Staff -- Interior Design, 9/30/2001 12:00:00 AM
Art & Objects: We were floored by the notion of stepping on something as delicate as a honeycomb. Thanks to Euro-Composite's sturdy polycarbonate construction (pictured in clear), we can do just that. We also like Current's honeycomb material (in yellow), which can be sandwiched between semitranslucent, colored glass resin skins for application on walls, doors, and tabletops. Both materials are available through Robin Reigi/Art & Objects, 42 Scribner Avenue, Suite 2F, Staten Island, NY 10301.
Wilsonart: Drawing inspiration from both nature and big industry, the Evolv laminate series delivers a bounty of sophisticated cover that fuses organic imagery with functionality. Hue and texture break down the laminates into four species: Evolv Light, Glow, Accent (shown), and Bright. Wilsonart International, 2400 Wilson Palce, Temple, TX 76503. www.wilsonart.com.
Stone Source: The Vitrail series, inspired by European stained glass, transforms tiles of white stoneware with semitransparent glazes that crackle and gleam. Artfully made by hand, the tiles are custom produced and offered in a variety of sizes, relief tiles, and moldings. Stone Source, 215 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10013. www.stonesource.com.
Avonite: The Glass series from Avonite shimmers in shades of blue, quietly slipping a celestial sensibility into a practical, high-performance, solid surface material. Developed to re-create the translucency and dimension of natural glass, its versatility makes it ideal for both commercial and residential projects. Avonite, 2444 Louisiana NE #101, Albuquerue, NM 87110. www.avonite.com.
Knoll: The award-winning Imago collection, from Knoll creative director Suzanne Tick, encapsulates fabric in a high-performance resin, creating a hard-surface material that transports us to a fourth dimension. Three new patterns, Limelight, Ozone (pictured), and Mirage, utilize translucent color, metallic luster, and mod textiles to expand on the Imago cosmology. www.knoll.com.
Imola: The Micron tile series can be customized to fit almost any need. These glazed porcelain tiles are available in three finishes: matte, polished, and rustic, and come in an extensive range of colors that includes 12 speckled and clear shades of beige, white, blue, red, green, and brown. Available through Ceramic Tiles of Italy, Italian Trade Commission, 33 E. 67th Street, New York, NY 10021. www.imolaceramica.it.
Majorca: The Miro tile series, much like its artistic namesake, expertly mixes shades to create rich color fields. The natural mineral variations in the tiles add to their unique finish. Produced in gres porcelain for the floor (13 in. by 13 in.) and in monocottura for the wall (4 in. by 4 in.). Offered in five earthy tones. Available through Ceramic Tiles of Italy, Italian Trade Commission, 33 E. 67th Street, New York, NY 10021. www.majorca.it.
Novabell: The Monterrey series of frost-proof porcelain tiles comes in five rich colors. Available through Ceramic Tiles of Italy, Italian Trade Commission, 33 E. 67th Street, New York, NY 10021. www.novabell.it.
Eco: Inspired by Tiffany stained-glass windows, the Liberty glass tiles provide a distinctive finish. Available through Ceramic Tiles of Italy, Italian Trade Commission, 33 E. 67th Street, New York, NY 10021. www.ecoceramica.com.
Crossville: The functionality belies the preciousness of the Gemas tile series. With its unique salt glaze, it creates random color variations from tile to tile with a near translucency. The tiles come in colors ranging from water blues to blue greens to naturals. Offered in a large 18-in. polished tile. Crossville Porcelain Stone, 346 Sweeney Drive, Crossville, TN 38555. www.crossville-ceramics.com.
Chesney's: If you plan to heat the hearth, the Alhambra is a contemporary alternative to the traditional period fireplace that's worth considering. Defined by clean lines, it is honed from limestone with an interior of steel, cast iron, and stone. Its overall size measures 59 1/2 in. by 50 3/4 in. Chesney's New York, 979 Third Avenue, Suite 244, New York, NY 10022. www.chesneys-usa.com.
PermaGrain: The Timeless Series 3 sets the design and performance standard for acrylic impregnated flooring. A three-ply tongue and groove construction provides exceptional hardness and dimensional stability, while a palette of eight natural wood species and 21 additional colors bring the product to life. PermaGrain Products, 4789 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA 19073. www.permagrain.com.
Armstrong: The Tincraft series of 24 in. by 24 in. panels provides an alternative to embossed-metal ceilings. Armstrong, P.O. Box 3001, Lancaster, PA 17604. www.armstrong.com.
Case Window and Door: This French door system is available in a variety of woods, including American black cherry for interior and South American mahogany for exterior. Case Window and Door, 301 Green Street, Schenectady, NY 12305.
Atta: Merlin is more than just another pretty surface. This opaque, resin-based material comes in custom colors and now with or without metallic powders such as bronze, copper, and aluminum. Durable and scratch resistant, it is available in any size. Through Robin Reigi/Art & Objects, 42 Scribner Avenue, Suite 2F, Staten Island, NY 10301.