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Do(n't) Throw Stones
Seven high-performance glass products to solve wicked problems
The proverb, “people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones,” need not apply to these performance solutions. Equipped with innovative materials and manufactured by clever new techniques, these glass products address structural, safety, thermal, and weather-related concerns.
Vacuum IG Guardian Glass
Pictured here in a retrofit at Sherzer Hall at Eastern Michigan University, Vacuum IG is paired with Guardian’s SunGuard coated glass to create a hybrid, low-e, vacuum-insulated glass that provides thermal insulation and minimizes the amount of ultraviolet and infrared light passing through without compromising visible light transmission.
Fireframes TimberLine TPG
FireFrames TimberLine has the aesthetic panache of wood with all the fire performance characteristics that steel brings. Pairing a burly steel frame with a real wood cap cover and Pilkington Pyrostop fire-rated glass, the system effectively works as a radiant and conductive heat barrier.
H3 FeelSafe Casement & Double Hung Sierra Pacific
What do you have to do before a hurricane? You board up the windows! Made from extruded aluminum, vinyl, and solid wood, these windows may not eliminate the need for that altogether, but they do withstand Zone III or IV hurricane-force winds and water damage.
GPX FireFloor Safti
Walk (safely) this way on a tempered, laminated surface supported by a structural steel frame. The fire-resistant flooring system is assembled with no air between the fire-rated glass and the laminated walking surface, alleviating concerns associated with condensation.
Hardware manufacturer Assa Abloy and safety glass manufacturer School Guard Glass partnered to design an attack-resistant door for schools. When paired together, the Ceco Door with SG5 attack-resistant glazing survives the most brutal blows and even gunshots. Stronger and longer-lasting than a security film, the system is easy and affordable to retrofit into preexisting openings for increased security.
Krypton-enhanced glass MI Windows and Doors
Replacing commonly used argon, new krypton-insulated glass effectively decreases the flow of heat from the outside in. The gas lives between two panes of glass, separated by a warm edge spacer system. It is available with MI’s 1650 double-hung, 1650 fixed, and 1685 double-slider triple-pane windows.NX-300 Kawneer Designed for historic window restorations, the NX-300 thermal window bestows an antiquated look that is updated to meet contemporary performance codes. It is available in a variety of casement outswing, awning, fixed, and fixed over awning configurations.
A Window in Three Parts
A renovated Los Feliz bungalow brings the outside in with folding doors
MANGROVE REEF WALLS KVdR Design with Jessene Aquino-Thomas
Approximately half the world population lives in urban areas near coastlines, with coastal armoring reducing native habitats and enabling invasive species to thrive. Mangrove Reef Walls are integrally cast within seawalls to recreate tidal habitats along urbanized waterfronts. The digitally developed mangrove and oyster geometry maximizes surface area and texture variety promoting adherence, growth, and hiding areas for numerous species. Ultimately, these eco-friendly seawall panels may be tuned for a variety of local species.HVAC
WHISPERRECESSED LED Panasonic
The WhisperRecessed LED is an 80 CFM exhaust fan that hides abaft an LED Recessed Light and disappears behind the ceiling. It is an attractive way to remove moist, polluted air from the home, and it helps to prevent mold and mildew. The architectural-grade recessed light fixture provides powerful yet quiet ventilation.OPENINGS
PORTAPIVOT 6530 XL Portapivot
With their discreet joinery, these unique room dividers are designed to be mounted on an already finished floor and under a solid or reinforced ceiling surface, without any preinstalled mounting systems. The minimal aluminum frame is designed to be fitted with 6- or 8-millimeter-thick safety glass and is available in three anodized colors: silver, black, and bronze. The axis can be positioned at one-third or in the center, with a configurable swing capacity of 90, 180, or 360 degrees.TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION MAKERARM Makerarm A beautifully designed robotic arm that’s infinitely customizable, Makerarm is a factory on a desktop. It offers interchangeable tool heads that easily snap on and off, allowing instant conversion from a 3-D printer to a CNC mill to a laser engraver to a pick-and-place machine, among countless other functions, in a matter of seconds. Makerarm rotates 360 degrees and, at over 700 square inches, its work area is one of the largest of any 3-D printer or fabricator on the consumer market. BATH
FONTANE BIANCHE Salvatori + Fantini
A dialogue between circle and square runs through this entire collection from Fantini, created in collaboration with Italian stone company Salvatori. The washbasin is carved from a square marble block, from which a circular hemisphere is extracted. The Fontane Bianche line also includes faucets, showers, and handles.FACADES
CORSO Innova Tile
This long-format brick presents a new emphasis on the horizontal lines of fine brick installations with its 19.70-inch unit length. The extended shape, the colors, the variations of textures, and the size and position of mortar joints work together to express the modernity of terra-cotta. The architectural ceramic method of production broadens the range of available colors.RESIDENTIAL INTERIOR FURNISHINGS
MUSHROOM TABLE Yabu Pushelberg for Henge
Designed as complementary pairs, the Mushroom Tables have an unexpected lightness given their all-metal construction with softened, refined edges and rounded corners. The tables’ differences in height and scale are precisely considered, while the process of sand-casting is reflected in both form and finish, exhibiting a handwrought fluidity. The base of each table is more substantial than its top but is mirrored in its form; slender posts change in profile, from circular to square.
