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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
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Decked Out

Specsheet > Luminous, sustainable pavers and decks
Pavers and decks are increasingly attractive, interactive, and environmentally sustainable, while easily withstanding open-air foot traffic.
E_STREET Edilgres This collection of porcelain stoneware pavers is extremely durable, excellent for high-traffic areas such as commercial interiors and pool decks. These tiles are available in five colors and come in three sizes (24 by 48 inches, 24 by 24 inches, and 12 by 24 inches).
TERRAZZO LUMINA Sensitile This interactive concrete building material comes in slabs and tiles embedded with light-conducting channels that shift, shimmer, and twinkle in response to light, movement, and shadows. Each slab or tile is unique in composition—they are fashioned from a sustainable material containing at least 20 percent postconsumer waste for LEED credits.
STILL NO_W Flaviker Part of Flaviker's Wide collection, Still No_w is 1⁄4 inch thick, perfect for use as both a wall covering and flooring. The dry-pressed porcelain stoneware slabs come in a wide range of styles and shapes, which include triangular tiles that can be mixed and matched with contrasting shades to create a unique pattern.
NATURAL FEELING Novabell Novabell’s wood-look porcelain tiles come in four distinctive tones and seamlessly transition from an indoor to an outdoor space. Each plank bears a texture that mimics wood grain, but without the concerns that typically accompany the maintenance of aging outdoor surfaces. The Natural Feeling collection is made up of 40 percent recycled content.
NORDIC STONE Italgraniti Resembling the characteristics and qualities of Burlington stone, the Nordic Stone collection comes in six shades and seven different sizes. Italgraniti captured the distinct veining in each porcelain tile with a silky and soft finish. Functional and versatile, this collection responds well to large public spaces with heavy traffic.
PORCELAIN PAVERS Handydeck Available in wood, stone, cement, and rustic styles and in over 30 colors, these structural pavers can support loads over 2,000 pounds. They can be installed directly over existing concrete, laid over sand or gravel, embedded in mortar and grouted, or placed on adjustable-height pedestals for elevated decks and terraces.
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BEAUTY AND BRAWN

Specsheet > Aesthetic Outdoor Furniture Built To Last
New street furniture that is as aesthetically pleasing as its residential counterparts – these options can survive all four seasons with ease. Outdoor Collection SP01 Designed by Australian designer Tom Fereday and made in Italy, SP01's outdoor collection comprises an elegant series of powder-coated bent-steel wire chairs, small and large occasional tables and vibrantly-hued stools. Each design is available in a number of bright colors and surfaces, from millennial pink to forest green to White Carrara and Black Marquina-honed marble. Matera Outdoor Marble Tables Paola Navone for Baxter Black and speckled white marble are suspended in resin to form a unique table series. It is available in six various heights and diameters. Pantelleria Sofa DIMORESTUDIO for The Future Perfect Brightly adorned with a red-striped cushion, this sofa was designed to emulate the comfort of interior furniture in an exterior environment. It is composed of curved painted metal with wooden armrests on either side. Virus Extremis Flemish furniture designer Dirk Wynants designed different versions of a playful picnic table based on an identical seating frame for two to five people, aptly dubbing the collection “Virus.” The compact design of small-to-medium-size seating is a solution for inhabiting smaller living spaces. Cala Doshi Levien for Kettal Inspired by the iconic Emmanuelle chair, this high-backed armchair is fashioned from an open weave rope that offers structure while maintaining transparency. The design affords 34 color options for the aluminum frame and 19 options for the rope. Cyclone Lounger Uhuru Inspired by the Cyclone rollercoaster, the design of this chaise resurrects the form of one of Coney Island’s original rides. It is crafted from reclaimed Ipe wood taken from the iconic, demolished boardwalk that was first installed in the late 1940s and since then has weathered the sun, salt, and snow for 70 years. The metal is finished with a low-VOC powder coat finish.
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When Night Falls

Specsheet > Ephemeral Outdoor Lighting
Outdoor lighting not only provides safety—it also changes the overall look of a space. These open-air fixtures create an atmospheric mise-en-scène. Solar Foscarini Designed by Jean-Marie Massaud for Foscarini, this outdoor light (pictured above) also acts as a surface to place drinks on or gather around. Made with a unique blend of durable polyethylene and porcelain stoneware, the base is fully illuminated, while the stoneware top shields light from below. Halley Vibia A radiating arch of light is illuminated by a slim array of LEDs nested in a frosted lens. The resulting effect is an elegantly diffused, chiaroscuro treatment of light and shadow. Halley is made in three variations: floor-to-floor, floor-to-wall, and floor-to-clamp. Bollards Sonneman Working as an interconnected system of lighting along paths or planted beds, these bollards create a balance of solid geometry and LED illumination. Rectilinear columns form single-sided and double-sided LED-illuminated fixtures that come with myriad options for lenses, caps, and heights. Poppy Northern Lighting Inspired by a field of tall poppies, these outdoor oil lamps by Northern Lighting were crafted in a shape that captures the flowers’ elegant stems and crowns. Poppy is available as a table lamp, a floor lamp, and a lawn light that attaches to the ground with a pin. Made in powder-coated steel, the series is a part of the Unplugged outdoor lighting collection. Oblique Artemide This outdoor collection is inspired by a plant: Like a growing bean sprout, the oblique light head rest on a vertical stem stretching out of the ground. Artemide offers floor- and wall-mounted versions. Ballad Lamp and Stand Fermob Designed by Tristan Lohner, this portable lantern comes in seven bold colors and can be mounted on a stand to become an outdoor floor lamp. With rechargeable LED technology, the light is solar powered.
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SMART HOUSE

Specsheet > The smartest smart-building systems
NEST CAM IQ indoor Nest This indoor security camera has a 6-core processor that has the ability to do things like tell a person from a thing. It can recognize faces and has HDR with invisible infrared LEDs that evenly illuminate an entire whole room. Security alerts are sent to your phone in real time. STILLPURE Franke The newest offering in Franke's line of sustainable products, StillPure is a complete under-sink filtration system. It improves the odor and color of water by removing toxins, parasites, cysts, and bacteria. StillPure comes with the Franke Filtration App and syncs with a Bluetooth monitor that easily attaches to the filtration system.
 
