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2016 Best of Products Awards winners>outdoor and openings

The results are in! We deliberated over hundreds of entries, covering everything from residential furnishings to smart home systems and facade products. Our superb team of judges evaluated entries for innovation, aesthetics, performance, and value. In addition to selecting a winner and two honorable mentions for each category (there were too many amazing products to just select one), we included some standout products in our “Visionaries” section, highlighting the year’s very best designs.

The Jury:

Becca Blasdel: products editor, The Architect’s Newspaper

Rafael de Cárdenas: founder and designer, Architecture at Large

William Menking: editor-in-chief, The Architect’s Newspaper

Jean Sundin: founder and principal, Office for Visual Interaction

Marc Tsurumaki: principal and founding partner, LTL Architects

Bob Williams: co-founder and president of design, Mitchell gold + Bob Williams 

Outdoor

Winner:

PlayForm 7 Playworld

PlayForm 7 is meant to get adults and children alike to engage in outdoor spaces in new and meaningful ways. The equipment includes innovative materials like flex treads, a durable, slip-resistant material that improves climbing challenges and invites exploration, and laminated bamboo.

Honorable Mention:

FGP Landscape Forms

The FGP Collection is comprised of five elements: a bench, a litter receptacle, a bike rack, and LED pedestrian and path lights. The subtly curved frames, designed by Milan-based Francisco Gomez Paz, make for a soft modern appearance.

Honorable Mention:

Ni Parasol Slik Outdoor Living

NI Parasol is an integrated illuminated umbrella that combines the shading benefits of traditional umbrellas with the function of an outdoor torch—without the excess work of refilling propane or the safety concerns of an open flame. It is available in various sizes and colors and has multiple light settings. Turning on the downlights creates an intimate ambiance, while the fully illuminated parasol generates the perfect light for dining alfresco.

Openings

Winner:

Invisible Sill Vitrocsa

By bringing the sill underneath the floor and raising the sliding panels on continuous stilts—which run in floor slots and rest on recessed stainless-steel roller bearings—this system is able to create a completely seamless floor from inside to out.

Honorable Mention:

Fireframes ClearView System Technical Glass Products

The Clearview system is a 60-minute fire-rated frame that eliminates spacers thanks to butt-glazed Pilkington Pyrostop, which is a low-iron fire-rated and impact-safety-rated glass with a heat resistive perimeter frame. The glass allows for unobstructed sightlines while providing maximum safety levels.

Honorable Mention:

Pivoting Room Divider Anyway Doors

These virtually invisible pivoting hinges offer a unique 360-degree central pivoting door without using built-in floor fixtures. The innovative system makes it possible for a 300-pound door to feel incredibly light. The pivot door closes soundlessly by means of a patented locking technology integrated into the door and frame. A frameless system is also available.

While the complete roster of winners can be found in our just-published print edition, The Architect’s Newspaper will be publishing the results daily over the coming weeks. View all of the published categories here.

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2016 Best of Products Awards winners>Kitchens + Bath and Interiors + Furnishings

The results are in! We deliberated over hundreds of entries, covering everything from residential furnishings to smart home systems and facade products. Our superb team of judges evaluated entries for innovation, aesthetics, performance, and value. In addition to selecting a winner and two honorable mentions for each category (there were too many amazing products to just select one), we included some standout products in our “Visionaries” section, highlighting the year’s very best designs.

The Jury:

Becca Blasdel: products editor, The Architect’s Newspaper

Rafael de Cárdenas: founder and designer, Architecture at Large

William Menking: editor-in-chief, The Architect’s Newspaper

Jean Sundin: founder and principal, Office for Visual Interaction

Marc Tsurumaki: principal and founding partner, LTL Architects

Bob Williams: co-founder and president of design, Mitchell gold + Bob Williams 

Kitchen + Bath

Winner:

VAL SaphirKeramik Collection Laufen

Designed by Konstantin Grcic, Val features simple architectural lines, extremely slim rims and walls, and a fine surface structure. The collection of washbasins, washbasin bowls, storage dishes, and bathtubs is meant to be simple, but expressive.

Honorable Mention:

Neorest 500H Toto

With features like tornado dual-flush technology that only uses a gallon (or less) of water per flush, an automatic mist of electrolyzed water, and a special glaze that utilizes nanotechnology, the Neorest 500H stays clean and fresh. Plus it has a motion sensor, which means it opens, closes, and flushes automatically.

