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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
www.sketch3d.com

BlackBerry 8700 series, Research In Motion
www.blackberry.com

SIM, Tricycle
www.tricycleinc.com

Pushbutton Plus, Bluebeam Software
www.bluebeam.com

Sketchbook Pro, Alias
www.alias.com

Concrete & Masonry

Chronos Chromos Concrete, Royal College of Art
www.innovation.rca.ac.uk/archive/students.html

Giga-Crete, Structures USA
www.gigacrete.com

DuPont Exterior Cladding, DuPont
www.corian.com

Metals, Woods, Plastics, & Composites

Zebrano, Zebrawood, & Acid green laminate, Patrick Industries
www.patrickind.com

Tefor laminate, Abet Laminati
www.abetlaminati.com

Lumicast Folio, Skyline Design
www.skydesign.com

I-SYS Stainless Steel Fork Bracket, Carl Stahl Décor Cable
www.decorcable.com

Madrid metal surfacing, Forms + Surfaces
www.forms-surfaces.com

The Green veneer collection, Tabu/WTP
www.tabu.it

Digital Print technology, Arpa USA
www.arpausa.com

BlastWrap, BlastGard
www.blastgard.net

Plyboo Strand, Plyboo Black Tambour, Plyboo Durapalm, Smith & Fong
www.durapalm.com
www.plyboo.com

Copper Anodize Finish, Linetec
www.linetec.com

Canopy green materials resource portfolio
www.canopyhome.com

Thermal & Moisture Protection

Smoke Guard System, RectorSeal
www.smokeguard.com

ThermalSafe panels, Metl-Span
www.metlspan.com

Copper panels & Kynar-coated Galvalume metal panels, Custom-Bilt Metals
www.custombiltmetals.com

Insulated wall panels, American Buildings Company
www.americanbuildings.com

FlameSafe FlowTrack, Grace Construction Products
www.graceconstruction.com

MonierLifetile Madera, Monierlifetile
www.monierlifetile.com

Mar-Flex 5000 & Sunflex, Mar-Flex
www.mar-flex.com

Openings

Laminated glass preparation process, Livinglass
www.livinglass.com

Montage Visual Effects glass, Oldcastle Glass
www.oldcastleglass.com

5/8" Performance Divided Lite, Kolbe & Kolbe
www.kolbe-kolbe.com

H5015 & H349 door levers, Valli & Valli
www.vallievalli.com

Pyran Crystal glass-ceramic, Schott N.A.
www.us.schott.com/pyran

Bricks, Boards, and Sticks, Joel Berman Glass Studios
www.jbermanglass.com

Racerback door, Neoporte
www.neoporte.com

Thermique windows, Engineered Glass Products
www.egpglass.com

Ultimate Double Hung Magnum, Marvin Windows and Doors
www.marvin.com

Wood door with agrifiber core, VT Industries
www.vtindustries.com

Visuline windows, Wausau Window and Wall Systems
www.wausauwindow.com

Beyond swing door, Dorma Glas
www.dorma-usa.com

SentryGlas Plus & SentryGlas Expressions, Dupont
www.dupont.com/safetyglass

Decorative fire-rated glass, Technical Glass Products
www.fireglass.com

Butternut wood veneers with laminated glass panels, Architectural Systems
www.archsystems.com

Slide and Fold doors, Hope's Windows
www.hopeswindows.com

ElectroLynx system, Assa Abloy
www.assaabloydss.com

Avante garage door collection, Clopay
www.clopay.com

Sageglass electrochromic glass, Sage Electrochromics
www.sage-ec.com

Finishes

Oxygena tiles, Ideal Standard
www.gambarelli.it

Infused Imagery, Deepa Textiles
www.deepa.com

Wireworks Forms Open-Cell Ceiling Systems, USG Interiors
www.usg.com

Earthex wallcovering, Designtex
www.dtex.com

Tropical Veneer Collection, Architectural Systems
www.archsystems.com

Textura from Viva Ceramica, Italian Trade Commission
www.italiantiles.com

Waterglass Mosaic Collection, Sicis North America
www.sicis.it

Original Earth Plaster, American Clay
www.americanclay.com

Studio Finishes, Benjamin Moore
www.benjaminmoore.com

Kerlite slabs from Cotto D'Este, Italian Trade Commission
www.italiantiles.com

Safety siren, WarmlyYours
www.warmlyyours.com/press

Spectra Lock Pro Grout & MultiMax Multipurpose Thin Set Mortar, Laticrete
www.laticrete.com