New eco-friendly weather and air barriers help to lower energy costs
Even the highest performing facades can be undone by gaps or by under-utilizing insulation. Weather and air barriers have expanded to fill a variety of niches, from eco-friendly insulation to ready-to-install sealant.
Rizza Partition Closure System Balco
This compression seal is perfect for vertical junctures and joints between the ends of partitions, curtain walls, and glazing. It measures 100 feet in length, reducing multiple splicing, and is made from 100 percent silicone—making it an effective solution for sound/vibration transmission, thermal transfer, and dirt/dust infiltration.
Spectrem Restoration Overlay Tremco
Sloped glazing can be difficult to maintain, but this UV-resistant overlay provides superior protection against air and water leakages. Instead of having to completely replace degraded sealant, this gasket system is easy to install, has a high tolerance for temperatures, and can be color-matched.
AFB evo ROCKWOOL
Available in thicknesses of 1 to 6 inches, AFB evo meets all of the same specifications of the original ROCKWOOL AFB, while also conforming to sustainability standards such as LEEDv4. This light-weight batt insulation contains no added formaldehyde and is a great choice for schools and hospitals.
Air-Bloc 16MR Henry
A fire-resistant air and vapor barrier applied as a liquid, Air-Bloc includes anti-microbial properties to create a mold-resistant membrane when set. Once cured, Air-Bloc forms a tough, rubber-like barrier without any seams, and can be applied in temperatures as low as 2o℉.
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mise en scene
Six dazzling decorative lighting fixtures
Below, you'll find six fixtures that add atmospheric lighting and character to any space. These illuminating releases recently debuted at the Interior Design Show in Toronto, MAISON&OBJET in Paris, the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, and Light + Building in Frankfurt.
Tripp-Mini Pendant Pelle
This small-scale iteration of the popular 2014 triangular fixture makes it usable in new compositions and spaces; its welded metal forms illuminate a triangular outline where the joinery is left exposed.
Kuu Elina Ulvio
Kuu, the pendant named after the Finnish for moon, was designed for both direct and indirect light via its rotating inner circle. Made of plywood and acrylic, the obsidian light source is fitted with a wireless connection, allowing it to endlessly revolve within its oval enclosure.
Grid Pablo Designs
Imagined as a 3-D plane on a grid, this louvered framework emits glare-free lighting through translucent slats. The fixtures come as 18.5-by-18.5-inch squares or 18.5-by-46.3-inch rectangles and can be finished in ash wood as well as frosted and bronze acrylic.
Amisol Daniel Rybakken for Luceplan
Like the reflectors used in a photography studio, this fixture projects a powerful source of light onto a large disk that diffuses and reflects light beams. With an unfixed base, the light-capturing membrane is easily adjusted; it is available in translucent white film or with an amber metallic finish.
Norwegian design duo Morten & Jonas envisioned a pretty wall lamp shaped with subtle contours that guide ergonomic indicators, including a soft, bendable arm and rimmed rotating switch. The lamp is available in black and pink.
Mondo Floor Lamp Antonio Facco for Oblure
Made from 3-D laser-cut steel, this opal glass orb is enveloped in graphic black lines. The kinetic, sculptural metal shades rotate and overlap each other to form various patterns.[SPONSORED] Maglin Add color to your Spring collection. Energize your indoor or outdoor space with a splash of color
These new architectural fixtures answer the specific needs of a space across myriad typologies—including a system that is adaptable for multiuse spaces, a projector that emits both diffused and direct light, and an LED bulb that supports circadian rhythms.Vektor Linea Light Group
Linea Light Group installed Vektor in the exhibition rooms at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris (shown above). Vektor’s light beam becomes progressively softer toward the artworks’ borders and frames, creating the effect that the objects are emerging from the shadows.
Resembling a hockey puck, this fixture is outfitted with an interchangeable cast aluminum screen. Both wall and ceiling fixtures are available in black and white.
Sharp Recessed Carlotta de Bevilacqua for Artemide
Sharp was designed for precision with an optical system that creates highly uniform light. The fixture pairs polynomial LEDs with a geometric screen, a combination that prevents multiple shadows and diffused spotlights.
Cielo-Terra Studiocharlie for De Padova
This thin adjustable pole is outfitted with two light sources that can be operated separately. A single linear fixture can illuminate intimate spaces or be used in multiple for larger areas.
Good Day LED Bulb Lighting Science
Using technology developed in collaboration with NASA, Lighting Science created a light source that supports circadian rhythms. The LED bulbs create the effect of direct natural light in environments where it might otherwise be limited or, worse, completely unavailable.[SPONSORED] Maglin Add color to your Spring collection. Energize your indoor or outdoor space with a splash of color