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Splish, Splash

The six most ingenious products from KBIS 2018
This year, 80,000 people migrated to Orlando to see toilets spread out across the equivalent of 36 football fields (or 2.1 million square feet) at the Orange County Convention Center. Crowds were dazzled by the spectacular and often sensory showcase of the newest kitchen and bath fixtures at the 2018 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS). Where water was flowing in the company of ambient lighting, AN spent two days meandering through 600 booths across two buildings connected by an outdoor foot bridge (and a Greyhound-style shuttle bus). Our favorites are highlighted below. Terrazzo Ann Sacks In an ode to traditional Italian terrazzo, Ann Sacks introduced a new iteration of the 15th century surface with 28 percent pre-consumer recycled content. The composition comprises marble from the Carrara mountains and a combination of fine stones with varying proportions. The LEED v4-certified tiles are available in both white and black variants and in either 16 x 16 or 24 x 24 inches. ShieldSpray Faucet Delta Faucet By way of a laser-like concentrated jet surrounded by a shield of water, this faucet keeps back splashes at bay while cleaning messes away. It is offered as a single handle pull-down fixture in the Foundry and Esque collections presently, and soon in other models rolling out early this year. Nikola Tesla Elica Completely eliminating the need for a ventilation hood, this innovative system integrated on the cooktop suctions and captures odors and fumes through a centrally-located fan. The automated process is triggered by sensors that perceive the amount and quality of odors present. The induction range is equipped with a double bridge function, which allows for two adjacent cooking zones to be combined as one. Small Appliance Collection Dolce & Gabbana x Smeg At last year’s Salone del Mobile, Smeg debued it’s first collaboration with the famously Sicilian fashion house, Dolce and Gabbana: 100 limited-edition hand-painted refrigerators that celebrate the ornate decorative aesthetic of the brand’s heritage. This time, the duo released a series of smaller-scale appliances (objects that could be classified as decorative arts), including a toaster, a juice, a blender, a coffee machine, and a kettle. Clad in traditional Sicilian motifs and rich colors, the items in the “Sicily Is My Love” collection are adorned with yellow lemons, vibrant citrus fruits, swags, scrolls, and other dynamic symbols that thematically relate to the visual narrative of Sicily. Flotation Tub TOTO At seven feet long, this cradle-shaped tub was devised from tests that measured the perfect balance between floating and lying down, apparently modeled by how astronauts sleep in zero gravity. Added perks include eight air massage jets, an adjustable pillow with a shoulder warmer, and two hydro lumbar jets that mimic the motion of a massage by two hands on the lower back. Dual Fuel Range Perlick Perlick launched its first cooking range complete with 30,000 BTUs of gas-fueled power on each burner. Alternatively, the oven can simmer at ultra-low temperatures with its built-in sous-vide technology. Best of all, it comes with the industry’s first 360° Lazy Susan turntable oven rack and convertible burners.
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Food Science

Smart kitchen: Six clever kitchen furnishings
Bringing together technology and design, this compilation of savvy appliances and smart furnishings makes the kitchen cool and computerized. Vacuuming Drawer 400 Series Gaggenau
Look, Ma, no hands! This hands-free vacuuming drawer seals fish, meat, vegetables, and fruit. The multi-purpose drawer can be used for sous vide cooking, marinating, and extended storage. It can be installed seamlessly underneath the 400 Series ovens.
ST-ONE Strasser
This striking monolithic kitchen island showcases the very best properties of granite and marble. Available in five sizes and five natural stone types, each front panel is cut from a single block, highlighted by a glint of LED lighting around the base.
Trail Poliform
The Trail kitchen, designed by Carlo Colombo, features an integrated, ergonomic, concave handle that can be placed at the center or the far end of the door, and an innovative wooden “snack” bar table that rests along the edge of the island. The collection includes a robust drawer system and glass-boxed range hoods, and is available in four door-finishing options and two surface colors.
Functional Partition Wall Henrybuilt
Developed out of a desire to create distinct spaces in kitchens without dividing them too harshly, the partition wall provides both privacy and transparency. It is made by hand from solid wood, PaperStone, and opaque white glass. The wall frees up drawer space without cluttering the counter, subtly concealing unused cookery.
VVD Dada
For this kitchen, architect and designer Vincent Van Duysen played with the concept of solids and voids using islands, shelving units, and cabinetry enveloped in wood, steel, and laminate. The kitchen features roomy pullout trays, open-ended drawers, and under-top trolleys. To maximize storage, the thin-profile doors open to 180 degrees. Pilkington Optiwhite™ low-iron glass for ultimate clarity
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Edition de luxe

