Thursday, March 25, 2010

Ring and Blow Door

Product: Ring and Blow Door by Karim Rashid

Manufacturer: Albed
Contact: +39 0362

Local Dealer: Imoderni

This ultra modern door features a "volcano" feature that has a metal ring used to open and close the door. Then handle on the other side is vertical and semi-elliptical, straying far from traditional.  This smooth and innovative door comes in different colors and patterns.

Photoluminescent Ceramic Tiles

Product: Photoluminscent Ceramic Tiles

Manufacturer: Lucedentro
Contact: +39 059 550 617

This tiles come in six different colors and are non toxic and non radioactive.  They can be used in a variety of locations and are powered by solar energy.  Their glow lasts 8-10 hours, but glow will fade if exposed to a great amount of humidity.

Babol Lights

Product: Babol Lights

Manufacturer: de Majo Illuminazione
   Contact: +39 041 57 29 611

This lighting series is made from white laquered glass balls and are available in wall mounts, or floor and table stands.  They are only available in white, and they are easily cleaned with a soft cloth and warm water.

Copper Shingles

Product: Copper Shingles

Manufacturer: Zappone Manufacturing
   Contact: Jerry Couch

These copper shingles are made from 99.96% pure copper and have a special interlocking system that doesn't require fasteners.  It has a 200-300 year lifespan and has passed hurricane wind and wind driven rain tests.  They are environmentally friendly and can be recylcled.  Zappone takes quality in their manufacturing of the shingles, even signing and dating the back with the inspector's initials.

Leather Wall

Product: Leatherwall in Luxury

Manufacturer: Studioart
Contact: +39-0444-453745

This wall covering is made of flat and padded geometric shapes that have different textures and patterns.  The shapes can be leather, or metal laminas and the design and size of the shapes can be unique to the individual.  This wall system comes in ivory or crema, and in other leatherwall collections.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Light-Transmitting Concrete Blocks

Product: Light-Transmitting Concrete Blocks

Manufacturer: Litracon Kft.
Contact: +36 30 2551648

These concrete blocks are made up of 96% concrete and 4% fiberglass and are very strong despite their thin appearance.  The blocks come in a maximum size of 600x300 mm, but can be custom ordered smaller.  They are available in grey, white, and black with a few design options. They give texture, and interest to a room.


Product: W+W

Manufacturer: Roca
  contact: +34 93 366 1200

This innovative design combines a toilet with a sink.  While being compact, the porcelain fixture is extremely efficient as the waste water from the toilet is filtered for the use of the sink.  It saves water, saves space, and it cuts down on CO2 emissions.  It was the winner of the 2010 Design Plus award.

Interior Dividers

Product: Interior Dividers

Manufacturer: Raydoor
Contact: 212-421-0641

These room dividers allow light to channel through acrylic while keeping a space private.  They can be framed in wood or metal(real or laminate), and come in lattices or simple panels that can have a variety of finishes or inserts.  The panels can also be specified for folding, pivoting, fixed or sliding while not being on a floor track.  They are available in any size under 10' high.

Marmoleum Flooring

Product: Marmoleum Flooring
Manufacturer: Forbo Flooring System
contact: 800-842-7839
Local dealer: Architectural Floors
Marmoleum is a flooring solution that is made from rosin, wood flour and cork flour.  The flooring is very durable, available in a variety of colors and applications.  It is very environmentally friendly, and can be custom designed.  It is easy swept, or cleaned with a damp mop and water.

