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Product> New and Notable Products for Architects

The Architect’s Newspaper first Best Of Products program drew nearly 400 entries, representing all categories of design and construction products. Here is a selection of the finalists from the juried competition. Gyptone BIG Curve CertainTeed Ceilings These perforated acoustical gypsum panels can be formed into highly curved ceilings without the cost and time associated with custom fabrication. At only 6.5 mm thick, Gyptone BIG Curve can be dry-bent to a 10-foot radius, and can achieve up to a 5-foot radius by wet bending. The panels are made of 85 percent recycled content and certified for low-VOC emissions, which contributes to sustainable building standards and helps maintain high indoor air quality. Fitted with an acoustical backing tissue, the panels are available in three perforation patterns. Walkable Photovoltaic Floor Onyx Solar Energy Recently patented, this walkable photovoltaic floor paver supports 400 kilograms/881 pounds in point-load tests, meets anti-slip standards, and reaches efficiency levels comparable to any other photovoltaic building material. It combines passive elements (its installation on a rooftop terrace, for example, improves the structure’s thermal envelope) and active elements (on-site power generation) to greatly reduce a building's environmental impact while avoiding CO2 emissions. Equally important is the appealing design of the system. It offers a wide range of colors, sizes, and transparency; it can be modified to accommodate LED backlighting. VOLA Round Series Hand Shower Hastings Tile & Bath The Round Series hand shower takes the core elements of the VOLA design language—the circle and the cylinder—as the starting point to create an entirely new product. Subtle polymer details on the handle helps users keep a grip on the fitting. Available in polished chrome, brushed chrome, natural brass, brushed stainless, and a range of colors. Designed by Aarhus Arkitekterne. LN Series Cree The wing-like design of this sleek luminaire allows a more uniform illumination of task surfaces and ceilings, while providing exceptional efficacy of up to 110 lumens per watt. The series is modular in nature, with four-foot light engines that can be easily combined for longer runs. 2C Window Weco Windows S.L. Developed by a team of Spanish architects, this re-envisioning of the traditional wood window features a sash that combines glass and hardware in a single assembly, without a frame. The self-supporting glass becomes a sheer, transparent plane, maximizing light and transparency. Wall openings are framed in wood, the glazing fitting hermetically over the frame using advanced technology in hardware and sealants. Triple gaskets assure maximum thermal and acoustical performance. The double- or triple-glazed window is available in fixed, tilt-and-turn, sliding, and hinged versions. The sliding window allows unbroken openings up to 19 ½ feet long. The interior face of the unit is finished in baked enamel in black, white, or any RAL color. P3 Comforts Duravit The P3 Comforts suite of bathroom fixtures uses a design language of simple geometry and subtle shifts in planes to create an aesthetically calming experience. The washbasin features a raised tap platform, separate from the wet area, making a generous shelf surface for bathroom essentials. The shower tray has an easy-clean outlet that is seamlessly integrated into the raised base, emphasizing its pristine lines. The tray was created with a new material, DuraSolid, which provides Class B slip-resistance without additional coating. Designed by Phoenix Design.
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2015 Best of Products Awards> Visionaries

On a hot day in June, a jury convened to review nearly 400 entries to The Architect’s Newspaper first Best of Products competition. Submissions, divided over eight categories, abounded in new materials and exciting technologies, provoking a lively dialogue during the evaluation process. Colin Brice of Mapos, Barry Goralnick of Barry Goralnick Architects, Harshad Pillai of Fogarty Finger Architecture, and architect Alison Spear generously contributed their considerable expertise and insight to the judging. The complete roster of winners can be found in our just-published print edition, and online here. In this final installment of reporting the competition results, we recognize four products as Visionaries. Whether a prototype or already in production, these pieces caught the jury's attention for their pursuit of pure design ideals. “Love this. Makes something attractive out of a necessary evil.” —Barry Goralnick Wall Tile Nissha Printing Company In a life overloaded by interfaces—our homes and offices are filled with thermostats, light switches, appliances, and equipment—it’s become a challenge to balance these sundry controls with the often beautiful surfaces on which they’re installed. Wall Tile seeks to resolve that situation. Utilizing "dead front" printing technology, where control panel graphics become visible only when activated by a user, surfaces are unmarred by ganged outlets and plates. Capacitive sensors would enable touch/swipe gestures and pinch functions. Planar 8 Flex Semi-Professional Kitchen Faucet Franke The spout of this kitchen faucet rotates a full 360 degrees in either direction, allowing unfettered design flexibility. Available in two finishes, polished chrome and satin nickel, the faucet also has a dual-jet, lock-in-place spray head. Cheval Bench/Table HBF Speaking about his Cheval Bench/Table, designer Wout Speyers muses, “What determines a piece of furniture’s function? Is it the environment, or its use in the environment? Cheval blurs the borders between these fixed conventions. What appears to be a bench turns out to be a side table in a different setting, or a coffee table. Its function is defined not by its environment or its prescribed purpose, but by the user and how they interact with it.” The collection comprises four size options: 20 inches, 40 inches, 60 inches, and a corner unit. Made of ash wood with polished aluminum legs, upholstery options add to the transformative power of the furniture. Arc Light Thislexik A solid-state Tesla coil generates a field of electricity that allows the individual fluorescent tubes in this wall fixture to illuminate without wired connections. The lamps can be repositioned within the grooved walnut or mahogany panel. Designed by Vedat Ulgen.
