Originally published in Interiors & Sources

01/01/2008

Sources: Editors' Choice

 
Paoli's Omage is an option-rich mesh and upholstered seating line in executive and manager models. Omage combines flexible, body-contoured mesh with the superior support and the long-term comfort of an upholstered seat. Omage suits a wide range of user sizes and preferences with a choice of two back heights, two back widths, height adjustability and an available headrest. 
 

Part of the Modo Collection, Cumberland Furniture's Livy arm chair features a generous seat cushion resting atop a solid maple base, and slightly splayed, square legs. A rich selection of textiles and leathers is offered and the side chair's exterior is completely wrapped in wood-creating a polished appearance from the side and back.

 
Hampstead Lighting, a manufacturer of
contemporary European lighting, introduces Damasco. Available in amber, black, crystal, or
transparent topaz, the Damasco Suspension features a glass diffuser created with the "bolzzolo" technique, which entails manually applying "threads" of molded glass on a pre-shaped element in blown crystal. 
 

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 Teknion introduces OptosTM, a glass wall system that provides a virtually transparent aesthetic-offering a new look at the challenge of making more out of small spaces. Large expanses of 10mm glass are captured between horizontal aluminum framing at the floor and ceiling. Glass-to-glass frameless connections using a unique, transparent adhesive tape give the wall a clean, almost invisible appearance. 
Watson Desking introduces the MiroTM Series 1 storage product line. The Series 1 was created with customers facing smaller office footprints in mind. The 15-inch depth conserves precious real estate without skimping on storage capacity. In addition to adjusted depths, Watson engineered the units to contain drawers on the left and right sides, so that one unit can be shared between two workstations.  

Stadio pendants from d'ac Lighting provide a broad beam of direct downlighting in a clean, light-industrial design aesthetic-ideal for a range of interior applications, including commercial building reception areas, corridors, meeting rooms, and selected hospitality and healthcare installations. Stadio pendants are characterized by a graduated semi bell-shaped housing design that adds subtle contemporary style to any space. 

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Gunlocke's ConvergeTM seamlessly links workers with technology, and each other, with its integrated
customizable connectivity and vast array of table top
and base options. Discover what the world of business has been waiting for: an easier way to connect and collaborate. 
 

modularArts introduces Interlocking-Rock, a seamless system of sculptural panels with interlocking joints. This new feature ensures accurate panel-to-panel alignment in all directions, including the surface plane. Cast entirely of mineral, they're durable, safe and healthy, because they contain no plastics, no VOCs, and no urea-formaldehyde. 
Haworth introduces BRAZO. This new task light, designed by Pablo Pardo of Pablo Designs in San Francisco, has a fully adjustable, calibrated light control and a quality, precision machined recyclable aluminum body. BRAZO offers functional design that is compatible with any environment and an LED light source that provides years of service with little maintenance. 

 

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Carnegie's Vibe is meant to evoke a distinctive emotional atmosphere. Similar to the 1960s, we are currently on the cusp of societal change, with a pervasive sense of turbulence and uncertainty in our world. For some, in times like these, our thoughts often turn toward social, ethical, and environmental responsibilities. The Vibe Collection takes this idea as a starting point, offering a collection that evokes beauty, emotion, spirituality and comfort. 
DIRTT Walls provide horizontal mounting to support any manufacturer's furniture or storage and to suit any module size. Every DIRTT Wall, whether glass or solid, is inherently parametric and attaches to the building and each other in the same way, allowing the design team to distill the perfect solution. 

 

 

The design of Ahrend's Revolt is crisp, architectural ... yet inviting. Curved edges and smooth surfaces are evident from top to bottom. It is a simple design, yet rich in detail. A large-scale, ergonomically contoured, high-impact composite seat curves slightly upward at the sides, to gently and comfortably raise the sitter's height. 

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Nucraft's Mural® accommodates a wide variety of presentation styles, but it is particularly adept at supporting the type of technology-intensive presentations that incorporate plasma screens, projection systems, video conferencing cameras, sound systems, CPUs, and laptops. Whether it's accessing power and communication sources or routing and managing cords and cables, Mural offers an optimum solution. 

This Eames-inspired classic pattern Redondo, by Joel Berman Glass Studios, can be used in a variety of applications such as partitions, divider walls, doors, balustrades and more. The beauty of handcrafted kiln-cast glass is in its translucency and in the manner in which it obscures objects while working with light in intriguing ways. Redondo combines pattern, form, shape and color. Such versatility makes it both functional and decorative, permitting privacy while allowing an abundance of light.  
Leland International introduces the M2
collection of guest and bar seating with companion tables. The striking M2 finishes are revealed through intriguing negative spaces cut in the chair back that also serve as handles for easy maneuvering. The
generously-scaled contoured plywood shell has a gentle flex for seating ease and a waterfall front edge that evenly and comfortably supports the back of the legs. 

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Combining cosmopolitan style with energizing contrast colors and exceptional durability, NeopolitanTM architectural plywood is Smith & Fong's latest offering from the bamboo forest. Manufactured to exacting engineering specifications for exceptional durability, Neopolitan can handle the toughest retail, restaurant, education, and hospitality environments. 
Versteel introduces RULO, a high-density nesting table and chair. The unique built-in tilting mechanism allows the table and chair to nest for easy storage or movement of unlimited quantities by a single person. Available in a wide range of materials and finishes to complement any interior, RULO's sturdy, lightweight construction allows for easy set-up or reconfiguration. 

