A surfacing material has to offer more than strong aesthetics to suit today’s interiors: It must also support occupancy health and sustainable resource management. Whether made from repurposed post consumer materials or designed to dampen noise, the following products support a healthy environment from the factory floor to the finished project. Phenomenon Mutina Designed by Japanese artist Tokujin Yoshioka, the Phenomenon collection (features natural textures for walls and floors. Air, (pictured above), is a multidimensional mosaic of 1-inch unglazed porcelain tiles on a square foot of mesh backing. It comes in four neutral colorways with coordinating trim. BuzziBrickBack BuzziSpace As the newest addition to the BuzziSwitch line, strips of the company’s felt are artfully compiled to absorb sound and improve acoustics in easily installable panels. The linear design is realized by repurposing strips of felt that would normally be designated as scrap. A variety of combinations in over 25 colorways are available. Eon Collection Bellavita Tile Designed for timeless appeal, the Eon Collection blends opacity and translucency on a glass tile. Each 6-inch tile features both a glossy and matte finish divided at the same angle for various installation configurations and ease of customization. Four neutral colorways fluctuate depending upon the viewer’s vantage. Bio-Luminum Coverings Etc. Manufactured from reclaimed aircraft materials, these floor and wall panels feature 100 percent recycled content. Each 1/8-inch panel features one beveled and one rectified edge for butted or grouted joint installation, and comes in 6- by 12-inch, 3- by 6-inch, or 3- by 12-inch formats. Gyptone BIG CertainTeed A new series of large format perforated acoustic panels provide a more monolithic solution for sound absorptive surfacing. Four lines offer varying visuals: Quattro 41 features square apertures; Line 6 is defined by linear fissures; and Sixto 63 and Sixto 65 boast hexagonal perforations. Each BIG pattern can be translated for CertainTeed’s compatible grid system and ceiling tiles for smooth transitions. Net Effect Interface Born from the Net-Works conservation project with the Zoological Society of London, Net Effect takes its design inspiration from the rescue and repurposing of discarded nylon fishing nets in the Pacific Ocean. Refined by domestic nylon supplier Aquafil, the new fibers are woven into three designs from David Oakey that evoke wave breaks along the shoreline. Two shades of blue and six neutrals are available on a 20-inch tile or a 10- by 40-inch plank.
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For some, a portrait of Queen Elizabeth hearkens to days of "Long live the Queen!" but a recent design intervention could edit that phrase to "Long live Warhol!" Brooklyn-based Flavor Paper recently launched a collection of proprietary designs from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts' store of works in PVC-free, water-based ink formats that can be customized for a variety of applications. Warhol produced eight of his own designs for wallpaper between 1966 and 1986—including the notable "Cows"—so the Foundation was especially selective when licensing reproductions in one of the artist's own mediums. "We walked through Flavor Paper's door, and knew that we had found the right fit," said Michael Hermann, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the ArtsDirector of Licensing. "We always saw licensing wallpaper as a compelling and complementary category, but until Flavor Paper had not found a collaborator who understood how to break through the constraints of such a traditional method." For Flavor Paper's founder and creative director, Jon Sherman, the creative light bulb went off in 2011, when the company worked with the Montclair Art Museum to finalize designs and produce the "Twelve Cars" wallpaper series for the exhibition Warhol and Cars: American Icons. "As a true Warhol enthusiast, this opportunity for me personally is like a fantasy fulfilled," Sherman said of the new collection. "Working with the Foundation's team to celebrate and interpret Warhol's work in our own inimitable style is a milestone for the brand." Nine styles were produced from a cache of Warhol's silkscreen prints, photographs, and other iconic images. Flavor Paper uses water-based inks produced for billboard applications, so each sheet of paper is durable and light fast. This mural option, also available in Sailboat, is based on Warhol's 1962 paint-by-number series. Each mural is scaled to fit application dimensions. A recurring pattern was developed from a 1955 Newswire photograph of St. Peter's Square in Rome on Easter Sunday. Flavor Paper's Sherman inserted an image of Warhol, for a tongue-in-cheek "Where's Waldo?" effect. The pattern comes in four standard colorways with the option for customization. Based on Warhol's 1964 silkscreen of hibiscus blooms, a repeating pattern is digitally rendered in four colorways on a chrome mylar base. In a nod to Warhol's very personal practice of embellishing his oxidation paintings, random splashes of toner make each pattern truly unique. Flavor Paper organizes Warhol's Inkblot paintings for unique adaptions on a damask pattern. Four color combinations on high-gloss or textured papers, like ponyskin and linen, add to the pattern's luxe appearance. Layered and repeating photos of Halston-designed shoes from the 1980s are available in four colors, with options for customization. Drella, (pictured), features a glitter impregnated vinyl that closely resembles Warhol's own Diamond Dust treatment.
While it seemed as if almost every ceramic tile manufacturer at Cersaie was debuting a new line of faux wood grain textured panels, Patricia Urquiola, Creative Director of Mutina Ceramiche & Design, embraced the artisanal tradition of hand painted 20 by 20 cm decorative tile with her new collection, Azulej. Though the nine different color-rich patterns aren't each painted by Urquiola's own hand, the laser printing has a softer, slightly weathered look, and the unbleached hydraulic cement retains its natural properties, giving the finished porcelain tiles a handcrafted feel. Azulej also includes a white, light grey and dark grey set of 27 patterns designed to be mixed and matched in any number of possible combinations. See the pictures for inspiration or create your own "compositional carpet," as Urquiola calls them.
