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Friday, May 31, 2013

Coverings Etc- Interior/ Exterior Panels, Flooring and Countertops

Coverings Etc. manufacturers eco friendly materials that can be used in a variety of applications including: exterior or interior panels, flooring, wall tile and countertop/ worksurfaces. All products have high recycled content are are recyclable at the end of their life cycle. Two unique products that Coverings Etc offers are Bio-Luminum and Bio-Glass. Bio-Luminum are aluminum tiles made from retired airplanes. Bio-Luminum tiles perform well in high traffic areas as flooring or wall tile.

BioGlass is 100% recycled glass that can be used for flooring, wall panels and  countertops. For more information visit:

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Energy Trumps- Embodied Energy Cards

Energy Trumps cards are a tool for understanding the impact of our material choices as designers and architects through study of the embodied energy in commonly specified products. Energy Trumps were created by the Agency of Design out of the UK. For more information visit:

Flexible Concrete Cloth- Miliken

Miliken offers Concrete Cloth a versatile option for difficult concrete applications. Concrete cloth can be used in endless applications (see images below for more applications). Concrete cloth can be installed in dry/ wet conditions. For more information visit:

Ceramic Surface Countertops- O-Kera by Okite

O-Kera is a ceramic surface for interior and exterior applications. The material is lightweight with high abrasion resistance. Countertops are manufactured in Italy and are a standard 6mm thick. For more information visit:

Decorative Architectural Panels- B+N Industries, Inc.

B+N Industries, Inc. has introduced a new panel aesthetic in their architectural panel line by Rex Ray. Panels are offered in laminate and infused veneer.

Other architectural panel offerings include the 'Iconic' series, composed of white laminate fused to a carved wood core.  Infused veneers and the 'Iconic' series graphics on natural carved reclaimed wood.
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Reclaimed Hardwood- Pioneer Millworks

Pioneer Millworks is a source for reclaimed solid and engineered wood flooring. Flooring is sourced from reclaimed timbers, barn siding, panels, trusses and bowling lanes.  Pioneer offers a wide variety of wood species. For more information visit:

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Interior Design Magazine's Top Picks at Salone 2013

Interested in the most innovative installations and products at Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan 2013? Check out this slide show from Interior Design Magazine and find out:

Interior Design Magazine's Top Product and Furniture Picks at Salone in Milan 2013

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Armstrong- Linear Wood Ceiling

Armstrong now offers unique tapered linear wood ceiling tile under the Armstrong WoodWorks line. Ceiling panels are 92% recycled content, FSC Certified and contain 100% Bio Based content that is certified by the USDA Bio Preferred Product program. For more information visit:

Friday, March 15, 2013

Bolon by VIIIR- Woven Floor Covering

Bolon, woven vinyl flooring covering, by VIIIR is a textile- like floor covering made by unique weaving technologies. Bolon has high wear resistance and is easy to clean making it well suited for high traffice areas.  The line includes netural, classic and modern visuals setting it apart from typical vinyl flooring. It is available in roll or tile.  Even thought the product is vinyl is has a green story- it is 100% phthalate free vinyl (no VOC) and Floor Score certified with high recycled content. For more information visit:

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Knoll- White Papers on Workplace Trends and Higher Education

Knoll has white papers listed online under their resources section that may be useful to designers, architects and clients.

Research Case Study: Design for Learning Spaces in Higher Education

The Metrics of Distributed Work

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Sunoptics- Skylight

Sunoptics is part of the Acuity brand family and is competitively priced with similar skylights and tubes in the industry. Sunoptics' Siginature series skylights have been used with success by major retailers such as Walmart, Best Buy, Lowes and Office Depot. Sunoptics differentiates it's products by how light is distributed, the Signatures series skylight has 100% light distribution through a 2 lens system. This allows one skylight to light a space evenly and more efficiently.

Sunoptics' LightFlex is similar to Solatube, this product has the ability to bring daylight down via tube and bend light over a longer distance. For more information on Sunoptics visit:

Friday, February 15, 2013

Calstar- Green Masonry

Pura Terra, , now represents a green masonry product called Calstar. Calstar carries bricks and pavers in various colors and sizes. Bricks and pavers have a high recycled content (37.1%) and are not fired. Calstar's products are well priced to compete in the market and may price under traditional masonry. The manufacturing process used to make the products reduces carbon foot print and energy use drastically. For more information visit: www.­calstarproducts.­com

Friday, January 25, 2013

CS Group- Floorometry- Entry Walk Off Tile System

Floorometry by CS Group offers a new approach to entry way/ walk off flooring systems. This new system installs like tile in 18"x 18" modules meant to be flush with adjacent floor installations. Tile modules can handle rolling heavy loads and will trap water, dirt in a recess below the tile. Tiles can be lifted up easily and cleaned beneath. Tiles are offered in a variety of patterns, colors and materials. For more information visit: