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Product Reports 2004

Photography: © André Souroujon

Our 2004 Product Reports Jury
Howard Brandston, LC, FIES, Hon. FCIBSE, FIALD (back row, far left), is a partner with Brandston Partnership in New York City.

Thomas C. Lekometros (back row, second from left) is a principal owner and the partner in charge of design for The Lawrence Group Architects, New York.

Blaine Brownell (back row, third from left) is a LEED-certified architect and an associate with NBBJ in Seattle.

Roger Klein, AIA (back row, far right), is principal and director of architectural design at Swanke Hayden Connell Architects (SHCA).

Morley Bland (front row, left) has been with Beyer Blinder Belle in New York City since 1991.

Lauren Crahan (front row, right) has been a partner in the Brooklyn, N.Y., firm Freecell since 2000.

How do you recognize a well-designed product? The seminal designer Charles Eames once said, “The real questions are: Does it solve a problem? Is it serviceable? How is it going to look in 10 years?” As I sift through the thousands of product submissions that cross my desk during the year, I keep this quote tacked to the wall as a reminder of the goals of good design. Our aim at record is to feature products that are useful, timeless, and address a problem in a new way. This is a quest that is not only rewarding for us, but we hope rewarding for you, as well.

In fact, once a year we gather a passionate and knowledgeable jury representing our readers—architects, designers, and product experts—to choose the most outstanding products of the year. This tireless group donates a day from their busy schedules to pore over product submissions, images, and samples, to find products that answer a well-known or recently created demand in the market. This is no beauty contest—products are chosen not only for their aesthetics, but also for their sustainability, durability, ease of maintenance, and a range of other qualities that push them a step beyond the standard.

Our jury has a different relationship with the product manufacturers than our editors do, and while lead times, customer service, and price points are not part of the criteria for judging, the jury can’t help but let these issues factor into their choices. Often their personal experiences with a company that was stellar, or less so, will affect their final decisions.

After all was said and done, our jury selected 125 new products that they felt deserved recognition this year. While avoiding overdesigned products, they favored offerings that combined new technologies and customization options, including a rear-projection acrylic screen that comes in lengths of up to 340 feet, and a phosphorescent glass block material that can be crafted into an array of surfaces.

For the second year in a row, our Digital Products editor Deborah Snoonian, P.E., organized a “virtual” jury to evaluate the best digital products of 2004. Her jury included Patrick Mays, AIA, principal and C.I.O. of NBBJ, Seattle, and Paul Seletsky, Assoc. AIA, director of technology, Davis Brody Bond, New York City.

Our thanks go to the jurors, participating companies, and Record interns Audrey Beaton and James Murdock for their help with this year’s Reports. We are eager to see what manufacturers have on the boards for 2005, and with Eames’s criteria as a guide, to continue our search for the industry’s most exciting new products.
- Rita F. Catinella

See the December 2004 issue of Architectural Record for detailed information about and images of these products.

 

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Digital Products
Gehry Partners Digital Project software
www.gehrytechnologies.com

Dimension’s 3D printers
www.dimensionprinting.com

CINEMA 4D modeling and animation software
www.maxoncomputer.com

NavisWorks
www.navisworks.com

Pocket Palette color reader
www.benjaminmoore.com

GoToMeeting software
www.gotomeeting.com

Graphisoft’s Virtual Construction
www.graphisoft.com

IES’s Virtual Environment program
www.iesve.com

X1 search software
www.x1.com

Project Website
www.project-websites.com

Sitework
The Nox line
www.rexite.it

The Dune Series cast-concrete landscape containers
www.kornegaydesign.com

Huncto Supply
www.huntco.com

Take 5 seating, table, and planter line
www.landscapeforms.com

Hudson Bench
www.forms-surfaces.com

The Tolt table and bench
www.extremis.be

Concrete & Masonry
LiTraCon
www.litracon.com

The BlockNet system by Mortar Net
www.mortarnet.com/ar

Extremeconcrete cast-concrete material
www.extremeconcrete.com

CavClear Stone Mat
www.cavclear.com

Lafarge’s Agilia Blockfill self-consolidating grout
www.lafargenorthamerica.com

Lithochrome Tintura Stain
www.scofield.com

Hanover Architectural Panels
www.hanoverpavers.com

Xypex Megamix
www.xypex.com

IMF (insulated masonry form) wall system
www.cbisinc.com

Metals, Woods & Plastics
The Tropical Veneers collection
www.archsystems.com

Pep and Stage honeycomb panel products
www.3-form.com

Spectra lite 16
www.rodeca.de

X-Tend2 prefabricated handrail system
www.decorcable.com

Panelite’s Cast Polymer Series of translucent honeycomb panels
www.e-panelite.com

