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Hit the Deck

Pave the way with these slip-resistant outdoor flooring options

These pavers and decking are not only designed to endure in high traffic areas, but are outfitted with new surface treatments to prevent slips and falls.

Extragres 2.0 Casalgrande Padana

At about 3/4-inch-thick, Extragres 2.0 monolithic porcelain paver tiles feature a perfectly square edge with a slider repelling surface. Forged in a fiery hot production process, the seemingly natural tiles are nearly impervious to cracking and external stresses. The collection is available in a wide array of colors and textures for residential and public outdoor flooring applications.

Trekker Havwoods

Made in a European facility powered by solar energy, Trekker is a composite decking and cladding board system made from recycled wood and plastics. Offered in eight rich wood grain varieties, the collection is outfitted with various patterns and plank configurations.

Dekton Grip+ Cosentino

Ideal for residential, commercial, and hospitality applications, Dekton Grip+ provides skid resistance in highly trafficked public spaces. The ultra-durable engineered surface made from glass, quartz, and porcelain has the wherewithal to outlast ultraviolet rays, stains, and thermal shock.

Origami Paola Lenti for Nerosicilia

Milan-based designer Paola Lenti has embedded Japanese motifs across the faces of these lava stone slabs. The collection can be artfully arranged in different configurations of two squares made up of three irregular trapezoids. Even untreated, the oxidized surfacing is resistant to wear and tear.

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Open Sesame

Provide safe and secure entry with these smart locks
Do you struggle to remember if the door is locked? Are the keys are completely lost? With features like remote entry access, app-controlled unlock/lock, and security sensors, these smart locks provide clever safety features. Yale Pro SL Yale You can't pick this lock! The deadbolt lock opens and closes by entering a pre-set combination on the number touchscreen and remote access is also available via the Z-Waze app. Meanwhile, if the batteries die, a 9V battery can be used to temporarily charge the keypad. Minneapolis Touchscreen Electronic Deadbolt Baldwin Baldwin's touchscreen deadbolt provides truly keyless entry. For added safety, it automatically locks 30 seconds after unlocking the deadbolt. It also pairs with various grips handles also within the collection. Smart Lock Pro + Connect Wi-Fi Bridge August With August's app, doors equipped with this lock can be locked and unlocked from anywhere. With security in mind, it is outfitted with DoorSense, a sensor technology that monitors whenever the door is opened or closed. The lock is Bluetooth-enabled via a separate WiFi bridge that provides app-enabled voice automation and remote access. Obsidian Kwikset Aptly named, Obsidian features a bold black touchpad. It is outfitted with a 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) to prevent unwanted entry. The lock is available in two versions: Non-Connected, for keyless entry; or Home Connect, for automation platforms such as Alexa or Google Home. Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt Schlage Rigged out with built-in WiFi and four AA batteries, this smart lock is easily installed without the need for wired power or connected platform systems. It records each time it is locked/unlocked. Meanwhile, the newest feature provides a live view of the door and grants remote access via the Schlage Home app. Secure Pro Lockly Secure Pro unlocks and locks via the keypad in two ways: through a pin code touchscreen and a 3D fingerprint sensor. Unlike many other smart locks, the lock features its own secure WiFi hub (so there's no need to purchase an additional hub). There's also an offline access code that provides access if WiFi is not available.
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if you plant it

Foster green spaces with these planters and roof gardens

Amid the concrete and asphalt of urban jungles, planters and roof gardens provide stormwater drainage and a natural cooling effect. These products keep greenery lush.

Stripes Planter Vestre

These planters-slash-ottomans function as a modular system of rectangular and semicircular forms that can be combined in various configurations. The units feature rhythmic, vertical stripes of slats encircling a steel frame.

květa mmcité

Designed for the busiest of boulevards and public squares, this generously sized planter provides green space for plants to grow in areas where it would otherwise be nearly impossible. Fashioned from hardwood slats supported by a zinc-coated steel frame, květa is ideal for both cold and warm climates.


