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Preferred Palette

AN's Top 50 Interior Architects' favorite building materials and products
AN Interior’s inaugural top 50 interior architect list featured emerging and established firms across the U.S. The editors surveyed the Top 50 highlighted in the March issue and asked them to reveal their favorite building materials and products. The list below entails what made the cut. To honor them, the editors of The Architect’s Newspaper and AN Interior will celebrate 2018's leading design minds in New York's A&D Building. You can meet the acclaimed architects and AN’s editors inside over 20 participating showrooms, this Thursday, March 8. Architects and designers alike can register to attend here.
Toshiko Mori Principal, Toshiko Mori Architect “By designing sheet lights instead of bulbs, Kaneka OLED creates products that emit light evenly, softly, and with excellent color rendition—close to natural light. The LUCE Rotatable Floor Light’s ability to move allows for the creation of different atmospheres. The ambient glow is also bright enough for reading.”
Leonidas Trampoukis and Eleni Petaloti  Founders, LOT
“We needed a lightweight product to renovate an existing facade on a townhouse in Brooklyn that could be more than just paint, but also an extension of the interior materiality. We were amazed by the texture, availability, duration, fast installation, and clarity of Equitone fiber cement panels.”
(Courtesy Hank Mardukas Photography) Stephanie Wexler Interior Designer, archimania
“One of our favorite building materials is Richlite, a composite panel material made from post-consumer recycled paper. We recently used it as a wall and door material for renovations to the attic of the Tobias Residence, a home on the historic register. We envisioned a modern material that amplified the contrast between old and new construction, as well as something structurally sound that offered color all the way through and had finished edges. Once the product was coated with a sealer, the material produced an enhanced tactile quality that reflected natural light throughout the day.”
Benjamin Aranda  Principal, Aranda\Lasch “Technically sophisticated and visually shocking, the ALPI Lignum Wood Laminate by Ettore Sottsass is still, years later, so much fun to use.”
Andre Herrero Principal, Charlap Hyman Herrero “Sisal is a stiff fiber made from an agave plant of the same name, most commonly used to make rope or twine, but also found in fabrics, rugs, and wall coverings. For us, sisal is a subtle yet compelling material in interiors, lending a natural, summery feel to a given space. In a booth for Patrick Parrish Gallery at the Salon Art + Design fair, we covered both the floors and the walls with it for complete effect. Sisal has a way of visually situating the works of art and furniture; it supports them and gives them a warm backdrop.” Andrew Holder Co-Principal, LADG “Plywood is a beautiful product because it embodies so many contradictions. It can appear to be very refined and highbrow, but at the same time it is a ubiquitous component used in the roughest kind of ad hoc construction. The exterior surface is monolithic and continuous, but the cross section at the edge is exactly the opposite—clearly made of many trees in thin slices all oriented in different directions. It has the appearance of being effortless and low-cost, but is in fact a very difficult material with finicky tolerances, especially as you approach the limits of bending or machining it at a small scale. The big stacks of sheets at the lumberyard look like they are already buildings.”
Bryan Young Principal, Young Projects “We have worked with encaustic cement tiles in multiple scenarios, but recently have found success making custom colors and patterns through a partnership with a fabricator in the Dominican Republic. Locally, these tiles are very common and therefore are an economical selection for a custom finish. On our Playa Grande Retreat project, we created a custom pattern and color palettes for the bathroom floors throughout the building. More interestingly, we applied a different selection of tiles to clad the exterior facades of the Glitch House. The tiles create a shifting graphic pattern that visually reverberates with the physical geometry of the pixelated concrete block walls to create some really interesting optical effects.”
David Darling Founder, Aidlin Darling Design
“In the Bay Area, we are fortunate to have a handful of incredible ornamental metal fabricators that coax life out of seemingly innocuous metals. A favorite of ours is cold-rolled steel plate with a blackened patina. A great metal finisher can bring a subtlety and warmth out of this traditionally utilitarian material, affording us the ability to use it in more intimate, as well as communal spaces.”
Clive Wilkinson President, Clive Wilkinson Architects
“We often use rubber flooring on our projects for circulation and amenity spaces due to its excellent durability and sustainability. It’s also very comfortable and quiet underfoot. For the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, we worked with nora systems’ rubber to develop custom colors, which are much more saturated than the company’s standard offering. The bright, bold colors bring an incredible amount of energy into the labs and really encourage the patients to get up and move.”
