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Product Reports 2005

Photography: © André Souroujon (all jury/editor photos)

Our 2005 Product Reports Jury
Tom Chang, AIA (seated, left), joined Helfand Architecture in New York City in 1998 and has served as project manager for clients including HBO, TimeOut NY, and designer Calvin Klein.

Susan Kaplan (seated, center) is a LEED-accredited, certified construction specifier.

Jim Conti, IALD (seated, right), is principal and director of lighting design at Jim Conti Lighting Design, Brooklyn, New York.

Linnaea Tillett, Ph.D. (standing, left), has been principal of Tillett Lighting Design in Brooklyn since 1983.

Joseph Raia, AIA, LEED (standing, second from left), joined Leers Weinzapfel Associates Architects in Boston in 1993 and was promoted to associate in 2001.

Elizabeth Weeks, AIA (standing, second from right), is an architect and associate at Gruzen Samton in New York City.

Michael Morris (standing, right) has been a partner with Yoshiko Sato in the Morris Sato Studio in New York City since 1996.

There is always a bit of excitement in the air at architectural record on Product Reports jury day—and it’s not just for the leftovers from the catered lunch. Early that morning, a conference room is arranged with hundreds of samples and submissions, organized by division, that have been collected over the previous months from the nation’s leading building-product manufacturers. Once the jurors are settled, the room falls quiet as they tackle the task of helping us choose the year’s most outstanding new products.

This year, we compiled our entries according to the 2004 edition of MasterFormat, but kept Digital Products as a separate category. Senior editor Deborah Snoonian, P.E., organized her third annual “virtual jury” to select the most innovative digital technology products. Her jury included Edward A. Goytia, AIA, director of practice operations at Mancini Duffy, New York City, and Darren J. Rizza, Assoc. AIA, firmwide director of digital design at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Chicago.

Over and over again, the jurors were drawn to colorful, well-researched, and sustainable products: Some are recognized for increasing sustainability without increasing price point, while others may address a common everyday problem, such as privacy in the open workplace environment. In most cases, the winners push the boundaries of what is normally expected, rather than reinterpreting the standard.

Favorites this year include interactive tiles that transfer light, described by one juror as “inventive and joyous”; a concrete technology that can be utilized as a display interface; and a rechargeable solar bollard. Finishes again emerged as one of the strongest categories due to “a great range of development and material research,” according to the jury. Juror Elizabeth Weeks, AIA, noted a trend in that category toward better-designed carpets with sustainable pedigrees, but wished more tile manufacturers would follow suit. An interesting paradox: The architects loved a tile with integrated LEDs, while the lighting designers were considerably less impressed.

As always, we hope that in the following pages you will find the perfect product solution for your next project.

- Rita Catinella Orrell

See the December 2005 issue of Architectural Record for detailed information about and images of these products.


Top Ten Green Products
Click here for a complete list of the top ten green products

Digital Products
SketchUp, @Last Software

BlackBerry 8700 series, Research In Motion

SIM, Tricycle

Pushbutton Plus, Bluebeam Software

Sketchbook Pro, Alias

Concrete & Masonry

Chronos Chromos Concrete, Royal College of Art

Giga-Crete, Structures USA

DuPont Exterior Cladding, DuPont

Metals, Woods, Plastics, & Composites

Zebrano, Zebrawood, & Acid green laminate, Patrick Industries

Tefor laminate, Abet Laminati

Lumicast Folio, Skyline Design

I-SYS Stainless Steel Fork Bracket, Carl Stahl Décor Cable

Madrid metal surfacing, Forms + Surfaces

The Green veneer collection, Tabu/WTP

Digital Print technology, Arpa USA

BlastWrap, BlastGard

Plyboo Strand, Plyboo Black Tambour, Plyboo Durapalm, Smith & Fong

Copper Anodize Finish, Linetec

Canopy green materials resource portfolio

Thermal & Moisture Protection

Smoke Guard System, RectorSeal

ThermalSafe panels, Metl-Span

Copper panels & Kynar-coated Galvalume metal panels, Custom-Bilt Metals

Insulated wall panels, American Buildings Company

FlameSafe FlowTrack, Grace Construction Products

MonierLifetile Madera, Monierlifetile

Mar-Flex 5000 & Sunflex, Mar-Flex


Laminated glass preparation process, Livinglass

Montage Visual Effects glass, Oldcastle Glass

5/8" Performance Divided Lite, Kolbe & Kolbe

H5015 & H349 door levers, Valli & Valli

Pyran Crystal glass-ceramic, Schott N.A.