Intensive Garden Roof Assembly American Hydrotech

Custom designed for the project’s geographic location and specific building requirements, this garden roof assembly accommodates up to 35 inches of growing medium.

Fairmount Tile Planter Shift

This aluminum planter system’s modular, rectangular trays can be used to create gardens in a variety of shapes. Each set is flat-packed in a batch of four.

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night lights

Power up the outdoors with these supercharged lighting systems

Create efficiently connected outdoor lighting schemes with these powerful LED systems.

Limelight by Lutron Lutron

Michigan-based TwistHDM teamed up with lighting controls expert Lutron on a robust wireless lighting control solution for parking lots and garages. Limelight by Lutron directly connects to Lutron’s in-house control system, Enterprise Vue, efficiently managing an entire building’s lighting from a single platform.

Solar Charging Kit Legrand

Delivering permanent power outside, this solar-powered charging device provides round-the-clock electricity for mobile devices. Each kit requires no hardwiring or regular maintenance and includes a battery, covered USB ports, and three illuminated charging shelves.

Bump Solar Lantern Les Jardins Solar Lighting

These playful lanterns feature the same lightweight plastic shell used in the manufacture of kayaks, encased in an aluminum frame. Available with either a bright red or gray handle, the solar-powered fixture is perfect for outdoor adventuring.

Latitude Light nea studio

The solar-powered Latitude Light is 3D-printed from an easily updated digital file. The lamp can be designed in slightly different shapes to optimize its ability to charge its photovoltaic panel at different latitudes in relation to the sun. After basking in at least eight hours of sunlight, the PV-paneled fixtures automatically light up at dusk.

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Cafe Style

Bring the bistro outside with the latest outdoor tables and chairs

Referencing historic bistro tables and chairs, these products incorporate new materials and decorative details that dress up traditional forms.

Plato Jasper Morrison for Magis

Taking a cue from neoclassical motifs, Plato references one of the pillars of ancient philosophy with a form that provides both balance and function. The chair is available in five colors through Herman Miller.

Bistroo Dirk Wynants for Extremis

Fancy a tête-à-tête? This table-chair hybrid recalls Parisian cafe culture with a side-by-side seating arrangement. Only approximately 3 feet in diameter, the stackable Bistroo fits a lot in a little space.

Spindle Bistro Collection Zachary A. Design

Characterized by its spindle-like single leg, the round bistro-inspired table is 27 or 48 inches wide by 30 inches high. The entire cast resin body is lightweight, allowing for easy reconfiguration at outdoor happenings.

Steelsites Bistro Tables Victor Stanley

Articulating the traditional round cafe table shape, this updated take sheds water through a perforated tabletop. Table and chair configurations are offered in backless or backed seats with optional footrests in two heights.

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Get Outta the dark

Illuminate the darkest outdoor areas with these up-down lights

Notable for their ability to cast light both up and down, these bold outdoor fixtures provide uncompromising illumination.

Acuo Outdoor Nick Sheridan for Cerno

This asymmetric sconce features a jagged composition that emits light like a setpiece from a German Expressionist film. The dimmable integrated LED fixture is offered in various light colors ranging from 2700K to 4000K.

Rail Outdoor Lighting System Juniper

This system of interconnecting light rods can be assembled in endless configurations of luminance. The silicone-enveloped LED pods join together at custom lengths that and can rotate 320 degrees—providing focused lighting that is easily adjustable.

Clessidra Outdoor FLOS

Taking the form of an hourglass, this wall sconce emits a diffuse, indirect light from both ends. It is offered in gray and brown and in two beam lengths.

Antarktikós Carlotta de Bevilacqua for Artemide

This luminaire shines light in 360 degrees from a single LED bulb. The patented piece is available with a white or RGB light.

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Tile Time

The latest trends in ceramic tile from Cersaie
From September 23 to 27, more than 100,000 people visited the home of Italian ceramics in Bologna, Italy, to see the world’s premier tile show, Cersaie. The international exhibition featured nearly 900 exhibitors showcasing ceramic tile and bathroom fittings from 40 countries. From timeless stylistic motifs like terrazzo to new-fangled digitally printed ceramic slabs, to overarching themes like wellness, we present the latest trends in tile and bathrooms. 

