10/1/2018

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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9/14/2018

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.

Travel

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 

Work

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

Connections

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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6/26/2018

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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6/19/2018

Wedding Traditions, Bling, and a Luxury Showroom

ASI | Architectural Systems’ Project Spotlight this month is the Fabrikant jewelry showroom, a 5th generation wholesaler of fine gems, located in the Manhattan Diamond District.
JSE Interior Design, known for their clean, dynamic and sophisticated spaces, was tapped to elevate the interiors while redesigning an unparalleled purchasing experience for their discerning clientele. And, since June is traditionally a popular month for weddings, we wanted to highlight where diamonds and precious stones are showcased!


Established by his Holiness Pope John Paul II in 1995, this church services the needs of the Catholic Community of Southern Nevada. LGA had master-planned the entire site for future development and the first phase involved the renovation of the Catholic Center which is the office building for the Diocese of Las Vegas and the Parish of the Guardian Angel Cathedral.

"We wanted to create an impactful focal wall that clients would see upon entry. The charred wood-nugget feature wall in the entry brings to mind the coal that many of Fabrikant’s gems originate from. The Fusión Wood Panels from ASI | Archsystems delivered the exact look we wanted for the feature wall and with the panels ready-made, installation was straightforward and simple." - Jared Epps, CEO/Owner, JSE Interior Design


The history of June weddings goes all the way back to the Roman times. The month of June derives its name from Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage and couples who married in June would be blessed with prosperity and happiness. As we all saw with the recent Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, gems and jewelry are an integral part of the wedding tradition.


In 1477 Archduke Maximilian of Austria presented a diamond to Mary of Burgundy and from there the tradition of the diamond engagement ring took hold. These circles of ultimately metal which have no beginning or end represent eternity, renewal and perfection

Celebrating a June wedding? Attending one? Or just still reading about the Royal Wedding?

ASI wishes congratulations to all!

Posted at 6/19/2018 1:15 PM

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5/18/2018

A Blend of Catholicism, Interior Finishes and High Fashion

Each month ASI features a Project Spotlight inspired by what’s happening in that moment of time. And coming off the opening last week of the blockbuster exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum in NYC, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination we chose a liturgical theme. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Las Vegas designed by LGA Inc. allows us to highlight how devotional practice and traditions of Catholicism are paramount in this refreshed and updated multipurpose house of worship.


Established by his Holiness Pope John Paul II in 1995, this church services the needs of the Catholic Community of Southern Nevada. LGA had master-planned the entire site for future development and the first phase involved the renovation of the Catholic Center which is the office building for the Diocese of Las Vegas and the Parish of the Guardian Angel Cathedral.

Michelle Rimler, IIDA of LGA Inc., explains “a special intent to make the conference room for the Bishop of LV modern, professional but also reverent informed our selections for a natural yet impactful focal wall. Mother of Pearl Mosaics and Cast Stone Dimensional Panels added the textured and layered effect that gave a symbolic honor to a religious statue and a contemporary space to hold meetings and community activities.”


The Interweaving of fashion and Catholicism is a visual splendor at the Metropolitan Museum. The holy art of the past is displayed majestically as is in the new home of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, the chapel that connects to the administrative spaces. Catholicism imagery in design is showcased here from two intersecting disciplines.


Without being sacrilegious ASI had some favorite fashion picks from the Met Gala: Angels, Madonna’s, Priests and more!

(pictured left to right) Jared Leto, Madonna, Rihanna, Anna Wintour, Blake Lively, Katy Perry, Chadwick Boseman

Think we missed someone? Tell us who was your favorite celebrity!

Posted at 5/18/2018 11:10 AM

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4/18/2018

ASI Goes to LA! BD West 2018 Recap

What a great show! ASI was represented there by Gabrielle Jackson O’Connor, Amanda Zapp and Michael O’Connor presenting the Next New Thing® in Materials (in ASI Booth #957) and previewed several new collections successfully: Gekko Vitta LVT, Carved Wood Panels and Vintage Wood Porcelain (now available, request samples today!) and also new patterns for Infused Glass Mosaics.

Here's the inside scoop on these new collections: Happening Soon!

Gekko Vitta LVT

 

 

Gekko Vitta LVT - Hold on to your chairs, this new Luxury Vinyl collection require NO Glue, Adhesives or Tape! You heard that right, using patent-pending technology, biomimicking the Gekko, this new collection adheres to any clean, primed surface.
The material can be removed and reused, making it a sustainable choice. Sound-absorbing and waterproof tiles and planks, along with a lifetime warranty, make this product a true game changer.


