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Meet the winners of our 2019 Best of Products Awards

After hours of carefully deliberating over five hundred entries from our largest ever Best of Products Awards, we are excited to share the Winners, Honorable Mentions, and Editors’ Picks. These eighteen diverse categories cover a wide range of sectors, including building materials, acoustics, furnishings, finishes, tech products and tools, kitchens, baths, and more. Our judges evaluated submissions for originality, innovation, functionality, aesthetics, performance, and value, and selected one winner and two honorable mentions in each category. New this year, our editors also picked their favorite products in all 18 categories.

All images are courtesy of their respective manufacturers unless otherwise noted. The Best of Products Awards Jury: Lora Appleton Founder kinder MODERN & Female Design Council Constantin Boym Founder Boym Partners Gabrielle Golenda Products Editor The Architect’s Newspaper Alda Ly Principal and Founder Alda Ly Architecture & Design William Menking Editor in Chief The Architect’s Newspaper Fiona Raby Cofounder Dunne & Raby Categories:

Indoor Finishes and Surfaces

Winner ExCinere Dzek “It’s fascinating how this product brings the outside in, and then back outside again. It evokes an actual landscape in a way that’s subtle but special; a great talking point for your clients.” —Lora Appleton Honorable Mentions Matte Collection Callidus Guild iD Mixonomi Tarkett North America Editors' Picks Magna Recycled Glass Slab Walker Zanger Soft Onyx Fiandre Indoor Lighting and Electrical Winner Noctambule FLOS “The scale of this product is grand for a modular component. It’s monumental enough to look great in a large-scale palatial setting but can also be scaled down to an urban residential context.” —Lora Appleton Honorable Mentions Dorval Lambert & Fils RAY Sconce Stickbulb Editors’ Picks Plena Foscarini Haller E USM Fascio Medium Linear Chandelier with Crystal Visual Comfort & Co. Residential Interior Furnishings Winner Stille Standard Issue “The product is interesting because the manufacturer was able to produce something that is familiar but still new. It shows that shapes don’t always have to be reinvented. It represents a sort of aesthetic recycling.” —Constantin Boym Honorable Mentions Portal Armoire Henrybuilt Beanie Sofa Nea Studio Editors’ Picks 5M Chair soft limits Hull Collection O&G Studio Hillock Console Skylar Morgan Furniture   Commercial Interior Furnishings Winner Meredith Lounge Chair Poppin “If I saw a bunch of these chairs in an airport, I’d be very happy.” —Matt Shaw, The Architect’s Newspaper’s executive editor Honorable Mentions Divy Mobile 3form Racer Collection Blu Dot Editors’ Picks Swing Pair Landing Wilkhahn Acoustics Winner Trypta Luceplan “With more and more open ceilings in commercial offices, there hasn’t been a lot of innovation in how we deal with noise. This product is a good example of lighting that integrates acoustics panels.”—Alda Ly Honorable Mentions Kula Glass Unika Vaev Blade Luxxbox Editors’ Picks Ecophon SoloTM Baffles: Wave and Zig Zag CertainTeed Ceilings VaporSoft® Arktura Home Accessories Winner Alaire Collection Atlas Homewares Honorable Mentions Side Table Fink Furniture Vestalia LATOxLATO Editors’ Picks Smooth Operator Kit Garden Glory Soffio Foscarini Textiles Winner VEER Wolf-Gordon “There’s a subtlety to the combination of textures in this product that makes it strong. There’s something beautiful about the transition between its 2- and 3-dimensionality.”—Fiona Raby Honorable Mentions Scaramouche Dedar Tatami System Tarkett North America Editors’ Picks Gradation Shaw Contract The Bauhaus Project Designtex Baths Winner SONAR Wave Double Basin Laufen “The riveting around the edges creates a nice, soft touch.”—Gabrielle Golenda Honorable Mentions Petra Agape Elan Grid Shower Door VIGO Editors’ Picks SideKick Shower System Peerless Faucet SteamVection Steamhead ThermaSol Kitchens Winner Heritage Induction Pro Ranges Dacor “There’s a stereotype that induction cooktops aren’t powerful, but it’s nice to see this technology as an industrial-level product.”—Alda Ly Honorable Mention Space Theory Space Theory Emerald Finish True Residential Editors’ Picks Gunmetal Kitchen Amuneal Professional 7 Series Range Viking Range Touchless Kitchen Faucet Kohler Outdoor Lighting and Electrical Winner LP Xperi Louis Poulsen “This product has both uplight and downlight functions, so it goes beyond the typical scope of a streetlight and considers more ephemeral types of illumination.”