New: Products of the Week, 7.23.14

This week’s picks: Modern outdoor light fixtures, corner windows, an impact wrench, handcrafted tiles, and flowing kitchen faucets.

Kichler Rosewell outdoor sconce

The Rosewell outdoor wall sconce from Kichler offers a modern shape with a rustic Olde Bronze finish. The inside of each fixture is brushed with shimmering gold paint to create a subtle, soft contemporary look. Two sizes are available.

Kolbe_Vista Luxe 90-degree window

New to Kolbe’s VistaLuxe collection of contemporary wood windows, which utilize multiple units to create large expanses of glass, this 90-degree corner direct-set window appears to transcend structural boundaries, opening up the home to even more expansive views. The windows feature a wood interior in a choice of species and an aluminum-clad exterior available in standard, custom, and new mica colors. Several profiles and a range of glass options are available.

Porter-Cable PCE210_2 Impact Wrench

Porter-Cable’s new 7.5-amp, ½-inch impact wrench combines performance and value, boasting a price point below $120 while offering 240-foot-pounds of torque, 2,700 impacts-per-minute, and up to 2,200 rpm. The tool’s forward/reverse rocker trigger switch offers easy transitioning between fastening and loosening applications. Other features include a cast metal gear housing to help dissipate heat buildup, a hog ring anvil for easy accessory changing, an ergonomic soft-grip handle, and a compact size.

Handpainted Fireclay Tile_3

Handpainted Collections artisanal tiles from Fireclay Tile include the Contemporary, Moroccan, and Mediterranean lines boasting modern aesthetics, sophisticated textures, and pure finishes. The tiles, which are handcrafted in California, come in 8-inch-by-8-inch and 6-inch-by-12-inch formats for a range of applications.

Graff Bollero Bar Faucet
Bollero kitchen and bar faucets, new from Graff, feature unique, flowing lines and a swiveling spout. The faucets come in polished chrome, silver nickel, olive bronze, and polished nickel finishes. All of the units operate at 1.8 gpm and have a dual spray/stream; the kitchen models include a pull-down sprayhead.


Buzz: Product News Roundup, Red-White-and-Blue Edition

American-made products, wooden light bulbs, meteorological pendants, and other product news from the past week.

Wolf Range• July 4th got you feeling patriotic? Several publications were feeling that way too last week, publishing lists of Made in the USA products for your viewing pleasure:

• You shouldn’t take wooden nickels, but perhaps a wooden light bulb? A Japanese designer has created one out of pine veneer–for the bargain price of $2,700 (that’s a lot of nickels).

• Giving new meaning to the concept of bringing the outdoors in, the Cloud pendant light provides the audio-visual sensation of a thunderstorm.

• Americans are cutting the cord in droves. New research shows that 41% of households now use only wireless phones.

• In the wake of the innovative Nest, major manufacturers are following suit with smart thermostats of their own. A Wall Street Journal reporter puts them to the test.

• Everything you every wanted to know about log homes in one handy infographic.

• Good news: Builders are paying closer attention to the building envelope. Research from Professional Builder outlines the performance-enhancing products and methods they’re investing in most.

30 splashy kitchen backsplashes.

• Bored of glass and metal, a Harvard student invented way to weave facades out of clay. It looks like macramé, but it’s still pretty nifty.

 


Buzz: Product News Roundup, Bridging the Gap Edition

Bay Bridge-turned-bungalow, manly walk-in closets, dramatic light fixtures, and other product news from around the Web this week.

Bay_Bridge_House_Design_front1-805x525• The old San Francisco Bay Bridge lives on: I-beams, concrete, girders, trusses, and roadways from the bridge, which was recently replaced, will be used to build a three-story house.

• Batting zero? A New Zealand study found that 100% of batt insulation installations have failures.

• Men need a place for their clothes too. Here are 30 ideas for walk-in closets with masculine appeal.

• The U.S. government is throwing its muscle behind tall wood buildings.

• 15 ways to create drama with light fixtures.

• That giant tarp? You’re folding it wrong.

• 10 tips to help your clients choose the right windows.

• Scientists are developing “microstructural lightweight construction materials” that have a stability relative to their weight that exceeds materials such as steel.


New: Products of the Week, 11.4.13

Whimsical pendants, modern bath furniture, and three other products that caught our attention this week.

Duravit X-Large_RGB

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Buzz: Product News Roundup, Lighting the Future Edition

The latest bulb technologies, IKEA selling solar, rammed-earth houses, and other product news from the past week.

Philips Hue bulb

Philips Hue bulb

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Products of the Week, 9.23.13

Etched tiles, high-efficiency toilets, heated work jackets, and two other products that crossed our desks this week.

Bosch jacket

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New: Products of the Week, 9.13.12

Industry-leading wall ovens, a powerful right-angle drill, peppy orange pendant lights, and two other products that caught our eye this week.

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In Practice: Tubular Skylight Pendants Put Decorative Spin on Daylighting

The popularity of tubular skylights, which collect sunlight from the roof and channel it via a highly reflective tube, has soared in recent years, thanks in part to the green building movement and the ongoing push to get more natural light deeper into homes and buildings.

Most often, tubular skylights end at the ceiling, in a fixture similar to a recessed light (and perhaps even incorporating a supplemental electric light). Decorative options, such as diffusers and mounted shades, are growing. But you also can go a step further by transforming the solar tube into a traditional pendant- or chandelier-like fixture, as tubular skylight maker Solatube does in its own lobby.

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New: Products of the Week, 8.30.12

5 new products, including sleek showerpipes, art-glass lights, and a fiberglass entry door.

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Buzz: Product News Roundup, On the Fence Edition

Modern fences, cork insulation, the CFL-UV connection, FSC wood enters Olympic spotlight, and other product news from the past week.

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New: Products of the Week, 7.18.12

Five new products, including durable chisels, crystal light fixtures, and circular cabinet pulls.

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New: Products of the Week, 6.22.12

5 new products, including a curvaceous tub, a hassle-saving fastener, and long-lasting porch flooring.

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