Trophies!

2016 Best of Products Awards winners>outdoor and openings

Awards Product Spec Sheet
(Courtesy Playworld)
(Courtesy Playworld)

The results are in! We deliberated over hundreds of entries, covering everything from residential furnishings to smart home systems and facade products. Our superb team of judges evaluated entries for innovation, aesthetics, performance, and value. In addition to selecting a winner and two honorable mentions for each category (there were too many amazing products to just select one), we included some standout products in our “Visionaries” section, highlighting the year’s very best designs.

The Jury:

Becca Blasdel: products editor, The Architect’s Newspaper

Rafael de Cárdenas: founder and designer, Architecture at Large

William Menking: editor-in-chief, The Architect’s Newspaper

Jean Sundin: founder and principal, Office for Visual Interaction

Marc Tsurumaki: principal and founding partner, LTL Architects

Bob Williams: co-founder and president of design, Mitchell gold + Bob Williams 

Outdoor

Winner:

PlayForm 7
Playworld

PlayForm 7 is meant to get adults and children alike to engage in outdoor spaces in new and meaningful ways. The equipment includes innovative materials like flex treads, a durable, slip-resistant material that improves climbing challenges and invites exploration, and laminated bamboo.

Honorable Mention:

(Courtesy Landscape Forms)

(Courtesy Landscape Forms)

FGP
Landscape Forms

The FGP Collection is comprised of five elements: a bench, a litter receptacle, a bike rack, and LED pedestrian and path lights. The subtly curved frames, designed by Milan-based Francisco Gomez Paz, make for a soft modern appearance.

Honorable Mention:

(Courtesy Slik Outdoor Living)

(Courtesy Slik Outdoor Living)

Ni Parasol
Slik Outdoor Living

NI Parasol is an integrated illuminated umbrella that combines the shading benefits of traditional umbrellas with the function of an outdoor torch—without the excess work of refilling propane or the safety concerns of an open flame. It is available in various sizes and colors and has multiple light settings. Turning on the downlights creates an intimate ambiance, while the fully illuminated parasol generates the perfect light for dining alfresco.

Openings

Winner:

(Courtesy Vitrocsa)

(Courtesy Vitrocsa)

Invisible Sill
Vitrocsa

By bringing the sill underneath the floor and raising the sliding panels on continuous stilts—which run in floor slots and rest on recessed stainless-steel roller bearings—this system is able to create a completely seamless floor from inside to out.

Honorable Mention:

(Courtesy Technical Glass Products)

(Courtesy Technical Glass Products)

Fireframes ClearView System
Technical Glass Products

The Clearview system is a 60-minute fire-rated frame that eliminates spacers thanks to butt-glazed Pilkington Pyrostop, which is a low-iron fire-rated and impact-safety-rated glass with a heat resistive perimeter frame. The glass allows for unobstructed sightlines while providing maximum safety levels.

Honorable Mention:

(Courtesy Anyway Doors)

(Courtesy Anyway Doors)

Pivoting Room Divider
Anyway Doors

These virtually invisible pivoting hinges offer a unique 360-degree central pivoting door without using built-in floor fixtures. The innovative system makes it possible for a 300-pound door to feel incredibly light. The pivot door closes soundlessly by means of a patented locking technology integrated into the door and frame. A frameless system is also available.

While the complete roster of winners can be found in our just-published print edition, The Architect’s Newspaper will be publishing the results daily over the coming weeks. View all of the published categories here.

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