Six lavishly appointed bath fixtures
From classic Italian marble basins to glass-framed showers and designer collaborations, the newest bathroom fixtures and accessories combine luxurious materials with pared-down, simplified forms—a juxtaposition that makes for a downright lavish lavatory. Thurso Freestanding Shower Drummonds

Standing nearly eight feet tall on a cast-iron base, the Thurso shower is complexly enclosed in glass and framed by an ornate metal system. Available in 17 finishes, the autonomous enclosure features a 12-inch built-in showerhead.

Marmoreal Max Lamb for Dzek

Pre-cast in terrazzo marble, the bathtub and sink are from Max Lamb’s Marmoreal collection and ongoing Quarry series. The sculptural works are characterized by their raw and unapologetic appearance, and of course, their generous scale. They are both available in white-background Bianco Verona or black-background Grigio Carnico.

  Aurora Showerhead Alex Miller Studio

Alex Miller Studio designed an entire collection inspired by the ocean, aptly named By the Sea. With an organic shape that nods to tidal ebbs and flows, both showerheads are available in chrome and gold.

Sonar Patricia Urquiola for Laufen

Patricia Urquiola designed the third iteration of Laufen’s SaphirKeramik collection with inspiration from the phenomenon of sound waves moving through water. With a mutable interplay of alterations throughout the nine washstands and one bathtub, she envisioned “wavelength-thin” fixtures with a “dissonant” ribbed surface texture.

Luv Collection Cecile Manz for Duravit

Danish industrial designer Cecilie Manz designed a comprehensive series of washbasins, lighted touch-screen mirrors, and other items for open, Nordic-style bathrooms. The basins can be glazed in satin-matte white, gray, or sand, and the table console with drawers is available in six earth-toned colors. Meanwhile, the tabletop comes in quartz stone or solid wood.

JP marble mg12

Milan-based designer Monica Freitas Geronimi conjured a pristine overmount basin from Carrara marble with integrated circular tap handles that are complemented by brass-hued fittings. It is also available in a charming gray Basaltina stone.

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Living Color

Six stunning surfaces for the kitchen and bath
This collection of colorful tiles—acrylic, terra-cotta, and porcelain—creates surfaces that are equally durable and beautiful, taking any room to the next level.
Gonzaga Christina Celestino x Fornace Brioni Milan-based architect and designer Christina Celestino dreamed up a collection of motifs based on designs typically found in Italian 15th-century paint on pavimenti in cotto (terra-cotta floors). Following on typical patterns of light, perspective, and draped effects, the assortment of tiles is dominated by gray and variegated terra-cotta, giving it a markedly Renaissance air, in line with the period’s ideals of beauty and harmony. Fence Iris Ceramica x Diesel Living A chain-link fence and mesh coatings, this collection is a mélange of white on white, white on black, and of course, black on black.   Cover Patricia Urquiola for Mutina Patricia Urquiola, Spanish architect and designer (and adopted Italian), has designed various collections for Mutina since 2008, but Cover marks her first stint with large ceramic slabs. The collection came about from an experimental project using clay blended with a mixture of micro-grit, which is then used as a base for the colored patterns applied using the silk screen method. Tonal Collection David Rockwell x Bisazza David Rockwell designed a graphic, vibrant tile range comprising a suite of patterns available in four color families (one is a new color developed just for the designer, called “David Rockwell Blue”). Starting from the existing collection Cementiles, the patterns are based on ombrés, a visual spectrum from one color to another, or, in his mind, something that feels like “a kind of illusion." Agatha Lotus Maison Valentina Influenced by the delicate folds of a lotus flower, this design is done with a succession of parallel lines that weave together in a ring of earth tones. Each tile is digitally printed on two aluminum sheets with a polyethylene core. High Line La Fabbrica Slate natural stone was the main ingredient for a tile collection inspired by the rough train tracks along the trail of New York’s High Line park. Four colors of marbled tile express a kind of weathered look akin to the footpath raised above 11th Avenue.
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Work, work, work

