01/01/2009

Sources: Editors' Choice

 

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Cambridge Architectural’s Solucent™, “Where the Sun and Shade Mesh,” was developed to meet the ever-increasing sustainability needs facing architects today, but without sacrificing beauty in design. The system combines the unique and striking aesthetic of architectural mesh with its shading and daylighting capabilities to create a one-of-a-kind energy and light management solution.  
 Inscape announces the launch of its unique new movable floor-to-ceiling storefront system, Fronté, adding an innovative new design solution to a traditional architectural element. Only two inches thick and available up to an industry-leading 72 inches wide, Fronté’s elegant glazed façade and sliding door units give a distinct, contemporary look to any design-sensitive interior application.
Vahallan Papers hand-paints custom wall coverings. If desired, every client can have a completely unique application custom-tailored to their individual needs. Papers are applied in random or symmetric pieces (usually one to three square feet) so repair is very simple. Simply remove the damaged piece or just apply a new one right over it.

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In Soiree, Stacy Garcia’s newest collection of high-end hospitality fabrics designed for Hunter Douglas Hospitality, Garcia was inspired by tenets of the Art Nouveau movement. Soiree’s fabrics employ select weaving techniques, including striee and matte lisse, as well as a variety of yarns with varying textures and thicknesses. The result is a collection evoking the dynamic undulating and flowing rhythm of the Art Nouveau movement, in particular the stained glass of Louis Comfort Tiffany.
Constructed of semi-rigid molded foam over a durable steel frame, Global’s KATE is ideal for conference and meeting room applications as well as for general seating around an office. At its core, KATE makes a contemporary design statement. Upon further visual exploration the collection appears to have subtle traditional upholstery overtones. KATE’s retro appearance features fully upholstered stylized closed arms that are complemented by a modern polished aluminum base. Depending on the textile selected, KATE’s appearance can change dramatically from whimsical to classic and refined.  

 

 

Introducing A-Tube from Studio Italia Design, one of Italy’s most innovative lighting designers and manufacturers. Encased in sleek white metal or milk-white glass, the modern A-Tube pairs a cylindrical shape with direct and indirect lighting properties. Whether hung above a reception desk or conference table, A-Tubes can promote and enhance productivity.

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Showcasing the constant evolution of its aesthetics and flexibility as a design material, DuPont™ Corian® presents its breakthrough expanded Illumination Series with tinted translucent colors. Coupled with the original Glacier Ice, the four new tinted Corian colors—Mint Ice, Strawberry Ice, Lime Ice, and Blueberry Ice—give architects and designers the freedom to create with the most dynamic design element of all—light.

 

 

 Forbo launches its new Marmoleum Global 3 Collection, meeting the needs of architects, designers, and facility managers looking for stylish floor covering solutions that are ecologically sound and economically advantageous. The theme of the Global 3 Collection is “designing the future”—a referral to today’s key trends in building construction and interior design: the move toward more open, light, flexible, and ecologically responsible buildings and environments.
Southern California-based Arcadia recently announced the launch of Infusion, a smart and sophisticated executive and conference seating solution. Enriched in its own definitive style, and radiating with comfort and functionality, Infusion causes a celebratory reaction at every turn. With signature flair—most notable in the arm design—this highly charismatic seating collection adds depth and dimension to conference rooms, executive office spaces and more.  

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 Miro, from Watson Desking, has energized the contract furniture marketplace with its bold, rectilinear lines, traditional appeal and remarkable cost efficiency. Developed for progressive organizations whose executives, managers and other leaders seek an updated alternative to conventional desks and office casegoods, Miro departs from outdated private office furniture concepts with new materials and construction methods, configuration superiority derived from modularity, and value-added components.
Crypton’s Throver provides elegant armor when and where you need it. Made of an impenetrable layer of Crypton Super Fabic, the Throver looks like a blanket and works like a tarp, so it can be thrown over a sofa, draped over a seat or set in the sun for a picnic. Create an instant splash of fashion with this easy-care protection you won’t want to live without.
 Haworth introduces Mumbai, a new executive desk with soft curves of veneered plywood which enhance the lightness of its shape. The elegant design follows one single line that runs and links to itself. Designed by Doriana and Massimiliano Fuksas for Haworth, this large, upscale desk is elegantly designed to create a refined office setting.

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In her New York-based design studio, Sandy Chilewich continues to discover ways to push textiles beyond their comfortable and sometimes monotonous context. Chilewich signature woven vinyls—with application possibilities ranging from wall-to-wall flooring, floor tile, area rugs, wall coverings, and upholstery fabric—are available in a wide selection of weaves and colors.  
 Available in 120 choices, including woodgrains, patterns and solid colors, Abet Laminati’s commercial laminate flooring is a premium product ideal for areas subjected to greater wear, such as retail, hospitality and office environments. A true no-maintenance flooring product, it is resistant to intense impact, heat, bacteria, and UV rays. Additionally, no urea formaldehyde was used to make this product and it has low-VOC emission levels. 
In today’s competitive business landscape, organizations are learning that when people can connect, great collaboration can happen. As a result, Steelcase has responded with a new category of seating that combine aesthetics with performance to facilitate the kind of collaboration that results in innovation. i2i™, a new alternative for collaborative settings, is available with or without tablet arm, and with or without wheels. Surface materials include multiple finishes and 16 knit colors for the seat and back, and optional COMs and leather on the seat.

