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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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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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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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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


Textiles INFINITE NEUTRAL Wolf-Gordon
Interior Residential Furniture
Outdoor Residential
Outdoor Public
Smart Home Systems AIO WALL MIRROR Robern
Interior Commercial Furniture 
BUZZIFLOAT Alain Gilles for BuzziSpace
Technology & Innovation 
Openings PORTAPIVOT 6530 XL Portapivot
Finishes & Surfaces ULTRA SPEC® SCUFF-X Benjamin Moore
Bath FONTANE BIANCHE Salvatori + Fantini
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Pocket Protectors

Specsheet >The newest (and smartest) building technologies on the market
Monitor and adjust smart-building systems from virtually anywhere, thanks to a host of technologies that turn your phone into a mini control center. AUGUST SMART LOCK August Home The Smart Lock's Auto-Unlock feature allows for keyless entry when the owner returns home—so one never has to worry about keys or security. Alerts give users real-time updates about any interaction with the lock or entry. Users can also set the system to Away Mode, which lets the lock know the user has “left the neighborhood.” 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. DIAMOND CONTROLS SOLUTION Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Controls building management system can be accessed at any time from any location, making monitoring the facility much more efficient for staff and building managers. Reports, analyses, and real-time information about how 
the building’s systems react to user behavior are easily accessible. Displayable trends include building and space occupancy, carbon dioxide levels, energy generation, energy usage, and humidity levels. Representations can be displayed in 3-D graphics. KONE CARE KONE KONE Care allows businesses and building managers to request and customize elevator technology systems based on their buildings' needs. As part of KONE Care, KONE has also launched 24/7 Connected Services, which uses the IBM Watson Internet of Things platform, enabling data from elevator sensors to be displayed, monitored, and analyzed in real time. DELTA LEAK DETECTOR Delta Designed with a one-touch button, this battery-powered leak detector wirelessly syncs to smartphones, tablets, and wi-fi. The unit’s conductor ring detects moisture dripping over or gathering under the device and sends alerts to the user’s smartphone or tablet. ONEPREVENT OneEvent OneEvent’s new monitoring system, OnePrevent, has a predictive analytics engine embedded inside a series of sensing devices to flag potential building hazards. It can detect whether stoves are on or off, sense if there is moisture coming from a leaky pipe, and alert the user via an app for smartphones and tablets.
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Give Me a Beat

Specsheet> Innovative speakers for any occasion
Find the speaker you need no matter where you are—the newest products on the market are designed to go indoors, outdoors, and on-the-go. Concrete Audio F1 Speakers Concrete Audio According to the German company Concrete Audio, concrete’s heft and irregular structure make it the perfect material to produce crisp-sounding speakers. At 1.25-inches thick and weighing 26.4 pounds, each F1 panel is embedded with 41 mini-speakers that work together as a single sound source. When a panel isn’t in use, it can be reversed and used as an art piece. Moonraker Sound System Bossa The Moonraker Sound System design may look lunar, but this dual loudspeaker system is hand assembled in California from locally sourced components and sustainably harvested American hardwoods and reclaimed teak. BeoLab 50 Bang & Olufsen With its oak and aluminum surfaces and slender shape, BeoLab 50’s graceful appearance belies the serious technology beneath—seven dedicated amplifiers and 2,100 watts of power. The speaker also features an adjustable acoustic lens that allows the user to adjust the sound to one specific person or a party setting. C SEED 125 C SEED Designed for outdoor use, the C SEED 125 speaker series rise from the ground with the touch of a button, protecting them when they are not in use. To offer the highest quality sound (125 references the system’s 125-decibel peak sound pressure) C SEED partnered with L-Acoustics and uses its coaxial technology. Connected Speakers Urbanears Connected Speakers come in two sizes, Stammen (small) and Baggen (large), and six fabric colorways, making them the most millennial-friendly speaker of the bunch. They can be used as Bluetooth speakers to work with wifi devices like Chromecast and Spotify, or can be connected to a turntable via an AUX cable. Porsche 911 Speakers Porsche Design If this glossy black speaker looks familiar, it may be because it is built from actual exhaust pipes used on the Porsche 911. The dual output, Bluetooth 4.0, 60-watt system is engineered for stereo output and connects wirelessly.
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Play Time