Brian Johnsen Principal, Johnsen Schmaling Architects “Much of our interior work exploits the tactility and inherent textures of wood, concrete, and stone. We often use sheets of back-painted glass as an aesthetic counterpoint, one that contrasts the haptic qualities of these materials with a perfectly smooth, highly reflective finish. To avoid the green tint of regular float glass, we usually specify low-iron glass, which allows us to achieve the exact chromatic hue to complement the overall interior palette. Large sheets eliminate visible joints, further enhancing the appearance of immaterial perfection.”
Rafael de Cárdenas Founder, Architecture at Large “When working with hard surfaces, anodized aluminum is our preferred treatment for adding a saturated color. It has the ability to create a sense of refinement and contemporaneity, here, on the ceiling of Au Pont Rouge department store, it enhances other unusual materials and colors in the space.”
Ezequiel Farca and Cristina Grappin Founder and partner, Ezequiel Farca + Cristina Grappin
“Recinto stone is a volcanic stone of great hardness, different types of porosity, and a special tradition in the colonial architecture of Mexico. We use recinto stone because it adapts to the chromatic and textural palette used in the studio. The material has allowed us to apply it in floors and walls, and consolidate objects of our own design. It achieves interesting finishes depending on its use, from honed surface for terraces and outdoor furniture to polished gloss for design objects, or natural finish in innovative pieces that celebrate the aesthetics of the raw element.”
Mark and Amy Leveno Principals, OFFICIAL “We like Filzfelt because of its quality and well-curated colors. For the Civitas Capital Group headquarters in Dallas, we used the Filzfelt ARO Plank system in the conference room niches both for sound absorption and as a backrest for the integrated bench. The deep grooves of the plank system added texture to assist in visually breaking up a large space.”
Aaron Schiller Principal, Schiller Projects
“In the Chilmark project, I collaborated with the principals of Gray Organschi Architecture. We were very interested in utilizing the structural walls of the house and the retaining walls of the property to express the nature of the rural ecology, slicing into the landscape itself. To that end, we went to Pennsylvania and bought a huge amount of throwaway wood used in large-scale farming. The wood appears extremely weathered due to the nature of the enzymes that leak into the boards during the farming processes. We upcycled this stock, milled it into usable formwork. I was on-site assisting in the carpentry and overseeing the proper layouts for weeks at a time. When the lining finally came off the wood, it revealed this deeply embedded graining and wood patterning on the face of the concrete. It was as if we were able to freeze the exposed landscape and use it as part of our building process.”
Alex Mustonen Partner and cofounder, Snarkitecture “We’re interested in the idea of a sphere as an architectural material to infill a space. The glass marble sphere is inherently playful and can be unpredictable in its movement.”  
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Material Culture

What to expect this year at Collective Design
This year, Collective Design returns to New York for its sixth edition, much earlier than previous years, relocating from the May NYCxDesign itinerary to Armory Arts Week. From March 9 through 11, a curated selection of design-focused galleries from around the world will occupy their booths with site-specific installations by local designers and museums. Here are five exhibitors showcasing for this year’s theme: the design process and study of objects.
  My Reality Crosby Studios Reminiscing on the traditional carousels of his childhood, Russian-born artist Harry Nuriev created an installation of four chairs that connect to a spinning table, like a carousel. The interactive is intentionally saturated in violet, a spectral color that occupies its own place at the end of the light spectrum.
The Qualia Collection Azadeh Shladovsky The Qualia Collection was named after the word’s definition; the internal or subjective component of perception that arises from stimulating the senses. Conceptual, yet empirical, the series explores the importance of touch in visual cognition. Each piece is represented by a letter from the braille alphabet, metaphorically denoting the palpable raised dots.
“Carré Rive Gauche” antiques Chahan Gallery Renaissance man Chahan Minassian—interior designer, decorator, collector, gallery owner, antique dealer, and designer—will put on view his very own found treasures: Midcentury furniture and individual works from artists he represents, straight from the heart of Paris’s prestigious Carré Rive Gauche antiques area. The lineup includes works by Brooklyn ceramicist Peter Lane, Los Angeles–based ceramic artist Antoinette Faragallah, Belgian conceptual artist Arne Quinze, and Minassian’s own designs.
