May Blog

 BIG news to share!

Materialista® is on maternity leave awaiting her first born and I am excited to guest write for the blog until the "real" Materialista® returns!

And talk about giving birth and excitement, our brand new website for ASI/Architectural Systems is almost ready to launch! This truly will be the last blog posted from our current website. ( I know you heard that before!)

It has been a monumental process for us to build you, the design professional, a user experience that is seamless, current and vertically integrated.

The anticipated enhancement we are striving for is: you will be able to request  samples and  quotes easily (!) and order product online…

New Website Design!



Create vision boards, discover new and solution based products and glean inspiration in every market segment by exploring our Custom Design Stories and Project Spotlights where designers share their material challenges and design vision.


Please give us your feedback and of course suggestions are welcome! Contact njackson@archsystems.com

Design NYC!

May was a big design month in NYC! The ICFF show coincided with the Retail Spring Market, and ASI was a proud sponsor of the Retail Design Institute’s 48th Annual Awards gala on 5/22 at the Current event space located at the Chelsea Piers.


Lots of winners for innovational experiential store design. Although the retail landscape keeps shifting, exceptional shops are still driving people in and we saw fabulous examples from around the world. Congratulations to all!

L’Occitane en Provence, 555 Fifth Avenue, is 2018 Store of the Year!


Hudson Yards!


If you want to experience more exciting retail, make sure to visit Hudson Yards!

We were personally invited to an extraordinary evening there the night  before it was open to the public. The multi-use space includes high end residential, dining, corporate buildings and very curated retail. 

The brilliant piece was adding restaurants throughout that are destination places, reversing the paradigm of grabbing a bite while you shop…. It’s now all about dine, peruse the stores and buy!


I first highlighted the amazing Hudson Yards project in  a 2014 IIDA HOSPITALITY FORUM I co-Chaired for many years. Watch the video here……


The Shed!


And here is a guide to the Shed, the $475 million arts center, to experience and enjoy! 

I promise, Hudson Yards will not disappoint and let me know what your favorite place is there.

Posted at 6/3/2019 4:33 PM

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Spring Has Sprung!

Starting fresh is what we love best about spring at ASI/Architectural Systems. Finding new materials that bring joy and inspiration to you is what we are talking about! Spring forward with these new patterns and expanded offerings of your favorite collection.

Ornamental Surfaces, GlamStoneAcrylics and Composition Cork



Spring Cleanse! Out with the old and in with the Reuse! How about combining artisanal knowhow with a vintage spin on dimensional wall surfaces? Recycled Chicken Coop, Denim and Window Trim are just some of the Fusion Wood Panels that mix up natural and reclaimed materials, especially in honor of upcoming Earth Day Monday, Aprill 22.

Fusion Wood Panels




Spring means renewal and celebrating the season. Smelling the flowers beginning to emerge again makes us think about incorporating vibrant and bright colors in your projects, creating unique spaces! Want some more ideas?

Color Theory®




Enjoy springtime, the renewal, the cleanse, and the holidays from all of us at ASI!


❝Let your practice be a celebration of life.❞

Seido Lee deBarros

Posted at 4/16/2019 2:38 PM

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Celebrating Women’s History Month

Women's Empowerment - ASI

ASI | Architectural Systems is honoring the trailblazers of women’s empowerment who set the path to control and benefit from the resources, assets, income and their own time, as well as the ability to manage risk and improve their economic status and well being.

 Anna Wagner Keichline Suffragettes - ASI

Anna Wagner Keichline 1889-1943

Recognizing the first practicing female architect, Anna Wagner Keichline, born in Bellefonte in 1889, Anna was Pennsylvania’s first registered woman architect. Her first architectural project was the design of a schoolhouse in Milesburg. Not only can one find her building projects in central Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Washington D.C., she also patented several inventions and architectural designs that contributed to the evolution of architectural planning.

Not only was Anna an architect, but she was also a Suffragette! We would be remiss if we did not acknowledge the historic moment when the 19th Amendment was ratified and women were finally allowed to vote. How crazy does that sound?

            Andree Putnam - ASI

Andree Putman 1925-2013

ASI is fortunate to collaborate with the most creative people in the world, and a special nod goes to one of contemporary design's leading visionaries, Andrée Putman who brought her inexhaustible curiosity, energy and talent to every creative endeavor. Having met her once, I can attest to the amazing woman that she was. “Good design is pure and simple, and I am interested in that family of things that will never date.”

            Rebecca Minkoff - ASI

Rebecca Minkoff

This millennial fashion designer has built her own clothing and accessory empire by targeting young women and actually connecting with them on a personal level, mainly using social media and influencer marketing. In September of 2018, she established the Female Founder Collective, a network of businesses led by women that invests in women’s financial power across the socio-economic spectrum by enabling and empowering female-owned businesses. Kudos to Rebecca, from one female entrepreneur to another!