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2015 Best of Products Awards> Kitchens + Baths and Lighting

On a hot day in June, a jury convened to review nearly 400 entries to The Architect’s Newspaper first Best of Products competition. Submissions, divided over eight categories, abounded in new materials and exciting technologies, provoking a lively dialogue during the evaluation process. Colin Brice of Mapos, Barry Goralnick of Barry Goralnick Architects, Harshad Pillai of Fogarty Finger Architecture, and architect Alison Spear generously contributed their considerable expertise and insight to the judging. While the complete roster of winners can be found in our just-published print edition, AN will be publishing the results daily over the next week. Today’s categories, Kitchens + Baths and Lighting, evidenced a trend toward efficient use of space and energy. View all of the published categories here. KITCHENS + BATHS “This is a smart solution for small spaces.” —Barry Goralnick Winner Sottile 18-Inch-Deep Refrigerator Perlick Residential Standard undercounter refrigerators and beverage centers are 24 inches deep. Measuring just 18 inches deep and 32 inches tall, this undercounter appliance brings refrigerated storage to the slimmest of spaces. Featuring the proprietary front-vented RAPIDcool forced-air system, the fridge chills room-temperature liquids in just 30 minutes. Full-extension pullout shelves are adjustable in one-inch increments. Available with solid stainless steel door, a glass front, or fully-integrated overlay panel. NSF rated and ADA compliant. “Beautiful and simple.” —Colin Brice Honorable Mention P3 Comforts Duravit The P3 Comforts suite of bathroom fixtures uses a design language of simple geometry and subtle shifts in planes to create an aesthetically calming experience. The washbasin features a raised tap platform, separate from the wet area, making a generous shelf surface for bathroom essentials. The shower tray has an easy-clean outlet that is seamlessly integrated into the raised base, emphasizing its pristine lines. The tray was created with a new material, DuraSolid, which provides Class B slip-resistance without additional coating. Designed by Phoenix Design. “It’s hard to find good-looking appliances. This is beautiful and sized right.” —Colin Brice Honorable Mention 24-Inch Glass Door Refrigerator Bosch With doors finished in white glass, black glass, or glass on stainless steel, this counter-depth refrigerator brings a sleek look to the small kitchen or ancillary space. The appliance’s appearance in enhanced by its handle-less design and concealed hinges. The doors are reversible, allowing for next-to-wall placement and near-flush installation. The ten-cubic-foot capacity includes three freezer drawers, a wine rack, and a sealed crisper, all lit with LEDs. Energy Star qualified. “Gorgeous. Different.” —Barry Goralnick Honorable Mention VOLA Round Series Hand Shower Hastings Tile & Bath The Round Series hand shower takes the core elements of the VOLA design language—the circle and the cylinder—as the starting point to create an entirely new product. Subtle polymer details on the handle helps users keep a grip on the fitting. Available in polished chrome, brushed chrome, natural brass, brushed stainless, and a range of colors. Designed by Aarhus Arkitekterne. LIGHTING + ELECTRICAL “Terrific idea. Love the flexibility. Well designed.” —Barry Goralnick “Very smart and elegant.” —Colin Brice Winner Running Magnet 2.0 FLOS Architectural In this new track lighting system, a trimless, extruded aluminum housing is recessed into plasterboard ceilings or walls; it can even turn inside or outside corners. An electrical track is laid into the housing. Next, LED modules—either adjustable spots or flush-mount linear strips—are attached to the track via magnets, creating a tremendously responsive and versatile lighting platform. Fixtures are easily repositionable in the field, as needs change. Honorable Mention Antimicrobial Trim Leviton These stainless steel wallplates and switches are made with an antimicrobial additive to help keep surfaces cleaner in conjunction with regular housekeeping procedures. Silver ions inhibit cell division and prevent bacteria— including E-coli and MRSA—from reproducing. The collection is suitable for healthcare facilities, educational institutions, hospitality venues, commercial kitchens, and other public service areas where surface contamination is a concern. Honorable Mention LN Series Cree The wing-like design of this sleek luminaire allows a more uniform illumination of task surfaces and ceilings, while providing exceptional efficacy of up to 110 lumens per watt. The series is modular in nature, with four-foot light engines that can be easily combined for longer runs.
