Best of Products Awards

Meet the winners of our 2019 Best of Products Awards

Marco Cappelletti (Courtesy Dzek)

After hours of carefully deliberating over five hundred entries from our largest ever Best of Products Awards, we are excited to share the Winners, Honorable Mentions, and Editors’ Picks. These eighteen diverse categories cover a wide range of sectors, including building materials, acoustics, furnishings, finishes, tech products and tools, kitchens, baths, and more. Our judges evaluated submissions for originality, innovation, functionality, aesthetics, performance, and value, and selected one winner and two honorable mentions in each category. New this year, our editors also picked their favorite products in all 18 categories.

All images are courtesy of their respective manufacturers unless otherwise noted.

The Best of Products Awards Jury:

Lora Appleton
Founder
kinder MODERN & Female Design Council

Constantin Boym
Founder
Boym Partners

Gabrielle Golenda
Products Editor
The Architect’s Newspaper

Alda Ly
Principal and Founder
Alda Ly Architecture & Design

William Menking
Editor in Chief
The Architect’s Newspaper

Fiona Raby
Cofounder
Dunne & Raby

Categories:

Indoor Finishes and Surfaces

Photo of brown tiles

Nick Ballon (Courtesy Dzek)

Winner
ExCinere
Dzek

“It’s fascinating how this product brings the outside in, and then back outside again. It evokes an actual landscape in a way that’s subtle but special; a great talking point for your clients.” —Lora Appleton

Honorable Mentions

Interior of a brown room

(Alberto Maria Colombo)

Matte Collection
Callidus Guild

iD Mixonomi
Tarkett North America

Editors’ Picks

Magna Recycled Glass Slab
Walker Zanger

Soft Onyx
Fiandre

Indoor Lighting and Electrical

Hanging pendant lights

(Santi Caleca)

Winner
Noctambule
FLOS

“The scale of this product is grand for a modular component. It’s monumental enough to look great in a large-scale palatial setting but can also be scaled down to an urban residential context.” —Lora Appleton

Honorable Mentions

(Arseni Khamzin)

Dorval
Lambert & Fils

RAY Sconce
Stickbulb

Editors’ Picks

Plena
Foscarini

Haller E
USM

Fascio Medium Linear Chandelier with Crystal
Visual Comfort & Co.

Residential Interior Furnishings

Winner
Stille
Standard Issue

“The product is interesting because the manufacturer was able to produce something that is familiar but still new. It shows that shapes don’t always have to be reinvented. It represents a sort of aesthetic recycling.” —Constantin Boym

Honorable Mentions

Portal Armoire
Henrybuilt

Beanie Sofa
Nea Studio

Editors’ Picks

5M Chair
soft limits

Hull Collection
O&G Studio

Hillock Console
Skylar Morgan Furniture

Commercial Interior Furnishings

Winner
Meredith Lounge Chair
Poppin

“If I saw a bunch of these chairs in an airport, I’d be very happy.” —Matt Shaw, The Architect’s Newspaper’s executive editor

Honorable Mentions

Divy Mobile
3form

Racer Collection
Blu Dot

Editors’ Picks

Swing
Pair

Landing
Wilkhahn

Acoustics

Winner
Trypta
Luceplan

“With more and more open ceilings in commercial offices, there hasn’t been a lot of innovation in how we deal with noise. This product is a good example of lighting that integrates acoustics panels.”—Alda Ly

Honorable Mentions

Kula Glass
Unika Vaev

Blade
Luxxbox

Editors’ Picks

Open Spaces 2.0
CertainTeed Ceilings

VaporSoft®
Arktura

Home Accessories

Winner
Alaire Collection
Atlas Homewares

Honorable Mentions

Side Table
Fink Furniture

Vestalia
LATOxLATO

Editors’ Picks

Smooth Operator Kit
Garden Glory

Soffio
Foscarini

Textiles

Winner
VEER
Wolf-Gordon

“There’s a subtlety to the combination of textures in this product that makes it strong. There’s something beautiful about the transition between its 2- and 3-dimensionality.”—Fiona Raby

Honorable Mentions

(Andrea Ferrari)

Scaramouche
Dedar

Tatami System
Tarkett North America

Editors’ Picks

Gradation
Shaw Contract

The Bauhaus Project
Designtex

Baths

Winner

SONAR Wave Double Basin
Laufen

“The riveting around the edges creates a nice, soft touch.”—Gabrielle Golenda

Honorable Mentions

Petra
Agape

Elan Grid Shower Door
VIGO

Editors’ Picks

SideKick Shower System
Peerless Faucet

SteamVection Steamhead
ThermaSol

Kitchens

Winner
Heritage Induction Pro Ranges
Dacor

“There’s a stereotype that induction cooktops aren’t powerful, but it’s nice to see this technology as an industrial-level product.”—Alda Ly

