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Record Products 2013

Every year an influx of new products comes onto the market promising more efficiency, additional options, improved performance, less environmental impact, and sometimes, simply, a more handsome design. In response, the editors of Architectural Record invite manufacturers across all categories—from glazing and interior finishes to lighting and plumbing fixtures—to enter their latest offerings in the annual Record Products competition. To select the best entries for 2013 installment, we enlist the expertise of architects, designers, and materials and product specifiers at leading American firms.

Thanks to improvements in LEDs, the lighting category had a large number of innovative products this year, note the judges. The openings category is also noteworthy, says judge Laurie Butler: “I liked that there were off-the-shelf products that are dealing with resiliency issues, so that you don't have to custom-fabricate to address hurricanes and the like. And some of the modular systems are quite elegant.” These, and all the other products that scored highest with the judges, are featured on the following pages.

This button identifies the jury’s favorite product in each category.

About our Jury

About our Jury
All jurors are based in New York City

Photo © Axel Dupeux

Furnishings

Exterior Cladding
Metal Cladding | Wood-Laminate Panels

Pictured: Rheinzink Protect; Photo courtesy Rheinzink

Furnishings

Furnishings
Window Shades | Seating | Furniture

Pictured: MaganShade; Photo courtesy Mechoshade

Lighting

Lighting
Lamping | Fixtures

Pictured: Kao; Photo courtesy Artemide

Openings

Openings
Windows & Doors | Glazing | Door Hardware

Pictured: V.I.A. Solutions; Photo courtesy Steelcase

Materials

Materials
Glass | Engineered Wood and Stone | Metal Specialties | Concrete Admixture

Pictured: Houdini glass; Photo courtesy Bendheim

Finishes

Finishes
Tile | Acoustic Treatments | Flooring | Paints & Coatings

Pictured: Bios Antibacterial Ceramics; Photo courtesy Casalgrande Padana

Plumbing & HVAC

Plumbing & HVAC
Fixtures & Fittings | Dryers | Drains

Pictured: Dyson Airblade Tap; Photo courtesy Dyson

Equipment

Equipment
Kitchen Appliances

Pictured: Brilliant White Plus Series, a line of built-in, culinary
appliances; Photo courtesy Miele

Specialties

Specialties
Outdoor Shower | Electrical Supply | Control System

Pictured: Pop-Out Outlet; Photo courtesy Legrand

Editors Choice 2013

Editors’ Choice 2013
The editors combed through a year’s worth of products featured in the magazine to present these favorites, from ceiling systems to kitchen and bath furnishings.

Pictured: Alucobond Plus; Photo courtesy 3A Composites USA

 

 
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Previous Product Reports

Product Reports ­  2013
Product Reports ­  2012
Product Reports ­  2011
Product Reports ­  2010
Product Reports ­  2009
Product Reports ­  2008
Product Reports ­  2007
Product Reports ­  2006

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