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Product> Above the Ordinary: Best Bath Fixtures and Fittings
Including an architect-designed element in the bath can elevate the look of the room without breaking the client's budget. Whether a suite of fixtures or a single item, it's an added-value investment. Starck 1 Washbasin Duravit This modern washbasin features a unique faucet hole that is nearly impossible to machine fabricate. The faucet surround of the sink is hand-sanded to create an entirely flat surface on the top and sides of the hole, resulting in a unique appearance. Armonia Console Antonio Lupi Sleekly carved in American walnut, the frame of this console exhibits influences from both mid-century sources and Art Nouveau in its light, fluid lines. Designed by Roberto Lazzeroni. Onda Vanity Hastings Tile & Bath The Onda collection combines curves and colors in almost infinite arrangements. The vanities are available in 36 matte or gloss colors or a natural oak finish. Finishes can be mixed within the same vanity; curves can be parallel or asymmetrical. Tops are offered in 36 glass colors and nine solid surface options. In 60 cm, 90cm, and 105 cm sizes. Beyond Crystal THG The Beyond Crystal collection comprises fittings and accessories that feature Baccarat crystal handles in a contemporary rectangular form. The fittings are illuminated by dimmable LED lights. Available in colors as well as clear crystal, the line includes tub fillers and shower sets. Designed by Rémi Tessier. Marc Newson Linear Drain Infinity Drain For zero-threshold applications, these 14-gauge stainless steel grates have a fixed flange that siplifies installation. Available in five finishes. Designed by Marc Newson. Living Square Washbasin Laufen A proprietary new ceramic material, named SaphirKeramik, has been developed with remarkable properties that directly impact design. Its flexural strength, for example, has been measured at 120kp/sq. mm, which is comparable to steel, and twice as high as that of vitreous china. The hardness of the recyclable material enables the creation of extremely thin (1-2mm) walls and tight corner radii (2mm) that characterize modern design.
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Product> Must-Spec Kitchen Equipment
From food storage and prep to cooking and cleanup, a kitchen’s function—if not its form—is determined to a large extent by the quality of its equipment. Here are some new and notable products to specify for the serious cook. Ye Elica Ye is one of the first range hoods to be sheathed in Cristalplant, a polymer material that allows the creation of soft, fluid lines. The directional, double-suction vent is operated by remote control. LED spotlights illuminate the cooking surface. Designed by Fabrizio Crisà. Planar 8 Faucet Franke Made primarily of solid brass, the new Planar 8 kitchen faucet is equipped with a ceramic cartridge for leak-free operation. Its one-jet, lock-in-place spray head connects to a covered, stainless steel spring hose that facilitates easy, comfortable movement around the sink. The faucet spout rotates 360 degrees in either direction, which allows placement of the handle on either the right or the left side. Available in chrome or satin nickel, the Planar 8 kitchen faucet is CSA-certified and meets the lead-content requirements of NSF/ANSI 372. Range Series Miele Tailored to the North American market, this range offers some impressive features: a wireless roast probe providing ‘correct-to-the-minute’ program countdowns, a menu of 100 easy-to-use, automatic cooking programs, and a Moisture Plus function that offers optimal humidity distribution while baking. It is offered in different sizes (30", 36", and 48") and power configurations (dual-fuel, gas, electric, and induction). Regular burners reach up to 19,000 BTUs and a dedicated simmering burner tops out at 12,000 BTU. Metris Kitchen Faucet Hansgrohe Featuring an extendable shower with two types of jets—a wide shower spray that is ideal for cleaning and rinsing, and a normal spray for filling pots and pans—this faucet comes in high arc, prep, and bar sizes. The swivel range is 150º and the flow rate is 2.2 GPM. Designed by Phoenix Design. Regulator Faucet Waterworks Offered in double and single spot models, as well as a pot filler and bar faucet, this impressive, hand-crafted fitting follows the design template of early 20th-century boiler room controls. Available in thirteen finishes. All-Induction Cooktop Viking A grid of LED lights illuminate individual cooking zones when this six-burner unit is in use. The silvery metallic ceramic surface is not only visually distinctive, but durable and easy to clean. The beveled edges lift up from the counter—a unique design treatment.