Specsheet> Whimsical children's furniture
From child-sized designer furniture to customized outdoor seating, this jamboree of unique children’s furnishings puts play at the forefront of design. Bunky by Marc Newson Magis Bunky’s design combines fun, privacy, and safety to create an environment where kids can have a space of their own and, obviously, sleep. Made from rotational-molded polyethylene, it is assembled from just four pieces and is available as a children’s single bed. All surfaces are smooth with no sharp edges, and the material is highly durable and easy to clean. Standard Sway Stool by Daniel Michalik kinder MODERN Balancing motion with function, this stool is made from a single block of recycled cork. A special pattern is cut into all four sides, causing the seat to rock and pivot under the weight of body movement. Sitting actively improves the sitter’s posture by the act of maintaining balance. Lou Lou Ghost and Tip Top by Philippe Starck Kartell Philippe Starck’s iconic Louis Ghost Chair and TipTip side table were made into their respective child-sized versions. Just like Louis, the Lou Lou Ghost is made of durable polycarbonate, making it scratch-resistant, stackable, and easy to clean. Meanwhile, the TipTip kid’s round top has a single base that combines a colored top with a hollow transparent leg. Together, they can be used both indoors and outdoors. K desk RaFa-kids This kid’s desk resembles the letter K when seen from the side. The design features rounded corners and a lid that opens to reveal an interior tabletop. The K desk can be used for working or hiding little treasures in the underside of a lid that doubles as a place to pin drawings or photos.   Downtown by Oiva Toikka Magis Magis imagined a square shelving unit that features five setback tiers, a pointed top roof, and legs. Along the sides, recessed squares mimic the shape of windows. The skyscraper-shaped form is molded in polyethylene, making it suitable for both outdoor and indoor use. Adada Rocking Horse Fermob USA Fermob makes the Adada Rocking Horse out of the aluminum leftover from producing other furniture. It has a lightweight frame outfitted with plastic pads on the base to let children rock away indoors or out without scratching the floor.
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Fabulous Flooring

Specsheet> Flooring materials and designs
From interactive video floors to traditional wood textures—choices for unique floorings abound. PIXA Video Flooring Sensitile Systems The new PIXA video flooring essentially functions as a solid surface, creating a light-filtering screen whose “floating” surface comes to life with visual output created by light, shadow, movement, and color. It’s compatible with ambient light, spotlights, and backlights, and can also be coupled with individually controlled LEDs to create graphics and text. Creation Clic Collection Gerflor This new collection can be laid with just a mallet or roller and offers easy application during renovations. The collection includes warm grays, concrete designs, distressed looks, and wider and longer planks. The collection requires minimal floor prep and can be installed faster than traditional laminate. Coin-op + Endgame Bentley The celebrated carpet manufacturer offers two new designs meant to feature durability and energizing aesthetic: Coin-op boasts abstract and glitch-like geometric patterning, and Endgame is a large-scale pattern which intensifies into a cloud-like repetition. Both can be paired, mixed and matched. Kinetex: Put a Cork in It J+J Flooring Group Put a Cork in It is a 24- by 24-inch tile with multi-tonal cork-like flecks that appear through 16 colorways. Shifting, mottled specs of jade mix with streaks over neutral backgrounds, while cobalts interweave with rusty browns and varying tones of linen. Inky blacks can also be seen converging over smoky grays. BioFelt Tile Chilewich This woven flooring, made with woven vinyl fabrics and bi-colored yarn, is flat and provides a surface which does not hide elements like dust mites and dirt. This contributes to LEED. Natural Creations® Luxury Flooring with Diamond 10® Technology Armstrong Flooring The Natural Creations® Luxury Flooring with Diamond 10® Technology line offers an array of modular shapes and sizes. It boasts a scratch, stain, and scuff resistant luxury flooring aesthetically inspired by the look of natural wood.
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True Hue