Digital Printing

Using a new digital printing technique that does not require high-temperature firing, digital slabs feature colorful custom designs. Fired after decoration, the ceramic surfaces are stain-resistant and highly durable.  Wide & Style ABK

Flora and Fauna 

Flower and plant motifs bring sensory experiences to engage both sight and touch. These new tiles were aptly inspired by nature.  i filati di rex Florim


Aggregate flakes of marble, stone, or other materials are the defining characteristic of terrazzo. New collections offer a variety of colors and sizes to create unique applications.  Medley Ergon Engineered Stone


Iridescent glazes allow light and shadow to refract from new holographic finishes. This playful treatment allows the color of the glossy tile to change given the light.   Spectre 41zero42


New ceramic wall tiles adorned with 3D relief patterns add texture to otherwise flat vertical surfaces, bring color, dimension, and a little pizazz.  Veneto Porcelanosa


Engineered marble, or otherwise put, ultra compact surfacing made to look like the metamorphic rock, is more cost-effective and unarguably more durable, but, perhaps, also more beautiful than natural stone. These new surfaces articulate the natural veining in marble in a hyper-realistic depiction that can only be made through manufacturing.  Dekton Stonika - Olimpo Cosentino


Beyond spa-like touches of wood and atmospheric lighting, bathroom design has taken health to new extremes. Manufacturers like Scavolini have “optimized” the bathroom experience by combining bath fittings with wall-mounted gym equipment.  Gym Space Scavolini


Engineered wood is by no means new, but manufacturers are taking a step beyond emulating the mere appearance of the material. New motifs mimic how the material is used in artful compositions of parquetry and marquetry. Intarsi Ceramica Sant’Agostino
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Keep it Dry, Keep it Safe

The latest weather barriers provide thermal breaking plus UV protection

UV Protection

Sun damage remains one of the biggest threats to a building’s exterior. These newly developed water and air barriers employ UV-protection technologies to maintain the integrity of building envelopes.


This self-adhering vapor-permeable weather and air barrier comprises two outer layers of spun-bonded polypropylene fabric and a subsequent UV-protecting inner layer. The additional UV-resistant acrylic coating protects the moisture absorbing properties that would otherwise be damaged while the material is left exposed during construction.

Sto Gold Coat Sto Corp.

Sto Corp.’s tried-and-true liquid applied membrane provides extended UV-protection time, allows for low temperature application, and increases opacity to hide sheathing. The barrier is directly applied to wall paneling or concrete masonry and is combined with a waterproofing StoGuard sheathing-joint treatment where needed.

Window Bucks

It’s not enough to have thermally broken windows and doors; create unbroken, insulated building envelopes using window bucks, air-tightening, and waterproofing products that extend around openings.

ThermalBuck BRINC Building Products

This insulating system acts as an air and water barrier while simultaneously supporting the weight of a window or door, which prevents sagging in the exterior membrane. It is sold in lengths of 8 feet and available in seven depths: 1 inch, 1 1/2 inches, 2 inches, 2 1/2 inches, 3 inches, 3 1/2 inches, and 4 inches. ThermalBuck is not UV stable, and is designed to be covered with cladding.

Fox Blocks Series Fox Blocks

Fox Blocks are made of an outer shell of expanded polystyrene foam panels tethered together by interior injection-molded plastic ties. Besides protecting the building envelope from moisture, the insulating concrete form wall blocks dampen noise. The system is offered in a plethora of shapes, sizes, and concrete core thicknesses for exterior and interior applications.

PVC Beveled Window Buck Supreme Window Bucks

Most window bucks have a square cross-section that causes a gap to form between the window opening surface and the window frame. With a patented trapezoidal cross-section, this PVC window buck uses a beveled edge that allows the insulating layer to be positioned closer to the window opening surface. The drywall can then installed in such a way that the interior frame is still fully exposed.