I.D. Moduline, Tarkett Commercial
www.tarkett-commercial.com

Sculptured Collection, Architectural Systems
www.archsystems.com

Levelrock floor underlayment, USG
www.gypsumsolutions.com

Light Tile, Villeroy + Boch
www.villeroy-boch.com

Joycolor Design, Euro Design Interiors
www.edigallery.com

Way & Theory carpet collections, Milliken
www.millikencarpet.com

Terrazzo & Scintilla tiles, SensiTile Systems
www.sensitile.com

Soundscapes Acoustical Canopies, Armstrong Ceilings
www.armstrong.com/ceilings

Surfaces from Dom Ceramiche, Italian Trade Commission
www.italiantiles.com

L7 Carpet collection, Shaw Contract Group
www.shawcontractgroup.com

Marmoleum global 2, Forbo Flooring
www.forboflooringna.com

Translations, The Mohawk Group
www.themohawkgroup.com

Perlata, Armourcoat Surface Finishes
www.armourcoatusa.com

Trend Group's Brick Collection, Italian Trade Commission
www.italiantiles.com

Specialties

Minimal fire extinguisher, Boffi Spa
www.boffi.com

Sticks space divider, Extremis
www.extremis.com

Glass office systems, Adotta
www.adotta.com

Translucents interior wall system, Duo-Gard
www.duo-gard.com

Thermique heated glass towel warmer, Engineered Glass Products
www.egpglass.com

Equipment

Walk-in Wine Vault, GE
www.monogram.com

Case System 2.3, Boffi Spa
www.boffi.com

Pro Line Laundry Pair, KitchenAid
www.insideadvantage.com

PRO 48 fridge, Sub-Zero
www.subzero.com

Pro Harmony Range, Thermador
www.thermador.com

Artemis ceiling fan, G Squared Art
www.g2art.com

Le Wing projection TV screen, St. John Group
www.screenresearch.com

Thermique heated glass high shelf, Engineered Glass Products
www.egpglass.com

T4 Point-of-Care Technology Cart, Humanscale
www.humanscale.com

Furnishings

DoNuts, Extremis
www.extremis.be

Landscapes window shade collection, Conrad
www.conradshades.com

Jacks & Criss Cross, Pallas Textiles
www.pallastextiles.com

Gradiant fabric, Textus
www.memosamples.com

Outdoor table & bench, Anthony Abbate Design and Fabrication
www.anthonyabbate.com

M4 Flat Panel Monitor Arm, Humanscale
www.humanscale.com

Docking Pedestal Table, Robert Martin Designs
www.robertmartindesigns.com

Tradewinds upholstery collection, Pallas Textiles
www.pallastextiles.com

Ingeo textile, Designtex
www.dtex.com

Imprint chair, Lammhults/ICF
www.icfsource.com

Trio window shade, Hunter Douglas
www.hunterdouglas.com

Circle seating unit, Walter Knoll
www.walterknoll.de

Eco-Intelligent Polyester, Designtex
www.dtex.com

By the Yard material, Chilewich
www.chilewich.com

Louise Campbell's Prince chair, Hay
www.hay.dk

Krystal Weave Collection, Kova Textiles
www.kovatextiles.com

Transit Seating, Forms + Surfaces
www.forms-surfaces.com

Special Construction & Conveying Equipment

Consonance whirpool, Kohler
www.kohler.com

Pentglass & Quadwall, CPI International
www.cpidaylighting.com

Spiral elevators, Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics
www.mitsubishielectric.com

Plumbing & HVAC

Lulu collection, Dornbracht
www.dornbracht.com

Starck X toilet and bidet, Duravit
www.duravit.com

JustRain, Dornbracht
www.dornbracht.com

Matterhorn sink, KWC America
www.kwcfaucets.com

Undermount collection, Julien
www.julien.ca

Knight heating boiler, Lochinvar
www.lochinvar

Flat Kap vent hood, Boffi Spa
www.boffi.com

WaterTile body spray & Purist Hatbox toilet, Kohler
www.kohler.com

Hy-Ex residential ventilator, Abbaka
www.abbaka.com

Randa K faucet & thermostatic shower column, MGS
www.mgsdesign.com

Catalano C Program, Hastings Tile and Bath
www.hatingstilebath.com

Electrical

Arketto LED task light, Luxo
www.luxous.com

Caboche ceiling lamp by Foscarini, Modern Living
www.modernliving.com

350 Watt Natural White Lamp & 320 Watt e-lamp, Venture Lighting
www.venturelighting.com

LP Series, Lightolier
www.lightolier.com

Remake Light, Remake Design
www.remake-design.com

Radiante emergency light, Lightolier
www.lightolier.com

Parallels indirect lighting, Peerless Lighting
www.peerless-lighting.com

DRAGONtape LED system, Osram Sylvania
www.sylvania.com

Tabbi, Alkco Lighting
www.alkco.com

AH Wall wall luminaires, Louis Poulsen Lighting
www.loiuspoulsen.com

Dandelion lamp, Moooi
www.moooi.nl

Slotlight & Light Fields, Zumtobel Staff
www.zumtobelstaff.com

Energos linear pendant lighting system, Lightolier
www.lightolier.com

Honey luminaire, Rotaliana of Italy
www.rotaliana.it

Alcyon track fixtures & accesories, Lightolier
www.lightolier.com

Alto Energy Advantage T8, Philips Lighting
www.philips.com

Halley lamp, Lucesco
www.lucesco.com

Avenue A, Focal Point
www.focalpointlights.com

Annapolis Smart Bollard, Landscape Forms
www.landscapeforms.com

Acenti, Leviton Manufacturing
www.leviton.com/acenti

PureFX recessed lighting system, Ledalite Architectural Products
www.ledalite.com

EcoSystem ballast, Lutron Electronics
www.lutron.com

Communications, Security & Exterior Improvements

Babble, Sonare Technologies
www.sonaretechnologies.com

Modern Smoke detector, Architectural Devices
www.architecturaldevices.com

DuPont self-charging smoke alarm, Dupont
www.dupont.com

Internal station with monitor & FPM 611, SSS Siedle
www.siedleusa.com

Stainless Steel or Bronze bollards & anti-ram bench, SO Works
www.soworks.net

Actalyst digital overlays, Smart Technologies
www.smarttech.com/actalyst/panles

 

 

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