Editor's Bookmarks - March 2011

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
Are you one of those people who skip the latest must-see exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art and make a beeline instead for the design collection? There, you drool over the Adolf Loos chair and the Koloman Moser beer glass, wishing you lived in another era. fills an obvious void by displaying the largest online selection of 20th century interior design classics that are still being made today under their original licenses. Search by product group, style, designer, theme, or manufacturer to find the Giovanni Travasa “Eureka” chair from 1957 or the Arne Jacobson silverware you’re kicking yourself for letting your mother sell. You can further refine searches by year and country of origin. Any design enthusiast – whether in the market for an impeccable reproduction or not – will love the trove of objects on this site, which the company says took 10 years to assemble and is constantly being updated. 
ArchiExpo’s redesigned website makes it even easier for design professionals and private customers to search more than 215,000 products, watch manufacturers’ videos, scroll through virtual catalogues, and request specs and prices. In the site’s upgrade, the search function has been streamlined and returns better results, images are bigger, and navigation is easier. Helpful categories split products up by function and location. A “Recently Added” column highlights fun new additions. (It’s how we learned that Emeco’s Navy chair was possibly molded after Betty Grable’s bottom!)

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