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Products> Six Cutting-Edge Kitchen Systems
Kitchen systems offer the best of both worlds: unlimited customization and efficient, modular-based installation. For multi-unit projects or single-family structures, open floor plans or enclosed rooms, these versatile cabinets are a designer's dream. P'7350 Poggenpohl The mitered vertical joints of the P'7350 are a striking visual departure from the horizontal lines of conventional kitchens. Designed by Porsche Design Studio. XTEND Leicht Louvered panels rise and lower via remote control, eliminating concerns about door-swing clearance in tight spaces. Henrybuilt Custom designed and fabricated in the United States, these contemporary kitchens feature hand-crafted carpentry and one-of-a-kind detailing. B3 Bulthaup A multi-function wall is at the core of this kitchen system, concealing utility lines and giving the cabinets a floating appearance. Phoenix Varenna A serviceable mix of open and closed storage and a palette of natural materials characterize this forward-looking kitchen. Designed by CR&S Varenna. New Logica System: Artematica Vitrum Arte Valcucine Featuring glass-fronted drawers and base cabinets, this kitchen poses unique recycling potential. Full-height pantry units offer extensive storage capacity. Designed by Gabriele Centazzo.
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Product> Six Top Design and Materials Apps for Architects
Technology is supposed to make design a more streamlined, efficient process. But as anyone who’s ever squinted at a tools palette of inscrutable icons can attest, it too often deters the creative process. To the rescue comes a smart selection of task-specific, nimble apps and programs. HI-MACS App LG Hausys Available for Apple and Android phones, this app’s clean design and linear sequencing makes it easy to explore. In just a few taps, users can find descriptions and specifications of the surfacing material—including water permeability, thermoformability, and heat resistance—as well as all the products and colors available. Brick It Pro Brick Development Association Brick It Pro is a reference guide for building professionals containing interactive brick tables, bond patterns, and joint profiles. This iOS app is particularly useful for anyone involved with designing, surveying, or constructing brickwork. PAC App Petersen Aluminum Corp. The PAC App is loaded with the entire library of PAC metal architectural products and technical information architects and roofing contractors need, such as literature, spec sheets, CAD drawings, testing documents, and BIM files. The high-definition app offers clear and simple visual navigation for quick reference, and all documents can be viewed, printed, or emailed. App updates are automatic. The app is ideal for field use because it does not require an Internet connection after installation. Rainbow Masonry Designer Holcim Since a brick or block façade is more than 20% mortar, today’s design decisions incorporate more than merely brick color. Customers and clients need to see the full gamut of masonry decisions for you to get the spec right the first time. Now there is a tool that illustrates your masonry vision and facilitates instant collaboration. The Rainbow Masonry Designer app allows you to choose brick colors, bonds, and 60 mortar colors. A complete palette is at your fingertips to explore, collaborate, and save your masonry selections before sending the specifications to your supplier for samples. Skylight Planner Velux To help clients understand and visualize residential skylights, this app lets users preview different sizes and configurations in either a model space or, with an uploaded photograph, in the homeowner’s existing house. Product information and an installer directory are also included. Total Protection Roofing System Owens Corning It takes more than just shingles to protect a home—it takes an integrated system of seven components and layers working together to help increase the performance of the roof—and to enhance the comfort and enjoyment of those who live beneath it. This app walks users through each layer, product by product, to help clients gain a better understanding of material and cost estimates.