          Oprah - ASI

And then, there's Oprah!

Oprah Winfrey continues to make waves as an American media executive as the visionary and leader behind OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, actress, talk show host, television producer and philanthropist .The Oprah Winfrey Show, was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011 in Chicago. Oprah has entertained and inspired millions of viewers to live their best lives. Her accomplishments as a global media leader and philanthropist have established her as one of the most respected and admired public figures today. “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

             Empowerment - ASI

These great women empower future generations, here are some ways that you too can empower women!

  • Teach a class: if you have a skill or knowledge to share, why not teach your own class so that it passes to others?
  • Get involved in community art projects: artistic projects in the community are a great way to help get everyone involved in making the city a more beautiful place to live, instilling a sense of pride in all residents.
  • Volunteer with local organizations: these can be community discussion groups or more volunteer oriented.
  • Donate money to charity: if you have extra money, consider donating to organizations that foster women’s empowerment.
  • Nurture talent in others: if you notice someone has talents that they aren’t putting to use or can be furthered, let them know and guide them.
  • Stay in touch with local politics: helping others get empowered means also keeping up with the latest policy making in your area.
  • Join a book club: the exchange of ideas will be helpful for all involved and spark new business and interpersonal relationships.

Posted at 3/12/2019 1:17 PM

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New Year! New Materials! New Goals! New Resolutions! New Credits!

Happy New Year!

Hope everyone enjoyed the holidays and spent the time off with the people and places you wanted to be. For those of you who don’t know ASI is a second generation family business, we close the office during Christmas week and New Years and met up in Florida to reenergize and renew our commitment to exceeding your expectations in the year ahead!

ASI is ready to collaborate with you on iconic and signature materials plus offering  solution based products for your projects!

Contact any one of our material specialists to schedule an appointment in the showroom or at your office by emailing sales@archsystems.com

New Goals! New Materials!

For us at ASI | Architectural Systems that means continuing our tradition of introducing the Next New Thing® in materials to you, the design community and decision makers across all industry segments.

This is a preview of what we are launching in 2019!

Chizel™ Wood Panels

Eco-Acoustico Floating Floor

Porcelain Neutrality

Hybrid Barn Wood Panels

Engineered Cork Floating Floor

Our immediate goal is to let you know ASI welcomes the opportunity to customize and develop materials for your current projects. If you don't see what you are looking for please upload your idea here

New Resolutions!

ASI | Architectural Systems has spent the past year creating a new website to offer an elevated user experience. We hope you are as excited as us to explore all the features, like your own personal Vision Board for example!

Product & project images and samples will be delivered in real time with just a click! And now we will be user friendly across all devices! So you can meet your design goals anytime, any place, with distinctive surfacing selections for Walls, Floors and More...

New Year! New Credits!

Is self learning one of your goals? Take advantage of the Lunch and Learn series in the ASI Showroom.

First one is on Thursday, Jan 24 from 12:00pm - 1:00pm. Reserve your space here.

Start the year off by attending the Power of Materials® and take away ideas, inspirations and credits!

This will be my last blog on this website. Look for a newly formatted and fresh Materialista® in the Community space very soon!

Posted at 1/10/2019 9:51 AM

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Design Fluidity

Regrouped, remixed and redefined branded environments are providing diverse consumer experiences with human connections and that is what’s drawing people to places.

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10 Corso Como, NYC

At their tenth global shop, 10 Corso Como in NYC is a perfect illustration of a mash-up of culture and commerce with edgy apparel collections, home goods, a farm to table restaurant and a museum gallery that has rotating exhibits.

It has pioneered an experiential concept store with a new vocabulary that blends fashion, food, art, music, design, and lifestyle, located at the South Street Seaport, an area downtown going through a regentrification. So, is it a retail store, restaurant or gallery?

The blurred lines in design continue to deliver unique experiences where people work live and play. On our social media platform, we highlighted a few examples of places that bring wonder to utilitarian spaces.    

Westbrook Corporate Center Wi-Fi Lounge, Illinois

Speaking to the new amenity-driven spaces in the workplace, a lounge was created for the benefit of the building's tenants to enjoy a shared venue for them to enjoy.

Thoughtfully designed by Whitney Architects, the Reclaimed Wine Barrel, part of the Fusion Wood Panel Collection was the signature material that combined the rustic yet contemporary feel for space. So, is it an office, a living room or hotel lobby?

The Even Hotel Times Square, NYC

This hotel embodies the health conscious business traveler that wants to keep their daily routine on track, offering best in class fitness experience ( yes, workout equipment in each guest room!) healthier food choices and restful relaxing spaces.

Throughout the hotel ecological Porcelains Mixx®, was installed in the public spaces along with Interwoven Eco-Panels and the guest rooms has cork flooring to exercise on. Health and Wellness is the ethos for this hospitality brand. So, is it a hotel, spa or gym?