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Thermal Layering

Liquid flashing for coverage in those hard to reach areas

For those occasional sealing needs, such as repairs to oddly shaped pipe penetrations or irregular window openings, fluid flashing provides the best air- and water-tight coverage that can be easily applied—in a flash.

Air-Bloc All Weather STPE Henry

Made with silyl terminated polyether (STPE), this fluid-applied air barrier system features a high solids content and cures in a jiffy. Meanwhile, its hydrophobic qualities mean it can be applied in the rain or snow without washing away, and in temperatures as low as 10 degrees Fahrenheit.

SmartFlash ONE CertainTeed

This liquid applied protective flashing and repair resin provides seamless protection for steep or low-sloped roofs. Easy to apply in one step on-site, it is a cost-effective, time-saving solution for new applications or improvements. When patching asphalt skin and shingles, granules can be added to match the existing texture.

ZIP System Liquid Flash Huber Engineered Woods

Featuring a chemical makeup of urethanes and silicones, this wet flashing solution bonds to masonry, PVC, glass, wood, concrete, and other building materials. When applied with a trowel or brush, the moisture- and UV-resistant membrane takes as little as 20 to 40 minutes to dry, rain or shine.

Icynene X-Wall System Icynene-Lapolla

This continuous spray-on insulation is applied directly to the exterior skin, delivering thermal insulation, a tightly sealed air and water membrane, and Class II vapor retardation, all in one solution. The closed-cell foam is ideal for sealing irregular surfaces, cracks, studs, and seams.

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Purify my space

The latest filtration technologies respond in real-time to treat air quality
Surprisingly, indoor air quality can actually be worse than outdoor. Take immediate action with these new intelligent devices that monitor and control interior atmospheres while providing instant insights.
Glow C Awair Breathe easy with this smart LED nightlight, equipped with technologies that monitor VOCs, temperature, and humidity in real time. Via the Awair app, users can track air quality and adjust the settings of “non-smart” HVAC systems connected to Nest, Alexa, or Google Home.
Pure Cool Me Dyson Dyson’s new personal purifying and cooling fan sifts out potentially unhealthy microscopic particles released by everyday household items, cleaning products, and building materials. The machine uses a hybrid-sealed activated carbon and glass high-efficiency particulate air filter that ensnares gases and pollutants. Meanwhile, the fan’s aerodynamic convex surface can be adjusted to project concentrated wind streams.
Biotica800 BetterAir Instead of using strong chemical additives, BetterAir’s system releases microscopic probiotics that form a protective layer of microfauna on walls, floors, and furnishings. Pathogens, mold, and allergens are eliminated by the “good” bacteria before they can collect in hard-to-reach places. Just don’t use it with an ultraviolet light purifier, which could kill the probiotics.
Molekule Molekule Fight mold, asthma, allergies, and chemical sensitivities with purified air! Molekule uses photoelectrochemical oxidation to break down pollutants and allergens. In the oxidation process, free radicals change the chemical composition of potentially harmful air, cleaning it on a microscopic level.
SLX High Output UV-C Fixture UV Resources This fixture uses ultraviolet C light to destroy pathogens in HVAC channels, drain pans, and cooling coils. The SLX lamp provides 360-degree coverage to exterior supply and return exhaust ducts, killing harmful microbes.
Healthbox 3.0 Renson Using built-in sensors, Renson’s smart ventilation system measures levels of carbon dioxide, VOCs, and humidity to direct airflow when and where needed. The SmartConnect duct links to an app so installers can track and manage their job sites, and to a user app that measures air quality in various rooms. With a “faster” setting that ensures higher ventilation levels, Healthbox 3.0 delivers filtered indoor breezes in a jiffy.
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Easy, Breezy, Beautiful!

