Products - June 2003

June 01, 2003 |

Environmental flooring

EcoCycle porcelain stone tile is available in five new colors, in 12 x 12-in. and 4 x 12-in. tiles. Made of 50-100% recycled porcelain. According to the maker, EcoCycle is 30% harder than granite and is scratch-, stain-, and fade-resistant. It produces no fumes or gasses, will not support mold, mildew, or bacterial growth, and can be maintained without the use of harsh chemicals.


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Office with a twist

Cubicle cloth fabric creates an original office design with its four color options: sunkist, grass, sky, and dusk. The Bryonia cubicle cloth was inspired by the work of German photographer, plant collector, and educator Karl Blossfeldt.


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The natural look

Laminate for a variety of vertical or horizontal applications is available in 12 new colors, all with earthy undertones. Fiber laminate is made from small pieces of recycled coffee bean bags, creating a natural appearance.

Abet Laminati.

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Comfort Zone

Office chairs designed by Antonio Citterio have an organic shape for comfort. The Oson family of office chairs includes Oson Studio, with the oval back and seat (red), and the Oscon Corporate, a more formal look with a higher back and adjustable armrests (black and grey). Both allow for a synchronous movement of seat and back, automatically adjusted according to the user’s weight, and are lockable in any position. Adjustable seat height, depth, and back height.


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Going up!

Interior wall and elevator cab surfacing material is made by laminating a printed interlayer material between two pieces of safety glass to create a lighter and more durable look. ChromaSurface claims it can be easily wiped clean with ordinary cleaning supplies and meets building codes worldwide due to its safety-laminated glass.

Cesar Color.

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Covered in style

Task seating fabric can be used for acoustical panels and wrapped walls. Ricochet is available in 17 colors, including lemonade, flamingo, ruby, and flame. The material has a Teflon finish for added life.

Knoll Textiles.

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Hidden from view

Conference table with concealed arched doors provides space for self-contained equipment and integrated projection systems. Avid eliminates the need for ancillary storage, maximizing space utilization and efficiency in conference rooms.


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Sit yourself down

Bar stool is attractive and comfortable for training sites, team and conference spaces, cafeterias, and hospitality and public building areas. Hannah is available in a stacking style as well.

Izzy Design.

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Motion detector

Mobile storage unit with a microprocessor-controlled laser-optic system prevents carriage movement whenever a person or an object is detected in an open aisle. When someone enters an aisle equipped with AisleGuard, the aisle automatically locks into its full open position. The face panel controls indicate which aisle is in use. When the aisle is clear, AisleGuard resets automatically, and the panel indicates that the mobile system is ready for use.


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Expanding invention

Princeton University’s Frist Campus Center recently upgraded its windows as part of a $48 million renovation of the 92-year-old facility. The center, known as the historic site where Albert Einstein conducted his atom-splitting experiments, now features a 58-ft. tall glass and aluminum curtain wall with the university’s shield directly etched into the glass. The SuperWall spans from floor to floor or across multiple floors and can be structurally glazed horizontally or vertically with a variety of glazing, vent, and entrance options.

Wausau Windows.

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Fit to be framed

Aluminum window-framing system provides thermal isolation without an inserted plastic break. Thermal-Slot is an energy-efficient framing system that offers lower heat transmission, a higher Condensation Resistance Factor, and 100 % structural integrity, says its maker.

Vistawall Architectural Products.

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Transformed energy

Thermal-efficient acrylic block window is designed to meet new stringent energy codes for commercial projects where solar heat gain is an issue. The Solar Block derives its energy efficiency from a micro-layer of metal that is adhered to the inside surface of the block during the manufacturing process. The exterior side of the block is applied with coating, giving the block a slightly tinted look that helps deflect the sun’s rays and lower the solar heat gain coefficient of the unit.


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Venting to the outside

Windows which are visually frameless can be incorporated into storefront and curtainwall window systems in single- and multi-story buildings. Glassvents provide less exterior sight line buildup, which allows more design potential for architects. The windows adapt easily to retrofit applications, according to the maker, and accept infills of ¼ in. and 1 in.


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See-through school

The Tootin’ Hills Elementary School in West Simsbury, Conn., added a Media Center and art rooms with day lighting translucent window panels to save on lighting costs and bring natural daylight into their classrooms. The panels are structural composite sandwich panels formed by permanently bonding fiberglass faces to a grid core constructed of structural composite I-beams. The panels are then laminated under a controlled process of heat and pressure, allowing a maximum of glare-free light into the spaces. The school specified a light transmission of 30%. The panels can be infilled with various densities of specialized translucent insulation, reducing heating and air conditioning costs.


Reader Service No. 206

(mindi – make sure the above item is not the same as what Gordon is looking at for cover on June issue – Media Center sounds familiar)

Outside learning

The Lakewood Ranch High School in Bradenton, Fla., is a multi-structure compound built around a secured courtyard. In order to unify the campus and use the open atmosphere of the courtyard to stimulate learning, window walls were used extensively in offices and classrooms facing the central plaza. Students and staff in these areas now benefit from the 100-acre site adjacent to local park facilities and neighboring family communities.


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Two, three-story office/engineering buildings being leased by Yahoo! are clad with Formavue windows overlooking a plaza area between the buildings. The windows, which integrate with Formawall Dimension Series panels, create an energy-efficient building exterior system. The window system is weather-resistant and features a standard thermal break. The design features a thermal barrier, which minimizes through-metal conductivity, maintaining structural integrity, says the maker.


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Window defense

Pentagon Row, a mixed-use town center within sight of the U.S. Defense Department headquarters, is located on 18 acres in Arlington, Va., overlooking the Potomac River and the national monuments. Combining 300,000 sq. ft. of street-level restaurant and retail space with 504 mid-rise apartments above its retail pedestal, the project used 438 Series 6100 operating commercial aluminum casement windows, surrounded by an additional 1,583 Series 6100 fixed aluminum windows. All windows are insulated with low-e performance glazing in a 2-in. frame.

Graham Architectural Products.

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