Surfaces/Finishes

Faux Steel Finish

With a lower price tag and almost one-third the weight of stainless steel, anodized aluminum is an attractive option for window and curtainwall frames. However, architects have traditionally compromised on stainless steel’s clean, highly reflective appearance. Evening the score, Linetec has introduced a Brushed Stainless finish, mimicking the luster and sheen of real steel. A high-performance, non-hazardous anodized finish, Brushed Stainless delivers a long life span and a high level of stability to ultraviolet rays. 

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Edgy Stone

Known for its exquisite glass mosaics, Sicis has crossed the line from glass mosaics into completely modern territory with new edgy looks in large-format glass techniques. Dubbed “Electric Marble,” the new line is born of complex industrial processes and an artful color study, that, in combination create the stunning effect of abstract, chromatic content inside an otherwise natural stone slab. The eyes are delighted and the brain confounded by the juxtaposition of out-of-the-box pigments that enter the natural texture of the marble veins, forming a irregular, organic and energetic colorations in the gleaming glass slabs. 

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Not Just Another Brick in the Wall

Brick’s clean-lined traditionalism is enjoying a bit of a resurgence, especially when paired with more contemporary gray-toned palettes. Clean Brick cast-brick veneer was designed to meet this evolving demand. Shown in Chalk, it is also available in a Slate Gray finish.

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Hand-Stenciled Tiles

Created from well-known designer Italian Atelier Bardelli’s freehand drawing style, the Tangram Collection features attractive stenciled drawings in the form of bath tiles. Bardelli imports his drawings into mixed media for more specific detailing, thereby blending his traditional craft with modern design techniques.

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Stone-Faced Glass

Antolini's new Stratospherica collection is a collaboration between the Italian stone company and Mutaforma, an Italian brand that operates in the field of augmented materials. It starts with glass and involves the application of nanotechnology to produce bold, fascinating patterns using the diverse materials. The stone slabs are extremely versatile and even allow for book-matched or continuous layouts.

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Diagonal Tile Art

Basho geometric artesian architectural glass features a composition of mixed surface finishes for a unique effect. Each 4-in. × 8-in. tile is divided by a diagonal that balances glossy and matte. With six tone-on-tone colors, four contrasting colors and left and right angled compositions, designers can mix and match to form dynamic patterns out of triangles, diamonds and chevrons. Named for the 17th-century Japanese haiku master Basho who invented the term “haiku.”

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Hot Off The Countertop

Thirty-two new Formica Laminate colors, patterns and woodgrain designs, as well as one new finish, make up the SurfaceSet 2018 collection, ideal for commercial spaces. Inspired by “beautiful waste” and small-batch craft production, Tonal Paper Terrazzo (shown), uses small fragments of recycled post-production solid color paper from Formica Laminate, layered directly into the neutral backing. 

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Cabana Culture

During last year’s Milan Design Week, Corian created what it has dubbed the Corian Cabana, an experiential path, which combines Corian with a variety of decorative patterns, lighting effects and music. The “Corian Cabana Club” different rooms in this Corian “village” form a bazaar of design applications of Corian fabrications. Shown here is the ornate walls letting light into the Mystery Tunnel.  

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Depth and Durability

Arborite has introduced 36 new colors to its laminate collection. Along with an authentic mid-century color- palette, a pearlized metallic pallet gives more depth than has previously thought possible. Chambray is a modern twist on the original laminate, Linen. The collection adds a large array of distressed and urban woods, and even an urban concrete that is ingenious for its undetectable wear-and-tear.

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