—Gabrielle Golenda Honorable Mentions Pursuit Architectural Area Lighting Uma Mini Pablo Designs Editors’ Picks KFL Collection KIM Lighting CIRC Estiluz USA Outdoor Furnishings Winner F100 Flycycle “Often the problem with bike racks is that they are beautifully designed but aren’t very functional. It’s nice to see something so successful at meeting both criteria.” —Constantin Boym Honorable Mentions Paseo Planters OSSO Concrete Design Rambler Picnic Table Shift Editors’ Picks Circula Collection Blu Dot Stack mmcité1 Outdoor Finishes and Surfaces Winner Bison 30-inch-by-30-inch Ipe Wood Deck Tile Bison Innovative Products “Unlike other decking products available today, these plank squares snap into a sliding system, which makes installation easier and allows you to make different configurations.”—Gabrielle Golenda Honorable Mention Dekton Grip+ Cosentino Gradients Móz Designs Editors’ Picks Ombré Cement Tile Villa Lagoon Tile Variegated Zebra Honed “Limestone” Pure + FreeForm Openings Winner Attack Resistant Openings ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions “This product is necessary given the current state of affairs. Innovation in safety is essential, and it’s really great to see companies using ingenuity to deal with this systemic issue. It’s a Band-Aid solution to an unfortunate problem in the United States.”—Lora Appleton Honorable Mentions The Mitica Collection Boffi Group - ADL Bird1st Glass Guardian Glass Editors’ Picks Lift and Slide WinDoor Steel Entry Pivot Doors MAIDEN Steel Facades Winner InVert Self-Shading Windows TBM Designs “This product reinforces weather conditions and makes you more aware of what’s outside. Rather than everything being completely controlled by humans, natural systems control the building, which is something we need to be dealing with more and more.”—Fiona Raby Honorable Mentions Living Wall Facades Eco Brooklyn Modified Wood Cladding Kebony Editors’ Picks Concrete Skin Breeze Rieder North America Perforated Building Facade Rigidized Metals Isopure Sedak Building Materials Winner Mass Plywood Panel Freres Lumber Co. “To see that there’s advancement in the acceptance of these new, innovative, wood materials is promising.”—Alda Ly Honorable Mentions Foamglas Owens Corning DELTA-DRY & LATH Dörken Systems Editors’ Picks Louvre Railing System Amuneal LP WeatherLogic Air & Water Barrier LP Building Solutions HVAC Winner EcoBlue WeatherMaster Rooftop Units Carrier “This product is simpler, more dependable, and lower maintenance than comparable options on the market today. Too often, design is perceived as something that has to be seen, but this is an invisible product that has a strong impact regardless.”—Constantin Boym Honorable Mentions EME3625DFLMD Ruskin XP Series Industrial HVLS Ceiling Fan Hunter Industrial Editors’ Picks MLZ One-Way Ceiling Cassette Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US i6 Big Ass Fans Tech: Smart Products Winner Life Anew NEXT TOTO USA & Georgia Pacific Pro “Too often, intelligent design becomes an area for gimmicks, but in this case, there aren’t any. This product is a serious working system.”—Constantin Boym Honorable Mentions Intentek Wireless Charging Surface Formica Phyn Plus Smart Uponor North America Editors' Picks PureWarmth Kohler Storage System with Expandable Battery Pack LG Electronics Integrated Wine Column Signature Kitchen Suite Tech: Design Tools Winner ARCHICAD 23 GRAPHISOFT SE “It’s nice that this product allows architects to use Apple computers. It’s just more flexible.”—Alda Ly Honorable Mentions Layer Layer ColorReader Datacolor Editors' Picks OpenCA and ProIO IngeniousIO Origami XR Origami XR
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The Architect's Newspaper announces its 5th annual Best of Products Awards

With 17 wide-ranging categories, The Architect’s Newspaper’s fifth annual Best of Products Awards is slated to be our busiest to date. With a reputation for a smart, informed perspective on architecture and design, The Architect’s Newspaper applies the same high standards to our awards. Our jury is composed of renowned talents, culture-makers, journalists, and educators: ground-breaking interaction designer Fiona Raby, renowned interior architect Alda Ly, celebrated gallerist Lora Appleton, and seminal industrial designer Constantin Boym, as well as our products editor Gabrielle Golenda and editor-in-chief William Menking. The Architect’s Newspaper’s Best of Products Awards is a much-anticipated event in the AEC community—you won’t want to miss out. Independent designers and manufacturers are invited to submit new products for review by July 12. Products are selected for their innovation, aesthetics, and performance. Winners will not only be featured in our September issue, but will also be published in our end-of-the-year Best of Design Awards special issue that is circulated to all subscribers. In addition, they will be highlighted online and in our social media channels. Winners will be announced in the September issue—the deadline is July 12.
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Meet the honorable mentions of our 2018 Best of Products Awards

