Product> New and Notable Products for Architects

Spec Sheet  

(Courtesy CertainTeed Ceilings)

The Architect’s Newspaper first Best Of Products program drew nearly 400 entries, representing all categories of design and construction products. Here is a selection of the finalists from the juried competition.

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2015 Best of Products Awards> Kitchens + Baths and Lighting

Awards, National, Product
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The winner of the Lighting category, Running Magnet 2.0 by FLOS Architectural. (Courtesy FLOS Architectural)

On a hot day in June, a jury convened to review nearly 400 entries to The Architect’s Newspaper first Best of Products competition. Submissions, divided over eight categories, abounded in new materials and exciting technologies, provoking a lively dialogue during the evaluation process.

Colin Brice of Mapos, Barry Goralnick of Barry Goralnick Architects, Harshad Pillai of Fogarty Finger Architecture, and architect Alison Spear generously contributed their considerable expertise and insight to the judging.

While the complete roster of winners can be found in our just-published print edition, AN will be publishing the results daily over the next week. Today’s categories, Kitchens + Baths and Lighting, evidenced a trend toward efficient use of space and energy. View all of the published categories here.

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Product> Hot Stuff for Kitchens & Baths

Spec Sheet  

(Courtesy La Cornue)

Assertive style and high performance are characteristic qualities in the latest crop of new products and collections for the kitchen and bath. Often drawing on designs of the past, they nonetheless present an advanced aesthetic.

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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> Trade Secrets: Architects Share Their Product Picks

Interiors, Product
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Lasvit's Liquidkristal. (Courtesy Lasvit)

Lasvit’s Liquidkristal. (Courtesy Lasvit)

From Andre Kikoski to Leo Marmol to David Mullman, top architects spill the beans on their favorite products—glazing, surfaces, and finish materials.


A molded-glass sheet suitable for interior and exterior applications, the relief pattern is continuous between panels.

“In Sophie’s restaurant at Saks Fifth Avenue in Chicago, we installed a wall of digitally-engineered Liquidkristal by Lasvit. The optical effects of cascading ripples of glass create playful reflections, painterly distortions, and elegant abstract patterns that are beautiful in their subtlety and striking in their boldness.”
Andre Kikoski, Andre Kikoski Architect, New York City

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Product> Small Spaces and High Design in the Bath

National, Product
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Open Space Shower by Duravit

Open Space Shower by Duravit

Designing for a smaller spaces shouldn’t translate to a reduction in quality finishes and fixtures. Following are a selection of bath fittings that serve as exceptional finds for tight rooms.

Open Space Shower

Vienna-based Eoos has collaborated on a folding shower that’s perfect for a bathroom with limited square footage. Available in clear or mirrored glass, the four walled unit folds into a chrome frame that conveniently hides all fittings, including shower and fixtures, when not in operation. The bottom can be outfitted with Duravit’s shower tray or set onto a tiled floor with a drain.

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SHFT+ALT+DEL: January 27

Friday, January 27, 2012

Stephen Cassell, principal of Architecture Research Office, has been elected Chair of the Van Alen Institute Board of Trustees. Cassell takes the reins from Abby Hamlin, president of the real estate development company Hamlin Ventures.

Gretchen Bank, who currently serves as the Marketing & PR Committee Co-Chair at AIA New York, steps into the position of Director of Business Development & Marketing at Cosentini Associates, effective February 6.

Architect and New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) alumnus Peter J. Romano has joined NYIT’s Board of Trustees. With his wife, Jane, Romano established an endowed scholarship fund for students attending NYIT’s School of Architecture and Design.

The bathroom fixtures company Duravit has appointed Frank Richter to succeed Franz Kook as  Management Board Chairman; Kook has retired after 41 years with the company.

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