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Product> Wrap It Up: Durable and Protective Weather Barriers

Protect building projects from the effects of Mother Nature with these powerful and long-lasting weather barriers, which provide air, water, wind, and thermal protection. SoftTouch Duct Wrap CertainTeed Sustainable Insulation Composed of both recycled and renewable content, this resilient fiberglass insulation reduces unwanted heat gain or loss in heating, ventilating, and air conditioning ductwork. It comes as either an unfaced blanket or with FSK, gray PSK, or white PSK vapor retarder facings. Topfix VMS Velux and Renson This motor-operated, wind- and weather-resistant sunscreen is compatible with both fixed and movable VELUX Modular Skylight modules. Topfix VMS minimizes glare and reflection, and it’s equipped with RENSON’s ZipShade technology, which offers fabric tension and wind resistance up to 75 mph. LIQUIDARMOR CM Flashing and Sealant Dow Chemical Company Designed to provide commercial buildings with moisture- and air-sealing protection, this sprayable, water-based coating covers and seals gaps as large as a quarter inch wide. It’s suitable for a range of surfaces, such as tapes, wood buck, and foam boards. R-Guard SureSpan EX PROSOCO A high-performance silicone material consumes both thermal movement and wind-loading stresses. It creates a long-lasting, flexible, and elastomeric seal that connects air and water barriers with building curtain walls, storefronts, or windows. DuPont Tyvek ThermaWrap R5.0 DuPont Providing air, water, and thermal protection, this breathable weather barrier is equipped with six-inch uninsulated fl aps that can be installed like shingles. Tyvek allows moisture inside building walls to dry quickly and escape to the exterior, reducing both water damage and mold build-up. DELTA-VENT SA Delta Featuring a three-ply membrane, this water-resistive and air barrier works hard to eliminate leaks at fasteners and increase air tightness. The top and bottom layers consist of spun-bonded polypropylene, while the center layer is made of a vapor-permeable, water-tight polymeric sheet.
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Product> Sustainable and Green Products from Greenbuild 2015

The 14th annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo took place November 18–20 in Washington, D.C. This year’s expo featured the latest and greatest products and materials in sustainable design. Check out these cutting-edge green building products from the show. SageGlass Electrochromic Glass SageGlass Control interior sunlight and glare without affecting scenic views with SageGlass Electrochromic Glass. Equipped with electronic tinting and clearing capabilities, this dynamic glass is suitable for windows, skylights, and curtain walls. The glass also helps reduce energy consumption and building cooling loads. Deep Dive Kirei Kirei teamed up with Maine Heritage Timber to create Deep Dive, a collection of reclaimed timber that can be used for wallcoverings, ceilings, and millwork. Deep Dive is available in two specifications: Heritage Plank and Shadow Wood. The ½-inch-thick Heritage Plank comes in three widths, lengths that range from 1 to 4 inches, and both prefinished and unfinished options. Featuring a mix of thicknesses, Shadow Wood is available in three widths and lengths. TGI-Spacer M Technoform This durable and lightweight window spacer works hard to reduce unwanted drafts and condensation on the interior surface of window glass. TGI–Spacer M comes in a wide variety of size configurations and six neutral colorways—Black, Light Grey, Dark Grey, White, Champagne, and Bronze. Custom sizes and colors are also available. Topspin Draper Inc. Topspin is a retractable interior and exterior shading system comprised of a series of fabric panels and spring rollers. This system can be installed on horizontal, vertical, and sloped glazing, and it’s capable of withstanding wind speeds up to 38 mph. Topspin is available in widths up to 10 feet and lengths up to 40 feet. SkyScape Pregrown Modular System Firestone This 15-inch-by-20-inch vegetative roof system features a foundation comprised of 100 percent recycled high-density polypropylene and a durable honeycomb structure that allows plants to share moisture and nutrients. Each module weighs 50 lbs., features an interlock below grade on all four sides to withstand high winds, and manages stormwater through unitized moisture retention reservoirs. Autodesk Insight 360 Autodesk With the Autodesk Insight 360 software program, architects can easily access building energy and environmental performance data, such as whole building energy, heating, cooling, daylighting, and solar radiation simulations. The interactive software allows architects to create 3-D models with Revit and FormIt 360 Pro, giving them an inside look at real-time performance outcomes.
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Product> Dynamic and Modern Architectural Glass Products

Architectural glass is making a big splash in the A&D industry. Featuring bold colors, creative design patterns, and crystal-clear views, architectural glass is quickly becoming an extremely versatile design material. Willow Glass Corning

This super thin, flexible glass can be rolled onto a traditional flat building material, such as MDF, to create a durable laminate that can be easily cut on-site.

