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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Louis Poulsen- LED Post/ LED Downlight Technology

New Louis Poulsen LED Outdoor Posts catalog in our materials library. The LP Nest fixture emits an indirect, soft light. Louis Poulsen has now posted 'BUG' ratings for all outdoor fixtures on their website.

The BUG rating system takes the place of 'Dark Sky' certification- and takes glare into account. Allowing more fixtures to meet LEED requirements.

New Louis Poulsen LED downlights incorporate SynJet Technology with a traditional heat sink to decrease the height of the fixture housing and efficiently cool the LEDs.

New Louis Poulsen Ballerup downlight that utilizes SynJet LED cooling:

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

Ice Stone- Recycled Glass Countertop

IceStone is a countertop material that is composed of 100% recycled glass and cement. Ice Stone surfaced are fabricated and maintained just like Quartz or Granite.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Betona- Flexible Concrete Tile

This low cost tile ($4-6/sq ft) consists of a concrete composite and for small minimums it can be customized to receive patterns, logo or digital images. Betona is 1/2 the thickness and weight of traditional porcelain tile but still retains the same performance characteristics and installation technique. Betona's texture is similar to LVT and does not seem as hard as surface as porcelain tile.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Knoll- Wallcovering INK Collection

New vinyl wallcovering by Knoll is inspired by the liquid movement of ink. Ink wallcovering is available with RECORE backing with is made with 30% recycled content and Greengaurd certified. 20$/yard

Baltix- Sustainable Furniture

Baltix offers a fresh approach to sustainable materials and furniture. They offer an authentically green pallete with durable materials.

Biosurf Biolaminate, an alternative to plastic laminate, it is composed of soy and corn by products. Biosurf Biolaminate has elastic properties and will not crack or chip like traditional plastic laminate. Biosurf is competative with with plastic laminate for large custom orders where branding or specialty patterning is neeeded.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

OLED new lighting systems

The most significant difference between OLED lighting and all others is that OLEDs are perfectly diffuse area light sources. Until now luminarie designs have attempted to hide or cover the source of light - this is no longer case with OLED. The emitted light from OLED is calm and comfortable to the viewer's eye, even without the presence of shrouds and diffusers. At about 3000 cd/m2, the luminance of OLED is only about one-third of a T8 fluorescent lamp. Not only can the viewer look directly at the OLED without experiencing glare, but all who see them enjoy interacting within the warm and rich color (2800-3500K).

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Design Blog- Design Milk

Love this website! It has great ideas, and it even has a "dog milk" section for dog people!

Coalesse- Lobby Seating

Check out this new bench from Coalesse. This is a great solution if you want a lobby bench that isn't so large and heavy!!

Coalesse- Storage Solutions

Check out this great storage idea from Coalesse! Its called the Denizen Storage Unit.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Design Trade Discount Program- West Elm, Pottery Barn and William Sonoma

West Elm offers exclusive trade pricing to designers and architects (10 to 20%) via Designer Marketplace:

To sign up for the design trade discount program visit:

To qualify you must fax your credentials to West Elm (business cards, IIDA or AIA membership).

FunderMax- Interior or Exterior Phenolic Cladding

FunderMax is a phenolic interior or exterior cladding material composed of high pressure laminate with a phenolic core. FunderMax is comparable to Trespa at a more competitive price point.

Makrolon by Bayer MaterialScience- Polycarbonate

Makrolon by Bayer MaterialScience is a new alternative to traditional polycarbonate, glass and Lexan. Makrolon's benefits include a 10 year anti yellow warranty, superior strength (17 time stronger than glass) and edge finishing (no frames required).

Makrolon is available for vertical, horizontal and abuse resistant applications.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Custom Printed Digital Wall Covering- Arc Com

Arc Com is now offering custom digitally printed images on PVC or PVC-free wall covering. There is no limit to the types of images you can use, Arc Com's graphic designers with work with you at no additional cost to ensure the correct image resolution. Wall covering is 10.95- 11.95$/sq. ft.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Ceiling/Wall Perforated Metal Panels- USG Pixels

Pixel is a unique process that creates custom images on metal panels. Panels can be made in a variety of sizes, images are infinitely scalable.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Zero Land Fill Pittsburgh- Drop Off Day

Today R3A made a contribution to ZeroLand Fill at the Strip District drop off center. We dropped off old samples and binder from our library. Artists, students, teachers, Creative ReUse Pittsburgh and Construction Junction use the materials for future projects. It was a great turn out and lots of materials were repurposed.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Architectural Films- 3M Di-Noc Film

3M Di-Noc architectural films are durable, flexible, cleanable PVC films. Us Di- Noc films in place or to enhance natural materials. Ideal for both renovations and new construction.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Did you know? Porcelain Tile Offset

When tile is fired, it is not always 100% flat and you notice this more in a larger tile. The high point is in the middle and the low point is on the ends. Therefore, if you offset at 50% the highest point will meet the lowest and will will notice this more. There are industry standards that need to be met so that there isn't too much "bowing" in the tile.

Running bond or brick pattern tile should always be offset 30% so this difference in thickness is not noticeable.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Solid Surface-TorZo

Recycled solid surface materials made from formaldehyde free composte sorghum stalk, wood chips, wheat straw, sunflower seed hull and hemp.

Steel/Polyester Fabric- InnTex Double Face

61% Stainless Steel (exterior face)
39% Polyester (interior face)
3D moldable semi transparent fabric can be used for sculptural/ decorative purposes or as a window treatment.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Air Purifier- Humanscale

desktop air purifier eliminates germs, viruses, allergens, toxins, etc... from the air around you.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Recycling Program- Zero Land Fill

Zero Land Fill is a program that diverts architectural and interiors materials/ binders from landfills to have a second life in the community. If a product cannot be returned to a rep this program upcycled the materials to local artists, educators and students. Collection days will be later this spring. Hold materials at your desk until closer to the drop off day, we will collection them and take them then.

Leftovers will be taken by Creative Reuse Pittsburgh and Construction Junction.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Stained Concrete- L&M Construction Chemicals

FSG Permashine is Green Spec listed and will contribute points toward LEED. Permashine is also "High Traction" certified. Vivid dyes come in a variety of colors and aggregates.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Glassfiber Reinforced concrete Panels- Rieder Fibre C

Fibre C is a light wieght concrete panel for exterior or interior use.

Crack and Acoustical Membrane- MP Golbal

UltraLayer Peel & Stick is a self adhesive crack isolation and acoustical membrane for ceramic tile. It is composed of post-industrial recycled synthetic fiber.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Floor Tile- Liquid Motion Tiles

Applying pressure to a Liquid Motion top allows
for movement and interaction between the user and the material, creating a
fun and exciting experience. The top wear layer is composed of the same material as bullet proof glass and will not puncture.

68$/sq. ft.

Solid Surface- Alkemi

Recycled surface material composed of 34% post-industrial scrap waste.