Many people don't notice good architecture. The environment simply works, feels right, and makes sense. This applies to product design as well. From a louver that protects building occupants from glare to an auditorium seat that folds diagonally, these seven products combine style with intuitive design and operation.


Sometimes inspiration strikes very close to home or, in this case, to the conference room. When Swedish design firm <strong xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Form Us With Love</strong> moved into an open-plan studio with high ceilings, they realized that they would need sound dampening around the conference table. Thus, Hood was born. The LED luminaire acts as both a sound absorber and a lighting source. The 635mm-tall modular fixture ranges in lengths from 1,200mm to 3,000mm; it can be manufactured in larger sizes as needed. <a href="http://www.formuswithlove.se" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">formuswithlove.se</a>

Hood, Form Us With Love
Sometimes inspiration strikes very close to home or, in this case, to the conference room. When Swedish design firm Form Us With Love moved into an open-plan studio with high ceilings, they realized that they would need sound dampening around the conference table. Thus, Hood was born. The LED luminaire acts as both a sound absorber and a lighting source. The 635mm-tall modular fixture ranges in lengths from 1,200mm to 3,000mm; it can be manufactured in larger sizes as needed. formuswithlove.se

The Array seating collection—whose name comes from the concept of a matrix, or ordered pattern, found in the languages of computer science—uses geometry to create a visual effect that varies depending on the viewer’s perspective. Designed by Zaha Hadid for <strong xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Poltrona Frau Contract</strong>, the auditorium or theater seat folds diagonally upward when not in use to form a triangle with the back and base. Available this summer. <a href="http://www.poltronafraugroup.com" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">poltronafraugroup.com</a>

Array, Poltrona Frau Contract
The Array seating collection—whose name comes from the concept of a matrix, or ordered pattern, found in the languages of computer science—uses geometry to create a visual effect that varies depending on the viewer’s perspective. Designed by Zaha Hadid for Poltrona Frau Contract, the auditorium or theater seat folds diagonally upward when not in use to form a triangle with the back and base. Available this summer. poltronafraugroup.com

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Wireframe, Herman Miller
Designers Sam Hecht and Kim Colin of Industrial Facility have unveiled their latest seating line for Herman Miller. Called Wireframe in recognition of its loosely woven metal base, the collection comprises a two-seater, a three-seater, a lounge chair, and an ottoman. The chunky cushions can be upholstered in any Herman Miller fabric, and the covers can be removed for washing. hermanmiller.com

Architectural glass is traditionally supported by securing its edges, but architects often seek a cleaner aesthetic. The framing system for <strong xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Viracon</strong>’s ClearPoint requires less contact with glass than the typical structural support. Instead, the mounting system incorporates an interior base spacer that rests between the exterior and interior lites of the point-supported insulating glass system, which is available with a low-E coating and silkscreen finish. <a href="http://www.viracon.com" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">viracon.com</a>

ClearPoint, Viracon
Architectural glass is traditionally supported by securing its edges, but architects often seek a cleaner aesthetic. The framing system for Viracon’s ClearPoint requires less contact with glass than the typical structural support. Instead, the mounting system incorporates an interior base spacer that rests between the exterior and interior lites of the point-supported insulating glass system, which is available with a low-E coating and silkscreen finish. viracon.com

Forgetful souls and nonstop travelers can still maintain energy-efficient homes and offices with WeMo from <strong xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Belkin</strong>. Compatible with iOS and Android smart phones, the app allows users to control any appliance that is plugged into a WeMo switch or sensor, which then plugs into a power outlet. WeMo can automate a variety of tasks including turning on the coffeemaker and remotely switching on or off the lights. <a href="http://www.belkin.com" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">belkin.com</a>

WeMo, Belkin
Forgetful souls and nonstop travelers can still maintain energy-efficient homes and offices with WeMo from Belkin. Compatible with iOS and Android smart phones, the app allows users to control any appliance that is plugged into a WeMo switch or sensor, which then plugs into a power outlet. WeMo can automate a variety of tasks including turning on the coffeemaker and remotely switching on or off the lights. belkin.com

The slim 107 Suspension family of LED luminaires by <strong xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Vode Lighting</strong> comes in three versions: RaceRail offers cylindrical rails, BoxRail has square profile rails, and Double Box has rectangular profile rails. All three are available in 1’ increments; the maximum length is 6’ for RaceRail and BoxRail and 8’ for Double Box. Suitable for open office spaces, walls, and accent lighting, the modular lighting systems incorporate the company’s energy-efficient, constant-current LED boards. <a href="http://www.vode.com" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">vode.com</a>

107 Suspension, Vode Lighting
The slim 107 Suspension family of LED luminaires by Vode Lighting comes in three versions: RaceRail offers cylindrical rails, BoxRail has square profile rails, and Double Box has rectangular profile rails. All three are available in 1’ increments; the maximum length is 6’ for RaceRail and BoxRail and 8’ for Double Box. Suitable for open office spaces, walls, and accent lighting, the modular lighting systems incorporate the company’s energy-efficient, constant-current LED boards. vode.com

<strong xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Airolite</strong>’s sun control products now include nine models in widely used blade designs, including airfoil (shown), fan, rectangular tube, and louver zee blades. The shading devices block as much as 80% of the sun’s heat and glare. Suitable for atriums, walkways, skylights, reception areas, and work spaces, they are manufactured from extruded aluminum and available in a variety of finishes. <a href="http://www.airolite.com" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">airolite.com</a>

Standard Sun Control, Airolite
Airolite’s sun control products now include nine models in widely used blade designs, including airfoil (shown), fan, rectangular tube, and louver zee blades. The shading devices block as much as 80% of the sun’s heat and glare. Suitable for atriums, walkways, skylights, reception areas, and work spaces, they are manufactured from extruded aluminum and available in a variety of finishes. airolite.com