While science debates the absolute impact of sunlight on our health and productivity, intuitively, this seems a no-brainer, especially since solariums have been part of the healing process for hospitals all the way back to the 19th century, if not earlier. Also, as technology “engineers” means to deliver it, including better ways to manage solar heat gain, we must not forget the beauty and warmth the sun delivers, in making us simply feel good. In the products below, are a mix of items that range the gamut from creating artificial daylight, to ways of bringing about “visual delight”—in one case, via old plastic!
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Nardi, a company specializing in outdoor furniture, has always recycled its production waste; this practice led to the idea of recovering used plastic, “regenerating” it in a new life cycle based on the principles of the circular economy.
It’s not uncommon for high-density spaces, such as hospitals and high schools, to be constituted of many windowless areas—places, clearly, where shortages of natural light don’t facilitate the sense of well-being many institutions wish to enact.
The Eclipse Collection is Parasoleil’s newest addition to its line of engineered patterned panels. It features both shade and screen structures that include the frame and hardware system where the panels are connected. The ready-to-install panels are designed to filter light and frame space, infusing life into projects through perfect integration of shade, screening, railing and cladding.
Upfit is an adaptive structure with a modern style and endless flexibility to transform spaces into places that invite people to create experiences. Upfit transforms underutilized spaces on corporate, academic, and healthcare campuses and within public and transit areas into sought-out destinations that provide power, light, display, surfaces, and shelter from the elements - all the things people need to live, learn, work, care, play, and travel outdoors. Upfit makes place relevant, useful, and enjoyable.
Banker Wire’s M22-80 woven wire mesh in a stainless steel and brass mixed alloy configuration was chosen for a stunning wall covering at Frost Tower in San Antonio by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. To enhance the visual effect of M22-80, custom mirror panels behind the wire mesh leverage the mix of alloys and lighting. The depth and movement of the contrasting helical woven wires dynamically changes with the viewer’s perspective. Down lighting and exterior wall wash lighting illuminate the wire mesh. In all, the lobby showcases two flanking feature walls that encompass 2,900 square feet and face outward, enclosing the elevator corridor. The walls measure 100 feet in length and more than 30 feet wide.
Doug Mockett & Company specializes in providing “Fine Architectural Hardware for Your Fine Furniture”, including hardware kits for home office desks. The company has a large collection of power grommets and wire management solutions, plus table legs and other accessories. Make your work from home desk more functional with some easy-to-install hardware accessories that will assist in creating a clean work surface. Their power grommets clamp on to the edge of the desk, mount directly into the desk, or sit on top and our wire managers fasten behind the desk or under the desk to keep cables out of sight.
Stylish and functional, raise the aesthetics of your boardroom or office with Magnatag’s VisuGlass glass markerboards—manufactured with the market's finest materials—including high-quality transparent glass that won’t stain or ghost with daily use. Choose a visible or hidden marker and eraser dock, and match your glass markerboard to one of ten standard colors. Print any design or logo directly to the glass surface to match your communication strategy. Available in two framing options—frameless/floating panel or with a minimalist aluminum edge. VisuGlass boards feature simple and secure installation and are made in the USA.