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“Articulated Cloud” on the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh by Koning/Eizenber in collaboration with artist Ned Kahn

Dynamic Day or Night

EXTECH’s KINETICWALL is a dynamic moving building façade that creates an eye-catching aesthetic. Made of 6-in. flappers attached to stainless steel rods, the KINETICWALL responds to wind currents and undulates to create the look of rolling waves. The wall is customizable and can be designed to accommodate square or curved polycarbonate, glass, aluminum or steel flappers. Shown is the “Articulated Cloud” on the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh by Koning/Eizenber in collaboration with artist Ned Kahn.

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Lightblocks Standard Lit Boxes inset in a wall

Luminous Glow

Lightblocks Standard Lit Boxes are offered in six sizes with and without a lighting option with custom sizes available. The boxes come with solvent bonded cleats for easy installation and placement determined by project. Options can include ceilings and inset in walls. Lighting panels come installed into the box when possible with final wiring done by onsite electricians. Boxes are lit with LED sheet light panels. The back side and bottom do not glow. It comes in 390 standard colors in a standard 0.5-ft. thickness.

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Flyte offices in El Segundo, Calif. uses Móz to cover a walkway

Lively Light Source

Móz Designs teamed up with Flyte to create  a welcoming exterior environment for their offices in El Segundo, Calif., using laser cut and perforated metal. Designed by Ware Malcomb and spanning a total of 5,000 sq. ft., the Móz Bubbles pattern—used to cover a walkway—creates a distinct dappled light effect on the tile below. It was installed in custom 5-ft. × 10-ft. sheets, laser-cut and perforated to the Bubbles pattern, and finished with a white powder coating.

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Jakob’s Saigon Rope Systems factory in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Manufacturer ‘Opens’ Up

A Best of Best “Industrial” winner in th Architecture Masterprize Awards, Jakob’s Saigon Rope Systems factory in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, by rollimarchini architects Switzerland | G8A architects, Vietnam, stays true to the Swiss company’s roots. The design is based on two principles: efficiency and aesthetics. The project aims to be a pioneer in Vietnam, with a 100% naturally ventilated factory. Based on passive climatic strategies, adapted to tropical regions, the design has developed a porous façade. The smart green envelope has lush hanging geotextile planters that offer a new dimension to sustainable design. The unique design pays tribute to its context, as well

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Interstyle’s new glass bricks

Let the Light In

Interstyle’s new glass bricks not only provide a natural light source, but are also decorative for architectural design. It is available as crystal or jade with a hint of green derived from the natural iron content. Designers commonly use it as an accent in walls, skylights and sidewalk lights. Imagine out of the box using glass bricks for fireplaces, fire pits, barbecue grills, pools, ponds, hot tubs or even greenhouses. They are hand-crafted and made from 100% recycled glass.

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A modular Soft Work seating system from Vitra

A Place to Work or Hang Out

Designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby have devised the modular Soft Work seating system for Vitra, which unites the experience of home, the office and public sectors. Instead of creating a working environment centered around desks with peripheral sofas, the table workstations are focused around a seating landscape. Mobile tables and chairs can be pulled up as needed and put away; the addition of panels creates spaces for quiet work.

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On the Down Low

(Left) Estudio Ceramico’s Frost and (right) Exagres’ Milan are examples of the focus the manufacturers of Tile of Spain are putting on creating collections that foster safe and sustainable environments. Tile of Spain, is the brand representing 120 ceramic tile manufacturers belonging to the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Assn. (ASCER). The manufacturers utilized production techniques that fuse the functional qualities of ceramic materials with the versatility of graphic design.

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Getting Healthier

The Living Well collection is a mix of colors and paints chosen to invite a sense of comfort, style, and well-being. Offering 11 curated palettes. The collection includes two products that expand the SuperPaint line: SuperPaint with Sanitizing Technology, which keeps walls sanitized by delivering ongoing antibacterial action that kills 99.9% of certain bacteria on painted surfaces and remains effective for up to four years; and SuperPaint with Air Purifying Technology, which contributes to better indoor air quality with  technology that helps break down unwanted odors while reducing VOCs. Seen here is Perfect Greige, part of the “Breathe” line.

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A Soundproof Pod

Workplace pioneer Framery is serious about creating happiness in the office, and recently launched Framery One. Available in eight timeless colors, including White, Gray, Black, Powder Blue, Winter Moss, Sand, Blush and Navy, these hues reflect color trends when designing for wellbeing and comfort—conditions it notes It is critical to promote optimism and safety—a welcome addition to interior spaces during times of uncertainty and unrest.

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Hold the Phone

The B-635 Klutch Mobile Device Holder is designed to hold mobile devices, smart phones and even bags in toilet stalls and other restroom applications. The stainless steel components allow for easy cleaning, and the integrated bag hook can hold up to 300 lbs.Judge’s Comment: “Good idea, practical.”

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