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Products> High-Tech Hardware for Architects
The right hardware can go a long way toward easing the design process. From analyzing infrastructure and documenting site conditions to monitoring construction and updating archives, there's a tool for every task. Laser Scanner Focus3D X Series FARO These ultra-portable scanners enable fast, straightforward, and accurate measurements of objects and buildings. They record architectural façades, complex structures, production and supply facilities, accident sites, and large-volume components. Models are equipped with GPS and offer the possibility to perform scanning even in bright sunlight. Remote scanning as well as almost limitless scan data sharing via SCENE Webshare Cloud make the laser scanning solution truly mobile. Instant Transmitting Paper to iPad Pen Hammacher Schlemmer This pen digitizes handwriting to instantly transmit notes written on paper to an iPad. Combining the ease of handwriting with the convenience of electronic backup, editing, and emailing without the tedious steps of retyping or scanning, the comfortable stylus writes like a familiar ballpoint pen, and it pairs with a small 3” receiver clipped at the top of any piece of paper. The Bluetooth device transmits handwritten notes or drawings to a tablet or smartphone. The pen is ideal for sharing sketches on social media, marking up work files by hand, or jotting a missive in a cramped airplane seat while your tablet stays packed away. The receiver stores up to 100 pages of content. Compatible with iPad, iPad Air, iPad Mini, and iPhone 6, 5/5s/iTouch 5c, or 4/4s. GigapixelCam X10 EarthCam This camera is capable of auto-generating 360° panoramas up to 10 billion pixels in size. The user-controllable PTZ system can capture jobsite progress in super-high-definition for verifying compliance, disputing claims, and historic archival records. A specialized Nikon lens adds another element to this project management tool: With high-powered optics delivering a 17x optical zoom, users can examine specific areas on the jobsite in extreme detail, via 24 megapixel images. RollerMouse Red Contour Design The ingenious device, with its integral roller design, eliminates the need to grip or reach for a mouse, which can strain the neck, shoulders, elbows, and wrists. Centered on the keyboard in an optimal work zone, it corrects posture and prevents repetitive-stress injury. ScanSnap SV600 Contactless Scanner Fujitsu The ScanSnap SV600 Contactless scanner provides a new perspective on document scanning. It easily scans newspapers, magazines, documents, or books directly without cutting or damaging them, and compensates for curved pages with an image-flattening technology. There’s even a function that erases any errant appearances by a fingertip. It automatically detects when pages are turned, and allows users to set a timed interval for that operation. The scanner creates searchable PDFs and JPEGs. Sprout Hewlett-Packard Part of Hewlett-Packard’s "blended reality" initiative, this machine is more than a Windows-based desktop computer. It's also a dual-screen creative console with its own projector, a giant touch-enabled screen, and a 3D-capable scanner. Sprout aspires to bridge the gap from the real world to the virtual one, allowing users to interface with 3D products and hands-on creation. The product is the result of a partnership between HP, Microsoft, Intel, and 3M.
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Product> My Tech: Insightful Apps for Engineers and Architects
So much to know, and so little time.... Here's a pocketful of design and construction apps that will put you in control of the facts on concrete calcs and lighting schemes to entry systems and steel data. Penetron App Penetron For Android and iOS mobile devices, this app offers numerous advantages for on-site work. It features instant access to product data sheets (for application instructions) and a solutions guide for a vast number of technical issues. Additional functions include a product overview, a technology summary, a QR scanner for Penetron codes, and a calculator to estimate product quantities needed for a job. You've Arrived Ellison Bronze This tablet app allows users to easily explore the scope of Ellison Bronze balanced entry systems. Tap-to-zoom photography and text, video playback, and interactive features give an inside view of the mechanics, intricate door assemblies, and design possibilities available from the manufacturer. VisionREZ 2015 for Revit ITW The latest version of this program allows builders to collaborate with the supply chain, convey accurate design intent to all vendors and trade partners, generate precise quantity takeoffs, and create construction docs directly from a live model. New features include a User Definable Content Ribbon Insertion Tool, an Automated Residential Roof Solver, and Editor and Roof Trim Insertions tools. Energi Advisor Lutron With just basic information (such as the number of fixtures and controls, and space dimensions), this app performs a lighting audit, and produces project proposals, bills of material, and projected Return on Investment. The app is automatically updated, ensuring the the retrofit solution created uses the latest Lutron product information and energy calculations, ensuring more accurate proposals featuring wireless Lutron light controls. I.D. Wood Double Dog Studios I.D. Wood allows a user to quickly browse more than 200 wood samples visually, by species name, or by common name for quick identification. Other searchable categories include application, durability, and sustainable status. Steel Shapes The Mobile Engineer Now with the latest AISC v14.1 library, this app gathers together decades of steel shapes—more than 18,000 entries, modern and historic—in a fast, easy-to-use format. Every structural shape property contained in the AISC database is illustrated, accompanied by geometrical and mechanical properties, design and detailing values, and more. Conversion between metric and imperial units is made with the tap of a button.
