Veronica Zurita, NCIDQ, IIDA, interior designer, VOA Associates, Orlando, Florida
Stone Source: Visore by Inax
“This tile is a faceted dimensional porcelain mosaic with a glossy pearlescent finish. We recently used it to create a focal shimmer wall in a retail space; love at first sight!” says Zurita.
Edwin Beltran, senior associate at NBBJ in Seattle
Cambridge Architectural: Channel
“This architectural mesh is my go-to product when I need a strong and highly durable finish for environments exposed to wheelchair and cart traffic. I don’t have to compromise visual interest and tactile delight, and the stainless steel and brass combination can turn any elevator into a showstopper,” says Beltran.
Jennifer Tuttle, IIDA, director of interior architecture at HDR Architecture in Charlotte, North Carolina
Modular Arts: InterlockingRock in Dune
“With construction budgets decreasing every year, it has become critical that designers find products that are versatile, cost effective, and LEED-friendly, yet have a powerful ‘wow’ factor. These decorative panels are all of the above,” says Tuttle.
Benita Welch, AIA, principal at GKV Architects in New York.
Newmat: Stretched Ceilings
“When looking for a modern, clean, and elegant solution for lighting, I look to Newmat Stretched Ceiling Systems. When backlit, the PVC material has an ethereal glow, and the perforated versions offer better acoustical properties,” says Welch.
Concrete Collaborative: Solana Honed Concrete
“The next-best alternative to poured concrete slab with minimal seaming, this comes in an endless array of colors, sizes, and thicknesses. Its 40 percent post-industrial recycled content paves the way to LEED points,” says Whitman.
Clay Whitman, interior designer at Callison in New York