Mid Century Design Lost City Arts The New York–based gallery famous for its collection of Harry Bertoia works will showcase several pieces by that Italian-American artist, in addition to other postwar American Craft furniture and midcentury Danish and Italian furniture and decorative arts. Select artists include Wendell Castle, George Nakashima, Paul Evans, Louise Nevelson, and Nanna Ditzel.
Moore X Odabashian Nina Johnson An ode to positive and negative space, rug company Odabashian teamed up with Miami-based artist Emmett Moore on a collection of tapestries that combine a curious amalgam of digitally altered and collaged stripes or checkers with natural materials. Each rug is embellished with a unique pattern that was derived from marble, granite, or terrazzo. Some works retain a text water- mark or digital signature that indicates the computer-aided design process.  
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Sitting Pretty

Office space: 6 ergonomic task chairs
Although the office has evolved to be many things with the advent of creative, collaborative spaces, standing desks, and remote working, there is one workplace constant: the task chair. Rolling to-and-fro at a desk nearby, these six chairs on casters are designed for comfort and durability. (Courtesy Humanscale) Diffrient Smart Chair Humanscale "So striking in mesh," says almost no one. This chair is the exception, featuring a tri-panel, u-shaped mesh backing that encourages ergonomic postures. Nuova Contessa Teknion This chair was designed to encourage sitters to move and change positions to optimize their workflow. To fall in line with the office aesthetic, it is offered as an all-mesh model or with mesh back and upholstered seat in a spectrum of workplace-ready hues. Elephant with casters Kristalia Like the the largest land mammals that inspired its form, this chair is sturdy with a stiff polyurethane structure, yet soft to the touch. It is available in upholstered fabrics by Kvadrat, or in hide with visible stitching that emulates an elephant’s backside.
BuzziBounce BuzziSpace Rock n’ roll! Shaped like the letter S, BuzziBounce’s tubular steel frame offers a spring-like “bounce” when sitting. Bringing movement to an otherwise static workday, the effect also provides the appearance and feeling of weightlessness, in a full range of bright and pared-down colorways. X3 X-Chair Tired from sitting? This chair tends to all those problem areas with an adjustable backrest height, a dynamic lumbar support, and an independently adjustable head and neck rest. Notably, the chair supports the user’s weight with Advanced Tensile Recovery fabric, a multilayered knot polymer whose support system was inspired by flying buttresses. Lyric  Allsteel Wolfgang Deisig, founder of the Berlin-based studio Deisig Design, designed this task chair to fit in with other office furniture, yet stand out with brilliant pops of color. It is offered as a mid-back or high-back chair, in standard or large-and-tall sizes.
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Rage against the latrine

High tech tuchus: 6 smart toilets
AN saw the newest innovations in the toilet sector this past January at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show and the Consumer Electronics Show. As we look forward to the International Bathroom Exhibit and Eurocucina (technology for the kitchen) at Salone Internazionale del Mobile in April, we want to share our favorite toilet designs thus far. From designer spin-offs to the newest, most luxurious features, this latest round up of toilets is top-notch. NEOREST NX TOTO NEOREST made its big debut at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show and impressed attendees with its polite, integrated self-cleansing system that works with warm aerated water. It accommodates users with auto open-close and flush, warm air dryer, heated seat, and a deodorizer.   Tuma by Christoph Behling Geberit Italia Christoph Behling is famous for his Tag Heuer watch designs. That being said, he exercised the same attention to detail in the most important object in every home: le toilet. Tuma is equipped with hygiene water function, seat heating and drying, and an anti-odor filter.
  Numi Kohler Just say the word. Numi can be controlled through voice commands, motion control, or an app. Features include a heated seat warmer, an odor-eliminating charcoal filter, illuminated side panels that can be set to a different colors, and music that can be streamed though its built-in speakers. SpaLet AT200 LS DXV This bionic potty is outfitted with a carbon fiber air shield deodorizer and ionic technology—so the bathroom always smells so fresh 'n so clean. Beyond the odor control functions, there is a two-nozzle water spray system, an air dryer, hands-free flushing, and seat heating. Clean Bidet Seat American Standard Make any latrine hi-tech with a smart toilet seat. At the touch of a button on the remote control, adjust the spray strength and temperature of the two self-cleaning nozzles and turn on the seat heater. Sensowash Stark C by Philippe Stark Duravit French designer Philippe Stark is known mostly for his furniture and interiors, so most readers might not be privy to his darn good toilet design. The goal of this collaborative design effort was ultimate cleanliness. The result? A bidet function that has three different water shower variations: one for the rear, one for women, and a more attentive wash that sprays forward and backward.
