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Soffits by design

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Often the unsung heroes of buildings, soffits are, at their core, a functional and critical building element. With so many materials available today, what should be considered when designing or choosing a soffit material? We developed four major considerations to help guide performance-based soffit design choices.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_single_image...

June News Update

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Specular in Interior Design's Spring Market Tabloid [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_column_text]No longer just industrial or ornate, modern finishes are changing what was previously possible with interior metal cladding. Taking on modern interpretations of iron rust and white glazed terracotta with textured topcoats, Akoya and Serra represent this new...

Incorporating color into building design

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]While we believe all metals are beautiful in their classical forms, Robert Venturi once said, "Blatant simplification means bland architecture." Metal can be much more than rust, blackened steel, or stainless, stepping outside the normal metal color chart to offer super saturated colors that inspire and evoke emotion. When...

Create a seamless indoor to outdoor material transition

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Indoor to outdoor material transition [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_column_text]Historically, building elements that transition from exterior to interior have been a pain point for designers. Soffits, walls, ceilings, canopies, and entryways have had their designs sacrificed in the name of performance, or vice-versa. Materials seem to focus on interior...

Designing with brand identity in mind

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Materiality has increasingly become a major part of brand storytelling and identity positioning via storefronts through the use of color, finishes, and textures. Because curated facades provide a memorable first impression for customers and help define company culture for employees, custom design has long been...

Designing holistically with metal

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Considerations with pairing materials with metal [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_column_text]One of the challenges of any project is creating an acute relationship between a variety of materials. With the increased mechanization in material creation, as well as a decrease in artisans and natural materials, design now faces a period of...

Winter 2021 News Update

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We are excited to share two awards received in early 2021 from the Metal Construction Association for 108 Chambers and Chase Center arena. Chase Center (Manica Architecture, Gensler) was awarded the top prize of Best Overall Building of the Year. 108 Chambers, or Tribeca Rogue...

Considerations in Bespoke Design

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We have always believed in the importance of creating project-specific, considered surfaces rather than working from predetermined finishes; even small details can offer context and meaning. When working on a project driven finish, understanding the following are essential in creating a relevant and site-specific material. [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="12053"...

Site-Specific Material Design: Part 1 – Design Options

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We were founded on the belief that custom, site-specific design should be accessible to all projects. Unlike the traditional “system centric” model of manufacturers that focus on systems before surfaces, our design process allows for both small batch and large-scale bespoke production with ease. Our world is increasingly influenced...

December News Round Up

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text]We are now on Source (virtually) and in the Source library (physically)! Check us out on Source, where you can meet your local rep, order samples, see all our performance and sustainability information, and more. You can also visit the Source library in Portland to...