Pearls
www.dtex.com

Hybrid glulam beams
www.glulambeams.org

Thermal & Moisture
Sto Guard
www.stocorp.com

Terrart
www.nbk.de

Concept Series concealed fastener panels
www.centria.com

Doors & Windows
Luna cast glass
www.archsystems.com

Aluflam aluminum door and window system
www.aluflam-usa.com

Pella Vivid View screens
www.pella.com

Profile 3D cast glass
www.jbermanglass.com

Rockwood leather door pulls
www.rockwoodmfg.com

WaterGlass highly translucent glass material
www.archsystems.com

SGG Swissflam Structure
www.vetrotech.com

Kalwall + Nanogel translucent aerogel panels
www.kalwall.com

The LightPoints LED system
www.us.schott.com

Finishes
Singular Forms
www.dtex.com

TractionBack
www.millikencarpetsamplestudio.com

Plynyl Shag indoor/outdoor flooring
www.plynyl.com

Topissimo
www.nanimarquina.com

Designtex
www.dtex.com

Photo-Form
www.photo-form.com

Pause wall-covering pattern
www.knolltextiles.com

Quilt-glass tile
www.annsacks.com

Terra Serena
www.exinc.org

Laticrete SpectraLock Grout with Microban
www.laticrete.com

The Embossed Wood Collection
www.archsystems.com

The Focus tile
www.italytile.com

Cor-Ten
www.tauceramic.com

Lonseal Nova UV sheet vinyl
www.lonseal.com

Specialties & Equipment
Afuera built-in central vacuum system offering permanent HEPA filtration www.electrolux.com

Om is an almost vertical, completely flat glass hood
www.elica.com

Blue Ocean screen
www.usnippura.com

Starck 1.2.3. tall cabinet
www.duravit.com

Latitude Bumper System
www.forms-surfaces.com

Varia closet
www.poliformusa.com

SIU401-22 sculptural island-style hood
www.siriushoods.com

Sierra Series
www.bobrick.com

ad notam
www.ad-notam.com

Furnishings
Allsteel’s Terrace office system tiles
www.allsteeloffice.com

Liberty chair
www.humanscale.com

Nung chair
www.xenoobjects.com

Timeless chair’s seat and backrest
www.flexformusa.com

Soft Wall flexible partition
www.molodesign.com

The k chair
www.centro-inc.com

Flori chair and ottoman
www.modernliving.com

Vox Office workstation
www.nienkamper.com

Cadena
www.knolltextiles.com

EcoVeil solar shade cloth

The Superlight aluminum chair
www.emeco.net

Strip chair
www.poliformusa.com

Topo’s “flex-fit” walls
www.metrofurniture.com

The Leaf seating collection
www.modernliving.com

Sustain residence-hall furniture
www.ki.com

Special Construction & Conveyance

ISIS elevator
www.thyssenkrupp.com

RWI Schott Solar’s semitransparent building-integrated photovoltaic panels
www.us.schott.com

OpenAire - large-span retractable roofs
www.openaire.com

Siedle’s fingerprint-based access control
www.siedleusa.com

Mechanical
Alape’s WT.RX basin
www.alape.com

Stillness and Purist wall-mount faucet designs
www.kohler.com

Purefecta Drinking Water Purifier
www.kinetico.com

Aveo, a collection of bathroom fixtures from Villeroy & Boch
www.villeroy-boch.com

Hoesch single- or double-seated bathtubs in four sizes
www.hoesch.de

The Axor Steel collection
www.hansgrohe-usa.com

Electrical
Soli Zontio
www.lightolier.com

Bega’s Adjustable Gantry Lighting System
www.bega-us.com

Sylvania Prominence
www.sylvania.com

Martin Architectural’s new Flat panel speakers
www.martinarchitectural.com

The Grafik 7000 centralized lighting control system
www.lutron.com

iColor Tile FX
www.colorkinetics.com

Retail Rod fluorescent rod system
www.ardeelighting.com

LightScript LED-based illumination solution
www.tirsys.com

Uni-Form Natural White pulse-start metal-halide systems
www.venturelighting.com

Candéo decorative, high-performance, recessed downlighting
www.gothamlighting.com

SL-43 in-ground/above-ground landscape lighting luminaire
www.alllighting.com

T5HO high-range voltage AccuStart 5 ballast
www.universalballast.com

I.Q. On Board roubleshooting LED signal device
www.beaconproducts.com

EFO fiber-optic light source
www.fiberstars.com

DS2490LP (low profile) soundmasker
www.dynasound.com

 

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