SunGuard SNX 51/23 Guardian  

Designed to offer the most light with the lowest heat, triple silver SunGuard SNX 51/23 is a commercial low-e glass product with visible light transmission at 51 percent and a solar heat gain coefficient at .23 on clear float glass.

View Intelligence 2.0 View Dynamic Glass

The algorithm that controls the tinting process of this dynamic glass system works with advanced weather inputs, enabling it to predict not only the sun’s movement, but also short-term and long-term weather conditions.

Glascene Asahi Glass Company

A combination of glass and screen, this material allows images to be projected onto clear glass without blocking the view beyond. Available in a range of thicknesses and screen sizes of 100-inches and larger, the product can accommodate front- and rear-projection designs.

LightWise Pittsburgh Corning

These glass block units install like traditional windows with built-in nailing fins, so there is no additional assembly required. They provide privacy, security, and light-control while meeting Energy Star requirements.

Corning Med-X McGrory Glass

Architects can design medical X-ray viewing windows with a wider field of vision and improved comfort, thanks to the large 108- by 54-inch size of this glass. Other applications include screens for medical diagnostics, protection windows in laboratories, and airport security X-ray screens.

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Product> Glass Meets Tech: High-performance Architectural Glass

Architects and designers are taking design to the next level by incorporating technology-advanced architectural glass into both residential and commercial projects. From LED glass to sound-absorbing glass, architectural glass and technology are coming together to conceive new and innovative design options. Polymagic LED Glass Polytronix A conductive surface coating allows LED lights to be embedded into these glass panels without wires. The energy-efficient LEDs can be arranged into custom patterns. Available in five colors, the lights can be flashed or dimmed. The product can be laminated with many different glasses, including tempered, low-iron, and printed types. AviProtek Walker Textures It’s been proven that glass with specific visual markers can effectively prevent bird collisions in buildings. This collection of glazing solutions has been designed to meet both bird-friendly criteria as well as the aesthetic intents of architects and solar performance targets. Solarban 90 PPG SOLARBAN 90 glass is a low-emissivity glass that combines industry-leading solar control performance with a true neutral-reflective, clear-glass aesthetic. Solarban 90 glass has a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.23, visible light transmittance of 51 percent, and a light-to-solar-gain ratio of 2.22 with clear glass in a one-inch insulating glass unit. Liquid Crystal Window Technology Merck KGaA Darmstadt Liquid Crystal Window technology enables windows to be switched in seconds from light to dark and vice versa, creating a comfortable interior environment without employing conventional shading solutions. Trosifol Sound Control Kuraray This noise-attenuating PVB acoustic film offers an improvement of up to three dB in sound insulation values. Additionally, it has 88 percent light transmittance and a low yellowness index.
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Product> Small Spaces and High Design in the Kitchen

Tight spaces shouldn't dictate a sacrifice in style or function, particularly when it comes to outfitting the kitchen. Our round-up of sleek and compact kitchen products below proves good things do come in small packages. G925 Door in Moka Glass Porcelanosa Small kitchens and baths call for innovative wall surfaces. Porcelanosa’s semi-custom kitchen includes the G-925 (above), a flat surface door finish with the company’s Moka Glass and walnut veneer. The cabinets come in a choice of nine colors and feature integrated handles, which give them a seamless look that can be re-configured to fit any space. Convertible Wall Mount Glass Canopy Hood Whirlpool Whirlpool’s glass canopy hood fits snugly above a 30-inch stove, has a 3-speed push button control and dishwasher safe mesh filters. The stainless hood can be converted to recirculate air with optional kits for both ductless installation as well as a chimney extension. The canopy clears smoke, odors, and grease and includes a built-in incandescent light for illuminating your cooktop. Starck High Arc Prep Kitchen Faucet Axor French designer Philippe Starck has created a sleek collection that would make any kitchen Top Chef worthy. His High Arc Prep Faucet features a single ergonomic pull-down handle with full and needle sprays. The fixture comes in chrome or stainless and is installed with a 150 degree swivel spout. C6GGXU 24-inch Stove Smeg Italian appliance manufacturer Smeg is know for their 1950’s retro-style refrigerators in pop colors. The company also offers cooktops, dishwashers, and a petite 24-inch freestanding gas range, which fits snugly into small urban kitchens. Made from stainless steel with ergonomic control knobs, cast-irongrates, and automatic ignition, the range also has ample storage space below. Artesio Poggenpohl When is a kitchen not a kitchen? Hamburg-based architect and designer Hadi Teherani seems to know. His collaboration with Poggenpohl breaks the barrier of the standard fitted cooking area. By fusing wall, floor, ceiling, lighting, sound, and storage, the kitchen is brought to the forefront, making it a place to work, cook, and entertain. Miele Combi-Steam Oven Miele With Miele’s revolutionary new wall-mounted stainless steel combi-oven, everyone’s a gourmet cook. The transfer of heat is faster and more efficient, while the dual operations allows the unit to function as either a steam or a convection oven. Used in tandem, the oven is ideal for browning, caramelizing, and braising, allowing one unit to multi-task and save valuable cooking space. 18-inch Bar Handle Dishwasher Bosch Bosch has come up with a powerful little workhorse for small kitchens. The 18-inch bar handle dishwasher is quiet and efficient with washing capacity for nine place settings. Deceptively simple in design and operation, this unit has a 30-minute cycle, is energy efficient, and saves hundreds of gallons of water per year. Board Snaidero While small and compact, Snaidero’s new Board kitchen is ideal for an open plan. The cantilevered unit was designed by Pietro Arosio and made of Corian in two sizes and two finishes, including Igloo white or Texture Grey. Outfitted with basin-like receptacles for storage, waste, and sink, the unit seamlessly connects to a wall storage system and can be adapted to fit any space.
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Karl Lagerfeld Picks Chilewich for Chanel Show

