Do you find the materials on your walls, floors, doors and counters underwhelming? I’ve got great news – here are some fresh and snappy reboots that will start you dreaming of the next remodel. Be it for the home or office, these stylish finishes and materials are sure to create a buzz!
The venerable Italian house of Sicis, famed for its art mosaics, has scaled up its ambitions to offer avant-garde large format designs encased in glass. The Vetrite collection offers 47 ¼ x 110 ¼” panels and is shown to withstand abuses from wine bottle and car without ill effects! Designs imprinted on a fabric substrate is sandwiched between thin sheets of glass and can be customized as desired.
I have seen them installed as bathroom floors. They look fantastic, but I assume Sicis has addressed the very real slip and fall hazards when water gets onto the glass surface…
Thin yet strong, Vetrite is perfect for use in furniture, lighting and paneling. This newest rendition heats things up with its artistic interpretation of marble in eye-popping fuscia, turquoise and gold. Gray and silver veining are also available for those prefering a more classic look.
Made by BuzziSpace of 100% upcycled plastic bottle waste, these whimsical partitions can slide along wall or ceiling tracks or hang directly from the ceiling. The mono or bi-colored dividers come in a myriad of natural and geometric themes as well as cityscapes foreign or domestic. San Francisco, New York, London and beyond, the choice is yours…
Each of these doors of non-corrosive Inox steel is clad with a mirrored panel. The specular surface is then overlaid by a lacey ‘skin’ of intricately punched leather. A glass doorknob provides an elegant finishing touch.
Love the blast of colors on the counter! Beautiful flecks of Murano glass are randomly interspersed in the white resin, creating a dynamic look and ensuring no two slabs are alike. Green creds aside, the glass chips’ depth of color and rich shade variation really add to the material’s character. Best of all, the polymer substrate is non-porous, extremely resistant to acids, oils and abrasion making it the perfect choice for kitchens and baths.
The innovative German product design firm out for space created a new material from rattan palms, plants whose internal structure resemble a bundle of tubes. By using a patented process to strengthen and color the strands, karuun® can be used in cane form for furniture or sliced into veneers with different profiles. The light weight but strong karuun® shine is made by cutting across the material’s section, which allows air and light to flow freely through the panel’s hollow channels.
Today’s dynamic business environment demands flexible, responsive and Instagram-worthy interiors. Functional art panels that can be used as wall systems, freestanding dividers or decorative privacy screens for walls and ceilings will fill the bill perfectly. Razortooth Design offers modular partitions of aluminum composite and various synthetic plastic polymers for interior or exterior applications. The Constructor series shown here features sturdy double panels with concealed hardware for a contemporary look. Made with computerized cutting tools on pre-finished materials, they are more cost-effective than comparable laser cut metal processes to boot.
Created by renowned industrial designer Karim Rashid for Albed, the minimalist Ring Door shows no visible knobs or levers. The secret lies in the Ring housed inside the ‘volcano’ or raised section of the sleek face. Activate the Ring and a magnetic lock will do the equivalent of Open Sesame!
Also maglock operated, this sculptural door once again challenges our concept and expectation of utilitarian objects. The handle to operate the door is cleverly hidden inside the fold of the ‘wave’, rendering the hardware virtually invisible. Not to cramp any designer’s style, the doors come in a myriad of wood finishes and colors, guaranteed to work with any color scheme!