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Polished Style, Practical Use: Products from AIA 2012

Polished Style, Practical Use: Products from AIA 2012

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    Wall panel systems manufacturer dri-design has teamed up with DuPont to launch this Corian EC exterior cladding offering unlimited design possibilities. It comes in 29 colors, eight standard textures, and two standard panel sizes. Custom colors and custom textures are also available. www.dri-design.com.

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    The manufacturer specializes in high-concept staircases of various materials and styles, including floating versions. Stairs can be produced in glass, steel, and stone. The Helical stair is shown here in wood. www.eestairs.com.

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    Steel windows and doors are the ultimate architectural spec, allowing thin profiles and design versatility. These by Brombal offer thermally broken frames for good energy performance. www.brombalusa.com.

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    McNichols’ Eco-Mesh System is a modular framework grid that can be used to create a green wall. Made from 16-gauge metal, the free-standing fencing panels are available from 2 feet wide to 6 feet wide and up to 12 feet in length. Finish options include zinc-coated galvanized steel in 12 standard, powder coated colors. www.mcnichols.com.

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    Fleetwood’s Norwood 3070-EX is a multi-slide and pocket door system that’s designed for exterior applications. It offers a 3/4-inch sill height, 1-inch clear glass, and stainless steel hardware. www.fleetwoodusa.net.

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    The manufacturer’s stainless steel cable system allows you to create railings that permit light and views. Everything is provided for your project, including tensioning adjuster, cables, and bushing, among other pieces. www.hayn.com.

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    The company specializes in architectural wire mesh products that can be used for a variety of applications, such as awnings, partitions, facades, and shading devices. Customized to meet your job, the system comes with all attachment hardware. www.wirebydesignco.com.

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    The Living Wall is a soil-free system that allows architects to create walls outfitted with plants. The company says the walls are active air-biofilters that clean air naturally. www.naturaire.com.

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    Cylinders (8000 Series) is a line of extruded aluminum lighting with a powder coat finish. The piece shown here measures 14 inches long by 4 inches wide and comes in brushed metal, bronze, black, and white. www.delraylighting.com.

While the annual AIA National Convention and Design Expo is largely dedicated to commercial products and systems, if you look hard enough you can find products with great potential for residential applications. We did some digging on Day 1 of the 2012 show taking place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., and found nine products that should pique your curiosity.