After hours of careful deliberation over hundreds of entries from our largest ever Best of Product Awards, we are excited to share the winners and honorable mentions. The 12 categories cover a wide range of disciplines, including building materials, interior furnishings, IoT solutions for baths and kitchens, lighting, textiles, and more. Our esteemed team of judges evaluated submissions for originality, innovation, aesthetics, performance, and value, and selected one winner and two honorable mentions in each category. Both winners and honorable mentions are featured in our September issue. The Best of Product Awards Jury: Rosalyne Shieh Founding Partner, Schaum/Shieh Jean Lin Founder, Colony Dung Ngo Founder, August Editions Shaun Kasperbauer Cofounder, Souda William Menking Editor-in-Chief, The Architect’s Newspaper Gabrielle Golenda Products Editor, The Architect’s Newspaper

The Honorable Mentions

Textiles Darning Sampler Collection Maharam Textiles Inside Shapes Form Us with Love for Shaw Contract Outdoor Landscape Compact mmcité Outdoor Brixx Dedon HVAC LG Multi F with LGRED LG Electronics HVAC Breezintegrity ITG100ELED Delta Facades Concrete Skin with Vintage Surface Rieder North America Facades Clearshade Panelite Smart Home Systems V-Motion Valcucine Smart Home Systems Lock Status Sensor Marvin Windows and Doors Interior Furnishings - Commercial Glasspost Carvart Interior Furnishings - Commercial Von Atlason Studio Interior Furnishings - Residential Wit Chair Wit Design Interior Furnishings - Residential Blendy De Padova Kitchens Chef Center XL Franke Group Kitchens Integrated Column Refrigerators Fisher & Paykel Openings System M Pivot Hinge System FritsJurgens Openings Hirt Retractable Wall Goldbrecht Finishes + Surfaces Acoustic Mesh Panels GKD Finishes + Surfaces Alpi Sottsass Alpi Lighting + Electrical Modular Column Selux Lighting + Electrical Twice As Twiggy Grid Foscarini Bath Bathing, Again Milliøns Bath Linea Shower Base Fiora
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Meet the winners of our 2018 Best of Products Awards

After hours of careful deliberation over hundreds of entries from our largest ever Best of Products Awards, we are excited to share the winners and honorable mentions. The 12 categories cover a wide range of disciplines, including building materials, interior furnishings, IoT solutions for baths and kitchens, lighting, textiles, and more. Our esteemed team of judges evaluated submissions for originality, innovation, aesthetics, performance, and value, and selected one winner and two honorable mentions in each category. Both winners and honorable mentions are featured in our September issue. The Best of Products Awards Jury: Rosalyne Shieh Founding Partner, Schaum/Shieh Jean Lin Founder, Colony Dung Ngo Founder, August Editions Shaun Kasperbauer Cofounder, Souda William Menking Editor-in-Chief, The Architect’s Newspaper Gabrielle Golenda Products Editor, The Architect’s Newspaper

The Winners

  Acoustic Sheers by Designtex Textiles Acoustic Sheers Designtex   PlayCubes by PlayPower Outdoor PlayCubes Playworld   NRCB Combination Boiler by Noritz HVAC NRCB Combination Boiler Noritz   Tensile Fabric Mesh Facade Screens by Structurflex LLC Facades Tensile Fabric Mesh Facade Screens Structurflex LLC   Solar Canopy by Brooklyn SolarWorks Smart Home Systems Solar Canopy Brooklyn SolarWorks   Q! by Springboard Interior Furnishings - Commercial Q! Springboard   Wyandotte Guest Chair by Skram Furniture Company Interior Furnishings - Residential Wyandotte Guest Chair Skram Furniture Company   +Venovo by Poggenpohl Kitchen +Venovo Poggenpohl   Integrated Rolscreen by Pella Openings Integrated Rolscreen Pella Corporation   Terrazzo Patterns by Formica Corporation Finishes + Surfaces Terrazzo Patterns Formica Corporation   Filigrana Light by Established + Sons Lighting + Electrical Filigrana Light Established + Sons   Tethys by Sonobath Bath Tethys Sonobath
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Seven forward-thinking designs from the 2017 Best of Products Awards

With the 2018 Best of Products Awards entry deadline just around the corner, we wanted to take a moment to remind you of last year's winners. Here we highlight only a handful of the most riveting and forward-thinking winning products from seven categories in the 2017 Best of Products Awards. With groupings that span from HVAC to residential furniture, outdoor to textiles, and smart home systems to facades, there are many opportunities for great designs to be acknowledged. You'll find more information about the various categories and how to enter on the 2018 Best of Products Awards competition page. Good luck and don't wait too long; the deadline is July 9! OUTDOOR PUBLIC

MANGROVE REEF WALLS KVdR Design with Jessene Aquino-Thomas

Approximately half the world population lives in urban areas near coastlines, with coastal armoring reducing native habitats and enabling invasive species to thrive. Mangrove Reef Walls are integrally cast within seawalls to recreate tidal habitats along urbanized waterfronts. The digitally developed mangrove and oyster geometry maximizes surface area and texture variety promoting adherence, growth, and hiding areas for numerous species. Ultimately, these eco-friendly seawall panels may be tuned for a variety of local species.

HVAC

WHISPERRECESSED LED Panasonic

The WhisperRecessed LED is an 80 CFM exhaust fan that hides abaft an LED Recessed Light and disappears behind the ceiling. It is an attractive way to remove moist, polluted air from the home, and it helps to prevent mold and mildew. The architectural-grade recessed light fixture provides powerful yet quiet ventilation.

OPENINGS

PORTAPIVOT 6530 XL Portapivot

With their discreet joinery, these unique room dividers are designed to be mounted on an already finished floor and under a solid or reinforced ceiling surface, without any preinstalled mounting systems. The minimal aluminum frame is designed to be fitted with 6- or 8-millimeter-thick safety glass and is available in three anodized colors: silver, black, and bronze. The axis can be positioned at one-third or in the center, with a configurable swing capacity of 90, 180, or 360 degrees.

TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION MAKERARM Makerarm A beautifully designed robotic arm that’s infinitely customizable, Makerarm is a factory on a desktop. It offers interchangeable tool heads that easily snap on and off, allowing instant conversion from a 3-D printer to a CNC mill to a laser engraver to a pick-and-place machine, among countless other functions, in a matter of seconds. Makerarm rotates 360 degrees and, at over 700 square inches, its work area is one of the largest of any 3-D printer or fabricator on the consumer market. BATH

FONTANE BIANCHE Salvatori + Fantini

A dialogue between circle and square runs through this entire collection from Fantini, created in collaboration with Italian stone company Salvatori. The washbasin is carved from a square marble block, from which a circular hemisphere is extracted. The Fontane Bianche line also includes faucets, showers, and handles.

FACADES

CORSO Innova Tile

This long-format brick presents a new emphasis on the horizontal lines of fine brick installations with its 19.70-inch unit length. The extended shape, the colors, the variations of textures, and the size and position of mortar joints work together to express the modernity of terra-cotta. The architectural ceramic method of production broadens the range of available colors.

RESIDENTIAL INTERIOR FURNISHINGS

MUSHROOM TABLE Yabu Pushelberg for Henge

Designed as complementary pairs, the Mushroom Tables have an unexpected lightness given their all-metal construction with softened, refined edges and rounded corners. The tables’ differences in height and scale are precisely considered, while the process of sand-casting is reflected in both form and finish, exhibiting a handwrought fluidity. The base of each table is more substantial than its top but is mirrored in its form; slender posts change in profile, from circular to square.

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The Best of Products Awards deadline is approaching!

Want to have your product recognized by The Architect’s Newspaper, the publication that architects, designers, and engineers say they trust the most to deliver the best architecture news in the United States? Applicants have until July 9 to submit their products to the 2018 AN Best of Product Awards, and this is our biggest year yet: there are 12 categories (Facades, Smart Home Systems, Kitchens and Baths, Interior Furnishings, and others) offering even more opportunities to win and have your innovative designs featured in AN. Our jury of architecture and design professionals will select 12 winners, gaining you the trust of the top tier of the AEC community (in addition to some serious bragging rights). AN offers multiple opportunities for visibility, including an editorial announcement in the September issue, December’s Annual Awards issue, and ongoing social media outreach, placing your product in front of more than 1 million industry readers throughout the year. Pictured above are previous winners, many of whom submit products year after year due to the value and attention the Best of Products Awards has provided. Don’t miss your chance to join the winners’ circle and reap the benefits of being named a 2018 Best of Products winner! Enter your product before the July 9th deadline by clicking here.
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Deadline extended for Best of Products Awards

The deadline for submission to The Best of Products Awards has been extended to Wednesday, July 6. The Best of Products Awards is an opportunity for manufacturers to reach our audience—an eclectic mix of top-tier architects and designers. Designers and manufacturers are invited to submit new products for review by a jury comprised of design professionals and A|N editors. Entries will be evaluated for innovation, aesthetics, performance, and value. For the 2016 Best of Products 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 Our outstanding jury consists of: Rafael de Cárdenas, Founder + Designer Architecture at Large de Cárdenas is a seasoned resource for visionary design, with wide-ranging projects in architecture, residential, and commercial interiors, temporary spaces, furniture, and objects. His firm works internationally with a team of collaborators: individuals, brands, fabricators, artists, and artisans. Prior to founding his own design firm in 2006, de Cárdenas worked for Calvin Klein as a men’s collection designer and as a creative director for production house Imaginary Forces. He has been named a Featured Designer for AD France Collector, named consecutively to the Architectural Digest AD100 list, and currently holds the position of Maison & Objet Americas Designer of the Year for 2016.

Jean Sundin, Founder + Principal

Office For Visual Interaction

Sundin has more than 25 years of experience illuminating high-profile, international projects, from master plans, cultural buildings, and high-rise towers to sophisticated interiors and innovative product designs. These award-winning projects include Renzo Piano’s The New York Times Building, the Saudi Aramco (KAPSARC) building, the Canadian Parliament, and Chicago landmark, the Rookery. Sundin is one of the first Certified Lighting Designers in the world, she has lectured extensively, has served as a distinguished faculty member in advanced lighting at Parsons School of Design, and currently teaches at the New York School of Interior Design.

Marc Tsurumaki, Principal + Founding Partner LTL Architects

NYC-based LTL Architects is an innovative, award-winning architecture partnership Tsurumaki founded in 1997 with Paul Lewis and David Lewis. LTL Architects was the recipient of the 2007 National Design Award from the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and was selected as one of six American architectural firms featured in the U.S. Pavilion at the 2004 Venice Architecture Biennale. Their work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Heinz Architectural Center at the Carnegie Museum of Art. The principals are co-authors of three previous monographs and their upcoming publication, entitled Manual of Section, will be released in Fall 2016.

Bob Williams, Co-founder + President of Design Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Williams and Mitchell Gold founded their renowned home furnishings company 26 years ago, in 1989, with an investment of $60,000. Today they head a $150M brand with a growing chain of 26 Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Signature Stores in cities throughout the U.S., as well as Toronto, Montreal, and Mexico City. In 2015, the company is expanding with new Signature Stores in top markets including Scottsdale, Austin, and Walnut Creek, CA. The company also has boutique shops in Bloomingdale’s and Robb & Stucky International, and a hospitality division selling to top hotel chains like Starwood, Morgans Group, Kimpton, Hyatt, and Ritz Carlton. Becca Blasdel, product editor The Architect's Newspaper Blasdel recently joined the AN team as Products Editor after stints at Lucky Magazine and Real Simple in the home department. Originally from California, Becca received her BA in journalism from The New School and has lived in New York for the past eight years.     William Menking, editor-in-chief The Architect's Newspaper Menking has curated and written catalogues for exhibitions including; Archigram: Experimental Architecture 1961-1974, Superstudio Life Without Object’s, and The Vienna Model: Housing for the 21st Century. In 2008 he was U.S. Commissioner of Into the Open: Positioning Practice at The Venice Biennale. He co-authoredFour Conversations on the Architecture Of Discourse and Architecture on Displayand His essay Mr. Mumford’s Neighborhoodappears in the book Forty Ways To Think About Architecture (Routledge) . His writings have appeared in The Society of Architectural Historians, Journal of Architectural Education, Monocle, Perspecta etc. He was Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley (2011) and Professor of Architecture at Pratt Institute. To learn more about the jury members and product categories, visit the A|N Awards homepage.
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Deadline approaching for Best of Products Awards

With an outstanding jury consisting of renowned architects Rafael de Cárdenas and Marc Tsurumaki, respected lighting designer Jean Sundin, acclaimed furniture designer Bob Williams, editor-in-chief William Menking, and products editor Becca Blasdel, the second annual Products Awards are bound to be even bigger than last year. There are only two weeks left to submit products for review 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. For the 2016 Best of Product Awards, designers and manufacturers are invited to submit their new products for the following categories, featuring the winners from 2015 below. Facades+ Structural UniQuad Unitized Daylighting System CPI Daylighting Openings 2C Window Weco Windows S.L. Lighting + Electrical Running Magnet 2.0 FLOS Architectural HVAC + Smart Building Systems Hot Art BRZ Brands Outdoor Walkable Photovoltaic Floor Onyx Solar Energy Finishes + Surfaces Raw Concrete 4004 Caesarstone Interiors + Furnishings Ikaros Koleksiyon Kitchens + Baths Sottile 18-Inch-Deep Refrigerator Perlick Residential 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.
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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.