Advances

Greater Impact Resistance

VersaGuard performs in high-traffic corridors and public spaces, shielding walls from wear and the impact of rolling traffic such as desk chairs, carts and gurneys. The wall protection is highly resistant to soiling and tough stains. When cleaning is needed, stringent agents such as bleach or rubbing alcohol can be used. It includes 30% recycled content and is NSF 342 certified. It has a long lifecycle even in extreme applications and maintains a clean, attractive appearance for many years. 

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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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Wall-To-Wall Acoustics

Affinity by Luna is Delta H Design’s newest wave-like texture and aesthetic design acoustically transparent textile. Available in seven colors, the textiles are available for use across the entire line of ZR Acoustics Quantum Devices. Affinity features acoustical cloaking, life-like imaging and elegant aesthetics. Easy to set up, the covered panels are lightweight and portable. 

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Could this be the Most Sustainable Wallboard?

USG’s new Sheetrock Brand EcoSmart Panels Mold Tough Firecode X may be an industry first in lightweight and sustainable 5⁄8-in. Type X gypsum wallboard. Still moisture and mold-resistant, this wallboard was designed to meet the Architecture 2030 Challenge for Products. The wallboard features up to 94.6% recycled content, is GreenGuard Gold certified and Living Building Challenge compliant. The wallboard still offers sound, strength, sag and impact resistance, and is UL classified as fire resistant, with surface-burning characteristics and non-combustibility. Compliant with ASTM C1396. 

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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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Open Up

HO4 Open Aperture luminaires offer a sculptural approach to linear lighting that can be configured for direct, uplight/downlight, pendant, recessed and surface-mount applications. The high-efficiency fixtures feature a polymer reflector and a unique optical design that adds just enough brightness variation to help define the rectilinear form. 

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Carbon-Free Fixtures

Raising the sustainable bar and rising to the Architecture 2030 for Products Challenge, Sloan has released a number of carbon-free products to help building’s mitigate their embodied carbon levels and associated greenhouse gas emissions. Considered to be a step beyond environmental product declarations and health product declarations, as more manufacturers offer low-carbon and no-carbon product alternatives, this will help enable buildings to potentially track and ultimately reach aggressive carbon neutral industry goals by the year 2030. Included in Sloan’s no-carbon offerings, which were achieved with forestry credits, are Flushometers, high-efficiency urinals and toilets, and

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Petals of Light

A new concept in decorative LED fixtures, Diphy’s name comes from Diphylleia grayi, “the crystal flower” whose white petals become totally transparent when in contact with water. One of the most suggestive news of the 2017 Material & Design Collection by Linea Light Group, the extreme transparency of the PMMA diffuser is in contrast to the brightness of the lamp lit, embellished with the characteristic pattern of OptiLight Technology, laser micro-incisions that distribute the photons downward. A thin white painted aluminum bar houses the LED light source, and a clean light fills the screen-printed curved diffuser. Available in suspended and standing lamp versions.&

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Pristine Privacy

Scranton Products has combined striking aesthetics and enhanced privacy with the introduction of its new line of Aria Partitions. Developed to provide both privacy and beauty in public restrooms, each system is available with 17 different door designs, seven panel designs and 27 colors and textures. 

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'Athleisure' at the Office

Movement, action and performance are what we expect from athletes and now they are a desirable quality in the corporate environment. PFRM from Carnegie is a collection of sport-forward designs based on technical performance fabrics expected in athletic realms combined with the desired refined, flattering and aesthetic found in today’s “athleisure” wardrobes. Carnegie unveiled its collaboration with Gensler design principal, Lee Pasteris, to NeoCon audiences last June where the design concept in performance fabrics for furniture garnered rave reviews. The collaboration between Carnegie and Gensler produced a playful collection of fabrics that takes its cues from the flexibil

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