Six commercial furnishings you should see from NeoCon East 2017
We ventured to the City of Brotherly Love to see the latest commercial interior furniture at the 15th installment of NeoCon East. There, 200+ brands showed furnishings for workplace, government, healthcare, hospitality, retail, education, and public space in the Pennsylvania Convention Center on November 15 and 16. We were impressed by various acoustic solutions, integrated ergonomic design, and nature- and craft-inspired aesthetic accoutrements. You’ll find six of our favorite products from the show below. Bower Lounge Collection ICF The Bower Collection is inspired by the rambling-style nests created by the bowerbird of the designer’s birthplace, native Australia. Adam Goodrum designed this collection of work pods, lounge chairs, and adjustable screens that support visual and acoustical privacy. Entirely modular, the Bower range of products is designed for ease of assembling on-site in work places. Cern Collection Nienkämper The Cern collection addresses contemporary office furnishing needs with multifunctional elements that allow for seemingly endless combinations and configurations, from individual offices and workstations to teamwork areas for more collaborative projects. The table range includes modular tables and bench desks, all with height-adjustable options. Continuous Arm Bench Thos. Moser Contract Nodding to the aesthetic and handmade traditions of the American Arts and Crafts, this bench incorporates a laminated arm construction, elbow rest, and curvilinear design that also characterizes the matching arm chair. It is offered in dark and light stain, as well as a combination of both (shown). Framery Q Framery Framery Q meeting pod allows people to have meetings, brainstorming sessions, and important one-on-one conversations in private without disturbing the whole office. It has four layout options and is available in various color and accessory options. Standing Desk Movi Workspace This bamboo bench top is easy attached to an existing desk. It stands up with the press of a single button and a quiet, high-speed, electric motor does the heavy lifting for you. The memory saves your precise standing height to quickly move from sitting and standing. Off The Grid Shaw Contract Drawn by a desire to disconnect from technology, Shaw Contract envisioned a range of carpeting, tiles, and other flooring inspired by grandiose landscapes. The patterns themselves are explorations of micro and macro photography, abstractions of elements from various outdoor journeys the design team took during the research and development phase.
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What's New, What's Next

Our six top eco-conscious materials and products from Greenbuild
At this year's Greenbuild in Boston, we saw a range of exciting solutions for building, renovating, and remediating the built environment. From anti-bacterial paints to acoustic fabric that reduces solar gain, we highlight six products that are truly innovating the industry. SmartFlower Plus SmartFlower Solar This flower-shaped solar panel system is equipped with an integrated battery storage system that allows you to generate solar energy efficiently and store excess energy for later use. It can be used on-grid for optimization (and power outage), as well as off-grid and hybrid thanks to the battery storage capacity. Paint Shield Microbicidal Interior Latex Paint Sherwin-Williams Germophobes, rejoice! The first EPA-registered microbicidal paint that kills greater than 99.9 percent of Staph (Staphylococcus aureus), MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), E. coli (Escherichia coli), VRE (Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecalis) and Enterobacter aerogenes within two hours of exposure on painted surfaces. It continues to kill 90 percent of these bacteria even after repeated contamination on painted surfaces and lasts up to four years. InstaGreen GT-4 Tray Hydrotech This green roof application creates water storage for stormwater management. It features perforated sidewalls to encourage tray-to-tray root growth and a base with a reservoir storage to accommodate large amounts of water and aeration. Cafe Series greenscreen Heed-A-Maric is a family of boxed-planters that comes in rectangular, curved rectangular, and square boxes that can be combined to create winding and curving plant-rich environments. It is available in 20 colors. Corbelle Kohler The Corbelle two-piece toilet delivers the “most complete flush ever,” with swirl flushing that keeps your bowl cleaner longer than a conventional flush, using less water. Installation is made easy by the seamless skirted trapway that attaches to the floor fittings, eliminating the need to drill holes. CMP25 - ALU 6010 GKD Made of gold-anodized aluminum, these acoustic composite panels absorb 88 percent of sounds and reduce noise by 85 percent. The fabric combines metal mesh and aluminum honeycomb plate, making it extremely stable and resistant to bending. It allows for improved and more even daylight distribution, thereby helping to reduce the amount of energy required for artificial lighting.
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Still Shopping?