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Cleanin’ Out My Closet

Here are five handsome wardrobe systems for your dream closet
An immaculate distillation of the wardrobe zeitgeist: walk-in closets swathed in velvety leather and outfitted with smooth wooden storage systems. Here are five of AN’s dreamiest high-end closets. Skin Poliform Smooth operator! This wardrobe features a soft opening system aided by coplanar doors. The name of the collection refers to the soft, velvety finish of the leather doors, backdrops, and other surfaces throughout enveloped in matte lacquered aluminum. It is offered with either hinged or sliding doors and in comes in various finishes and material compositions. Antibes Boffi Accentuated by the tactility of wood, the transparency of glass, and the cool touch of metal, the Antibes collection gussies up any space with a wide variety of materials and compositions. Better yet, every storage element, from smallest to largest, creates an elegant option from the most delicate accessories to bulky or awkward items. Gliss Master Molteni&C Belgian architect Vincent Van Duysen designed this open walk-in closet with open sectionals complemented by glass-doored hanging and shelved storage lit by a LED lighting system. It packs in internal accessories, such as a pull-out shirt rack, drawers and trays, a tie rack, and a jewelry case. Trust Walk-In-Closet C.R. & S Riva 1920 Made from plywood and hardwood finished in base of oil with pine extracts, the walk-in closet features clothes racks, shelves, chests of drawers, shoe racks, and various dividers. There’s an added aromatic bonus: it smells like cedar, leaving the room perfumed so fresh 'n so clean. Dressing room Porro Italian architect Piero Lissoni designed this clothing storage system in a horseshoe-shaped layout to show off one's best wearable possessions. The entire modular system is brilliantly lit by wall-wash lighting. To create both open and closed spaces, it is available in three different variations: units closed with doors, open-faced, and walk-in closet.
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Plugins

Turn on, tune in, get connected: 6 smart home devices
We are becoming increasingly digitally connected to the things around us and, in turn, the spaces that we occupy. Virtually any device with an on-off switch can become part of a network of connected things, from security systems to dishwashers. On this page, you’ll find the latest IoT-compatible devices and new releases from 2018's Kitchen and Bath Industry Show and the Consumer Electronics Show. Tomato+ Boffi
Producing freshly grown herbs and vegetables all year, Tomato+ is an indoor vegetable garden with gusto! Inside, the LED lighting system reproduces cyclical day-to-night natural lighting and houses seedling pods on biodegradable trays. With the app, users can control the climate remotely and order parts to actualize their very own garden scheme.
Nest x Yale Lock Yale
Nest, the purveyor of digital security systems and connected home devices, collaborated with Yale Locks on a key-free touchscreen deadbolt smart lock. The Nest x Yale Lock allows remote unlocking and passcode unlocking (it holds up to 250 passwords), which can be set to specific times of the day for those with limited access. The app also connects to other Nest safety devices, like the video doorbell and security system, so users can deactivate the alarm as you open the door and see people remotely when they arrive.
MODEL 3 Water Heater Heatworks
It’s electric! The MODEL 3 is an internet-connected, tankless water heater that churns out unlimited hot water at any desired temperature (saving that water you normally waste waiting for it to warm up). Through the app, users can monitor how much hot water and energy are used, select favorite temperature profiles, and even limit the length of a child’s shower time. View by Yves Béhar Hive
Yves Béhar designed this indoor smart camera with portability in mind. The cube-shaped camera snaps off the stand so it can monitor any area in the house. Through the app, 24-hour surveillance is securely livestreamed in 1080p HD. It can be programmed to detect people only, so there aren’t ongoing notifications about the family cat. The camera is available in black and brushed copper or white and champagne gold (shown), and it can attach to freestanding or wall-mounted stands.
Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror Kohler
Magic mirror on the wall, can you connect me to the conference call? This LED-dimmable voice-activated mirror is equipped with Amazon Alexa, with voice-activated controls that seamlessly connect to your other devices and apps. It is offered in three width varieties: 24, 34, and 40 inches.
Wisp Digital Blinds iGlass Technology
By way of a digital current that is applied to a transparent, flexible, and durable film, these digital blinds fully tint windows from light to dark within 20 seconds, effectively reducing heat, UV rays, and glare. Wisp is installed on the inside surface of any existing window, adding a digital layer that is wireless and IoT-enabled.
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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.