At the time of writing, I’m en route to Cambria HQ to visit its manufacturing facility and get a sneak peak of what’s next in natural stone surfaces. The myriad stylized textures, colors and patterns are works of art inspired by ancient mineral compositions of natural stone. The nature of the material teases the eye and tickles the brain’s desire to explore the true depth and intricacies of the surface. Countertops only scratch the surface of the material exploration in March AP’s feature on wallcoverings/surfaces, which showcases how textures enrich and enliven the space around us.
New & Noteworthy
Cambria has just released nine new all natural stone designs. With this release comes the all-new Woodstone Collection and additions to the Black Marble Collection, epitomizing Cambria’s continual commitment to leading the way in stone design. The designs range in style from rich and moody to light and airy and are inspired by both wood and marble.
Master of exotic stone surfaces, Antolini’s Perception collection is an ultra-thin wallcovering that as the angle of incidence of the viewer changes, the appearance of the stone’s color, pattern and clarity morph into something new and different.
Shaw’s Forum features bold lines and patterns in subtle palettes of light and neutral tones. Striking, black accents ranging from artful notes of contrast to harmonious blends are interspersed on the neutral fields with a calligraphic flourish. The versatile collection is available in 17 broadloom patterns, ten 18 in. × 36 in. carpet-tile patterns, and even a custom rug program for a timeless, highly adaptable collection at all scales.
Mutaforma offers a proprietary stratified augmented glass composite material with an immeasurably refined shimmer. A unique technological process applies silver, copper, titanium and other precious metals to tiny glass units called TILLA at a molecular level. Nanometric particles with specific physical and chemical signatures change the optical properties of the glass to alter the way it transmits, absorbs and reflects light.
Graham Architectural Products’ innovative SR6700 Series window, designed for the Starrett Lehigh building, replicates big steel windows, which enjoyed widespread popularity from their debut in an American factory in 1907 through most of the 20th century. These windows were popular with mills and foundries since they combined durability with low flammability and rigidity against wind pressure. Thin sightlines provided maximum daylight, and the large ventilation area provided air circulation. The SR6700, with an available floating vent, large openings, minimal sight lines and applied grids, brings modern performance to this classic design with such authenticity, it has helped numerous projects attain National Park Service approval.
Modern design is characterized by its clear, elegant transparency. But a basic requirement still exists—to use space effectively and efficiently in terms of acoustics and aesthetics. Acousti-Clear, a new innovation in space management and room design by Modernfold, Inc., delivers the ultra-sleek contemporary aesthetics of aluminum and glass with sound separation capabilities of 45 STC all courtesy of a new, flexible glass wall system.
The Acousti-Clear family of acoustically rated glass partitions have been designed with aesthetics in mind. Clean, minimalistic lines provide the contemporary look and feel that is highly desired in modern day spaces and within the design community. Spaces can be customized with a wide variety of glass options as well as over 100 RAL powder coating colors.
School security is a major concern, which is why the development of CHILDGARD Security Glass was so important. CHILDGARD was built to meet the needs of the educational market and their desire to improve security. CHILDGARD is laminated glass constructed with a state-of-the art proprietary security interlayer that is built to withstand extensive physical attack during a forced-entry scenario. It provides aesthetics & daylighting advantages with an additional level of security.
CHILDGARD can be installed in entry doors, vestibules, classroom doors/sidelites, ground floor areas. Tested to the nationally recognized detention standards ASTM F1233-08, it’s prime for retrofit or new construction.
Featuring 3-inch deep vertical rain-resistant blades, Airolite’s SCV302 is AMCA 500-L Certified for Air Performance, Water Penetration and Wind-Driven Rain, AMCA 540 Listed for Large Missile Impact and AMCA 550 Listed for High Velocity Wind-Driven Rain. Airolite Storm Class louvers are designed to provide high volume intake and exhaust ventilation with maximum protection against water penetration even in the most extreme weather conditions. Louvers featuring vertical blades offer the best protection against wind-driven rain and the vertical blade offers a distinct look to a building’s facade.
The all-new LED downlight collection from Williams provides a tailored solution for sleek and modern architectural lighting. With 2, 4, 6 and 8-inch apertures available in round, square, fixed, adjustable and shallow plenum styles, the downlights help create ambiance in every environment. Featuring a variety of trims and beam angles, each LED downlight guarantees flawless illumination. The innovative TrimLock reflection retention system ensures the trim remains flush with ceiling plane. Engineered with demanding environments in mind, Williams downlights are IP65 rated, CCEA Chicago Plenum approved and Energy Star certified, with industry-leading efficacies as high as 120 lumens/watts.