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Product> Data for Designers: Six Amazing Apps
Communicating information—both the visual and verbal varieties—in an accurate, timely fashion comprises the heart of any construction project. There are myriad programs and apps on the market that offer to streamline design problems, decision making, and materials selection. Here are some new tech tools that we think really make a difference. Autodesk A360 Collaboration for Revit Autodesk Overcoming the barriers of corporate firewalls and physical location, A360 Collaboration for Revit enables true centralized access to Revit models by team members in all disciplines from multiple firms or sites. It also replaces work-arounds for sharing models such as use of FTP sites, sharing software, or inefficient use of email with PDF attachments. As a cloud-based service, the software does not require costly or complex IT setup and maintenance. ViraconGlass Viracon This app allows users to select from twenty-five different coatings on fifteen substrates, presenting transmitted and reflective glass color on a variety of building types. The models can then be viewed under different lighting conditions from both interior and exterior perspectives, and can be compared to one another. Field Assets InfraWorks 360, Autodesk With this program, owners and operators will be able to collect, mark-up, and share date on infrastructure assets in real-time so teams can make better-informed decisions on how to deploy their field workforce for asset inspection and maintenance, key to optimal productivity and financial performance. SIMplexity Launch LT Introspective Systems This software enables architects to uncover and prioritize the underlying goals of each project, and create a road map from inception to completion. It captures data associated with a project in any format (email, video, images, databases, spreadsheets, PDFs, and more) and connects each piece of information to its role within a job—owner request, regulation, LEED target, or any user-created category—to produce a 360-degree view of the project. HD Home Viewer Cosentino This design tool allows users to change the materials by clicking on virtual countertops, facades, wall coverings, floors, furniture, and bathroom elements to visualize surface clad in the entire range of colors and finishes of Silestone quartz, Dekton ultra-compact material, and recycled Eco. HD Home Viewer is based on HTML5, permitting use on all portable and desktop devices running Android, iOS, and Windows. ColorSnap Studio Sherwin-Williams This iPad app makes it easy to find the closet-matching paint colors within an image and to fine-tune colors using lightness, saturation, and hue features. The Color Visuallizer toole facilitates experimenting with thousands of color combinations by applying color to an image without complicated edge-masking: Simply touch the color and "fingerpaint" the hue into the image.
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Product> Design Diagnosis: 12 of the best new healthcare furnishings
With the rise of evidence-based design, comfortable spaces are eclipsing clinical environments in healthcare facilities. These new products satisfy both the aesthetic and performance demands of the medical community. Regard Nurture by Steelcase This system of waiting-area furniture is designed to adapt to a wide variety of spaces, and has features—flexible power locations, integrated tables, privacy booths—that allow people to connect or retreat. True Wood Rite Door Assa Abloy/Adams Rite Dual levers inset on either side of the door activate the top latching mechanism, allowing each leaf to function on its own, doing away with additional parts such as floor strikes, center latches, flush bolts, astragals, and coordinators. Dart Designtex This woven upholstery has a finish that provides high-level stain resistance and limited bleach cleanability. The patterned textile is offered in nine colorways. Flop Sofa, Palisade Collection Nemschoff For round-the-clock use, this sofa converts to a sleeper simply by adjusting the back cushion; there is no finger-pinching, heavy mechanism to maneuver. Lighting and power ports options. Designed by Jess Sorel. ICU 300 Dorma With single, bi-parting, or telescopic operation, these manual sliding doors allow for continuous observation of patients while providing quick and easy access in emergency situations. Programma 400 ALU pba This full collection of grab bars, shower seats, and other bathroom accessories is fabricated of anodized aluminum with nylon elements. Collective Time Shaw In tiles and broadloom, this