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2015 Best of Products Awards> HVAC and Outdoor Furnishings

On a hot day in June, a jury convened to review nearly 400 entries to The Architect’s Newspaper first Best of Products competition. Submissions, divided over eight categories, abounded in new materials and exciting technologies, provoking a lively dialogue during the evaluation process. Colin Brice of Mapos, Barry Goralnick of Barry Goralnick Architects, Harshad Pillai of Fogarty Finger Architecture, and architect Alison Spear generously contributed their considerable expertise and insight to the judging. While the complete roster of winners can be found in our just-published print edition, AN will be publishing the results daily over the next week. Today’s categories, HVAC + Environmental Systems and Outdoor Furnishings + Products, evidenced a shared trend of sustainability. View all of the published categories here. HVAC + ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS “Amazing idea.” —Barry Goralnick Winner Hot Art BRZ Brands This flat-panel heating system can double as a piece of graphic art: customers can choose a design from a selection of stock photos (or upload an image for a custom treatment) then have it crafted into an energy-efficient, far infrared heating panel. A 600-watt Hot Art panel will heat roughly the same area as a 1500-watt conventional space heater, while using approximately 60 percent less energy. Available in hard-wired or corded models, the units can be controlled by switch, occupancy sensors, regular and smart thermostats, and most home-automation receivers. Installed indoors or outside, the panels can be freestanding, or mounted on walls or ceilings. Honorable Mention Haiku with SenseME Big Ass Fans Made of sustainably-harvested Moso bamboo or a durable matrix composite, this Energy Star-rated ceiling fan is equipped with SenseME technology, which allows it to respond to changing room conditions. An occupancy sensor turns the fan off when the room is empty; when temperature and humidity levels change, the fan automatically adjusts its speed. The Haiku fan with SenseME can be integrated with the Nest thermostat, allowing homeowners to increase their thermostat set points and so offset their air conditioning or heating usage. Working together, the two technologies can save up to 30 percent on energy costs while simultaneously increasing the sustainability of home heating and cooling systems. Honorable Mention AquaSAFE Residential Fire Sprinkler System Uponor This non-stagnant fire sprinkler system is integrated with a home’s cold-water plumbing using flexible PEX-a tubing. Flexible tubing can bend around corners and obstructions, which means fewer fittings—potential leak points—are required. Minimizing leaks is especially important for the system, which relies on having the necessary water flow available in case of activation. The shape memory of PEX-a tubing, combined with ProPEX expansion fittings, comprises a connection system that cannot be dry fit, thus eliminating another source of leaks. Additionally, the tubes can expand up to three times their diameter without cracking, greatly reducing potential for freeze damage. OUTDOOR “A game changer.” —Colin Brice Winner Walkable Photovoltaic Floor Onyx Solar Energy Recently patented, this walkable photovoltaic floor paver supports 400 kilograms/881 pounds in point-load tests, meets anti-slip standards, and reaches efficiency levels comparable to any other photovoltaic building material. It combines passive elements (its installation on a rooftop terrace, for example, improves the structure’s thermal envelope) and active elements (on-site power generation) to greatly reduce a building's environmental impact while avoiding CO2 emissions. Equally important is the appealing design of the system. It offers a wide range of colors, sizes, and transparency; it can be modified to accommodate LED backlighting. “Very consistent design.” —Alison Spear Honorable Mention MultipliCITY Landscape Forms Created and developed in partnership with designer Yves Behar and fuseproject, MultipliCITY pioneers the integration of mass production and custom materials and configurations for a global market. Structural parts are manufactured by Landscape Forms, seating and table surfaces are produced from locally sourced hardwoods in markets outside North America, and flat shipping and local assembly to international locations supports carbon-reducing sustainability. The flexible, dynamic system addresses multiple scales, applications and artistic expressions and includes six elements: a backed and backless bench, table, bike rack, LED pathlight, and litter receptacle. Honorable Mention Chevron Bench Ore Inc. Understated in design and materials, this 54-inch by 15 ½-inch by 17 ½-inch bench complements city and suburban settings. The metal supports can be finished in any custom powder-coat color. The angled wood seat is ipe, which is noted for its durability and strength, as well as its natural resistance to decay, wet conditions, and insect infestation.
