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3 Tips for Designing Metal Woodgrains

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Woodgrains, warm and familiar, are a design staple. Far from lacquered 70’s wall paneling and cheap vinyl, advances in surfacing technology have allowed wood-like products to maintain their relevance while offering a plethora of new applications. Whether choosing or designing a custom surface, where does one...

October 2021 Update

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Awards [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_single_image image="12859" img_size="full"][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_column_text]Specular won a Planet Positive Award in the Surfaces, Tiles, and Materials category. The award, by Metropolis Magazine, “recognizes the most creative projects and products from around the world that benefit people and planet.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="12829" img_size="300x300"][vc_column_text]Specular was also...

Pattern Play

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Graphic. Symbolic. Dramatic. Ornate. The possibilities with patterned metal are nearly endless. When designing custom patterns, we love exploring the limits of what architectural metals can be and mean by reinterpreting familiar tones and textures - such as blackened steels, bronzes, rusts, and silvers - with patterns. Although...

Groovy surfacing solutions: Customizable corrugations

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]What elements of design impact the way metal surfaces receive light? Texture, gloss, and the panel profile itself. A lot of visual interest can be achieved via the shadow lines and glint created by corrugations as they interact with light, offering additional textures that will appear and disappear throughout...

Custom textured interior cladding

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Custom interior finishes focus on the intersection between craft and design, breaking away from the banal to create something meaningful and beautiful. Because we experience interior spaces so intimately, color, texture, and gloss all play a significant role in our perception of rooms – relaxing,...

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...