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Furniture designer/maker Andrew Muggleton introduces his new Macassar Chaise Lounge, a celebration of comfort, beauty and durability. Muggleton’s signature style is evident in this stunning piece, with beautifully stitched and upholstered leather supports secured to stainless steel curved rails to create an elegant and inviting look. The headrest is also upholstered in leather and the base is curved and tapered in Macassar Ebony.
Momentum Textiles’ Black & White Collection is a modern interpretation of nature’s four primary elements, exploring the use of lines as well as positive and negative space. It is the result of a multidisciplinary, collaborative effort to reduce the environmental impact of fabric and furniture. Through the absence of color, the four patterns, Dive, Delve, Kindle, and Veer explore the refined qualities of scale, line, space, and shape.  

 

 

Davis Furniture’s Polar modern lounge grouping offers a continuous frame as a decorative support for the cushions. The separate back and seat lends to a plethora of textile applications. Designed by Wolfgang C.R. Mezger, the collection contains a love seat, chair, side table, and cocktail table. The scale of the group works well for small lounge spaces.

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HON introduces Announce™, a high-quality veneer private office furniture line that provides complete personalization for the fast-paced work styles of today’s executives. The innovative new collection includes desks, credenzas, and storage units designed to help improve the productivity of busy executives, while offering an upscale, contemporary look that projects an image of elegance and success.

 

 

 Perfect for both traditional and contemporary environments, Bretford’s RHOMBII training tables are universal in nature—with the ability to be reconfigured to fit the needs of the space. Created to adapt to the differing needs of higher education and corporate environments, the new tables offer hundreds of setup combinations, along with built-in power/data modules, easy mobility, and the ability to nest tightly when stored.
Artemide introduces Mercury, a ceiling fixture that places a floating assembly of large pebbles below a simple modern aluminum disc. Ceiling or suspension mounted for indirect halogen lighting, the reflective units (pebbles) are made of molded thermoplastic with a polished chrome finish. Bouncing light between their taught biomorphic surfaces, these pebbles reflect off each other, and their surrounding environment.  

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 Created with designers in mind, ECOsurfaces’ ECOshapes offer a myriad of choices and out-of-the-box options for beautiful floor creations that are anything but ordinary. Beginning January 2009, ECOshapes will be introduced in three versatile shapes that work well together or alone: a diamond (45-degree angles); a 24-inch hollow frame; and a 12-inch square that can be used with the frame or the diamond. The color patterns for ECOshapes were carefully selected to offer the ultimate in versatility with unique combination options sure to complement any interior.
Distinctive Ikat and Vivid Ombre feature linear accents that include unique and intense gradations from light to dark. The appearance of shading is achieved through texture and color transitions maximized by Bentley Prince Street’s solution-dyed yarn program. Dark browns dissipate into sandy tones and shades of gray soften into cream and white. These patterns create stunning full-scale design with economy and utility suited to the high-volume environment that requires value.
 Made possible by the new Light line of Livinglass materials, “Curves” is the first decorative laminated glass that can be made in curved profiles. Curves, like Light, is made with 100 percent recycled resin and real glass, and is a thinner, lighter version of the classic Luxe materials. As with all Livinglass products, the use of real glass, not plastic, allows for easy cleaning with household or industrial cleaners, without scratches or discoloring. When other decorative panels leave you flat, Curves let you bend the Light.

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Bernhardt Design’s Loft, designed by Shelly Shelly of Art Center College of Design, is a hand-sculpted lounge of solid walnut—a tangible example of the disappearing art of craftsmanship in furniture making. A universal and timeless accent lounge, Loft is an excellent complement and counterbalance to larger upholstered chairs and sofas. A sculptural lounge, Loft could as easily be on exhibit in an art gallery as it could be sitting in a lobby.  
 With an extensive offering of design choices—from hardwoods, laminates, glass and metals, to an array of clean line, functional pieces—National’s WaveWorks® presents limitless combinations to fulfill every designer’s vision. Add sustainability to this desking flexibility and now WaveWorks provides an attractive solution for any application at an exceptional value that you can feel good about. 
Joel Berman Glass Studios expands the designer’s palette with Bastoni, a new kiln-cast glass texture for architecture and interior design. Like a collection of randomly fallen sticks, Bastoni’s pattern is active, nonlinear and dynamic. This playful, deeply embossed glass texture is suitable for flat-glass applications as varied as doors, decorative walls, partitions, water features, and much more.

