Bring Texture to your Wall

EchoPanel Mura wallcovering is made of up to 60% recycled content with low-VOC emissions, absorbs sound and adds dynamic design factors to nearly any flat surface. Class A fire-rated, it is ideal for hospitality, restaurant, education and entertainment spaces. 

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Celebration with Spotlights: Relighting a German Church

A recent lighting upgrade at the Grevenbroich parish church saw the pendant luminaires replaced by flexible spotlights on track. The results are convincing in terms of economy, technology and design. The Roman Catholic parish church of St. Mariä Geburt in Grevenbroich, Germany, a small town near Dusseldorf, was built in 1930. The interior surprises, with an unexpected and similarly unusual, spatial form. The long rectangular, single-nave sanctuary is spanned by a low pointed barrel vault that instantly reminds one of an upside down hull. Deep lunette-type window reveals accentuate the vault, lending the space a rhythmic structure.The interior was recently subjected to refurbishment. The reno

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A New Kind of Track

Infra-Structure is a new kind of track system, offering a range of fixture styles, including the Suspension Panel, shown here. The tubular system features magnetic fastening, with a mechanical safety-locking mechanism. Regulation and control can be accomplished using universal protocols or Flos’s proprietary Smart Control application. 

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Forward-Thinking Design at VCU

The Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) will bring the most contemporary art exhibits in the world to the VCU campus and the city of Richmond. Located in the striking new Markel Center and designed by renowned architect Steven Holl, the ICA offers 41,000 sq. ft. of flexible space including an inviting 33-ft. high central forum. It features a dynamic slate of changing exhibitions, performances, files and interdisciplinary programs. In keeping with VCU’s master sustainability plan, the ICA incorporates state-of-the-art technologies and environmentally conscious design elements and makes use of numerous natural resources. The exterior for the con

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The beauty of Onyx

Leveraging the semi-translucent features of onyx, Stone Forest’s Barrel Sink is outfitted with a LED rope light to deliver a striking glow from behind. The hand-carved piece highlights onyx’s crystalline structure and deep colors. 

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Science Meets Art at Luxury Chicago Hotel

As the name implies, Hotel EMC2—as in Albert Einstein’s mass-energy equivalence or E=mc2—is a science-themed hotel. Located in the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago, it was designed to be inspired by science, art and cuisine. KOO Associates was asked to develop a tower façade that fit a hotel-room module, introduce a diagonal geometry to the façade and use a subtle but identifiable color range to make a pattern, explains Kevin Parzych, architectural designer for KOO and Assocs. The architects did consider brick veneer, but the metal wall panels were a lighter, more dynamic option. The Dri-Design metal panels also offer rainscreen capabilities, meet NFPA 285 and have a w

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