Specsheet> Artistic glass
Updated neutral tones, fresh takes on metallics, and innovative textures make it easier to achieve a distinctive look than ever before. Full Circle: Kathali 3form The Kathali line features wood shavings from rebuilding 
efforts after the devastating 2015 earthquake in Nepal and celebrates the brand’s collaborations with Nepalese craftspeople and business leaders. Local artisans paint the raw material a variety of gray, brown, and tan hues before the wood pieces are suspended in the brand’s Varia Ecoresin or glass. Levels Kiln Cast Glass BermanGlass The latest collection of 12 
designs from Forms+Surfaces combines BermanGlass’s casting technologies with the lamination abilities of VividGlass. The line combines four colored, graphic, or image layers with three varieties of textured glass for a wide range of visual effects. Luminescence  Marazzi USA The Luminescence collection of glass rectangle mosaics from Marazzi adds depth in the kitchen and bath by creating the look of
 a beveled surface. The three-by-four-inch tiles are made of artisanal poured glass and available in eight pearlescent colors.   Idyllic Blends Daltile Available in a two-inch hexagon or random linear mosaic mesh-mounted tiles, the geometrically inspired Idyllic Blends collection brings together warm and cool tones. The decorative accent for walls and backsplashes can be specified in one of four nature-inspired color families. Matelac T AGC Two of AGC’s popular back-painted glasses
are now available in temperable varieties, making them suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Available in a range of ten colors, the satin Matelac T (shown) and the glossy Lacobel T are both Cradle to Cradle Bronze certified. Transcend by Suzanne Tick Skyline Design Textile designer Suzanne Tick turns her attention
to glass with the new Transcend line for Skyline Design. Inspired by the textures and colors of concrete, worn metal, and marble, the line comes in six etched and printed patterns that can be combined by overlapping or fading the designs, and in transparent, translucent, and opaque options.
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Performance Glass

Specsheet > Supercharged solutions
Whether sustainability or structural concerns are the challenges, the newest wave of performance glass tackles any issue. Halio Smart-Tinting Glass Kinestral Kinestral’s Halio electrochromic glass offers 50 shades of varying privacy and light blocking—transforming from clear to dark in three minutes. Available for interior and exterior applications, the smart system can be programmed to tint on a schedule or react to the weather. It can also controlled by voice, wall panel, or mobile device. Lightwall 3440 Extech The interlocking translucent structural cellular polycarbonate wall system from Extech is now available in three glazing options: a UV matte anti-reflective, an infrared-filtering and UV-blocking version, or an anti-graffiti version that is extra resistant to natural weathering. Force Anti-Slip Glass Walker Glass Company The newest addition to the Walker Textures Traction line of products, Force is an acid-etched anti-slip glass with an all-over finish rather than a pattern. In addition to its safety benefits, the glass offers privacy while allowing for light transmission of up to 91 percent, depending on finish. SF90 Retracting Wall System Hirt Swiss Descending Windows  Walls can seemingly disappear with this motorized system powered by Hirt Swiss descending windows. The room-height panes retract a lower-level storage space leaving no threshold behind, with customizable details to match any project. TAPER-LOC Laminated Glass Guard Rail System C.R. Laurence Designed to comply with 2015 IBC code updates, C.R. Laurence’s TAPER-LOC Laminated Glass Guard Rail System is the first ICC-approved glass-railing system on the market. The dry-glaze system is quick to install and features a multiple-hollow design that brings its weight down 30 percent. Isomax Sedak The German glass manufacturer’s new Isomax line allows architects to create glass facades with minimal thermal loss thanks to the introduction of vacuum insulation panels in the cavity. The glass can reach insulation levels of a solid wall without increasing the thickness of the unit—something the Ssedak product manager calls a “quantum leap in insulation technology.”