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    Conditioned Airspace HVAC Framing

    Boise Cascade announces the availability of Conditioned Airspace HVAC framing, in which a single duct line can be efficiently run through second-floor joists to feed both the first and second floors of a home. By placing the home's heating, ventilating, and air conditioning system in the conditioned air space inside the insulated, air-sealed shell of the home, rather than in the attic, garage, or crawlspace, the system may enable considerable savings on heating and cooling bills. It relies on the ability to cut holes and run ductwork through BCI® Joist and AllJoist® engineered wood floor systems, which are available with FSC Chain-of-Custody certification.


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    Green Blade - Veneer from Banana Plants

    Established in Martinique, FIBandCo gives a second life to banana plant trunks. Growing to full size in nine months, the banana plant is a giant herb whose trunk dies after the plant produces fruit. FIBandCO's two founding engineers transformed this rapidly renewable resource into an upmarket material for design and architectural use. Green Blade is a decorative, micro-thin veneer that comes in four all-natural colors. This supple, translucent fiber veneer is handmade without any chemical treatments. Appropriate for interior fittings, furnishings, and decoration, the product was launched eight months ago in Paris at the Maison & Objet exhibit.


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    Modular Video Wall Display

    Christie® MicroTiles™ are modular digital video wall displays designed for high image quality. These lightweight, shallow rear-projection modules can be combined to form digital canvases in a variety of sizes, shapes, and orientations. Leveraging the strengths of both DLP® projection and LED technology, the tiles offer brighter images and a wider color palette than conventional flat-panel LCD and plasma displays. The tiles weigh 9.4 kilograms (21 pounds) and measure 260 millimeters (10.2 inches) deep. The LEDs are rated to last 65,000 hours before reaching half-brightness. Built-in "eco-power" consumption modes. Compliant with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS).



    Cordless Motorized Shades

    QMotion™ offers quiet motorized window shades that run on standard alkaline batteries. Free of cords and wires, the shades are well suited for hospitals, daycare centers, schools, and homes. Each shade's tube contains precision steel ball bearings. This design minimizes friction, extending the battery life by reducing the amount of power needed to raise and lower the shades. Operation can be controlled manually or with a wireless remote. Easy installation with no wiring. Available in a variety of fabrics and finishes.


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    Pop-Modern Chair

    London-based designer Timothy Schreiber introduces the Plooop Chair, the second chair in a series featuring triple plywood loop construction. The continuous loops form all of the chair's functional elements — seat, backrest, and legs — in a fluid sequence of connections and detachments. Both CNC-assisted cutting and traditional wood craftsmanship contribute to the sleek, contemporary form. Dimensions: 800 by 400 by 400 millimeters (32 by 16 by 16 inches). Light finish.



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