Honorable Mention

Space Theory
Space Theory

Emerald Finish
True Residential

Editors’ Picks

Gunmetal Kitchen
Amuneal

Professional 7 Series Range
Viking Range

Touchless Kitchen Faucet
Kohler

Outdoor Lighting and Electrical

Winner
LP Xperi
Louis Poulsen

“This product has both uplight and downlight functions, so it goes beyond the typical scope of a streetlight and considers more ephemeral types of illumination.”—Gabrielle Golenda

Honorable Mentions

Pursuit
Architectural Area Lighting

Uma Mini
Pablo Designs

Editors’ Picks

KFL Collection
KIM Lighting

CIRC
Estiluz USA

Outdoor Furnishings

Winner
F100
Flycycle

“Often the problem with bike racks is that they are beautifully designed but aren’t very functional. It’s nice to see something so successful at meeting both criteria.” —Constantin Boym

Honorable Mentions

Paseo Planters
OSSO Concrete Design

Rambler Picnic Table
Shift

Editors’ Picks

Circula Collection
Blu Dot

Stack
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Outdoor Finishes and Surfaces

(Kyle J. Caldwell)

Winner
Bison 30-inch-by-30-inch Ipe Wood Deck Tile
Bison Innovative Products

“Unlike other decking products available today, these plank squares snap into a sliding system, which makes installation easier and allows you to make different configurations.”—Gabrielle Golenda

Honorable Mention

Dekton Grip+
Cosentino

(Hester + Hardaway)

Gradients
Móz Designs

Editors’ Picks

Ombré Cement Tile
Villa Lagoon Tile

Variegated Zebra Honed “Limestone”
Pure + FreeForm

Openings

Winner
Attack Resistant Openings
ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions

“This product is necessary given the current state of affairs. Innovation in safety is essential, and it’s really great to see companies using ingenuity to deal with this systemic issue. It’s a Band-Aid solution to an unfortunate problem in the United States.”—Lora Appleton

Honorable Mentions

The Mitica Collection
Boffi Group – ADL

Bird1st Glass
Guardian Glass

Editors’ Picks

Lift and Slide
WinDoor

Steel Entry Pivot Doors
MAIDEN Steel

Facades

Winner
InVert Self-Shading Windows
TBM Designs

“This product reinforces weather conditions and makes you more aware of what’s outside. Rather than everything being completely controlled by humans, natural systems control the building, which is something we need to be dealing with more and more.”—Fiona Raby

Honorable Mentions

Living Wall Facades
Eco Brooklyn

Modified Wood Cladding
Kebony

Editors’ Picks

Concrete Skin Breeze
Rieder North America

Perforated Building Facade
Rigidized Metals

Isopure
Sedak

Building Materials

Winner
Mass Plywood Panel
Freres Lumber Co.

“To see that there’s advancement in the acceptance of these new, innovative, wood materials is promising.”—Alda Ly

Honorable Mentions

Foamglas
Owens Corning

DELTA-DRY & LATH
Dörken Systems

Editors’ Picks

Louvre Railing System
Amuneal

LP WeatherLogic Air & Water Barrier
LP Building Solutions

HVAC

Winner
EcoBlue WeatherMaster Rooftop Units
Carrier

“This product is simpler, more dependable, and lower maintenance than comparable options on the market today. Too often, design is perceived as something that has to be seen, but this is an invisible product that has a strong impact regardless.”—Constantin Boym

Honorable Mentions

EME3625DFLMD
Ruskin

XP Series Industrial HVLS Ceiling Fan
Hunter Industrial

Editors’ Picks

MLZ One-Way Ceiling Cassette
Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US

i6
Big Ass Fans

Tech: Smart Products

Winner
Life Anew NEXT
TOTO USA & Georgia Pacific Pro

“Too often, intelligent design becomes an area for gimmicks, but in this case, there aren’t any. This product is a serious working system.”—Constantin Boym

Honorable Mentions

Intentek Wireless Charging Surface
Formica

Phyn Plus Smart
Uponor North America

Editors’ Picks

PureWarmth
Kohler

Storage System with Expandable Battery Pack
LG Electronics

Integrated Wine Column
Signature Kitchen Suite

Tech: Design Tools

Winner
ARCHICAD 23
GRAPHISOFT SE

“It’s nice that this product allows architects to use Apple computers. It’s just more flexible.”—Alda Ly

Honorable Mentions

Layer
Layer

ColorReader
Datacolor

Editors’ Picks

OpenCA and ProIO
IngeniousIO

Origami XR
Origami XR

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