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2015 Best of Products Awards> Facades + Structural and Openings

On a hot day in June, a jury convened to review nearly 400 entries to The Architect’s Newspaper first Best of Products competition. Submissions, divided over eight categories, abounded in new materials and exciting technologies, provoking a lively dialogue during the evaluation process. Colin Brice of Mapos, Barry Goralnick of Barry Goralnick Architects, Harshad Pillai of Fogarty Finger Architecture, and architect Alison Spear generously contributed their considerable expertise and insight to the judging. While the complete roster of winners can be found in our just-published print edition, AN will be publishing the results daily over the next week. The entries in today’s categories, Facades + Structural and Openings, show a joint interest in streamlining the installation process while expanding aesthetic possibilities. View all of the published categories here. FACADES + STRUCTURAL “Good technology, exciting optics.” —Barry Goralnick Winner UniQuad Unitized Daylighting System CPI Daylighting The UniQuad system is a unitized assembly of two independent, translucent, insulated panels, joined by a mechanically interlocking structural connection that eliminates the need for vulnerable adhesives. Factory pre-fabricated for efficient installation, the panels’ long-span capability (up to twelve feet) allows them to be clicked into place on site, providing a seamless, flush look without metal seams. UniQuad features Removable Skin Technology (RST), which protects the interior panel from exterior weather conditions, UV radiation, impact and other hazards and provides indefinite building envelope protection. RST allows the replacement of the exterior skin while keeping the interior skin sealed and intact. As a result, building operations are uninterrupted during exterior panel replacement. Honorable Mention Metal Composite Wall Panels Kovabond Kovabond is a metal composite material designed to provide extensive design options for exterior cladding and wall panels. Kovabond consists of two outer skins, available in aluminum, zinc, copper, and stainless steel, that surround a solid core of low-density, fire-retarding, polyethylene compound. Available in a broad palette of colors, the lightweight panels are highly bendable, yet retain their rigidity and strength. Honorable Mention Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete Panel seele A tour de force of design and fabrication, this glass fiber reinforced concrete panel is attached to a back-up steel frame that allows for installation. With a section view slightly resembling an upside-down letter "L", the soffit panel gently curves inward. The abnormally long leg of the "L" shape is a parallelogram with a bowl-shaped depression on the surface. It’s one of 2,500 panels made from 313 different molds that will wrap the Broad Museum in Los Angeles. OPENINGS Winner 2C Window Weco Windows S.L. Developed by a team of Spanish architects, this re-envisioning of the traditional wood window features a sash that combines glass and hardware in a single assembly, without a frame. The self-supporting glass becomes a sheer, transparent plane, maximizing light and transparency. Wall openings are framed in wood, the glazing fitting hermetically over the frame using advanced technology in hardware and sealants. Triple gaskets assure maximum thermal and acoustical performance. The double- or triple-glazed window is available in fixed, tilt-and-turn, sliding, and hinged versions. The sliding window allows unbroken openings up to 19 ½ feet long. The interior face of the unit is finished in baked enamel in black, white, or any RAL color. “Up to a 48-foot opening: That presents outstanding options.” —Colin Brice Honorable Mention JELD-WEN Custom Wood Folding Window JELD-WEN Windows & Doors A novel solution for residential or light commercial projects, this accordion-folding window assembly folds off to the side of the opening to connect the kitchen—or any room—to a backyard, deck, or patio at counter height. The system, with up to eight panels, is available as a top-hung application and can be designed as either a flush sill that smoothly meets the stretch of counter or as a standard outswing sill. The maximum opening width is 48 feet, achieved by combining two 24-foot installations. Available in multiple configurations, the folding window is offered in 42 exterior paint finishes, three copper panel options, and a variety of wood species. Honorable Mention Entice Series Premium Entrance System CRL-U.S. Aluminum While this system retains the elegant appearance of a frameless glass entrance with minimal vertical lines, it has the strength to support door handle hardware on one-inch-thick insulating glass panels. Designed for use with all high solar- and thermal-efficient glass options, including low-E coatings and tints, Entice delivers contemporary heavy-glass storefront aesthetics while satisfying energy code requirements and ASHRAE 90.1 air infiltration criteria. Patent-pending vertical stiles with ultra narrow sightlines and door rails feature thermally broken cladding that provides U-factors as low as 0.33. In addition, configurations with prewired LED lighting systems provide commercial environments with striking accent lighting that enhances the function and appearance of the facade.
