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October 28, 2020

Personal Space

An unexpected consequence of our collective COVID exile from our traditional work places to our homes—at least for many of us—has been too close, and too continuous, proximity to those we love the most, and the resulting friction and umbrage that can emerge. Clearly, the need for privacy and personal space in limited environments, such as our homes and apartments, is amplified—but it’s an interpersonal issue that’s still valid in the office, where noise, proximity, and just a place to instill boundaries, or sneak off for total isolation, are totally valid. Following are a handful of products that can address these matters—some might even work at the home HQ.

New & Noteworthy

Private Pods

The PoppinPod, the newest phone booth competitor on the market, is a turnkey for private space. This product gives teams the opportunity to be in full control of their environment. PoppinPod Kolo 1 is designed for private work, and the PoppinPod Kolo 2 is designed to accommodate two to four people as a meeting space.

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Breaking out of the Square

Maximizing space by fully leveraging angled floor plates, The Sliding Door Co.’s new Flex Angle System delivers interior glass door partitions in convex and concave angles. The innovative product enables the creation of smooth angular transitional vertical column between two glass wall and/or door systems.

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Color That’s Over the Top

Durapon 70 is a unique resin blend that incorporates our proprietary acrylic and 70% polyvinylidine fluoride (PVDF). It was designed as a premium finish to provide outstanding color stability and gloss retention, exceptional abrasion and chemical resistance, and great film flexibility.

Durapon 70 High Performance Spray PVDF extrusion coating utilizes the same proprietary acrylic and PVDF resins that our coil coating. This unique resin blend is optimized for use in spray factory applied applications to meet AAMA 2605 specifications. With its proven performance record, Durapon 70 High Performance Spray is the ideal choice for monumental projects large or small.

Both Durapon 70 for coil and extrusion coating can be formulated using “cool” pigments to comply with industry energy conservation initiatives such as LEED, Title 24, Energy Star, and ASHARE.

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NanaWall re-designed what a bi-fold door is with the SL84.

The result is the slimmest, most energy efficient bi-fold door available (the intersection of two folding panels is a mere 3 7/8”). Panels are capable of heights up to 11’ 6”. A newly designed Gothic Arch roller system with only the sides of the roller touching the track. This allows for easy operation regardless of panel size or weight. The patented TwinX enables the system to meet higher wind loads but also conceals the hinges. Panels can move in stacks of 4 or 6, unattached to the side jamb and with the ability to stack to either side of the opening, enabling unlimited widths—something never achieved in a bi-fold door.

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Hygienic, Resilient and Beautiful Ceilings

HEALTH: Easy to disinfect and clean. Highly stain-resistant. Use above food preparation. Unlike mineral fiber ceilings, our thermoformed panels do not water damage, mold, nor release hazardous silica fibers. Greenguard Gold certified for indoor air quality.

FUNCTION: Acoustic. Flexible yet strong, robust and durable. Lightweight and easy to install. Closed-loop recycling. Class A surface-burning characteristics. Use as drop-out ceiling beneath fire sprinklers.

LOOKS: 40+ attractive styles. 16 colors and finishes including light-transmitting grades for Transluminous ceilings.

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Modular 30”x30” Ipê Wood Tiles

Bison Wood Tiles offer the design flexibility to create versatile, unique rooftop environments. This independently tested system allows rooftop decks to be installed quickly and easily. Since alignment and material layout are paramount to the connection between architecture and landscape, OJB Landscape Architecture collaborated with Bison to create custom 30”x30” Ipê Wood Tiles to align to the typical five-foot architectural mullion spacing for Partner’s HealthCare Administrative Campus in Sommerville, MA. Bison now offers these beautiful Ipê Wood Tiles as a standard surface option! The 30”x30” Ipê Wood Tiles have a smooth surface, 10 top running planks, and each tile weighs only 34 pounds.

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The new standard in energy efficiency

BILCO’s thermally broken roof hatch features R-20+ insulation and a frame and cover design that minimizes heat transfer between interior and exterior metal surfaces. The result is a product that resists harmful condensation and provides superior energy efficiency under any conditions. The thermally broken roof hatch is available in all standard BILCO single leaf sizes and special single leaf sizes.

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Cut the Cord with Powered Suspension

Imagine a world where a power cord didn't distract from the beauty of a light fixture. That world is possible with the Rincon Powered Suspension System from Griplock Systems. Everyone notices the power cord when it's there because it's big, ugly, and distracting. With Rincon, the only thing people will take note of is your fixture. More and more of our lighting manufacturing customers are engineering their fixtures to use Rincon, like mnima with their award-winning Noctiflor chandelier. Learn more about Rincon and contact our engineers to see how you can incorporate it into your next design.

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