 

From the streets of Detroit to the clubs of Dubai, what started as an underground music craze in the 1980s has "remixed" the play list at dance clubs around the world. Paying tribute to its namesake, Karastan Contract's Techno expertly synthesizes contemporary design with classic colors to create a dramatic carpeting collection that is both refreshing and unexpectedly cohesive. 

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Cascade Coil wire-mesh fabric makes a design statement and solves problems. The texture and versatility allows architects and interior designers to create dramatic spaces that let in light and air yet also define the space and create a sense of privacy without sacrificing views. The fabric itself accents lighting effects, while its textures provide points of interest in a space. 

Allsteel has launched a series of new additions to its Reach line of integrated storage solutions and now offers customers even more options and flexibility. The new Reach enhancements include an integrated wardrobe storage option and bottom-level open shelves. Allsteel has also introduced two new paint finishes for Reach. Designers now have the flexibility to create either a light, crisp look with the company's new Brilliant White paint finish, or a darker, contemporary look with Carob brown. 
Tandus introduces the Bas Relief Series, part of Suzanne Tick's latest study in woven broadloom carpet structure. Volumes of extra large, twisted yarn bundles project forms on a flat background, as in sculpture. Tick's "carpet sculptures" work as accessories to define a space. Bas Relief Series carpets can be installed as conventional wide-width broadloom, or as "rug-like" insets within modular carpet fields. 

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 Geiger's Caucus tables are positioned for use in small meeting areas, (as table desks in personal offices), and as conference tables in larger meeting spaces and boardrooms. The tables are offered in a beautiful palette of standard materials. In addition to Geiger's prized wood finishes, tables may be accented with back-painted acrylics, leathers, and stitched leathers.
Zen Garden, a new pattern from John Hutton Textiles, is a delight to the eye. Available in colors of platinum, white gold, pewter, gold dust, gun metal, and zinc, the line is woven in a heavy blend of resilient polyester and olefin that shimmers from all angles and captivates the viewer with its glitz. 

Bringing a new, sophisticated aesthetic and universal appeal to the contract flooring arena, NeoFloor by Lees Carpets introduces the Sottsass Collection. Radiating with the revolutionary brilliance of high definition imaging, the collection masterfully blends the practicality, durability and maintenance of hard surface floor coverings with the warmth and comfort of carpet.

 

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Designers now have the ability to play with light in a whole new way. 3form’s Dichroic captures and manipulates light with an interlayer of light-refracting film. Dichroic creates a vibrant, luminescent look, with an ever-changing palette of surface hues depending on panel position, viewing angle, and fluctuations in ambient light.

Functionally and creatively optimized, Kimball Office’s Xsite lets designers take their ideas beyond the usual vertical and horizontal constraints. Embedded Traxx® horizontal mounting rails allow 100 percent off-modular placement of tiles and hang-on components. Dimensioning in 3-inch increments permits “just right” sizing of workspaces and offers maximum adaptability for accommodating architecture.
The DuPont™ Zodiaq®-OKITE® Collection presents a series of nine intricately marbled quartz colors that combine the luxurious look and feel of marble with the durability of a quartz surface. Colors include (clockwise from the top) Ocean Blue, Marrone Emperador, Rosso Verona, Bianco Carrara, Crema Marfil, and Giallo Michelangelo.

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The works produced from Yorgos Glass express the built-in paradoxes of glass: commonplace and extraordinary; visible and invisible; dangerous and strong. Using a technique he pioneered at the Royal College of Art, Yorgos Papadopoulos breaks colored and textured sheets of industrial glass and then re-laminates them to make architectural-scale artworks that look fragile but are extremely durable. The resulting panels combine refinement with rawness, and spontaneity with control.
LG Floors extends its Naturelife™ resilient sheet flooring offering with the Rustic Collection, which recreates the warmth of aged hardwood floors. Its reinforced construction provides dimensional stability and durability, making the Naturelife Rustic Collection suitable for an array of commercial flooring applications, including healthcare and retail installations.

A comprehensive sustainable solution, Second-Look includes: recycled wall covering collections with at least 20 percent recycled content (including a minimum of 10 percent post-consumer recycled material); and a retrieval program that reclaims previously used vinyl wall coverings of any make and recycles them into new Second-Look designs.

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Lumicor’s Recycled Glass Collection is environmentally friendly, containing 98 percent to 100 percent post-industrial recycled content. The
collection comes in 12 vibrant colors and is available in R4 Recycled Resin. The glass shards are dispersed in a manner that creates a translucent effect, especially when the panel is back-lit. The panels are great for counter tops, space dividers, and hospitality applications.

Applying an architectural theme to textile was the point of inspiration for Bentley Prince Street’s newest product line: Functional Expression. Comprised of five products, all available in broadloom and carpet tile, the line’s scales and patterns work diligently together to provide an aesthetic that is both inventive and practical.
 

 
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