Honorable Mention:

Transpara Vertically Frameless Shower Door System C.R. Laurence

This shower door system from C.R. Laurence eliminates the need for hinges and vertical framing in order to secure large glass panels. It incorporates low-profile door rails and matching u-channels on adjacent fixed panels that maintain a continuous sightline across the entire enclosure, with visible hardware being only three-quarters of an inch tall.

Interiors + Furnishings

Winner:

Exchange Chair Crème Design

This contemporary chair is inspired by the traditional Windsor form but exchanges the traditional wood spindles and stretcher-with-steel for a new style. Crème also designed several other backs that can be substituted on the chair and offers the choice of a custom back, multiple wood species, and steel finish options.

Honorable Mention:

Valet by David Rockwell for Stellar Works Rockwell Group

David Rockwell’s collection for Stellar Works is meant to symbolize a new sector of furniture that supports everyday living, working, and entertaining. The valet itself creates an area of reprieve to transition from the busy outside world into a relaxed home. The leather bag holds two pairs of shoes and the walnut shelf is for personal items.

Honorable Mention:

Series A Ping-Pong Table Poppin

Maximizing fun and productivity, Poppin’s brand-new conference table is regulation size for playing ping-pong and also seats 12 people comfortably. An easy-roll top opens to reveal a storage tray that holds teleconference equipment (to minimize visible wires), a color-striped net, four ping-pong paddles and six ping-pong balls.

While the complete roster of winners can be found in our just-published print edition, AN will be publishing the results daily over the coming weeks. View all of the published categories here.

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2016 Best of Products Awards winners>Lighting + Electrical and HVAC + Environmental

The results are in! We deliberated over hundreds of entries, covering everything from residential furnishings to smart home systems and facade products. Our superb team of judges evaluated entries for innovation, aesthetics, performance, and value. In addition to selecting a winner and two honorable mentions for each category (there were too many amazing products to just select one), we included some standout products in our “Visionaries” section, highlighting the year’s very best designs.

The Jury:

Becca Blasdel: products editor, The Architect’s Newspaper

Rafael de Cárdenas: founder and designer, Architecture at Large

William Menking: editor-in-chief, The Architect’s Newspaper

Jean Sundin: founder and principal, Office for Visual Interaction

Marc Tsurumaki: principal and founding partner, LTL Architects

Bob Williams: co-founder and president of design, Mitchell gold + Bob Williams

Lighting + Electrical

Winner:

Pris Collection PELLE

Named for the physical characteristics of the female "replicant" character in Blade Runner, the Pris collection is comprised of a chandelier, sconce, and table and floor lamps. They all feature clean, angular lines with industrial-style joints and provide warm, diffused LED light. They also come in four finish options.

Honorable Mention:

Vessel Humanscale

This cylindrical light designed by Todd Bracher is made of the highest quality quartz crystal to provide even, glare-free light. As Humanscale’s first attempt at architectural lighting, Vessel represents a “scientific approach to lighting, with a focus on physics and optical engineering.”

Honorable Mention:

Fraxion Lucifer Lighting Company

A new family of fixed, adjustable, and wallwasher downlights with precision optics has the shallowest recess depths of any downlight in the industry. It is available in round or square with a trimless install, or in two other flange profiles. Fraxion also includes identical wet and dry location fixtures.

HVAC + Environmental

Winner:

SunPower Helix SunPower

The Helix platform is the first fully integrated solar solution designed specifically for commercial customers. Standardized Helix components feature an innovative modular design that is adaptable to the available space—be it a rooftop, a parking lot, or the ground—to best meet the project’s energy goals.

Honorable Mention:

myPORT Schindler Elevator Corporation

An incredibly useful tool for multiresidence buildings and high-traffic lobbies, myPORT is a smartphone app that connects building owners, managers, tenants, and visitors to the building’s systems. MyPORT has the capability to summon an elevator based on a user’s needs, send authorization codes via text message to grant access to visitors, and anticipate user requirements such as locking and unlocking doors or turning off lights.

Honorable Mention:

BreezIntegrity ITG70BT Delta Breez

Suitable for both retrofit and new construction projects, the Delta BreezIntegrity offers the only bathroom fan with a Bluetooth speaker and brushless DC motor. The motor lasts at least 70,000 hours and uses over 75 percent less energy than AC motors. It is also incredibly quiet, allowing users to hear their music, not the fan.