 
TXPERT DIGITAL TRANSFORMER ABB The new TXpert transformer has fully-integrated sensing technology that allows the user to get information from both the transformer and grid to run predictive inference analytics. To address safety concerns, ABB ensured the data from the transformer is accessed via a built-in wi-fi router protected by encryption.
VIVE Lutron A scalable wireless lighting control solution for new and existing commercial buildings, Lutron Vive with Vue software allows users to adjust and program system settings on their smartphone devices. It also automatically finds nearby devices—making set-up and management more efficient.
CLIMATE CONTROL ZONING SYSTEM II Uponor The Uponor Climate Control Zoning System II works with underfloor heating installations and provides temperature control for each individual room. The thermostats communicate with the base unit by radio link and the new system has a 25 percent faster reaction time and up to 20 percent greater energy savings for radiant floor heating systems.
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BEST OF PRODUCTS AWARDS

Meet the honorable mentions in our 2017 Best of Product Awards!
Last week we shared the winning designs from our largest-ever Products Awards across 15 sundry categories, including technology, textiles, HVAC, furniture, facades, and more. Scroll through the slideshow to see the the honorable mentions from each category, evaluated by our team of judges for innovation, aesthetics, performance, and value. You can find our winners and honorable mentions featured in our September issue—out September 6! The Best of Products Awards Jury: James Biber Partner, Biber Architects Olivia Martin Managing Editor, The Architect’s Newspaper William Menking Editor in Chief, The Architect’s Newspaper Patrick Parrish Owner, Patrick Parrish Gallery Tucker Viemeister Founder, Viemeister Industries Pilar Viladas Design writer and editor HONORABLE MENTIONS To view images of all honorable mentions, please click through the slideshow above. Finishes & Surfaces CONDUCT by Flavor Paper PUZZLE by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby for Mutina for Stone Source Bath LINEA SHOWER BASE by Fiora VERGE WITH WASHBAR by Bradley Corp. Lighting SYMMETRY by Visa Lighting LIFT WITH BIOS by Pinnacle Architectural Lighting Textiles SIGNATURE & LEGACY COLLECTIONS by KnollTextiles SHADE by Chilewich Openings GPX FIREFLOOR SYSTEM by Safti First CURVED by Vitrocsa Technology & Innovation MATTERPORT PRO2 3D CAMERA by Matterport PORTABLE ULTRA SHORT THROW PROJECTOR by Sony Kitchen 4-DOOR FLEX REFRIGERATOR by Samsung VERTICAL BAR BLOCK by Henrybuilt Interior Commercial Furniture GLASSCUBE by CARVART KANSO BENCH by HBF Interior Residential Furniture STEMN SERIES by Fyrn DICHROIC TABLE by Rottet Collection Structural FIRE AND WATER BARRIER TAPE by 3M SCHLUTER-DITRA-HEAT-DUO by Schluter Systems Smart Home Systems EVOLVED MINNEAPOLIS FULL ESCUTCHEON HANDLESET by Baldwin Hardware PANOVISTA MAX by Renson Facades PHOTOVOLTAIC FACADE by Onyx Solar TRIANGULAR RAINSCREEN PANEL by Shildan HVAC EME3625DFL LOUVER by Ruskin AIRFLOW PANEL by Architectural Applications Outdoor Public GO OUTDOORTABLE by Landscape Forms ULURU by Metalco srl/id metalco, Inc. Outdoor Residential CLOUD BENCH by Bend Goods VERTICAL LOUNGER by DEESAWAT  
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Best of Products Awards

Meet the winners of our 2017 Best of Products Awards!
After hours of carefully deliberating over hundreds of entries for our largest-ever Products Awards, we are excited to share the winning designs. The 15 diverse categories included everything from hardware and furniture to facades, HVAC, and technology. Our amazing team of judges evaluated entries for innovation, aesthetics, performance, and value, selecting one winner and two honorable mentions for each category (we couldn’t choose just one!). Stay tuned next week to meet our honorable mentions. Both winners and honorable mentions are featured in our September issue—out September 6!
The Best of Products Awards Jury:
James Biber Partner, Biber Architects Olivia Martin Managing Editor, The Architect’s Newspaper William Menking Editor in Chief, The Architect’s Newspaper Patrick Parrish Owner, Patrick Parrish Gallery Tucker Viemeister Founder, Viemeister Industries Pilar Viladas Design writer and editor

THE WINNERS

 
Textiles INFINITE NEUTRAL Wolf-Gordon
Interior Residential Furniture
MUSHROOM TABLE
Outdoor Residential
SKYE
Outdoor Public
HVAC
WHISPERRECESSED LED
Facades
CORSO
Smart Home Systems AIO WALL MIRROR Robern
Structural
PROSEAL LE Icynene
Interior Commercial Furniture 
BUZZIFLOAT Alain Gilles for BuzziSpace
Kitchen
HOUSEHOLD RECYCLING COMPACTOR Krushr
Technology & Innovation 
MAKERARM Makerarm
Openings PORTAPIVOT 6530 XL Portapivot
Finishes & Surfaces ULTRA SPEC® SCUFF-X Benjamin Moore
Lighting
INFRA-STRUCTURE FLOS
Bath FONTANE BIANCHE Salvatori + Fantini