Specsheet > Even more architecture gifts for the holidays
Last week we shared a selection of kitsch and panache from the gift guide in our December issue. In case you have a few more people on your shopping list, see what our editors, architect friends, and fellow design aficionados are asking for this year. Zeilmaker Chair by Gerrit Thomas Rietveld MoMA Store This subdued dark-green iteration of Rietveld’s iconic 1918 Red and Blue Chair features the same architectural lines inspired by the philosophy of “well-being and comfort of the spirit.” Later versions incorporate various colors depending on the client—in this case, a green, black, and white motif was created for a schoolteacher. $4,215 | store.moma.org OD-11 Wireless Loudspeaker Teenage Engineering This rectangular volume houses a wireless multiroom loudspeaker that plays your music from any device. The new OD-11 is a carefully reengineered version of the original OD-11 ortho-directional loudspeaker, made in 1974 by the Swedish sound genius Stig Carlsson. It can be paired with the ortho remote, which allows for wireless volume control and click functions for play, pause, and skip. $999 | teenage.engineering Click-Clock Ayako Aratani Sculpted in porcelain, these wall-hanging timepieces were formed with biomorphic, rounded edges that visually denote the time of day by the spine-like hour markers. small $75, medium $95 | ayakodesignstudio.com Alvar Aalto Serving Platters The Glass House Design Store These serving platters integrate the undulating lines of the iconic glass Alvar Aalto vase into wood. Fashioned in birch with an oak veneer, the material palette pays tribute to the designer’s love of the Finnish landscape. $60 | designstore.theglasshouse.org Juliet Vessels Anna Karlin Made of borosilicate glass, these tabletop glass vessels reference science lab beakers but are finished with hand-turned solid brass stoppers for a new and unfamiliar feel. Each stopper is unique to the different glass shapes. $110 | annakarlin.com Arc de Triomphe LEGO Create a four-inch-tall model of Paris’s iconic landmark with 382 Lego bricks. Once built, the iconic reproduction features statue-adorned pillars, sculptural reliefs, and semi-realistic stone-like coloring. $40 | shop.lego.com
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'Tis the Season

Specsheet > String Tied, This Year’s Holiday Gift Guide

We asked our editors, architect friends, and fellow design aficionados what they are putting at the top of their wish lists this year. The result is a compilation of rarities, outrageous objects, curiosities, and other items that you would want but would never buy for yourself.

Cheese grater Forma  Zaha Hadid for Alessi Zaha Hadid Architects designed a cheese grater that follows the same aesthetic of her most iconic works: organic shapes derived from natural forms. Composed of a sculptural black base that holds a punctured, mirror-polished stainless-steel grater, the ergonomic shape is designed to fit comfortably in the palm of the user’s hand. $80 | alessi.com 1st Floor Blue Mug Adam Nathaniel Furman for Sir John Soane’s Museum Shop “In the grand classical manner of the very best salons of old, this mug is raised up on a vaulted arcade so that it may occupy the airy summit of its own piano nobile. Elevated above the common detritus of your breakfast table, this dining item elegantly maintains the dignified sanctity of your morning brew.” $32 | soane.org Guatemala Throw CoopDPS for ZigZagZurich This brightly patterned woolen Nordic blanket is the work of Nathalie Du Pasquier and George Sowden—the founding members of the Memphis Group. Part of the Post Crisis Collection, referencing the aftermath of the 2008 financial crash, the blanket features geometrics mingling with abstract organics in a wash of the iconic duo’s famously bright, bold primaries. $203 | zigzagzurich.com Frank Tray Good Thing Purveyor of all things mundane and manufacturer of everyday objects, Good Thing made something that is especially banal into something quite useful and amusing. Using an industrial metal-forming technique to shape siding into a hotdog wrapper–like detail, this handsome catchall is a useful tool for storing a sausage, as well as loose change, keys, makeup, etc. $24 | supergoodthing.com Half Timbered T-shirt Sam Jacob Studio Sam Jacob Studio devised this T-shirt with an edge-to-edge silk-screened Pugin-esque black and white motif. Like “architecture for your body,” the graphic pattern is a tribute to the op art effect of buildings like the Elizabethan manor Little Moreton Hall, and is also a twist on the artifice of mock-Tudor suburban buildings. $40 | samjacobstudio.com A Piece of Kahn - Travertine Earrings Pico Design for the Yale Center for British Art Inspired by the architecture of Louis Kahn, these earrings are part of the Moth/Butterfly Collection, a collaboration between Yale Center for British Art (YCBA) and Pico Design. Geometric in form, the sterling-silver jewelry has brushed and oxidized finishes that envelop a travertine cuboid recovered from the recent renovation of the Kahn-designed YCBA. $125 | picomeanslittle.com | YCBA Museum Shop, corner of High and Chapel Streets, New Haven, CT
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#DDW17