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2015 Best of Products Awards> Finishes + Surfaces and Interiors + Furnishings

On a hot day in June, a jury convened to review nearly 400 entries to The Architect’s Newspaper's first Best of Products competition. Submissions, divided over eight categories, abounded in new materials and exciting technologies, provoking a lively dialogue during the evaluation process. Colin Brice of Mapos, Barry Goralnick of Barry Goralnick Architects, Harshad Pillai of Fogarty Finger Architecture, and architect Alison Spear generously contributed their considerable expertise and insight to the judging. While the complete roster of winners can be found in our just-published print edition, AN will be publishing the results daily over the next week. Today’s categories, Finishes + Surfaces and Interiors + Furnishings, evidenced a trend toward dramatic design. FINISHES + SURFACES Winner Raw Concrete 4004 Caesarstone This surfacing material emulates the raw look and texture of concrete, while providing the durability of quartz. The non-porous slabs are heat-, stain-, and scratch-resistant, and require no sealing. Suitable for use as countertops, vanities, flooring, wall paneling, furniture, and more, the 56 1/2-inch by 120-inch panels are available in three colors and in fourteen edge treatments. Honorable Mention ViviGraphix Spectra Glass with Zoom Images Forms+Surfaces ViviGraphix Spectra Glass consists of a graphic interlayer laminated between two panes of glass. Zoom Images, a portfolio of nature-themed photography, significantly expands the possibilities for bringing beauty to large-scale glass applications. Created using sophisticated gigapixel image-capturing equipment, Zoom Images are thousands of individual photographs that are stitched and stacked together to form a single large-scale, super-high-resolution photo. Because of their extraordinary scale, the images are able to retain their clarity at very large sizes. Zoom Images are accessible through Zoom Digital Darkroom, the manufacturer’s interactive online design tool. Honorable Mention Gyptone BIG Curve CertainTeed Ceilings These perforated acoustical gypsum panels can be formed into highly curved ceilings without the cost and time associated with custom fabrication. At only 6.5 mm thick, Gyptone BIG Curve can be dry-bent to a 10-foot radius, and can achieve up to a 5-foot radius by wet bending. The panels are made of 85 percent recycled content and certified for low-VOC emissions, which contributes to sustainable building standards and helps maintain high indoor air quality. Fitted with an acoustical backing tissue, the panels are available in three perforation patterns. INTERIORS + FURNISHINGS Winner Ikaros Koleksiyon Designed for the modern mobile worker, this sofa features cleverly designed “wings” that neatly create horizontal work surfaces on three sides of the piece. The extension off the backrest is at table height, so it can be used as a desk by a person seated in a chair behind the sofa. This aspect of the design allows Ikaros to be used simultaneously from inside and outside, providing people with an inviting and inventive locus point for collaborative work. Designed by Koray Malhan. Honorable Mention Allstar Vitra Allstar contains the all the functional features of an office chair—a synchronized mechanism with lockable positioning, seat depth and height adjustment, and an adjustable backrest—in a design that suggests a relaxed, residential feel and sense of familiarity. The chair comes in a variety of colors and fabrics; leather upholstery is available. Designed by Konstantin Grcic. Honorable Mention Parti Ceilings Plus Parti utilizes complex, continuous perforation patterns that extend beyond the boundaries of individual ceiling and wall panels to give the illusion of depth to two-dimensional surfaces. Integrated LED lighting is optional; mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and other building systems are readily accommodated by Parti.