Readers' Choice: Best Products of 2017

12.01.2017 by Kadie Yale

Thousands of i+s readers voted on their favorites from this year’s Sources, and we heard you loud and clear. The following are the picks for top products from industry leaders in architectural, carpet, flooring, furniture, kitchen+bath, lighting, surfacing, textiles, and wallcovering categories, along with why Editor-in- Chief Kadie Yale loves these selections as well.

ARCHITECTURAL
Sagegreenlife | Living Walls
Runner-up: Buzzispace | BuzziBaffle

CARPET
Bentley | Night Vision
Runner-up: Bentley | Impasto + Secco

FLOORING
Mannington Commercial | Portland Project
Runner-up: Tandus Centiva | More Than Wood

FURNITURE
Kimball | Lusso
Runner-up: Nevins | Vycom

KITCHEN+BATH
Hansgrohe/AXOR | Croma 280 Green 1-Jet
Runner-up: Bradley Corp | Verge Lavatory System

LIGHTING
2nd Ave Lighting | Anillo Ellipse 5 Light Cascading Pendant
Runner-up: Troy Lighting | Berlin

SURFACING
Formica | dECOleather
Runner-up: Antolini | Amazonite

TEXTILES
CF Stinson | Lift
Runner-up: HBF Textiles | New Basics

WALLCOVERINGS
3Form | Seeyond
Runner-up: Carnegie | Xorel Artform

ARCHITECTURAL
Sagegreenlife | Living Walls | sagegreenlife.com
Adding a living wall to an interior not only gives a striking accent feature to a project, but also positively impacts mental and physical well-being. Studies show that interior plants can enhance the environment by “cleaning” internal air and providing relaxing mental stimuli. Sagegreenlife’s Living Walls are scalable, sustainable, and can provide self-contained irrigation with their free-standing installation option. Custom sizing is available.

CARPET
Bentley | Night Vision | bentleymills.com​
It’s always exciting to see Bentley’s latest innovation, providing designers with stunning patterns with infinite color possibilities thanks to the company’s COLORCAST program. Its newly released Night Vision adds a new dynamic to seemingly any interior. The design leverages advancements in yarn technology to create shifting dimension and depth of color, depending on which way the viewer is walking. Available in broadloom and carpet tiles, the selection features variegated yarns that alternate between low and high luster, creating a subtle ombre effect.

FLOORING
Mannington Commercial
| Portland Project | manningtoncommercial.com
Conveying the spirit of adventure, Mannington Commercial’s Portland Project LVT was inspired by a road trip to Oregon. The collection’s four styles—two coordinating abstract patterns and two wood grains—relay the West Coast state’s secluded ridgelines and trailheads with sharp lines and layered striations of color. The line is offered in 6-inch x 48-inch planks.

FURNITURE
Kimball
| Lusso | kimball.com
Lusso, a collection of asymmetric grid-patterned seating options, turned heads during NeoCon in the Kimball showroom across from the Merchandise Mart. The modern shape is accented by the strap pattern, which gives visual intrigue. Lusso is available as task seating with stacking, spider-base, and barstool legs, and can be specified in black or gray.

KITCHEN+BATH
Hansgrohe/AXOR
| Croma 280 Green 1-Jet | hansgrohe-usa.com
Proving that i+s readers are always looking for eco-friendly options from tried-and-true brands, the Croma 280 Green 1-Jet Showerhead from Hansgrohe’s AXOR brand is the epitome of luxury and eco-consciousness. With 2.0- and 1.8-gpm versions, the Croma uses nearly 60-percent less water than conventional products without sacrificing  the performance expected from Hansgrohe products.

LIGHTING
2nd Ave Lighting
| Anillo Ellipse 5 Light Cascading Pendant | 2ndave.com
There’s lighting that works best when it’s hardly noticed, then there’s lighting that stops people in their tracks. The handcrafted Anillo Ellipse 5 Light Cascading Pendant by 2nd Ave Lighting is the latter, featuring five elliptic spectral halos and adjustable elements of ambient light. Operating with high-powered LEDs that offer dimmable illumination and energy savings, the Anillo Ellipse 5 Light Cascading Pendant is a dynamic feature for commercial interiors.

SURFACING
Formica
| dECOleather | formica.com
Proving yet again that i+s readers are on the hunt for superior sustainable products, Formica’s recycled leather veneer dECOleather was the favorite in the surfacing category. Available in 18 colors and appropriate for applications ranging from furniture to doors and chic commercial interior elements, dECOleather provides a luxurious leather grain and feel while reusing material that would otherwise be scrapped.

TEXTILES
CF Stinson
| Lift | cfstinson.com
Introduced at NeoCon 2017, Lift by CF Stinson is a minimalistic geometric design with fine lines running the length of the textile, interwoven with pops of solid color parallelograms. The play of lines, color, and shapes creates a whimsical design while the collection’s colorways keep the aesthetic refined. Lift includes post-industrial recycled nylon, cotton, rayon, and polyester and is GREENGUARD Gold Indoor Air Quality certified.

WALLCOVERINGS
3Form
| Seeyond | 3-form.com
With heightened concern about interior acoustics, it’s no surprise that 3form’s Seeyond—a series of lightweight dimensional tiles made from acoustic felt—caught readers’ eyes. Boasting an NRC acoustical rating of 0.80 (ratings go from 0 to 1), Seeyond is used to build walls, divide a space, or create 3D features on otherwise nondescript surfaces. The collection is available in five patterns and eight colors.