Specsheet > Product Highlights from Dutch Design Week 2017
We ventured to Eindhoven, the Netherlands for Dutch Design Week (DDW). This is a list of some of our favorite exhibitions, individual works, and collective themes from the week. For more coverage of DDW, follow us on Instagram Sweater Chair by Gijs Kuijpers Gijs Kuipers—a designer from the southern part of the Netherlands—fashioned a chair that fits and sits like your favorite sweater. Displayed at the storefront of Eigengijs, the chair is the final product of his graduation project and the starting point of his very own design studio. Fundamentals by Dutch Invertuals Dutch Invertuals curated an exhibition showcasing designers' personal collections and identities. In doing so, founder Wendy Plomp creates an archive of the "Fundamentals" (design process). Each of these handpicked items shed light on the various design practices, reflecting diverse personal visions. ZandGlas by Atelier NL Ambassadors of DDW, Atelier NL, presented ZandGlas, a collection made up of hand-blown glass objects formed from fused sand as part of a larger project and discussion on where sand goes and what sand means around the world. Each set contains a carafe and three drinking glasses. The natural glassware is created from the sands of Zandmotor (a huge artificial peninsula created to reinforce the Dutch coastline), honoring the currents, winds, and rivers of the Netherlands. The Young Collectors by Studio Thier & vanDaalen In the home of two young design and art collectors, Studio Thier & vanDaalen curated a “voyeuristic exhibition'” in a refurbished thirties house where they had previously redesigned the kitchen. For DDW, they displayed a permanent collection of art and design, furnishings, and a selection of work from other designers  throughout the house—including seats by Max Lipsey and Tessa Koot, a table by Maarten Baptist, vases by David Derkse and more. In4nite by Low & Bonar The Arnhem-based materials company Low & Bonar invited ten local designers to create designs with the company's “Colback” technical fabrics. Normally, the filament-based, non-woven material is used in automotive vehicles, flooring, carpeting, and other non-decorative applications. The exhibition showcases the work of interdisciplinary designers who all expanded the material's possibilities.  Current Currents by VANTOT As a part of an ongoing exhibition aptly dubbed “Envisions,” a Dutch collective showcased their designs in a transitory state, as concepts, process work, and so on. VANTOT featured their new collection, Current Currents, which experiments with the perception of electric current and touch. Their light fixtures implement electronic components as part of the design, instead of hiding them.
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Guess Who?

