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Fancy Filaments

Bulbrite is an exclusive Lighting Showroom distributor for Plumen's new decorative LED Bulb. The world's first designer low energy bulb, Plumen is truly a work of modern art. The original Plumen 001 is a high performing LED; it utilizes flexible LED filaments to create the unique double loop form and is fully compatible with all dimmer types.

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Pristine Privacy

Scranton Products Aria Partitions combine striking aesthetics and enhanced privacy. Developed to provide both privacy and beauty in public restrooms, each system is available with 17 different door designs, seven panel designs and 27 colors and textures.

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Shimmer Screen

Shimmerscreen from Hunter Douglas is the perfect partition for restaurant and hospitality applications. The easy-to-specify and install solution looks elegant and even delicate, yet stands up to high traffic settings.

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Decked Out

Designed by Gensler and landscape architects TBG Partners, outdoor brand YETI’s brand-new global headquarters in Austin, Texas is a showcase of sustainable building materials and finishes, including an outdoor deck made of Kebony, a sustainable and highly durable modified wood. “I chose Kebony for the project because I was looking for a rugged exterior deck material that was an alternative to ipe wood, which we’re trying to get away from for environmental reasons,” says TPG Partners senior associate designer Matt Dawson.

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Office Landings, Layovers and Thresholds

German manufacturer Wilkhahn released Landing at Orgatec. Landing responds to the tendency for spontaneous conversations in the in-between spaces in our days. The decorative, sound-absorbent wall reliefs create an inviting atmosphere for spontaneous "stopovers" in places where space is lacking, such as aisles and cross-over spaces. With added acoustic insulation; Landing encourages users to meet and talk. It also improves acoustics, creates niches, takes weight off feet while standing and even provides space for drinks and smartphones. With multiple configurations, Landing can be used for perching or leaning on, as shelving, or a privacy screen. The flat and three-dimensional uphol

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Sunshine in Your Step

Sunweave from Mohawk is a carbon-neutral, red list-free broadloom carpet collection that merges woven construction with today's desire for artisanal materials, authenticity and warmth in contract spaces. Shadow Pass features a grand linear ombré shadow that transitions along the loom for dramatic installations. Shadow Pass derives its inspiration from the notion of shadows being nature's handcraft as subtle color and value shifts mimic the sun's daily progression.

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Get An [Outdoor] Life

Mounting scientific evidence shows that unplugging from screens and plugging-in to nature is crucial to maintaining creativity, productivity, vitality and even sanity. One way to ensure humans benefit from nature is to give them easy access to the outdoors, says Kirt Martin, Vice President of Design and Marketing for Landscape Forms. Oftentimes, programming underutilized landscapes can be more economical than developing interiors. Landscape Forms' latest collaboration with Kem Studios has precipitated the Upfit system to create productive outdoor destinations. Essentially, Upfit is an adaptive structure to create outdoor rooms, such as classrooms, social hubs, or contemplation spaces.

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The Future Is Unplugged

Neuroarchitecture, or the neurobiology of architecture, is the larger science surrounding concepts like place and wellbeing, environment and behavior, and the effects of Biophilia. Texas Tech, in conjunction with Sky Factory, has conducted fMRI imaging studies that show how people's brains respond to the illusory sky conditions with a unique activation of the cerebellum. "It's been 6 years since you penned "Your Brain on Sky" article about our neural research," writes David A. Navarrete, Director of research initiatives for Sky Factory, creator of authentic sky images. "Look where we're at now…" he says, reporting that that nine out of the Top

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Martian Mushrooms

Closing the gap from fairy tale to final frontier, mushroom mycelium promises to feed the global population on earth, and house the first colonies of humans on Mars. In collaboration with renowned astrobiologist, Dr. Lynn Rothschild, a senior researcher at NASA's Ames facility, architect Chris Maurer of Red House Studios has introduced NASA to the idea of Mycelium on Mars. The project is being funded by NASA through the NIAC (NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts) program, which looks to support breakthrough technology for space exploration and habitation. Maurer states that they presented the self-assembling mushroom mycelium habitat dubbed Redhouseredplanet at the NIAC Symposium. "We

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Third Nature

Climate Tile is a new scalable climate adaption system for future cities. It transforms future sidewalks to collect and manage water, whilst contributing to the growth of an urban nature and improved microclimate. Climate Tile can catch and redirect the projected 30% additional rainwater due to increased precipitation from climate change. It prevents overloads within the existing drainage infrastructure and reintroduces the natural water system in existing cities’ infrastructures through a process that manages rainwater from the roof and sidewalks and ensures that excess water is directed to the appropriate place. The system works in synergy with roads, bike paths, signage, urban furni

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