Editor's Bookmarks - May 2008

Each month RECORD reviews building product related web sites and blogs that might be of interest to our readership. We visit each site, kick the tires a bit, and share what it is about and how it functions. Please let us know if there is a site you've found particularly useful, well-designed, or easy to navigate. — Rita Catinella Orrell
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This new Web site features the indoor/outdoor furniture, fabric, and lighting of Richard Frinier for Century, Dedon, Sunbrella, Curry & Company, and others. A favorite among designers and specifiers of luxury residences and resorts, this former chief creative officer of Brown Jordan (a post he held for more than 20 years) is highly regarded for the timeless quality of his contemporary designs and innovative use of materials.
Part of Honeywell’s Life Safety Group, Fire-Lite Alarms has launched a new Web site that features a spare, clean graphic design with intuitive navigation of products, industry news and bulletins, services, and technical documentation. A library of downloadable data sheets, CAD drawings, manuals, installation guidelines, specifications, and agency safety-approval listings is also available in one convenient, easy-to-locate area.
This visually dynamic new Web site is a virtual resource library of the Scotland-based British textile artist Anna French’s extensive collections of wall coverings, fabric, and lace, including a high-end children’s line. Detailed product and room shots clearly illustrate the colors, textures, and patterns of the offerings. Plus, a list of to-the-trade showrooms provides all the appropriate contacts for information, samples, and orders.

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From the maker of furniture and wall systems for education, health-care, government, and corporate installations, this site enables A&D professionals with such efficient interactive design tools as “See It…Spec It,” an area where they can customize from a variety of fabrics and finish options, then view high-quality product details; “Click 2 Zoom,” which allows them to see fabrics at thread-level detail; and online price lists.

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