Advances

A Generous Place to Rest

Smooth like a pebble and soft like mounded moss, Adell by Arper brings outdoor seating inside. The design is by Lievore + Altherr Désile Park in 2020. Made from 80% recycled polypropylene, Adell is plush yet supportive and lightweight. From lounge areas to waiting rooms, educational common areas or hospitality spaces, the base options include metal or wooden leg configurations or sled base in metal.

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Waterproof Hardwood

Hydropel Waterproof Hardwood Flooring from Bruce is available in oak and hickory, in smooth, scraped and brushed textures. Featuring a low gloss finish, the flooring comes in 5-in. planks up to 48-in. long for design flexibility. Hydropel Waterproof Hardwood Flooring won the 2019 Good Design Award.

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See the Light

The UniQuad translucent wall system was installed in The Pavilion at Ole Miss to illuminate the arena floor during games, concerts, and school performances. The system provides an abundance of natural light that diffuses throughout the facility from a 50-ft. elevation down to the stadium’s entrance and arena floor, while reducing both glare and the amount of energy required in the building.

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Tracking the Slide

Sliding glass doors, ideal for commercial and office settings, can subdivide spaces while keeping an open feel and allowing natural light to penetrate spaces. Johnson Hardware’s 200WG wall-mount sliding glass door hardware can accept 0.5-in. glass door panels of up to 400 lbs. and 4-ft. wide. Available in track lengths from 4-ft. to 16-ft. A precision-extruded aluminum I-beam track and extruded aluminum mounting brackets can be positioned along the track for anchoring into wall studs. Four-wheel ball-bearing hangers carry the door smoothly along the track.

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Raw Walls

Ballari and Kabuto, two new Type II wallcoverings by Wolf-Gordon, feature an artisanal look inspired by raw materials and architectural elements. Ballari (pictured) features a distressed concrete-look with character, emulating an impasto painting by layering color with strokes of paint. Kabuto, in contrast, appears to have layers “scraped away” to reveal hints of metallic beneath, with colorways inspired by industrial metals, including pops of bold orange.

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Stop Sound Movement

In open office floor plans, the need for quiet in enclosed spaces is greater than ever. Calla PrivAssure ceiling panels absorb 75% to 80% of the sound that strikes them. With a CAC of 45 to 50, they act as a sound barrier between spaces. With a drywall-like visual, the panels are ideal for hospitals, doctor offices, human resources spaces or where legal and financial discussions take place.

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Shady Situation

When architects with SmithGroup’s Phoenix office began planning the entry for the new Eloy City Hall in Eloy, Ariz., Corten metal was their first choice for the shade-providing canopy. When that material proved too costly, they turned to perforated 0.05-gauge aluminum PAC-CLAD 7.2 panels in an Aged Copper finish. The panels are installed on the underside of the canopy structure, with LEDs installed above. The lighting creates added visual interest once the sun goes down, and clearly identifies the entrance for residents.

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Artwork Under Foot

Subtle Impressions, a new carpet tile collection from Patcraft, was inspired by delicate flower pressings, offering vibrant texture and color. To create variety in the carpet, the design team shipped in hundreds of flowers varying in type, selected for their saturation and intensity of color. This, paired with a novel yarn technique, created the innovative production process that led to Subtle Impressions. Available in three 12-in. × 48-in. carpet-tile patterns.

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New Way to Specify

ERCO’s new Eclipse  lighting system comes with many features, including the means to use contour spotlights to crisply illuminate pictures and effectively accentuate artworks. The better news is the company, in the vacuum of lighting shows this spring, has created an informative vlog and mini-website exploring the system’s features, including how designers can use it to  maximize flexible lighting.

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Enhanced Skylight Design

Available in pyramid, single slope and ridge configurations, EXTECH introduces the SKYGARD 2500 series skylight system. In addition to typical daylighting benefits, the skylight is engineered with separate gutters to control condensation and leakage. Accepting glass up to 1.3125-in. thick, including monolithic or insulated glass units, optional glass coatings and custom silkscreen patterns can help diffuse the direct toplighting and control unwanted solar heat gain.

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