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2012 Record Products

Each year ARCHITECTURAL RECORD’S editors put out a call for manufacturers to send us the best new building products on the market—from furniture to flashing—and invite a jury of architects, designers, and product specialists to review product data sheets, photos, and sometimes real samples, to help us determine which are the most outstanding.

This year, for the first time, manufacturers submitted their entries through a digital process, which the jury then used to vote remotely during a first round of judging. In September, the jurors met in our New York City office for a second round of judging, which resulted in the selections we present here, alongside a group of Editors’ Choice winners selected from products published throughout 2012.

Our jury was as tough as you’d expect. They didn’t want products to sacrifice aesthetics for performance or ones that were unnecessarily complex. They liked modularity and flexibility and dismissed entries that they felt were “too heavy,” “too expensive,” or “not refined enough.” We hope the results of our jury’s intense scrutiny will help in your ongoing search for the perfect product solution.

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

About our Jury

About our Jury
Meet our eight member jury of lighting designers, architects, and product specialists.

Photo © Axel Dupeux

Furnishings

Furnishings
Site Furnishings | Solar-Shading Fabric | Seating

Photo courtesy Tournesol Siteworks

Lighting

Lighting
LED | Recessed | Task | Surface | Controls

Photo courtesy Winona Lighting

Materials

Materials
Wood, Plastics, and Composites | Metals | Masonry

Photo courtesy InteriorArts

Plumbing & HVAC

Plumbing & HVAC
Fixtures | Fittings | Ceiling Fans | Controls

Photo courtesy Mitsubishi Electric

Thermal & Moisture Protection

Thermal & Moisture Protection
Siding Panels | Weather Barriers | Insulation

Photo courtesy KlipTech

Finishes

Finishes
Carpet Tiles | Coatings | Wallcoverings | Ceilings

Photo courtesy KnollTextiles

Openings

Openings
Glass and Glazing | Windows | Curtain Walls

Photo courtesy Guardian SunGuard PVGU

Equipment

Equipment
Residential Appliances | Office Equipment | Soap Dispensers

Photo courtesy Bobrick

Specialties & Conveying Systems

Specialties & Conveying Systems
Shower Doors | Marker Boards | Elevators

Photo courtesy ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas

Specialties & Conveying Systems

Editors’ Choice 2012

The editors combed through a year’s worth of products featured in the magazine to highlight a few favorites, from sculptural glass walls to a hardwood-flooring line made from reclaimed shipping pallets.

Photo courtesy Lasvit Group

 

 
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Previous Product Reports

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

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