carpeting collection takes design cues from circadian rhythms, translating data into color and texture patterns. Lifetime commercial warranty; Cradle-to-Cradle Silver certified. VitalSign 2/90 Sign Systems This signage system relies on a magnetic tool—instead of human hands—to change medical alerts and icons, reducing the transmission of infectious disease in healthcare facilities. ProLine Drain Quick Drain USA Fabricated of 304 stainless steel and measuring 1.5 inches wide, this linear drain features an integrated flange, easing the installation of barrier-free showers. A sloped interior trench eliminates standing water in the drain. Color Select USAI Lighting The first architectural LED downlighting fixture to offer independent control of both color temperature and intensity, this technology effectively mimics natural daylight and satisfies the needs of healthcare workers and patients alike. Plus System Pressalit Horizontal and vertical wall tracks and brackets allow bathroom fixtures to be repositioned as needed, with ease and precision. Fabricated of strong, lightweight aluminum and polystyrene, lifts are offered with a choice of manual, pneumatic, and electric power. Corning Med-X Glass McGrory Glass The high barium and lead content of this glass is designed to shield against 80-300kV X-rays while providing an optically neutral appearance. With plates measuring up to 54 inches by 108 inches, it maximizes views for medical technicians.
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Product> Climate, Controlled: Top Heating & Cooling Products
These innovative, resource-conscious building products keep structures—and their occupants—comfortable while maximizing energy efficiency. ProSol TF+ Schüco This high-efficiency, thin-film photovoltaic module produces up to 30 percent more electrical output than conventional thin-film products, due to its tandem cell structure. High-Mass Radiant Heating/Cooling System Uponor In this hydronic radiant system, warm or cool water flows through cross-linked polyethylene tubing; flexible, it needs fewer connections and is approved for continuous hot-water recirculation. IceBank Thermal Energy Storage CALMAC Ice-cooled air produced with this thermal energy system shifts a building's cooling needs to off-peak hours. Comfy Building Robotics Web- and mobile-based software lets office workers warm or cool their specific locations, while fine-tuning the building's energy use and optimizing HVAC efficiency. VRF Zoning Systems Mitsubishi Electric Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning systems operate efficiently at partial-load conditions, helping to optimize energy savings and lower costs. Quantum Vue Lutron This mobile-friendly software lets facility managers monitor, analyze, and program all energy usage in a building, and ties all lighting and shade controls together.
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Product> Eight cool solar shading options
Essentially low-tech solutions with high-tech refinements, shades, shelves, and canopies control the sun while adding an architectural element to the design. CRL-U.S. Aluminum Series 3600 Sunshade System C.R. Laurence The screw spline assembly design (above) features a choice of outrigger profiles with a variety of louver and fascia profiles available. FM 41 InSync Solar This automated exterior-mounted roller shading system blocks the sun before it enters a structure, reducing heat and glare more effectively than interior shading technologies. MagnaShade MechoSystems A unique cradle element supports the shade tube without increasing its diameter, allowing the overall size of the interior roller-shade system to remain compact. InLighten Light Shelf Kawneer Featuring an extruded aluminum chassis and a choice of polycarbonate or aluminum-composite panels, this tilting shelf bounces daylight deep into interior spaces. GreenScreen Revive Mermet USA Available in nine colors, these PVC-free polyester solar-control fabrics reduce glare and reflect light. C2C and GreenGuard Gold certified, the collection is available in 1 percent and 5 percent openness. Cubist Cambridge Architectural This flexible stainless steel mesh has an open area of 80 percent. Available in a maximum width of 144 inches, it weighs 1.85 pounds-per-square foot. Koda XT 3form A custom-molded polycarbonate roof houses PV modules that power the bus shelter's lighting and send additional energy back to the community's electrical power grid. Aluminum Sails Levolux Custom fabricated, these single skin, perforated aluminum sheets control light and heat while giving the structure a distinctive appearance.