As consumers continue to define the experiences they want, the fluid nature of the design will evolve.

The IIDA  NY chapter hosted the  Hospitality Forum Event last week at the James Hotel in Nomad. ASI was a proud sponsor and a special call out to Gabrielle Jackson-O'Connor (our Materialista® muse) and co-chair of the Hospitality Forum and Rachel Cooper (ASI SVP of Sales) who was on the committee planning this impactful event!

The esteemed panelists shared their point of view on how the essence of creating a successful sense of place today is when the best of retail and hospitality converge to deliver an engaging and memorable experiences.

Barry Richards, Principal and Studio Leader, Rockwell Group, Past President of IIDANY Chapter and also Co-Chair of the Hospitality Forum, spoke about the new concept they designed for Capital One.

Capital One Cafe

Banks are now inviting places you can plan your financial journey, connect with your community and enjoy Peet's Coffee! The feature walls showcase the Interwoven Eco-Panels transforming banking into a happening.  So, is it a bank, coffee bar or retail store? 

Materiality, narrative storytelling, a collaborative process are the tools of the trade for the ever-changing expression for a brand.

Posted at 10/1/2018 2:53 PM

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Connect. Shop. Live.

In the week of Sept 11, we take a moment to reflect on the lives lost and the heroes of the day, honoring and remembering their memory.

Fast forward 17 years later, the world has experienced too many random terrorist attacks and became a change agent in how people connect, shop and live.


Traveling anywhere today requires extra security and longer time in airports creates opportunities to dine and what else, shop?

Retail esplanades with outstanding eateries are the norm for airport terminals and design awards have even included this category.

Been to Singapore Changi International Airport Terminal 3 or Jet Blue Terminal 5@ Kennedy Airport recently?  The experience is almost uplifting!

   Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3                                       JFK Airport JetBlue Terminal 5 


Flexible hours, co-working spaces, hobby jobs, life /work balance and now FIRED (Financial Independence, Early Retirement) yes, it’s a thing.

The traditional office environment where hard-working, long-term employees show up daily is a rare phenomenon.

Office design today incorporates the “third space” where people can meet up and collaborate in either social areas or in privacy pods where they can escape the open pit for needed privacy.

                                  The Wing                                                                              HealthRise Solutions


Involving the large community of design experts every project completed connects with users in some way.  

The emotion a person feels when interacting with a design results in a corresponding feeling and determines the impact of that space.

Which brings me to the World Trade Center Memorial, a place of hope and Never Forget.

Posted at 9/14/2018 7:55 AM

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ASI At A'18 Conference on Architecture

The AIA hosts a Conference on Architecture in a different city each year, A'18 was held in our backyard (literally, a few avenues away at the Jacob K. Javitz Center) and ASI had an inaugural debut at the show! All creatives from the A&D world plus developers were there looking for project and product solutions.

Exploring the show, we were inspired by the AIA Award winners and on the "Commitment Wall" we shared that ASI will continue to provide innovative, distinctive and sustainable interior finishes. We also contributed a solution to the Question Wall: What are your material challenges?

In ASI Booth #3115, we had new the Next New ThingSM on display for wall surfaces and flooring for every segment of the market to collaborate with you on your current and ongoing projects!

Acoustic Materials

Composition Cork- Shapes- Checkers- Emerald 

Composition Cork- Summit - Bordeaux

Eco-Acoustico Floating LVT

For Walls: Composition Cork Shapes! The popular collection (reduces human voice frequencies up to 50%). View the full collection here.

For Floors: HAPPENING SOON! ASI debuted Eco-Acoustico LVT- An innovative luxury vinyl plank that features a seven-layer construction comprised of soundproof backing, a balancing sheet, a recycled core, durable fiberglass, a silencing layer, high-resolution wood grain film, an embossed wear layer and the G88 Advanced Coating System Finish for exceptional sound absorption and durability!  The collection is available in five realistic wood grains made of 100% recycled content, making this a discerning sustainable choice! Sample chains will be available soon; you can pre-order here

Reclaimed Materials

For Walls: Another HAPPENING SOON! ASI introduced Reclaimed Barnwood Eco-Panels in Chevron, BasketWeave, and End-Grain patterns available shortly. Sign up for our new product email blasts and receive information on the Next New ThingSM in Materials!

For Floors: ICYMI, View the full Reclaimed Timber Flooring Line

Colorful Products

For Walls, Interior and Exterior: Another A'18 Show release, the new  Chromatic Wood, the ancient wood-burning technique, Shou Sugi Ban is applied for an authentic antique and charred wood effect  in a palette of prismatic and saturated hues.

For Floors, take a look at Americana Hardwoods!


So, What Products Solutions Can We Collaborate With You On? Let's Continue the Dialog, Comment Below!


Posted at 6/26/2018 10:45 AM

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