concept still has legs among the creative class of businesses, workplace interiors are showing signs of maturation. While communal desking remains popular, more contract suppliers are developing solutions to the acoustic and storage issues that are symptomatic of what some view as the overly-open office plan.

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Asymmetrical, 3D-printed chandelier by Matter Design defies laws of gravity

(Courtesy Matter Design)

(Courtesy Matter Design)

While a chandelier is typically a balancing act between its various arms, Boston-based Matter Design has debunked the typology with a 3D-printed, asymmetrical brass chandelier. Founders of the award-winning design studio, Brandon Clifford and Wes McGee, both professors at MIT, based their design on two calculations to reposition the light fixture’s center of gravity and offset the lack of symmetry.

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Product> Checking In: Amazing Hospitality Designs

Spec Sheet  
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(Courtesy Moooi)

Hospitality design is all about visual impact and physical comfort. From pedigreed modernist classics to eye-popping contemporary works, these pieces will make any lobby or lounge area a memorable space.

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Renzo Piano designs a handbag replica of his new Whitney Museum of American Art

Architecture, Art, Design, East, Product
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
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(Montage by AN)

(Montage by AN)

The new Whitney Museum of American Art is opening on Friday, May 1. (Get your sneak peek inside the museum over here!) But a whopping 28,000 ton museum isn’t the only thing Renzo Piano has up his sleeve—he’s also designed the must-have fashion accessory with which to be seen browsing art at Manhattan’s newest Meatpacking District hotspot. Behold, the “Whitney Bag.”

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Product> Wrap It Up: Six Creative Cladding Materials

National, Product, Spec Sheet
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
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Spec Sheet  
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(Courtesy Thermocromex)

Thanks in large part to advances in protective coatings and insulation products, buildings big and small can be clad in a variety of materials; when creatively sheathed, even a basic box can achieve an anything-but-ordinary appearance.

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