ResinArt Panels

Product: ResinArt Panels

Manufacturer: Veritas
Contact:  1-877-411-8008

Local Representative: Larry Vernier
Contact: 281-362-0500

The decorative panels are created with a Polyester resin, and are very durable.  In addition to being used indoors, they can be used in exterior applications if a UV protection layer is specified. The great thing about the panels is the variety of finishes, inserts, and textures that can be combined to create a unique feature. They are available in 4'x10' and 5'x10' sheets.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Composite Panels

Product: Composite Wall Panels(Rainscreen)

Manufacturer: Doralco
   Contact: 888-44-DORALCO
Local: Steve Golonka

These aluminum composite wall panels come in a variety of attractive finishes.  The panels have exceptional weight bearing, and you won't find buckling, dimpling, or oil canning. The finishes have acid and humidity resistance while making the exterior look innovative.

Loop Table Lamp

Product: Loop Table Lamp

Manufacturer: FontanaArte
  Contact: 866-428-9289

This Italianlamp can be used on a table or on the floor.  It has a rotating lid that controls the amount of light that is given out of the bottom.  The design is by Voon Wong & Benson Saw and is available for $1,168.00

Hot Water Dispenser

Product: Hot Water Dispenser-Model H-778

Manufacturer: InSinkErator Food Service

This stainless steel dispenser can gives out 1oo cups of water at 190 degrees farenheit per hour.  It can be placed in a standard sink hole, and no relief valve is needed.  The dispenser is insulated to help stop heat loss which adds to the efficiency that this produces.  It's great for businesses and for residential homes.

Opalescent Glass Mosaic Tile

Product: Solistone Opalescent Glass Mosaic Tile

Manufacturer: Solistone
 Contact: 1-888-252-2621

This opalescent tile is perfect to accent applications in indoor and some outdoor areas.  The color will vary on the tiles and the installation is very easy.  They should not be used where high traffic or abrasion will be on them.  They can be maintained  by being cleaned with a mild detergent and a soft cloth.

Metalworks Canopies

Product: Metalworks Canopies

Manufacturer: Armstrong
Local Dealer: Acoustical Specialties & Supply
  Contact: (225)275-3440

Metal canopies made of galvanized steel are great for commercial and hospitality applications.  This product comes in a variety of custom colors, finishes, and shapes.  It is adjustable and helps the room's accoustical value.  The canopies also have potential for LEED credits.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Wallpaper Frieze

Product: Lands End Frieze Wallpaper

Manufacturer: Bradbury & Bradbury Papers

This wallpaper is machine printed and is based on traditional handmade friezes.  The Forest design is textured, shaded and framed with an ornate border. It is available for $34.00 a yard and repeats every 27".

Berber Carpet

Product: Finer Things Berber Tiles
Manufacturer: FLOR, Inc
Contact: 1.866.281.3567
This carpet comes in tiles that are available in 19.7"x19.7" tiles. The pattern is random so there is no right way to lay the tiles. It is available in five colors, and it is made from up to 40% post recycled material. If there is a stain on one of the tiles, it can easily be removed to clean or replace. If the tiles are needing to be discarded, you can send them back to the manufacturer who will recycle them.

Sink Basin

Product: Liason Sink Basin

Manufacturer: Villeroy & Boch
Contact:Villeroy & Boch
AG Philipp Schmidt
Investor Relations
66693 Mettlach

This sink is mounted to the wall, so there is no need for the traditional installation. It has a very sleek and modern design where less is more. It is made of azure glass and white ceramic and is operated with a siphon.

Glass Countertops

Product: Glass Countertop


Contrary to belief, glass countertops are a great addition to the kitchen. Glass is the most hygienic product on the market, and it will transform the kitchen into a work of art. The countertops are easy to customize, and are very durable. They are 100% recycleable, and no emissions are released. Compared to granite, they are radon free. Glass countertops also contributes atleast 10 LEED points.

Pocket Pill Table

Product: Pocket Pill Table by Lee Kline

Manufacturer: Plushpod International Inc
   Contact: 866-758-7430

This table is made of aluminum(base), polyurethane core, and gel coated fiberglass(top).  The top is available in 25 different colors, and the base has a variety of finishes.  The table is very functional for storage as the side has a built in shelf.  This modern and retro table is available for $1,899.00.