Specsheet >The next big names in furniture design
Here is a selection of new furnishings by talented young designers, new collaborations, and mom-and-pop design studios. Hurdle Family by Dowel Jones  Young Melbourne design studio Dowel Jones makes furniture based on an interest in simplifying objects without compromising on aesthetic values. With this in mind, they strove to minimize materials and processes, working with manufacturers to develop sturdy yet beautiful everyday items. The Hurdle Family (shown above) includes stackable chairs, stools, and a bench. Snake Screen by Grain Design This large undulating screen is composed of solid wood posts with hand-cut hinges and bronze sheets (the blue hue is achieved through a custom patination process). Grain makes each screen to order and produces them in Bainbridge Island, Washington. The design practice is dedicated to social and environmental responsibility, uniting current manufacturing technologies and age-old craft techniques. Twin Chairs Set by Eny Lee Parker Based in Savannah, Georgia, Eny Lee Parker created this modern, refined pair of chairs outfitted with a single upholstered armrest. As part of a collection that explores the differences between sculpture and furniture, the Twin Chairs Set was made in two configurations (shown here with mirrored arm rests). Shade Collection by Begüm Cana Özgür The Shade collection is inspired by magical moments in nature, reflecting the complex, technical process of weaving. Design studio Begüm Cana Özgür designed Shade in 2015, but it wasn’t until May of the following year that Nani Marquina discovered the collection during WantedDesign in New York. Since then, the two have worked to edit the collection, improving the quality of the color gradient and the thickness of the rug. Sunday Table by May Furniture Inspired by Louis Kahn’s Salk Institute, the Sunday Table is made from compressed hardwood material, featuring subtle architectural details and proportions. The Brooklyn-based May Furniture’s designs are drawn from historical and modern architectural references, as well as personal experiences, combining utility with art. Cylinder Back Arm Chair by WAKA WAKA As a part of the WAKA WAKA seating series, Shin Okuda reworked familiar chair models to show the possibilities of exaggerated lines, volume, and functional needs. Rectangles and cylinders bring a 3-D element to the L.A.–based studio’s penchant for round details, which are always complemented by dowels and wood plugs.
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Cabinet of Curiosities

Specsheet > Objects of Common Space: Residential Furniture
Residential furnishings that range from the mundane to the otherworldly—here is a selection of new furniture that physically and conceptually reinvigorates traditional and expected forms. Kreten Side Table Souda Industrial, organic, and sculptural, each of these side tables is completely unique. Original pieces designed by Isaac Friedman-Heiman are created in Souda's Brooklyn studio by casting concrete into a spandex mold. This unique material combination delivers forms with naturally occurring air bubbles and color variations. The side tables are suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Hi-Lo Shelving Moving Mountains
Equally sculptural and functional, this shelving unit is comprised of common plywood, fractured marble, and bright blue paint. The juxtaposition of high and low materials underline the stepped form, creating a graphic play between textures and color.
Chaise Klein Agency
Cleverly nicknamed "the long chair," the Chaise exposes the strength of two materials: steel and leather. The design is afforded by rolled sheet metal that sustains the weight of the resting area on top of the seemingly floating plane.
Sylva Daybed Coil + Drift
Wood grain and textured fabric come together in this six-legged daybed. The white-oak base is composed of a rounded-edge frame and distinctive hand-shaped legs, which taper on two sides. The sumptuous cushion is crafted with subtle tufting and meticulous seaming.
CAN 1 HAY
Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec designed CAN 1 to go beyond practicality and comfort to reinvigorate the entire idea of the sofa. Reinterpreted as something relaxed and accessible, it comes flat-packed and can be easily assembled at home from three basic elements: frame, cover, and cushions.
Slip Chair Erickson Aesthetics Made of matte Horween leather, wenge wood, and waved cord, this chair is elegantly assembled by inserting the wooden seat and legs into the seat back. The backside reveals the cord stitching that holds the tanned seatback taught.
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Hardware Shop

Specsheet > Handles With Care
Handles, pulls, and knobs are the gatekeepers to what’s inside. Their appearance alone sets the tone for what you might expect to find in a drawer or behind a door. This hardware is as aesthetically pleasing as it is functional. The Dots Muuto Oval Door Pull Sawkille Co.   Mauripas Teardrop Pendant Pull Marion Cage   Ergo Heroic Pull Martin Pierce T Bar Pull 35 1/2 Inch Atlas Sky-Frame Pivot | Impressive Pivot Door that seem to open automatically. Sky-Frame has a new addition to its product range – “Pivot” – a door system which expands the architectural space. The large glass elements are unique on the international market, feature Sky-Frame’s signature, high-quality design, and offer builders, developers, and architects even more creative freedom.www.sky-frame.com