This is the second installment of a reoccurring segment I am introducing here on Life of an Architect. I am calling it Lunchtime Architectural Products – where once or maybe twice a month show you what I think is the best handful of products I discover or review. Who knows what will show up, but these will just be snippets of images with a brief explanation of why I am singling it out.
Here is some of the stuff I discovered:
.BDDW Nixie Wall Clock
Nixie tubes which made their debut in 1954 and there are a handful of places online where you can find people who have used these types of tubes for the making of clocks. This is one of the first ones I’ve seen where the finished product doesn’t look like a do-it- yourself sort of project.
.Phillip Jeffries Chain Mail textured wall covering
I am well aware that I took an oath to have a strong aversion to wall coverings when I became an architect … but things have changed and I have become a fan of some wall coverings in certain situations (baby steps but steps none-the-less). In small spaces I frequently look to add some depth and texture to the walls – something more than paint can provide and since the space is generally small, the objects within all also struggling to provide enough visual interest. I am particularly drawn to woven textile wall coverings like this ‘Chain Mail’ line from Phillip Jeffries. The entire line is made up of muted colors and I find them all beautiful.
.Global Lighting marcs s 160
Global Lighting is a new manufacturer for me and without knowing that it’s them, I kept stopping down whenever I see some of the fixtures from their product lines. This is a very simple suspended light fixture that passes the “I want one for my own house” test. With an exterior of matte chrome aluminum and a frosted polycarbonate lens, it takes a T5 lamp and would be right at home in any style environment.
.WS Bath Collections Decorative Trap Linea 53921 and 5392
I have been think for months that decorative P-traps would be something that I should cover on Life of an Architect – and when I came across these Linea traps from WS Bath, I thought I could at least bring them to your attention. I am familiar with these having specified them on many occasions – in fact, I debated not including them in today’s thinking that they didn’t meet the criteria for inclusion. After some thought (about 20 seconds) I realized that you could benefit to knowing that traps like this exist. Next time you are considering hanging a short sink cabinet on the wall, consider using these traps so that the finished product looks … finished.
Thanks for reading Life of an Architect and if you have a product – or know of a product that you think should be included in this series, I’d love to hear about them. They may not all make the list, I never know what sort of responses I am going to get from these sorts of open calls, but all the same, please email me your items for considerations at Bob@LifeofanArchitect.com