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

Design, National, Product, Technology
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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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

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(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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Product> Clean Lines: Six Sleek Bathroom Fixtures and Fittings

Design, National, Product
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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BIG-kohler-tub

(Courtesy Kohler)

In the residential bathroom, “transitional” style—an admittedly ambiguous label, but one that has nonetheless persisted in the industry—has lately and happily edged closer to contemporary. The shift is certainly attributable to design trends found in the hip hospitality sector. Here’s a selection of items that are new to the market.

Sunstruck Tub
Kohler

With a 17-inch bathing well, wide deck, and integrated lumbar support, this oval soaking tub offers comfort and easy access. The center-drain, 66-by-36-inch acrylic fixture is available with straight or fluted shroud.

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Product> Door Hardware: A roundup of five modern classics

Design, Interiors, National, Product
Thursday, August 28, 2014
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index-d_b.410_01

(Courtesy Astec)

Door hardware falls into two groups: the seen and the unseen. The former is designed to arrest the eye, while the latter is built to impress with sophisticated functionality and satisfying haptics. Here’s a selection of standout handles, hinges, and tracks for contemporary applications.

b.100
Astec

These load-bearing stainless steel wheels can carry a wood or glass door leaf weighing up to 1,760 pounds. The floor track can be surface- or flush-mounted.

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A Watershed Moment: Floating LilyPads use nanotechnology to fight water pollution

(Courtesy Puralytics)

(Courtesy Puralytics)

While architects often dream of floating houses and cities of the future, a new floating technology is promising to clean up our waterways. The winner of the 2014 Disrupt-O-Meter award is Puralytics, for the innovative technology that’s at the root of the LilyPad, a floating, portable water purification device that works without chemicals, consumables, or power.

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Product> Kitchens + Baths: The Latest Designs from Europe

1-valcucine-Riciclantica-Acciaio

(Courtesy Valcucine)

At Salon del Mobile, the specialized trade show Eurocucina focuses on innovation in kitchen systems and appliances. This year, trends include a fascination with dark woods and the evolution of wall cabinets from closed boxes to open shelves. On the bathroom front, exhibitors at the Salone del Bagno were promoting unusual finishes and materials for plumbing fixtures and fittings.

Valcucine
Riciclantica Acciaio

Now available with a glass worktop, ultra-thin doors, and a redesigned backsplash panel that facilitates installation around utility lines. Designed by Gabriele Centazzo.

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Product> Contract Furnishings & Materials: Six picks from this year’s NeoCon

Design, Interiors, National, Product
Friday, August 22, 2014
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Steelcase4766

(Courtesy Steelcase)

As thinking on workplace design continues to evolve—should we stand or sit? Collaborate or isolate? Specialize or multi-task?—the need for comfortable, well organized, and aesthetic environments remains unquestioned. Here are a few items from NeoCon 2014 that caught our attention.

Soto II Tools
Steelcase

A collection of multi-functional organizers leverages the limited desktop space of the modern office. Includes monitor bridge, shelves, and USB hub.

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