Air out the stuffiest interior climate zones with these ventilating fans
These fans circulate sizable swathes of air but are quieter than a whisper.
AIR ST Boffi Italian designer Giulio Gianturco teamed up with the kitchen manufacturer Boffi on its collection of ventilation products to create a wooden ceiling fan that comes in wooden, white, and black finishes. The blades spin at five different speeds and are controlled by a radio remote. Blow Luceplan
Turin, Italy–based designer Ferdi Giardini collaborated with lighting design studio Luceplan on an overhead fan he characterizes as the “rainbow thief.” In one finish option, transparent blades “reveal the colors of the rainbow,” while in another, colored blades blur and blend, “canceling the color.”
i6 Big Ass Fans Featuring aircraft-grade aluminum blades, this “big ass” fan brings industrial-quality airflow to intimate-size spaces. The SenseME technology allows users to connect through Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant to set custom schedules, monitor temperature sensors, and use other features that help to conserve energy and minimize heating and cooling costs. It is offered in 60-inch, 72-inch, and 84-inch wingspans in custom colorways.
NORDIKEVOLUTIONR140/56" Blow Vortice
Milan-based ventilation purveyor, Vortice, designed this ceiling fan to maximize airflow with just three 56-inch galvanized steel blades. It is available with a light and remote control.
V-Series Patterson Fan Company Featuring angled V-shaped blades, V-Series gearless ceiling fans move volumes of air either forward or in reverse at speeds ranging from leisurely to brisk. Various sizes—8-feet, 12-feet, 16-feet, 20-feet, and 24-feet—fit applications from warehouses to aviation to fitness to agriculture.
Axiom Fan Axiom Fans The Axiom Fan serves areas upward of 5,000 square feet by virtue of its monolithic curved blades. Perfect for indoor and covered outdoor areas, it is offered in three sizes and eleven colors and textures.
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Cabana Cool

Savor the last days of summer in the comfort of Blu Dot’s new outdoor furniture collection
Minneapolis-based furniture purveyor Blu Dot recently released their new Perch outdoor furniture collection, a luxurious seating family outfitted with sumptuous pillowy cushioning. Perch comprises a two-seat sofa, three-seat sofa, lounge chair and ottoman, and reclining chair fashioned from rectangular teak slats supported by a matte white aluminum framework. The material composition affords nearly year-round exposure to the elements. Meanwhile, the Sunbrella fabric prevents fading and pesky mildew.  Perch Outdoor 2 Seat Sofa   Perch Outdoor Lounge Chair Perch Outdoor Ottoman Perch Outdoor 3 Seat Sofa Perch Outdoor Sun Lounger As the story goes, Blu Dot’s design team was inspired by the marine world. Taking cues from the aesthetic detailing of decking and boats, the Perch collection features just three materials, in a construction that makes use of each: a solid aluminum base to support teakwood slats, topped off with a Sunbrella upholstered cushion. The combination results in a striking combination of cozy reclining seating that brings the warmth of indoors outside.  On a recent trip the company’s Minneapolis headquarters, The Architect’s Newspaper had the opportunity to speak with the design team and founders, Maurice Blanks and John Christakos. Established in 1997, Blu Dot was started by a collection of friends that had just graduated from architecture and art school. Frustrated by the lack of modern furniture available that was designed well and that they could actually afford, they decided to go off on their own and 22 years later, the company prides itself in the ethos that brought it to fruition: affordable furniture that people in their twenties could buy on a budget. This was before IKEA, West Elm, and CB2, when you had to actually get an appointment to a furniture showroom.  Blanks and Christakos designed and made Blu Dot’s earliest creations like the Real Good Chair, Modu-licious, and the Strut Table. Nowadays, they both work the in-house design team to develop new collections like the Hands Down sofa collection, conjure new designs like the Deep Thought Leather Lounge Chair, and, from time to time, retire irrelevant pieces like 4 Square CD Rack. What’s next? The company has just launched its own series of rugs that pair perfectly with their furniture offerings, which will continue to grow within the Blu Dot furniture family. With all that in mind, do have a hankering to get your hands on a Blu Dot original of your own? Enter to win a 1972 Chevy El Camino filled with ten thousand dollars worth of Blu Dot Furniture—nearly as many as you could cram into the trunk—on Blu Dot’s website through September 20.