Bricks, Boards, and Sticks, Joel Berman Glass Studios

Racerback door, Neoporte

Thermique windows, Engineered Glass Products

Ultimate Double Hung Magnum, Marvin Windows and Doors

Wood door with agrifiber core, VT Industries

Visuline windows, Wausau Window and Wall Systems

Beyond swing door, Dorma Glas

SentryGlas Plus & SentryGlas Expressions, Dupont

Decorative fire-rated glass, Technical Glass Products

Butternut wood veneers with laminated glass panels, Architectural Systems

Slide and Fold doors, Hope's Windows

ElectroLynx system, Assa Abloy

Avante garage door collection, Clopay

Sageglass electrochromic glass, Sage Electrochromics


Oxygena tiles, Ideal Standard

Infused Imagery, Deepa Textiles

Wireworks Forms Open-Cell Ceiling Systems, USG Interiors

Earthex wallcovering, Designtex

Tropical Veneer Collection, Architectural Systems

Textura from Viva Ceramica, Italian Trade Commission

Waterglass Mosaic Collection, Sicis North America

Original Earth Plaster, American Clay

Studio Finishes, Benjamin Moore

Kerlite slabs from Cotto D'Este, Italian Trade Commission

Safety siren, WarmlyYours

Spectra Lock Pro Grout & MultiMax Multipurpose Thin Set Mortar, Laticrete

I.D. Moduline, Tarkett Commercial

Sculptured Collection, Architectural Systems

Levelrock floor underlayment, USG

Light Tile, Villeroy + Boch

Joycolor Design, Euro Design Interiors

Way & Theory carpet collections, Milliken

Terrazzo & Scintilla tiles, SensiTile Systems

Soundscapes Acoustical Canopies, Armstrong Ceilings

Surfaces from Dom Ceramiche, Italian Trade Commission

L7 Carpet collection, Shaw Contract Group

Marmoleum global 2, Forbo Flooring

Translations, The Mohawk Group

Perlata, Armourcoat Surface Finishes

Trend Group's Brick Collection, Italian Trade Commission


Minimal fire extinguisher, Boffi Spa

Sticks space divider, Extremis

Glass office systems, Adotta

Translucents interior wall system, Duo-Gard

Thermique heated glass towel warmer, Engineered Glass Products


Walk-in Wine Vault, GE

Case System 2.3, Boffi Spa

Pro Line Laundry Pair, KitchenAid

PRO 48 fridge, Sub-Zero

Pro Harmony Range, Thermador

Artemis ceiling fan, G Squared Art

Le Wing projection TV screen, St. John Group

Thermique heated glass high shelf, Engineered Glass Products

T4 Point-of-Care Technology Cart, Humanscale


DoNuts, Extremis

Landscapes window shade collection, Conrad

Jacks & Criss Cross, Pallas Textiles

Gradiant fabric, Textus

Outdoor table & bench, Anthony Abbate Design and Fabrication

M4 Flat Panel Monitor Arm, Humanscale

Docking Pedestal Table, Robert Martin Designs

Tradewinds upholstery collection, Pallas Textiles

Ingeo textile, Designtex

Imprint chair, Lammhults/ICF

Trio window shade, Hunter Douglas

Circle seating unit, Walter Knoll

Eco-Intelligent Polyester, Designtex

By the Yard material, Chilewich

Louise Campbell's Prince chair, Hay

Krystal Weave Collection, Kova Textiles

Transit Seating, Forms + Surfaces

Special Construction & Conveying Equipment

Consonance whirpool, Kohler

Pentglass & Quadwall, CPI International

Spiral elevators, Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics

Plumbing & HVAC

Lulu collection, Dornbracht

Starck X toilet and bidet, Duravit

JustRain, Dornbracht

Matterhorn sink, KWC America

Undermount collection, Julien

Knight heating boiler, Lochinvar

Flat Kap vent hood, Boffi Spa

WaterTile body spray & Purist Hatbox toilet, Kohler

Hy-Ex residential ventilator, Abbaka

Randa K faucet & thermostatic shower column, MGS

Catalano C Program, Hastings Tile and Bath


Arketto LED task light, Luxo

Caboche ceiling lamp by Foscarini, Modern Living

350 Watt Natural White Lamp & 320 Watt e-lamp, Venture Lighting

LP Series, Lightolier

Remake Light, Remake Design

Radiante emergency light, Lightolier

Parallels indirect lighting, Peerless Lighting

DRAGONtape LED system, Osram Sylvania

Tabbi, Alkco Lighting

AH Wall wall luminaires, Louis Poulsen Lighting

Dandelion lamp, Moooi

Slotlight & Light Fields, Zumtobel Staff

Energos linear pendant lighting system, Lightolier

Honey luminaire, Rotaliana of Italy

Alcyon track fixtures & accesories, Lightolier

Alto Energy Advantage T8, Philips Lighting

Halley lamp, Lucesco

Avenue A, Focal Point

Annapolis Smart Bollard, Landscape Forms

Acenti, Leviton Manufacturing

PureFX recessed lighting system, Ledalite Architectural Products

EcoSystem ballast, Lutron Electronics

Communications, Security & Exterior Improvements

Babble, Sonare Technologies

Modern Smoke detector, Architectural Devices

DuPont self-charging smoke alarm, Dupont

Internal station with monitor & FPM 611, SSS Siedle

Stainless Steel or Bronze bollards & anti-ram bench, SO Works

Actalyst digital overlays, Smart Technologies