Cool Spaces! is a TV series and website that showcases what's new and exciting in the world of architecture and design.
National premiere on public television: April 2014.

The Meaning Behind the Materials

Every product has a back story. But few weave ancient traditions and modern manufacturing processes while also addressing issues of social responsibility. Yet that’s exactly what materials manufacturer 3form accomplished with its Full Circle line of Varia Ecoresin panels. Having...
Posted On 03 Jan 2014

Fun With Foldable Lighting

If there’s one thing we love here at Cool Spaces! (other than exciting new architecture), it’s being presented with the unexpected. Such is the case with the Unfold Pendant Lamp from Muuto. Designed by Form Us With Love, this reinterpretation of an industrial design classic...
Posted On 03 Jan 2014

The Silver Bullet Against Bacteria?

With flu season in full swing, people (hopefully) become more attentive than usual about the surfaces they touch and do a lot more hand washing than usual. But what if the interiors of schools, airports, hospitals, and other public spaces could help prevent the spread of harmful...
Posted On 30 Dec 2013

A Little Privacy, Please?

If you pay attention to office and workplace design trends, you’re probably aware that the cubicle has unceremoniously left the building and given way to the open-plan office. However, it turns out that not everyone is comfortable sitting at a bench, alongside their colleagues,...
Posted On 26 Dec 2013

Virtual LED: The Marriage of Physics & Lighting

Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) have seen explosive growth in recent years thanks to rapid development in lighting technology—a trend that’s likely to continue as quality improves and prices drop. But what happens when you join the laws of physics and the power of a...
Posted On 10 Dec 2013

The Future of Glass: Touchable Functionality

With the launch of the iPhone in 2007, it seemed that glass surfaces changed overnight, and now we’re in a digitally tactile world where touchscreen technology reigns supreme. (Give a toddler an iPad and see how quickly she learns to swipe and navigate.) But the future of...
Posted On 08 Dec 2013

Modwalls’ CorkDotz: Trash to Treasure

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the eco-friendly options in interior furniture and finishes that are available. The choice can be a relatively easy one to make, however­—especially when a product’s raw materials originate from another industry’s waste stream. Such is the case...
Posted On 04 Dec 2013

Will ‘Doorknob’ Become an Obsolete Word?

Not for a long while. But Vancouver has struck the first blow: In September the city added amendments to its building code that, among other things, require all new housing projects to use levers for doors and faucets. (The regulations go into effect in March 2014.) It’s a...
Posted On 22 Nov 2013
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A Smarter Workplace: VIA (Vertical Intelligent Architecture)

If you work in an office, you’ve probably griped at one point or another about the conference rooms: balky, unreliable tools for phone and video conferences, poor integration of mobile tools like laptops and tablets, spaces that aren’t flexible enough to deal with...
Posted On 24 Oct 2013
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From Waste to Furniture: FluidSolids

Several years ago, Zurich, Switzerland–based designer Beat Karrer set out to find an environmentally friendly way to create furniture, architectural pieces, and other products. Fast-forward to 2013, and his concept is a reality: FluidSolids. How does it work? The basic principle...
Posted On 24 Oct 2013
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