Vinyl fabric manufacturer Chilewich has gone from table runners to the runway. Karl Lagerfeld, creative director for Chanel, chose the company's stencil-like Cubic lace design for the Spring/Summer 2011 ready-to-wear show at Paris Fashion Week last month. The design, currently part of Chilewich's tabletop collection, was reproduced into a sheer cocktail dress with feather trim and was one of the last numbers to float down the Chanel runway. (A note on the architecture: The Grand Palais was dramatically transformed into a seemingly post-apocalyptic formal garden with charred black hedges and white gravel.) Chilewich is no stranger to fashion—co-founder Sandy Chilewich also helped launch HUE hosiery in the late '70s, and her current company makes some of the sturdiest tote bags around—so we can only hope that their patterns make their way to some more affordable fashions (or at least a sample sale) sometime soon.
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NeoCon Wrap-Up

NeoCon may not have the hipster cachet of ICFF or the design world glamour of Milan's Salone, but every year I come away from Chicago's Merchandise Mart having seen a lot of great products, and am reminded of the vast size, scope, and importance of the show. And as the way we work and the way we live become increasingly inseparable, design trends in the contract and residential markets are becoming similarly intertwined. Further, many Midcentury classics, now popular in the residential market, were first developed for the contract market. In addition to the great products we featured in our preview, here are a few more standouts from the show. Antenna Workspaces, Knoll The big news from Knoll was the Antenna Workspaces (above) collection by Antenna Design. The desk system is built around a table base with clean lines. A variety of box storage, drawer units, and panels can be attached to the center rail. The system looks particularly good when used with Knoll archival surfaces, such as the natural rattan and grass fabrics used in the NeoCon showroom.
CH Bench, Itoki Design Designed by Jeff Miller, the CH Bench can be assembled in an infinite number of configurations. Available in black, white, yellow, green, and gray, the one piece LLDPE bench can be used alone or in groups.
Highline Cradenza, Datesweiser Part of a new collection of credenzas and conference tables, this piece has strong architectural lines with stainless steel legs. The cradenzas are vailable in a variety of wood, corian, glass, and marble finishes and door, drawer, and tray configurations.
Levy, Bernhardt Design The Levy chair, named for designer Arik Levy, has a slim, minimal profile that puts its design a notch above the average stackable. The chairs also meet Greenguard air quality standards.
Horizon, Humanscale This slim, dimmable LED task lamp creates an large plane of even, warm light. Simple ball joints at the base and lamp allow for easy movement.
Adamick Screen, Haworth This acrylic space divider is easily assembled from flatpacked units. Designed by Chris Adamick, the screen is available in white, organge, cranberry, and gray.


