Advances

Timeless Appeal

The Type 75 is an update of a classic adjustable desk lamp with roots that go back to the 1950s. British Industrial Designer Sir Kenneth Grange used his own Type 3 lamp as the inspiration for this reintroduced model, which features a matte painted finish and cast-iron base plate, to ensure the lamp stays put. 

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High Suspense

Suspended by a nearly imperceptible steel cable, the hand-blown glass pendant fixture is a new addition to the Hydra pendant family from Italian manufacturer Melongranoblu. The collection features pendants in a variety of shapes and lengths. 

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Back in Black

Wilsonart’s sophisticated new laminate palette in black and white is the “little black dress” collection of laminate looks. Available through Wilsonart’s Virtual Design Library, the collection speaks to a modern aesthetic, but its abstract patterns transcend trends. From large-scale designs inspired by the unique features found in Eucalyptus wood to abstracts made up of bold, multi-colored triangles, 18 new patterns expand the laminate design vocabulary with monochromatic grays, a whitewashed brick wall pattern and art deco-inspired black and gold combinations. 

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Going Organic

A metal warehouse in Duisburg, Germany, is now home to the largest installation of façade-mounted organic HeliaSol photovoltaic film. Produced with a self-adhesive backing in a roll-to-roll process, the film can be directly attached to walls and other surfaces. Ventilation below the film is not required, as this material doesn’t lose efficiency at high temperature in the same way as traditional solar panels. 

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Elliptical Door Swing

Featuring an innovative new elliptical door swing that increases usable floor space as the door is drawn inward when swinging open, C.R. Laurence introduces Clear Space. The unique design incorporates a top door guide that automatically folds away from the opening and stacks parallel to the sidewall to provide unobstructed entry. The upshot is door outswing projection is reduced by approximately 45% for a typical 36-in. wide opening. 

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Double Duty

Providing the ambient lighting of a sconce, along with the directional illumination of a bedside reading lamp, the ABAC is like two fixtures in one. Created by French designer Jean-Phillippe Nuel especially for hospitality applications, it features a fixed backlight, along with a separate, easily adjustable reading light. It’s available in finish combinations of white and chrome (shown here) and black and brass. 

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Foam Party

Bradley Foam Soap dispensers save customers up to 50% in soap costs per year compared with liquid soap. Foam soap creates rich lather-like foam, and provides better soap coverage. Foam soap is also easier to rinse off with water than liquid soap. Easier and quicker lathering and rinsing reduces soap usage, water consumption and related costs. Bradley’s liquid soap dispensers can be easily converted to foam with satin-finish stainless steel commercial grade dispensers featuring recessed and surface mounting, as well as manual and hands-free models. 

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Radical Rubber Surfaces

Tarkett has expanded its rubber flooring offerings with two new collections including Rubber Textures and Pentagonals. Rubber Textures represents popular, classic timeless designs in 14 basic textures including forged, wood grain and woven, hammered, linen, Leather, Brushed, Concrete, Rice Paper, Flagstone, Raised Round, Raised Square, Bamboo and Cubis. Five additional textures are available within the Circulinity series: Fast Lane, Effervescent, Tic Tac Toe, Tricycle and Roundabout. Pentagonals rubber flooring offers three unique shapes that contribute to a floors scale, design and aesthetic depending on the composition and color scheme. The intriguing and artistic shapes shell, monument an

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Totally Digital

Expanding its digital features ThermaSol’s new ThermaTouch Plus delivers complete customization of the spa/shower environment. With its Android operating system, users can access apps, just like a mobile device, including TV networks and Hulu and Netflix streaming. The product also controls all aspects of steam generation and showering. 

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Boss of Emboss

Fil Doux Textiles Vinylife Impact line is a collection of deep textures with a vast array of intricate patterns including rattan and woven luggage styles. The deep-textured vinyl is created with a new technology comprised of air-extracting suction valves that pulls the pattern into place. This new production method allows the patterns to be stain-protected with Pro-Tech technology before embossing them to ensure complete coverage and increased durability. The phthalate-free​ formulation incorporates enzymes into the vinyl that react with microorganisms found in active landfills to act as a catalyst for decomposition. 

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