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Readers' Choice: Best Products of 2017

Nov. 16, 2017

Thousands of i+s readers voted on their favorites from this year’s Sources, and we heard you loud and clear. The following are the picks for top products from industry leaders in architectural, carpet, flooring, furniture, kitchen+bath, lighting, surfacing, textiles, and wallcovering categories, along with why Editor-in- Chief Kadie Yale loves these selections as well.

Sagegreenlife | Living Walls
Runner-up: Buzzispace | BuzziBaffle

Bentley | Night Vision
Runner-up: Bentley | Impasto + Secco

Mannington Commercial | Portland Project
Runner-up: Tandus Centiva | More Than Wood

Kimball | Lusso
Runner-up: Nevins | Vycom

Hansgrohe/AXOR | Croma 280 Green 1-Jet
Runner-up: Bradley Corp | Verge Lavatory System

2nd Ave Lighting | Anillo Ellipse 5 Light Cascading Pendant
Runner-up: Troy Lighting | Berlin

Formica | dECOleather
Runner-up: Antolini | Amazonite

CF Stinson | Lift
Runner-up: HBF Textiles | New Basics

3Form | Seeyond
Runner-up: Carnegie | Xorel Artform

Sagegreenlife | Living Walls | sagegreenlife.com
Adding a living wall to an interior not only gives a striking accent feature to a project, but also positively impacts mental and physical well-being. Studies show that interior plants can enhance the environment by “cleaning” internal air and providing relaxing mental stimuli. Sagegreenlife’s Living Walls are scalable, sustainable, and can provide self-contained irrigation with their free-standing installation option. Custom sizing is available.

Bentley | Night Vision | bentleymills.com​
It’s always exciting to see Bentley’s latest innovation, providing designers with stunning patterns with infinite color possibilities thanks to the company’s COLORCAST program. Its newly released Night Vision adds a new dynamic to seemingly any interior. The design leverages advancements in yarn technology to create shifting dimension and depth of color, depending on which way the viewer is walking. Available in broadloom and carpet tiles, the selection features variegated yarns that alternate between low and high luster, creating a subtle ombre effect.

Mannington Commercial
| Portland Project | manningtoncommercial.com
Conveying the spirit of adventure, Mannington Commercial’s Portland Project LVT was inspired by a road trip to Oregon. The collection’s four styles—two coordinating abstract patterns and two wood grains—relay the West Coast state’s secluded ridgelines and trailheads with sharp lines and layered striations of color. The line is offered in 6-inch x 48-inch planks.

| Lusso | kimball.com
Lusso, a collection of asymmetric grid-patterned seating options, turned heads during NeoCon in the Kimball showroom across from the Merchandise Mart. The modern shape is accented by the strap pattern, which gives visual intrigue. Lusso is available as task seating with stacking, spider-base, and barstool legs, and can be specified in black or gray.

| Croma 280 Green 1-Jet | hansgrohe-usa.com
Proving that i+s readers are always looking for eco-friendly options from tried-and-true brands, the Croma 280 Green 1-Jet Showerhead from Hansgrohe’s AXOR brand is the epitome of luxury and eco-consciousness. With 2.0- and 1.8-gpm versions, the Croma uses nearly 60-percent less water than conventional products without sacrificing  the performance expected from Hansgrohe products.

2nd Ave Lighting
| Anillo Ellipse 5 Light Cascading Pendant | 2ndave.com
There’s lighting that works best when it’s hardly noticed, then there’s lighting that stops people in their tracks. The handcrafted Anillo Ellipse 5 Light Cascading Pendant by 2nd Ave Lighting is the latter, featuring five elliptic spectral halos and adjustable elements of ambient light. Operating with high-powered LEDs that offer dimmable illumination and energy savings, the Anillo Ellipse 5 Light Cascading Pendant is a dynamic feature for commercial interiors.

| dECOleather | formica.com
Proving yet again that i+s readers are on the hunt for superior sustainable products, Formica’s recycled leather veneer dECOleather was the favorite in the surfacing category. Available in 18 colors and appropriate for applications ranging from furniture to doors and chic commercial interior elements, dECOleather provides a luxurious leather grain and feel while reusing material that would otherwise be scrapped.

CF Stinson
| Lift | cfstinson.com
Introduced at NeoCon 2017, Lift by CF Stinson is a minimalistic geometric design with fine lines running the length of the textile, interwoven with pops of solid color parallelograms. The play of lines, color, and shapes creates a whimsical design while the collection’s colorways keep the aesthetic refined. Lift includes post-industrial recycled nylon, cotton, rayon, and polyester and is GREENGUARD Gold Indoor Air Quality certified.

| Seeyond | 3-form.com
With heightened concern about interior acoustics, it’s no surprise that 3form’s Seeyond—a series of lightweight dimensional tiles made from acoustic felt—caught readers’ eyes. Boasting an NRC acoustical rating of 0.80 (ratings go from 0 to 1), Seeyond is used to build walls, divide a space, or create 3D features on otherwise nondescript surfaces. The collection is available in five patterns and eight colors.

About the Author

Kadie Yale | Former Editor-in-Chief

Kadie Yale holds a BA in Industrial Design from San Francisco State University and a MA in Decorative Art History and Theory from Parsons the New School. In her role as editor-in-chief from 2015-2018, she led the interiors+sources team in creating relevant content that touches on sustainability, universal design, science, and the role of design in society.

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