Product> Interior Wall Systems: Six Top Designs

Spec Sheet  
LEAD-Raydoor-2

(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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The 2015 winners of the Rudy Bruner Awards serve up a healthy dose of urban excellence

Architecture, Awards, National, Urbanism
Thursday, June 11, 2015
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MILLER’S COURT IN BALTIMORE, MD. (COURTESY BILLY MICHELS)

MILLER’S COURT IN BALTIMORE, MD. (COURTESY BILLY MICHELS)

The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence has announced its 2015 gold and silver medalists. For the past 27 years, the biennial competition has honored “transformative places distinguished by physical design and contributions to the economic, environmental and social vitality of America’s cities.”

See the winners after the jump.

Products> Clever New Door Hardware

National, Product, Spec Sheet
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
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Spec Sheet  
LEAD-HAFELE-Slido-80-M

(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.

More after the jump.

Product> Gripping Design: Six New Door Handles

Spec Sheet  
LEAD-OMNIA-Prodigy-Designs-copy

(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  
LEAD-CARL-HANSEN_StripesByPaulSmith_range

(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.

More after the jump.

The Architecture Billings Index heads south in April

BILLINGS (BLUE), INQUIRIES (RED), AND DESIGN CONTRACTS (GREEN) FOR THE PAST 12 MONTHS. (THE ARCHITECT’S NEWSPAPER)

BILLINGS (BLUE), INQUIRIES (RED), AND DESIGN CONTRACTS (GREEN) FOR THE PAST 12 MONTHS. (THE ARCHITECT’S NEWSPAPER)

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) doesn’t want to hear it right now–it knows it’s not in a great place, okay? After the economic index started looking up last month—we’re talking 51.7!—the ABI dropped down to 48.8 in April. And, as we all know, any score below 50 means a decrease in billings. Here’s a silver lining, though: the New Projects Inquiry did scoot up from 58.2 to 60.1.

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Product> Home and Away: Residential and Commercial Furnishings

Spec Sheet  
LEAD-BERNHARDT-

(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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It’s official: Barack Obama’s Presidential Library is coming to Chicago’s South Side

A rendering of South Stony Island Avenue, part of the University of Chicago's proposal for the Barack Obama Presidential Library. (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, The University of Chicago)

A rendering of South Stony Island Avenue, part of the University of Chicago’s proposal for the Barack Obama Presidential Library. (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, The University of Chicago)

Although the decision had already been widely reported by May 1, Barack Obama‘s nonprofit foundation today announced that the 44th President’s library will be built on the South Side of Chicago. Read More

Product> Working It: New Office Furnishings

Spec Sheet  
LEAD-VITRA-grcic-allstar

(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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National Endowment for the Arts awards nearly $75 million in grants across all 50 states

Art, Awards, National, News
Friday, May 8, 2015
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Among the 1,023 awards announced May 6 is one to Make Music New York to support a one-day festival of free, participatory outdoor concerts. Pictured here is one of their Mass Appeal events that took place in New York's Union Square. (Aaron Friedman)

Among the 1,023 awards announced May 6 is one to Make Music New York to support a one-day festival of free, participatory outdoor concerts. Pictured here is one of their Mass Appeal events that took place in New York’s Union Square. (Aaron Friedman)

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) on Wednesday announced the latest round of its Art Works and State and Regional Partnerships programs, funding a symphony in Alabama, StoryCorps in Brooklyn, and more than 1,000 different projects across the country.

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The Architecture Billings Index continued climbing in March

BILLINGS (BLUE), INQUIRIES (RED), AND DESIGN CONTRACTS (GREEN) FOR THE PAST 12 MONTHS. (THE ARCHITECT’S NEWSPAPER)

BILLINGS (BLUE), INQUIRIES (RED), AND DESIGN CONTRACTS (GREEN) FOR THE PAST 12 MONTHS. (THE ARCHITECT’S NEWSPAPER)

Everyone’s favorite billings index is once again posting some impressive numbers just as winter loosens its cold grip and summer makes its long-awaited appearance.

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Visions of Plasticity: TEX-FAB 2015 probes into new digital fabrication technologies

Plastic Stereotomy by Justin Diles

Plastic Stereotomy by Justin Diles.

This year’s TEX-FAB symposium in Houston continued the digital fabrication alliance’s exploration of new frontiers and technologies in the field by investigating the latest developments in 3D printing and composites.

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