Product> Design Diagnosis: 12 of the best new healthcare furnishings

Interiors, National, Product, Spec Sheet
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
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Spec Sheet  
regard-by-steelcase

(Courtesy Steelcase)

With the rise of evidence-based design, comfortable spaces are eclipsing clinical environments in healthcare facilities. These new products satisfy both the aesthetic and performance demands of the medical community.

Regard
Nurture by Steelcase

This system of waiting-area furniture is designed to adapt to a wide variety of spaces, and has features—flexible power locations, integrated tables, privacy booths—that allow people to connect or retreat.

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Product> Climate, Controlled: Top Heating & Cooling Products

National, Product
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
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(Courtesy Schüco)

(Courtesy Schüco)

These innovative, resource-conscious building products keep structures—and their occupants—comfortable while maximizing energy efficiency.

ProSol TF+
Schüco

This high-efficiency, thin-film photovoltaic module produces up to 30 percent more electrical output than conventional thin-film products, due to its tandem cell structure.

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Product> Climate, Controlled: Top Heating & Cooling Products

National, Newsletter, Product, Spec Sheet
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
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Spec Sheet  
(Courtesy Schüco)

(Courtesy Schüco)

These innovative, resource-conscious building products keep structures—and their occupants—comfortable while maximizing energy efficiency.

ProSol TF+
Schüco

This high-efficiency, thin-film photovoltaic module produces up to 30 percent more electrical output than conventional thin-film products, due to its tandem cell structure.

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Product> Eight cool solar shading options

National, Product, Spec Sheet
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
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Spec Sheet  
CRL-3600-series

(Courtesy C.R. Laurence)

Essentially low-tech solutions with high-tech refinements, shades, shelves, and canopies control the sun while adding an architectural element to the design. CRL-U.S. Aluminum Series 3600 Sunshade System C.R. Laurence The screw spline assembly design (above) features a choice of outrigger profiles with a variety of louver and fascia profiles available. Continue reading after the jump.

Daniel Libeskind and Marina Abramovic Team Up on a Table Design

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(Courtesy Gianni Antoniali/Ikon)

Architect Daniel Libeskind has collaborated with artist Marina Abramovic on the design of furniture for her upcoming event, “Counting the Rice,” which will be staged December 4–7 during Miami Art Basel. The integrated table/bench will be fabricated in concrete by Moroso in a limited edition of 30 pieces. Plywood versions were created for previous performances in Geneva and Milan.

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Zaha Hadid and will.i.am collaborate on wearable tech

PULS

(Courtesy will.i.am)

Does the world need another bit of wearable tech? Will.i.am thinks so, and the musician/entrepreneur has enlisted Zaha Hadid to lend her talents to his fashion-forward cause.

Here’s the rundown: Called the Puls, the Android-based cuff bracelet uses a SIM card, allowing it to function independent of any smartphone. It responds to voice commands, which makes sending texts, placing phone calls, playing music, posting to social media, and the like largely a hands-free operation (although there is a teeny, tiny keyboard that can pop up onscreen).

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Product> Dinner with Zaha: Hadid Launches New Housewares Collection

Design, International, Product
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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Zaha-Hadid-chess_Harrods-4

(Courtesy ZHD)

During last week’s London Design Festival, Zaha Hadid introduced a collection of housewares and tabletop items created exclusively for the posh Harrods department store. No stranger to merchandising opportunities—the architect has produced a bevy of brand extensions, including furniture, swimsuits, wine bottles, jewelry, and shoes—this latest venture is described as a “luxury homeware line.”

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Product> Liquid Assets: Best Water Management Tools

SkyScape-Pregrown-Modular-System

(Courtesy Firestone Building Products)

Water has been called the oil of the 21st century. Whether too much (Exhibit A: Hurricane Sandy) or too little (Exhibit B: California, Texas, and the Southwest), conserving, cleaning, and controlling it has never been a higher priority for architects and their clients. From rooftops to underground, these innovative systems and products work to make the most of every drop. 

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Product> Street Seen: Top 12 Landscape Furnishings

LAB23_ZHD_Serac-bench-Photography-by-JACOPO-SPILIMBERGO---(5)

(Courtesy Lab 23)

Whether used to enhance the identity of an entire community or an individual institution, street furnishings present a primary opportunity to engage the public with design.  Here’s our pick of products—created by Zaha Hadid, Yves Behar, Antonio Citterio, and others—for seating, lighting, and other outdoor accoutrements that have exceptional architectural appeal.

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Product> Exterior Glass: Eight options with special functions built in

National, Newsletter, Product
Friday, September 12, 2014
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view_Conner_Exterior

(Courtesy View Glass)

The role of glass continues to expand in architecture as new performance properties and aesthetic qualities come to market in a steady flow. From photovoltaic glazing to printing technologies that address the issue of avian impacts, the material has become an active, dynamic force in buildings.

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Product> Great Dividers: A Roundup of Operable Wall Systems

Design, Interiors, National, Product
Monday, September 8, 2014
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modernus_lama-system

(Courtesy Modernus)

Moveable partitions give structure to open floor plans and adapt to shifting spatial needs. Defining diverse areas large and small, public and private, they have long been utilized in office settings, and are gaining popularity in residential loft developments. Fitted with clear or translucent panels of glass or resin, the walls transmit rather than block natural light.

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Product> Interior Glass: Eight new products and their beautiful special effects

Design, Interiors, National, Product
Thursday, September 4, 2014
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3M_Dichroic_02

(Courtesy 3M Architectural Markets)

Fixed or floating, glass panels can bring color, pattern, texture, and spatial definition to an interior—without impeding the spread of light throughout the space. Used as part of a wayfinding or identity scheme, or simply to introduce a note of artistic distinction, the choices range from traditional cast and mouth-blown design to high-tech fabrications.

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