Our diverse roundup of the latest
wall and ceiling products includes acoustical ceilings, a
moisture-absorbing wall-cavity material, unusual wall coverings
made of bark, mother-of-pearl, and glass beads, and a practical
modular wall system that is easy to install and maintain.
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3D metal panels (top)
or wood panels (bottom) can be hung from a pre-engineered
grid (on chair).
Modular wall panel system
allows for easy maintenance
The Graph Interior Surface System, developed
by Fry Reglet, serves as a platform for mounting modular
wall panels in a range of surfaces and styles. Awarded
a Silver Award for Best of NeoCon last June, the system
uses a pre-engineered aluminum grid that can be anchored
to new or existing concrete, drywall, block, or plaster,
and faced with a variety of factory-fabricated surface
panels. Standard Graph panels are offered in wood, metal,
glass, and translucent resin, as well as 3D metal panels.
The systems panel connection design allows for
each panel to be individually accessible, making it
simple to replace panels should they become worn, damaged,
or outmoded. Point accessible panels also make it easy
for the future addition or maintenance of electrical,
data, or communication components located behind the
Compared to custom millwork, the Graph system costs
less and provides more freedom to choose a variety of
materials in a range of textures and treatments. The
platform grid and finished panels arrive at the job
site ready to install, with minimal field fabrication.
In addition to Graph, Fry Reglet also produces architectural
metal products for the roofing and interiors industries.
Fry Reglet, Alpharetta, Ga. www.fryreglet.com
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Soundscape can be suspended
as a hill (above) or valley.
Acoustical accent canopies
for open spaces
Armstrong Ceilings has introduced SoundScapes
acoustical accent canopies for open spaces. The sound-absorbing
properties in the new canopies help reduce reverberation
time in the space below them, making them ideal for
open plenum areas as well as over spaces such as workstations
and reception desks. The smooth-surfaced, curved canopies
feature the Ultima DuraBrite membrane or scrim. The
scrim provides a high light-reflectance value of .90,
meaning it reflects 90 percent of the light that strikes
it. The Durabrite surface also enhances the durability
and scratch resistance of the canopies. The new high-recycled-content
canopies are also seismically approved. Measuring 47''
x 76'', the canopies can be installed as hills
or valleys. The canopies are suspended from
the buildings structure, with no special tools
or techniques required. Armstrong World Industries,
Lancaster, Pa. www.armstrong.com/ceilings
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The strips are covered
with a vapor retarder.
Silica gel absorbs moisture
in wall cavities
In a new application for an old material, Autumn
River is using silica gel the material commonly
found in shoe boxes labeled Do Not Eatto
remove moisture from within building cavities, thereby
eliminating the conditions required for mold growth.
The Desiccant Strip is a 6½' length of spun
polyethylene material formed into pouches containing
engineered silica gel. The strip has been designed to
guarantee that upon installation, moisture levels within
a building cavity are rapidly brought below the point
where mold and other decay agents can function. Once
the strip has absorbed moisture, it will not release
the moisture back into the wall cavity until the relative
humidity within the cavity has been reduced dramatically
and stays down.
Independent testing has proved that the strip impacts
the R-Value of wall cavities in a positive way. The
product is commonly installed by the insulation contractor
prior to applying the vapor retarder. Autumn River,
Coon Rapids, Minn. www.autumnriver.biz
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Handmade bark surfacing
Although Caba Company has been around for more
than 30 years, this was the first time it exhibited
at NeoCon or ICFF. Barkskin is an organic, hand-pounded
bark material available in seven colors. It can be fireproofed
and applied to walls, ceilings, and furniture to give
a surface the appearance of parchment, marble, or stone.
Sheet sizes come in 16'' x 24'', 24'' x 32'', and 48''
x 96''. Caba Company, Santa Fe, N.M. www.barkskin.com
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