Product Reports 2008

December 2008

Once again we present a comprehensive look at some of the year’s more remarkable building-product offerings selected by a discerning jury of your peers.

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By Rita Catinella Orrell

Add-On radiator, Tubes Radiatori North America
Plumbing & HVAC
Add-On radiator, Tubes Radiatori North America.

Highfield upholstery, MaharamFurnishings
Highfield upholstery, Maharam.

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Creacrete, Alexa Lixfield Design

Zipshape, Schindlersalmeron

Solar Tree, Artemide

Greenpix curtainwall, Schuco/Sunways


Concrete & Masonry:

TranslucentConcrete, Florack

Hyperwave panels, Testi Fratteli

Granite glass, Grein Italia

FGS Permashine system, L&M Construction Chemicals

Carboncast pretopped double tees, AltusGroup


Metals, Woods, Plastics & Composites

Alphamesh screen, Alphamesh

Design Stories ‘08 & Wovin Wall, 3form

Chlorofill Board, Chlorofill

ThermaChannel steel stud, ThermaChannel

Parametre, Parametre by 3form

GageCarve, Gage Corporation

Strong Frame, Simpson Strong-Tie

Charcoal, Smile Plastics

TimberStrand LSL 3X studs, iLevel by Weyerhaeuser

LP SolidStart laminated strand lumber, LP Building Products


Thermal & Moisture Protection:

GreenGuard DC14 drainage board, Pactiv

Exterior laminate, Arpa USA

LP TechShield Radiant Barrier Foil, LP Building Products

QuadroClad Rainscreen System, Hunter Douglas Contract



Unity, Transition & Bastoni glass, Joel Berman Glass Studios

SilentGlass Technology, Solutia

Spirit Glass Collection, Bendheim

Stax glass series, Nathan Allan Glass Studios

A Collection of Whites Glass,  Skyline Design

AH Duemilacinque door lever, Valli & Valli

Kolbe’s Universal design products, Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co.

Low Profile Series Projected Windows, Wausau Window and Wall Systems

Liftmaster Fingerprint keyless entry, The Chamberlain Group

Windmaster Operational windload service door, The Cookson Company

SL70 thermally broken, folding-glass-wall system, Nanawall

Interior Sliding Doors, The Sliding Door Co.

Juniper door & SFI certified wood windows, Jeld-Wen



Dust-free mortar, Mapei

Mythic Paint, Mythic Paint

The Ambra Collection, Artistic Tile

Metropolitan tile, Ragno USA

Teragren Synergy bamboo flooring panels & veneer, Teragren

ProRoc Moisture and Mold-resistant gypsum board, CertainTeed Gypsum

A Texture Study & Essay of Clues carpet collections, Shaw Contract Group

Bamboo rug, Danskina

Marmoleum Compostion Tile (MCT), Forbo Flooring Systems

Plyboo Pure & Plyboo FSC-certified bamboo, Smith & Fong Co.

Back to Black flooring, Amtico International

Eco-Collection of wallpapers, Graham & Brown

EcoRock green drywall, Serious Materials

Plastermax-IND & Plastermax-ICF, Gigacrete

VO9 Dome tile, Urban Archeology

Pixel tile by Fiorenese, Italian Trade Commission-Ceramic Tile Department

Black Flower tile by Viva Ceramica, Italian Trade Commission-Ceramic Tile Department

Marfil tile by Ceramiche Coem, Italian Trade Commission-Ceramic Tile Department

Atelier and 80.4 Series tile by Inalco, Hastings Tile & Bath


Specialties & Equipment:

b2 kitchen system, Bulthaup

Ascenta dishwasher, Bosch

V3 Wall Station, Humanscale

Unicel Architectural sunshade, Unicel Architectural

Dock Retention Barrier, Blobel Environmental Engineering

G 2002 dishwasher, Miele



Ivo_03 table, Meta

Washi paper, Precious Pieces

Linc table, Bernhardt

Parc Centre Chair & Parc View Bench, Landscape Forms

Cobi chair, Steelcase

Organic Symmetry Collection, Curvilinear pattern, Lulan Artisans

Highfield, Horto,& Herringbone Stripe fabrics, Maharam

Spoon table, Kartell

Steltman Chair, Rietveld by Rietveld

Myto cantilever chair, ICF

Dining Desk, Poggenpohl


Special Construction & Conveying Systems:

Kenaf roofing fabric, Birdair

K3 prefab module, KitHAUS

Schindler 7000 elevator system, Schindler Elevator Corp.

CabForms Eco-Etch elevator doors, Forms+Surfaces

Fully programmable control for commercial steam rooms, Steamist

LifeVillage, Envision Solar

Plumbing & HVAC

KWC Ono highflex faucet, KWC

SPA-400 Drinking water filtration system, Everpure LLC

Architect Urinal, Duravit

Add On tubular radiator system, Tubes Radiatori North America

FS1tub filler, Vola

Ella faucet, Elkay Sinks + Faucets

JT sink Collection, Julien

Eternal Hybrid water heater, Grand Hall

Il Bagno, Tub, Laufen Bathrooms and Oras for Alessi

Tara. Collection, Dornbracht

Skyling Showerpanel, Hansgrohe

WhisperGreen ventilation fan, Panasonic Home and Environment Co.

Velux Solar Water Heating Systems, Velux America

Concealed tank and carrier system, Geberit



ColorReach Powercore, Philips Solid-State Lighting Solutions (formerly Color Kinetics)

360 Electrical Duplex, 360 Electrical

BSL23C emergency LED driver, Bodine Company

SenzaFil, Nedap

Solatube 750 DS optical dome, Solatube

Verge with MesoOptics, Ledalite

Accolade5 & Accolade3, Alight

Ledra Uno/Ledra Duo/Ledra Quattro, Bruck Lighting Systems

TechZone-compatible fixtures, Zumtobel Lighting

ID downlight, Focal Point

Alto II lamp, Philips Lighting Company

Stacking Lamp, Leucos USA

La Baguette, Baldinger Architectural Lighting

Little Inch2 Fluorescent, Alkco Lighting

8-LED Series, Alumen8 Corporation

SL-29 Trio, Allscape

Pole-mounted luminaire, Bega-US

CX16 Series, Lighting Services Inc.

Ninety, Luxo

Smartwall, Insight Lighting

Sonmi, Fontanaarte

Hi-Lume LED Driver/Quantum 1.5 total light management system/Stanza hotel guestroom light control system, Lutron Electronics

Allegro, Foscarini

ETC Unison Paradigm lighting control system, ETC 


Exterior Improvements & Fire Suppression:

Home Hero fire extinguisher, Home Hero

 Masaru planter series, Kornegay Design

 StormPave Permeable Clay Pavers, Pine Hall Brick


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