Snow still lingers in the memories and driveways of many residents across the U.S., but spring is in the air. We promise. To brighten your interiors, we found several wall finishes that will add color to your life, including one product that will let you color and jot down million-dollar ideas on your walls. We are also debuting a versatile office environment that lets you create your own pop-up work space. Finally, we've included two luminaires that demonstrate two kinds of beautiful. We hope you agree.
Curl from Luceplan doesn’t play it straight. The die-cast aluminum luminaire by London-based Sebastian Bergne has no designated base, allowing it to stand in a variety of positions, including on its side. With a proprietary LED module that changes the color temperature of its ambient white light from 2400K to 3500K, the fixture measures 10" tall by 8" wide and 9" deep, when oriented upright like a crescent moon. luceplan.com
Oxide Collection, Laminam by Crossville
Porcelain shouldn’t be limited to bathrooms and flooring. Designed to mimic the look of metal that has been weathered from exposure to the natural elements, the Oxide Collection by Crossville comes in seven colors for modernist skinning of walls, doors, countertops, and other custom applications in both commercial and residential settings. Oxide, which comes in 3mm-thick, 3’4”-by-10’-panels, can cover existing tile, wood, and painted finishes. laminambycrossville.com
Kinon is a handmade finish that can add color and interest to walls, flooring, cabinetry, furniture, doors, and decorative details in commercial and hospitality environments. It is made of a resin hand cast in several layers onto a user-specified substrate, which can be MDF, aluminum, foam core, aluminum honeycomb, acrylic, or PVC. Panels come in up to 5’-by-12’ sizes and in more than 135 patterns and textures (tk shown). kinon.com
Steplight from Graypants, a Seattle lighting design studio founded in 2008 to “create products, architecture, and other fun things around the world,” is made from 16 interlocking recycled aluminum rings. The disparate rings cast concentric shadows onto nearby walls and ceilings. The 16”-diameter light ships flat with assembly instructions that do not require tools, adhesives, or fasteners. graypants.com
DI-NOC Whiteboard Finish, 3M
Writing on an office wall was once potential grounds for dismissal. Then whiteboard paints and coatings came along, allowing nearly any surface to become a place for recording ideas when and where inspiration struck. This whiteboard finish from 3M comes in a film, which the manufacturers says is easier to install and less costly than traditional whiteboard finishes. Available in rolls of up to 48” wide by 98’ long. solutions.3m.com
Workers looking for peace and quiet in an open office plan can find acoustical privacy with Steelcase's Vertical Intelligent Architect (V.I.A.) system, which will debut at NeoCon this June. The Michigan-based manufacturer’s mobile office shell has a rigid steelframework, interchangeable glass frames and solid skins, and seals at every door, skin, frame, and building connection.
Options for personalizing V.I.A. for each office environment abound: Choose slider doors, swing doors, solid skins (in painted steel, fabric-wrapped steel, and veneer), markerboard skins, LED lighting, integrated whiteboard skins, and more. The system, which has an STC rating from 42 to 50, accommodates a maximum ceiling height of 12', while the horizontal skins can be sized up to 5' by 10', and the vertical skins 5' by 10', or 12' when the width is 4'. V.I.A. is manufactured using a variable amount of recycled content and will be SCS Indoor Advantage Certified. steelcase.com
Extreme Texture Coat, CertainTeed
From crayon-drawn doodles to furniture marks, a wall can be subjected to much abuse over its lifetime. CertainTeed’s Extreme Texture Coat is a ready-mix, acrylic-based, nonaggregate coating that provides a scratch-resistant finish which can be scrubbed clean without damage. Suitable for interior walls and ceilings, the white coating has a flat finish and resists mold growth. certainteed.com