 

Carved Wood Panels

 

We put on our creative hats and innovatively curated the Carved Wood Panels, departing from our Interwoven Eco-Panel collection. The white oak and torrefied poplar panels come in three pattern Gridlock, Linear and Squares adhered
to a 3mm Baltic Birch backing. Wow - A handcrafted, real wood panel that is easy to install!


 

Infused Glass Mosaics

 

Inspired by mystic mermaid tale, these new Infused Glass Mosaic patterns will add a splash to any design!


 

Chromatic Wood Panels

 

Chromatic Wood Panels also debuted at the show. A vibrant collection of deep saturated hues and pops of color are applied to charred wood. Just epic! 


 

B'18 Awards and Dinner

 

Celebrating the future of Boutique Design, ASI was Proud to Sponsor the B’18 Dinner with the Rising Hospitality stars!

#DiningandDesign ASI hosted a fabulous dinner with Kelly Architects and Kam Kamran Interior Design at SUR with fun celebrity sightings from the Vanderpump Rules cast!


 

Spring Market Week

Next up, Spring Market Week!

What is Market Week?

It’s New York. It’s design. It’s retail. All in one week. May 21-25, 2018.

A jam-packed week of retail-focused events in NYC, including ICFF, design:retail HONORS and RDI International Design Awards, both of which ASI is proud to sponsor plus NYCxDESIGN and open showrooms!

As a proud member of the NYC  Partners for Creative Retail and participant in design:retail's conference crawl on May 22nd, ASI will be hosting a Mimosa Brunch at 10:45 AM with a Live Abstract Art Performance and Installations on “Fusing Color and Fashion Trends into Your Designs with ASI Surfacing Materials”,  by Artist Jonathan Chanduvi.  More details to come!

Posted at 4/18/2018 2:28 PM

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3/1/2018

A Better Built Environment

Biophilic Design and decreasing the environmental impact of buildings is the focus of this month's blog post.

Pushing beyond green, we see the A&D Community is reconnecting design with the natural world and reducing carbon footprint.

Biophilic Design

ASI had the opportunity to attend the Retail Design Institute’s Biophilic Design event at the award-winning 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, which has quickly become a top travel destination and local attraction, for its commitment to connecting guests to nature. 

Each panelist discussed their collaboration to fulfill the biophilic design vision:

Waad El Hadidy, Design Director, Starwood Capital

  • As the hotel developer, Starwood stated it was paramount to focus on environmental and social responsibility for the ethos of the 1 Hotel Brand.

Damien Harrison, Principal, Harrison Green 

  • This firm was chosen because of their expertise in curating and integrating exterior environments and spoke about the challenges of incorporating living elements throughout this exciting hotel property location. 

Tyler Kleck, Senior Associate, Inc. Architecture & Design

  • Shed light on the day – to – day and overall obstacles, and as the project's architect,  bringing such an ambitious project to life, he shared with the audience that integrating nature and so many natural materials from a design perspective was fascinating to see implemented. 

The success of this project was destined!

They all agreed early on the real inspiration beyond the project was marrying Biophilic Design and capturing the essence of Brooklyn. The fact the hotel is literally located within Brooklyn Bridge Park became the catalyst and blueprint for “using native greenery and reclaimed materials” within the core of design. Hurricane Sandy also became an unexpected inspiration for the design of the hotel. Midway through construction, when Hurricane Sandy devastated the NY/NJ area the designers decided to honor those lives affected by the disaster and integrated materials from the wreckage caused by the hurricane.

Amazing Rooftop View at the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

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Better By Design

In June, ASI will be exhibiting at AIA Conference on Architecture (A'18) at the Jacob Javitz Center. This year the theme is Blueprint for Better Cities. The focus is to think critically about health and resilience, about taking care of each other and the environment, all through the lens of what we build—and what we don’t.

Every material has an impact. Knowing what’s in them, and their life expectancy has a vital role in the Blueprint for Better Cities.

Architectural Systems has always been at the forefront of providing sustainable materials.

In February, ASI launched new sustainable groupings to the Composition Cork collection, providing more informed choices for natural wall surfacing materials. ASI also expanded the Wood Grain Cork Vinyl and Cork Flooring collections.

         Composition Cork - Shapes                       Composition Cork - Metallic Bricks

     Composition Cork - Organik Panels                        Wood Grain Cork Vinyl

More about Cork: The products are produced from the bark of the Cork Oak tree. Strips are carefully removed from the tree-trunk by hand, without causing any damage to the tree. The material is renewable, recyclable, and biodegradable! 

     Composition Cork - Natural Bricks               Composition Cork - Natural Bricks

Don’t miss it! Join us at A'18, June 21–23, 2018 in Booth # 3115, and experience new sustainable products from ASI!

Posted at 3/1/2018 2:8 PM

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