Advances

High-Performance Work Stations

The Brody Desk by Steelcase allows employees to focus even in high-traffic surroundings. This high-performance workstation was designed specifically for the in-between spaces in corporate environments. Regardless of the floor plan, the desk can be used as a stand-alone, or a series of desks can be put together. The desk offers a mini LED task light and integrated desk power is accessible via two Type A USB ports.

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Rock Solid

The Biomimicry Institute and the Ray C. Anderson Foundation have announced this year’s Ray of Hope Prize has been awarded to ECOncrete Tech., a science-based company that develops environmentally sensitive concrete products for coastal and marine infrastructure projects. Inspired by beach rock formations, coral polyps, oyster shells, mangrove roots, and other marine habitats and life forms, the proprietary technology is based on three science-based elements that work in synergy: Bioenhancing concrete admix, rough surface texture, and locally attuned 3D design that fosters the growth of native plants and facilitate the growth and regeneration of local marine species, while strengthening

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Flexible in Movement

Construction Specialties (CS) has engineered DriftReady Stairs, a solution for occupants’ and first responders’ egress and ingress during and after a seismic event. Architects can now confidently specify a tested, safe and resilient stairs solution that can reduce building repair cost and recovery time after a seismic event. In trying to develop a safe and resilient stair system, CS thought of the human backbone—it provides strong support, but also flexes with the movement of the body. Patent-pending technology keeps stairs stable at rest, yet flexible when a building moves. Stairs have a positive connection system that prevents the stairs from locking up in rotation or tra

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Divided by Beauty

Now more than ever we find the importance of space, especially in public areas that have reopened during COVID-19. The need to distance socially should not preclude connectivity or beauty. Screen, divider and partitioning solutions achieve privacy without seclusion and are versatile, adaptable and configurable. Sensitile’s solutions divide spaces and create privacy, while at the same time, maintain a delightfully connected whole by extending, distributing and maximizing ambient and daytime light. They are easy to clean and sanitize. 

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Partition with Pizzazz

“Aquarelle Bloom” is a textured take of a digitally printed screen placed on vinyl and applied to corrugated panels framed in metal. Curved and calming with a bit of a rough edge, these panels divide with the high art in mind. (Right) With its web-like intricacy, the leaf pattern of “Large Leaf” is etched, rather than cut into the material, creating plenty of both positive and negative space against the background. 3D Large Leaf can also be customized in size and shape to suit any décor need.

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Elegant Illumination

Providing safety and night sky-friendly illumination, the Lumenrail integrated railing system can be custom fabricated to meet design goals. The flagship Lumenpod 28 product is available in various optical packages; the stainless steel Lumenpod 16 has a machine-chamfered edge for a flush fit. 

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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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