Silent Spark

During the company’s 10th anniversary celebration in Antwerp, acoustic furniture experts, BuzziSpace, introduced BuzziSpark, a cheeky name for a modern take on a traditional vis-à-vis settee. BuzziSpark’s final dimensions and details went through several iterations before the seasoned designer’s Alain Gilles creation was finalized. The elegant concept features comfort in its cushions and low-to-the-ground frame. Visual and acoustic privacy are achieved through higher curvilinear sidewalls. The simple framing hugs the exterior and comes in standard black, but will be made to order to customers’ specifications to coordinate with fabric when desired. It will be available

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Flooring Provides Stylish Pathway to Sustainability

Request for custom mixed flooring proves no deterrent in implementing an underfloor access system to achieve comfort and performance goals, including greater daylight harvesting. The design for these floors needed to convey a high-end professional feel while maintaining the benefits which had been achieved using an access floor system. The architectural firm of Mark Cavagnero Assocs. had a clear vision of materials: teak plank wood, multi-piece porcelain and carpet. The challenge became how to blend these varying materials as transitions and maintain the functionality of the access floor system. At 30-stories and 450,000 sq. ft., 350 Mission Street is the first LEED Platinum high-rise in th

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Classic Style Tile

With its sleek, sophisticated wide spread faucet, MCN’s new Extend collection features a distinctive minimalist design and strong geometric lines. The faucet handles—available in polished chrome, brushed nickel and polished nickel—combine flat edges and curved profiles.

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From Past to Present

Once a metaphor for economic and political turmoil in the area, the venerable “Unfinished Theatre” in Lublin, Poland, needed to bring itself into the 21st century. Two rooms especially benefited from a seating upgrade that leaves visitors in step with modern aesthetics and comfort. The “Unfinished Theatre” is the name that the inhabitants of Lublin nicknamed the old building that has occupied the city center for more than 40 years. With construction starting in 1960, it was set to be Europe’s largest opera palace. Funding problems at the start, together with the economic crisis of the 1980s and political changes at the end, left the unfinished building as a metaphor for a society that went d

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Green Genie

Ever wish for an efficient irrigation system? The IrriGreen Genius Irrigation System uses patented software to deliver information to its programmable Genius Sprinkler Heads. They digitally control water pressure, direction and distance of the water sprays, and the rotational speed of the heads. Utilizing mapping points set by installers with the IrriGreen Mobile App, the system modifies the sprays up to 437 times per rotation so the watering patterns conform to the exact shape of the area—which means there is no wasted water from spraying past the lawn onto sidewalks. 

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1st Choice Savings & Credit Union, Alberta, Canada

Credit Union Banks on Precision Illumination

The location of 1st Choice Savings & Credit Union in Alberta, Canada, was designed to be a bright and inviting facility with an open lobby, featuring a high ceiling and glass façades that allow plenty of sunlight. While the architect had the best of intentions, the lighting of the credit unions’ lobby became an issue as unforeseen circumstances came to fruition. One of those issues had to do with the physical position of the building itself. Facing north, the large windows offered plenty of daylight on sunny days, which is always welcome in a commercial space. This caused a tremendous amount of glare, however, during prime working hours that made it difficult for staff members to do thei

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