Innovative Interiors

Research, creativity, and functionality intersect to meet the needs of the client and building occupants
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Sponsored by ARCHITECTURAL GRILLE, Construction Specialties, Doug Mockett & Company, Infinity Drain, Inpro, NanaWall Systems, and XtremeInterior Architectural Solutions
By Peter J. Arsenault, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP
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Interior design is always ripe for innovation. As the variety of topics covered in this course demonstrate, that innovation can come from many different sources and apply to many different parts of a design, both large and small. Architects and designers who stay aware of the many different products and options available can use them in creative ways to enhance their own designs and propel their careers.

Peter J. Arsenault, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP, is a practicing architect, green building consultant, continuing education presenter, and prolific author engaged nationwide in advancing building performance through better design.

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Originally published in Architectural Record
Originally published in June 2017


Innovative Interiors
Buyer's Guide
The Frank Lloyd Wright® Signature Grille Collection
Introducing the Frank Lloyd Wright® Signature Decorative Grille Collection: a collaboration with the Frank Lloyd Wright® Foundation to produce premium HVAC grille covers in a variety of patterns inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs and architecture. Fabricated using post-consumer 94 percent recycled aluminum with several finishing options. Stock and custom sizes available.
CS Acrovyn Doors & Frames
Acrovyn® Doors & Frames were designed with high-impact areas in mind. Architects and designers choose our doors and frames for their extensive design options and their ability to withstand heavy facility traffic. Clad with ultra-durable Acrovyn® and featuring field-replaceable components, Acrovyn Doors & Frames will keep your entire opening looking like new.
Construction Specialties
PCS77 Pop-Up Kitchen Power™ Grommet
PCS77 provides power on kitchen countertops or other wet areas. It pops up for access, then hides away when not in use. The product is watertight, spring loaded, and GFCI protected and includes tamper-resistant outlets. Power where you want it, when you want it.
Doug Mockett & Company
USG Durock™ Brand Infinity Drain™ Shower System
Developed by USG and Infinity Drain,™ this offers a waterproofed, linear drain shower system that’s easier and faster to install than traditional shower construction. This innovative system pairs USG Durock™ brand shower system components with linear drains from Infinity Drain.™ It’s one complete waterproof shower installation made easy.
Infinity Drain
Aspex® Printed Wall Protection
With Aspex® Printed Wall Protection, you have the high-impact durability of IPC® Rigid Sheet with the clear, crisp imagery of digital printing. Because your graphic is back-printed onto the clear sheet, you don’t have to worry about the image being scratched over time.
NanaWall PrivaSEE Self-Activated Interlock
The automatic floor bolt and horizontal compression drop seals are self-activated by simply moving the panels toward one another. The unique wheel-and-ramp assembly automatically locks the panel into place without the need to kneel and lock it manually. These innovations enable PrivaSEE to achieve its high sound ratings.
NanaWall Systems
Extruded Aluminum Trim: Innovative Solutions for Interior Applications
Our team of in-house architects collaborated with experienced design professionals to develop an extensive line of interior aluminum extrusions that create a variety of visual statements from minimalist shadow lines to bold two-piece design features. The growing and evolving collection includes simple reveals, corner, and base transitions.
XtremeInterior Architectural Solutions