While the complete roster of winners can be found in our just-published print edition, The Architect's Newspaper will be publishing the results daily over the coming weeks. View all of the published categories here.

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2016 Best of Products Awards winners>Finishes + Surfaces and Facades + Structural

The results are in! We deliberated over hundreds of entries, covering everything from residential furnishings to smart home systems and facade products. Our superb team of judges evaluated entries for innovation, aesthetics, performance, and value. In addition to selecting a winner and two honorable mentions for each category (there were too many amazing products to just select one), we included some standout products in our “Visionaries” section, highlighting the year's very best designs.

The Jury:

Becca Blasdel: products editor, The Architect's Newspaper

Rafael de Cárdenas: founder and designer, Architecture at Large

William Menking: editor-in-chief, The Architect's Newspaper

Jean Sundin: founder and principal, Office for Visual Interaction

Marc Tsurumaki: principal and founding partner, LTL Architects

Bob Williams: co-founder and president of design, Mitchell gold + Bob Williams 

Finishes + Surfaces

Winner:

Krion Solid Surface Material Porcelanosa

Krion can be used for a number of applications, including facades, washbasins, countertops, shower columns, and cubicles. It is a nonporous, uniform material, made of one-third organic material (high-quality acrylic resin) and two-thirds natural minerals (alumina). Krion can be joined and thermoformed together to meld curved pieces into one seamlessly smooth surface.

Honorable Mention: 

Paint Shield Sherwin Williams

The first of its kind, Paint Shield not only inhibits common microbial growth but kills bacteria within two hours of exposure and continues to kill 90 percent of bacteria for up to four years. It eliminates 99 percent of Staph, MRSA, E. coli, VRE, and Enterobacter aerogenes on painted surfaces even after repeated contamination. It is also available in 550 colors.

Honorable Mention: 

Studio Moderne: Century Suite Walker Zanger

Inspired by ’70s glamor, the Century Suite line incorporates design elements rooted in the mid-20th century (hence the name), with glaze colors inspired by iconic California architecture. The simplicity allows for design flexibility as well as longevity.

Facades + Structural

Winner: 

Zip System Stretch Tape Huber Engineered Woods

Now available in a 10-inch width, this wide tape helps projects with deeper window assemblies. The tape provides speed and ease of application with a single-piece installation solution that stretches in all directions for an air- and water-tight seal.

Honorable Mention: 

Fireshield 285 Kreysler & Associates

Believed to be the first product to pass the stringent NFPA 285 test, this ultra-lightweight fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) cladding system allows architects to create large and high-rise facades of almost any shape, contour, and texture. Plus, the incredibly versatile FRP offers the added bonus of fire safety.

Honorable Mention: 

Fabrik Shildan

Fabrik functions like a textile for exterior architecture. It consists of a steel framework that allows materials (including terra-cotta, glass, wood, etc.) to be woven into a flexible architectural mesh. In addition to facades, Fabrik can be used for pavement, roofing, and shade screens.

While the complete roster of winners can be found in our just-published print edition, AN will be publishing the results daily over the coming weeks. View all of the published categories here.

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Best of Products Awards 2016 Launch

Today is the big day, the launch of AN's second annual Best of Products Awards! There is an outstanding jury comprised of two renowned architects, respected lighting and furniture designers, and the Editor-in-Chief and Product Editor of The Architect's Newspaper, who will evaluate the entries. Designers and manufacturers are invited to submit new products for review beginning today. Entries will be evaluated for innovation, aesthetics, performance, and value. Products must have been introduced to the market no earlier than January 2015 and must be available through December 2016. Last year's reception to the awards was overwhelming—and we're excited to do it again! We featured eight categories that ran the gamut of everything our readers are interested in— from interior furnishings to facades and structural. You can view the 2015 winners here. Also, be sure to follow the A|N Instagram in the coming weeks to discover how these innovative products are being applied in different projects around the world. For the 2016 Best of Product Awards, designers and manufacturers are invited to submit their new products for the following categories: Facades+ Structural Openings Lighting + Electrical HVAC + Smart Building Systems Outdoor Finishes + Surfaces Interiors + Furnishings Kitchens + Baths To learn more about the jury members and product categories, visit the A|N Awards homepage. The deadline for entry is Monday, June 27, 2016.