For those of you who missed the AIA Convention or spent most of your time in seminars (or eating gumbo in the French Quarter), here's a look at news from the exhibition floor: (Above) TOTO offered architects a mini-CEU in which they could wear a suit designed to simulate the effects of aging. Promoting universal design is part of the company's strategic partnership with the AIA. A new mesh cladding product called Texo created quite a buzz at the convention. The pre-stressed fabric paneling is a patented system designed by Milan-based Tensoforma and can be used as a secondary facade on new structures or on existing buildings with poor solar performance (panels can even be made with photovoltaic textiles). The company just launched in the U.S., so we're excited to see its first projects here. 3form's Advanced Technology Group presented its collaboration with ITAC, a building technology integration research group at the University of Utah College of Architecture + Planning. The group designed a facade called CRATE made by using 3form Koda XT as a latticework to create various solar shading profiles. Duo-Gard unveiled plans for its new solar-powered car charging stations. The company's turnkey service includes in-house design, engineering, fabrication and installation services, plus field support on photovoltaics, inverters, and metering required to connect to the grid. (If building owners want to recoup the cost, credit card machines can also be installed.) Elevator manufacturer Schindler demonstrated its new "machine room-less" low-rise elevator design, which can fit into the footprint of a hydraulic elevator design but operates with energy efficient traction technology.
If sleek Italian kitchens send your heart racing more than a Maserati ever could, stop by Scavolini's new Soho location at 429 West Broadway for a test drive. The showroom, which opened to the public yesterday, is the manufacturer's first U.S. flagship and features 15 kitchens designed to show off a range of modern and traditional styles. Scavolini worked with SpaCe Architects to design the 10,000-square-foot space on two levels in what was formerly the Nancy Hoffman Gallery. Inside, the showroom maintains a gallery feel. Red glass stairs float within a webbed enclosure above a floor of river rocks, leading clients downstairs to large work tables where they can meet with the gallery team (who trained at the company's facility in Italy) among more kitchen displays. The showroom will also feature a dedicated working kitchen, Scavolini's popular Crystal design updated with a new pattern by Karim Rashid and the latest Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances—be sure to stop by for a cooking demonstration, or snag an invite to the official grand opening party on November 16.
Recognizing the top new contract product and furnishings introduced at this year’s NeoCon Trade Show, the Best of NeoCon 2009 Awards named 74 products winners of the prestigious award. A total of 280 products were entered in 40 different categories, ranging from carpets and flooring to lighting, furniture, and textile design. This year’s jury was comprised of 42 corporate, government, and institutional facilities management executives, interior designers, and architects, who are responsible for selecting and buying furniture and furnishings for their specific organizations or clients. A full list of this year’s winners and entrants can be found online at www.contract-network.com (registration required). This year’s Gold Awards Winners are: Architectural Products Botania, Skyline Design Carpet: Broadloom Wool, Shaw Contract Group Carpet: Modular (tiles) Wool, Shaw Contract Group Case Goods: Desks and Credenzas Denizen, Coalesse Education Solutions Dewey by Fixtures Furniture, izzy+ Flooring: Hard-Surface UltiMetal, Crossville Flooring: Resilient Space, Johnsonite Healthcare Furniture Health-First Infection Control Centers, Peter Pepper Products Healthcare Fabrics Now & Zen Woven Agion Collection, cf stinson Healthcare Seating Graduation Push Back Recliner, Cabot Wrenn Healthcare Textiles Midori Collection, Arc-Com Lighting: Decorative: Chandeliers, Pendants, Sconces Light Art, 3form Lighting: Specialty: Fiber Optic, LED, Remote-Source Twist, The Be Collection by Herman Miller, Inc. Lighting: Task/Desktop, Furniture-Integrated Element, Humanscale for Hospitality Office Accessories M2 Monitor Arm, Humanscale Seating: Conference Setu, Herman Miller, Inc. Seating: Ergonomic Desk/Task Generation by Knoll, Knoll Seating: Guest Solace Chair, HBF Seating: Sofas and Lounge Elle, Loewenstein Seating: Stacking Vili, Gunlocke Software Technologies GreenGenie, Armstrong Ceilings & Wall Systems Surfacing Materials Dreamwalls Color Glass, Dreamwalls Color Glass Tables: Conference AERO Conferencing Series, CCN International Tables: Occasional Campfire Paper Table, Turnstone Tables: Training Zii Drive, Surface Works Technology Support Powermat, Powermat Textiles: Drapery Air Rights, Knoll Textiles Textiles: Upholstery The Campion Platt Collection, HBF Textiles Wall Treatments Digital Projects, Maharam Worksurfaces: Height-Adjustable Planes Height-Adjustable Tables, Haworth Workplace Technologies DC FlexZone Ceiling Systems, Armstrong Ceiling & Wall Systems