The future has let us down in so many ways—still waiting on that jet pack you promised, Hollywood!—but this sweet new gadget should tide us over for a little while, at least. Straight out of Star Trek, it was demonstrated at last month's SPAR 2010 conference in Houston by Austin-based company Zebra Imaging. The technology produces strikingly realistic holographic models, printed on two-dimensional sheets of plastic. Each hologram is the product of thousands of still images, stored in any format from satellite photographs to (calling all architects!) CAD models. These images are then compiled and printed onto a sheet of photographic film up to two feet wide and three feet long. When illuminated from above, a full color, high-resolution 3-D model appears to project up from the flat sheet. You can walk around the display and view it from different angles, and the model seems solid enough that you feel like you could reach out and wrap your hand around a tower or poke your finger into a window. The technology is still new, but architects have begun experimenting with using it for both planning and promotional purposes, to convey a sense of massing and relative scale that could otherwise could only be achieved with a time-consuming, unwieldy physical model. Zebra Imaging says the technology is also proving useful to product designers—as well as the US Military, which has already purchased thousands of geospatial maps. Zebra reports that their next step is to find a way to link the hologram to the computer so that you can change the data and watch the 3-D model morph correspondingly in real time. Very cool, Zebra—when you're done with that, can you get cracking on the holodeck we've all been looking forward to?
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Bright Holiday Ideas

The Object Design League, working with Pavilion Antiques, is opening a pop-up design store in Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood. Opening the day after Thanksgiving, the shop, called Worth Your Salt, will feature pieces by 19 American designers, including lighting, accessories, jewelry, and household items. The designs explore themes of "industriousness and play" according to a statement from the league. Craighton Berman's Coil Lamp, for examples, is made from a single electrical cord wrapped around a nearly invisible frame in the form of an everyday table-top light. Click through for a preview of a few of the objects that will be offered. Lynn Lim's PenBall turns scattered writing utensils into desktop sculpture. Steven Haulenbeek's Dubbot Modular lighting can be configured for different applications. Pieces can be added or subtracted according to changing needs or tastes. Iacoli&McAllister's Facets rings are made from scraps of Corian that are laser-cut and polished to a glassy sheen. Worth Your Salt will be at Pavilion Antiques, 2055 North Damen, Chicago, November 27 through December 11.
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Norway Gets Fresh

While Denmark, Sweden, and even Finland may better known as leaders in design, in recent years the small family-owned Norwegian company LK Hjelle has been working with the collaborative Norway Says to produce innovative contemporary furniture that should be better known in the US. The company, best known for its more traditional upholstered furniture, has embraced contemporary designs, both for seating and tables, that are practical and well made with a fresh, lighthearted sensibility. Ideally placed in pairs, the Duo sofa (above) has panels built into the back and the sides that can be flipped to create high backed, booth-like seating. Borrowing from the Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s Alcove sofa for Vitra, Duo has a simpler, studier design, with zippers that allow the sofas to be converted from low-backed to high, maintaining their profile. The modular Ugo sofa system comes in one and two armed and chaise versions, which can be grouped to create seating "landscapes." The Day and Twin tables are small enough to be easy moved and can be grouped to create a larger surfaces. The Day table can be pulled right up to the edge of a sofa so the top extends over the seat (pictured here with a component of the Ugo sofa system). The Twin table, which looks very small as a single piece, can be clustered to create dozens of configurations. Even in large groups, Twin looks delicate. Hjelle is also branching out and working with new designers, including France’s Inga Sempe. You can see more of at 100% Design in London, September 24 through 27.
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ICFF: The Winners Are

Wrapping up a design-filled weekend of parties, openings, lectures, and events, this year’s ICFF did not disappoint. In fact, it left us up to our necks in piles of work that we have been neglecting from all that party hopping! Thankfully for us, a panel of U.S. and international editors sorted through all the furniture, lighting, and accessories at the Javits Center and selected their picks for the best-of-show at ICFF. Comprised of editors from AbitareArchitectural Record, Azure, Domus, Dwell, Interior Design, Interni, Intramuros, Metropolis, and Metropolitan Home, the prestigious ICFF Editors Award was bestowed on16 designers and manufactures, some of which you might remember from our very own ICFF Preview. The winners are:

Body of Work


New Designer



Jaime Hayon for Baccarat




Magis Spa

Carpet and Flooring

Gan/Gandia Blasco USA's Mangas Carpet by Patricia Urquiola



Outdoor Furniture

Vitra, Inc.'s Vegetal Chair by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec


Coverings, Etc.'s Ecocoverings

Wall Coverings

Tracy Kendall Wallpaper


ModKat's Litter Box


Anne Kyyro Quinn

Kitchen and Bath

Matteo Thun for Rapsel spa

Multiple Production

IKEA's PS 2009

Design School

Pratt Institute


German Design Council (Rat fur Formgebung)