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The Gallery Collection™ from Lutron offers a wide variety of designs, colors, and textures to personalize any living space—as well as a high-tech way to control daylight in style. In addition, the collection meets a number of sustainable qualities in order to fit the needs of a space. Within the Gallery Collection, choices range from burnout, texture, and dim-out fabrics. All fabrics of the collection contain different sustainable traits, including PVC-free, 100 percent recycled, GREENGUARD®-certified, Oeko-Tex Standard 100®-certified, or a combination of these attributes.
The KENTFIELD Collection’s Oriana is an enticing mélange of crystal, brass, and nickel that sparkles and reflects soft gold light like the rising sun. The Luminaire (featured), with its egg-shaped canopy, creates a spiral design that is perfect anywhere you desire a luxurious focal point: over dining tables, in entryways or sweeping down circular staircases. 

 

 

From the metal edge profile and accents, to the precisely dimensioned inserts, Nucraft’s new handcrafted Tavola conference collection delivers exceptional quality in a bold design statement. The collection’s contemporary design, warm wood finishes and cool back-painted glass or stone surface material options allow for a broad range of design possibilities.

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Architects and designers seek dynamic ways to complement their designs with imagery, shape and eye-catching aesthetics. Today, design professionals have a new option from USG with the Libretto™ Gridless Metal Ceiling System, which creates islands, canopies, radial ceilings, and other dynamic shapes custom-tailored to the size, shape and architectural features of a space. Libretto features individually fabricated aluminum panels attached to a hidden steel carrier system. Panels interconnect to form a continuous plane uninterrupted by a traditional grid.

 

 

 Playing to one of the design industry’s most satisfying pleasures—one-stop shopping— Karastan Contract continues to unite tufted modular and woven carpet in one cohesive collection with Covet. Enticing patterns, eye-pleasing colorways and elegant style come together to evoke a sense of luxury and sophistication that promises to take interiors a step above the rest and make any installation the envy of the building.
Offering edgy design with its angled arm profile, deep seat, and chiseled, layered wood corner wrapping, Paoli’s Quoin provides comfort in lounge chair, settee and sofa models at a mid-range price point. In addition, Quoin occasional tables are available in wood, white glass and black glass. 

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 Introducing Acanthus, part of the Weitzner Limited Enduit Collection. A completely new concept in wall coverings, Enduit—French for “plaster”—is the first of its kind. Made from a proprietary, flexible plaster sculpted on an environmentally sound paper surface, the Enduit Collection is an evolution of the ancient concept of plaster wall moldings. A delicate cloverleaf pattern, Acanthus evokes the opulence and style of Old European royalty while maintaining its own contemporary aesthetic.
Floating Blue from Vetrazzo® is a durable and stunning surface material made from waste glass. Two distinctive sources of recycled glass are combined to create this one-of-a-kind mix: blue float architectural glass (like that used in skyscrapers), combined with clear glass direct from the curbside collection bin. The glass is bonded together in a 7 percent cement binder without any petrochemical resins, making Floating Blue one of the greenest surfacing materials available.

 

 

Eric de Dormael and Sylvie Janvier, founders of Ombre Portée, design and manufacture illuminated sculptures based on research into light sources, including candlelight, a taste for natural, intimate light, and the effects of shadows and reflections. Materials to dress, filter and diffuse the light, as well as to refract it like a jewel, are carefully chosen in order to create a soft and intimate atmosphere. The objective is to evoke images, impressions and sensations and to create pieces that have an inherent poetry.
The Knight Base Table from Hudson Furniture was especially created by Barlas Baylar for his interior design clientele. The solid bronze base is hand-polished and is a real piece of jewelry translated into furniture design. The sustainable Claro walnut slab table top combines with the sculptural brilliance of the handmade bronze base to create a truly special table. 

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Teknion recently unveiled the Expansion desking line, one of the most extensive offerings in the freestanding desking category. New framed panel elements, freestanding screens, and storage components allow for the creation of individual workstations and open-plan clusters. The refined, cleaner look of these components contributes to Expansion’s aesthetic. The use of storage towers, credenzas and pedestals to support or mount worksurfaces to, increases specification flexibility.
Wicanders’ Cork Plank represents a smart mix of refined class and organic design. Cork Plank’s four unique collections—Originals, Moods, Traces, and President—are all protected by Wicanders’ Xtreme WRT (Wear Resistant Technology) finish. Cork Plank is micro beveled on four sides, ushering in a new look for Wicanders Cork Oak floors. A renewable raw material, cork absorbs CO2, reversing the effect of VOC emissions for healthier living.

 

 

 Edelman Leather introduces Hollywood Glamour—fashion for upholstery. The famous quilted Chanel handbag influenced Edelman Leather’s quilted black patent. Supple, shiny, charming and distinctive, the many textures and ways of black, white and silver make inventive design possible. From vegetable-tanned artisan to shiny patent, the Hollywood Collection has huge application possibilities.

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