Creating endless design possibilities for the future.
Meet Living Coral. It’s the color of resistance, of tech company rebrands, and of 1960s Americana–a familiar and energizing hue that you’re about to see everywhere.
Many high-end lamps with thin elegant forms are made of metal. But a new lighting series from the London-based design studio Industrial Facility is composed of a bioplastic derived from castor oil.
The SILQ chair has only 30 parts–and was designed so that anyone can sit comfortably without adjusting it.
the company announced a partnership with ConvenientPower Systems to develop a system of scalable, wireless charging infrastructure for residential and commercial applications—with the first releases targeted to launch this calendar year.
Suzanne Drake and Mary Dickinson lead Perkins+Will’s Material Performance Lab, through which they distill the latest healthy-materials research and share the findings across the firm.
Materials are a designer’s paint and canvas–and for the most part, they’ve remained pretty static in recent decades.
The aim of the project is to help designers and others make more informed decisions about specifying, maintaining, and disposing of the products in their buildings.
Sustainable furniture start-up Pentatonic is releasing a new line of furniture that is made entirely from re-purposed trash. The company will be launching its first collection of chairs, tables, glassware, and individually sold furniture components this month at the London Design Festival, which opens on Sept. 16 and runs through Sept. 24.
The high-end, complex materials used in pursuit of this elegant space had one thing in common: They were all the product of dedicated research until simple moves in the right places resulted in big change.
Space designs that integrate personalized colors, patterns and materials can greatly influence how the space affects those who work there. And carefully curated materials can carry benefits that closely align with many clients’ strategic goals.
Joining the buzz is Platio, a Budapest-based solar paver company that’s already installed public projects in Hungary, Sweden, and Kazakhstan. Platio’s modular solar panel system can be embedded in everything from sidewalks to street furniture and beyond.
The chair has a glass-filled nylon frame with upper back support provided by what Steelcase calls a "flexor": horizontal plastic ribs tucked behind the knit backrest. A separate plastic panel provides lumbar support. Along with a choice of two frame colors, Steelcase is offering 11 different colors of knit and flexor/lumbar plastics so buyers can mix and match to fit their personal style.
Architecture is an endless source of inspiration for textile designer Suzanne Tick, and she has brought that sensibility to a number of her projects, be they flooring for Tarkett or upholstery for Luum Textiles. “I go by every building skeleton and take a picture, and think, ‘That’s going to be the next weave structure,’” she says.
3D knitting isn’t just for clothes or shoes; it’s potentially the future of furniture. Even Ikea is getting into the game. This year, Layer–a design studio based in London–is releasing the “Tent” chair for the Italian brand Moroso. It’s a seamless, 3D-knitted chair that integrates upholstery, cushions, and an armrest into a single piece of fabric–riffing, as its name suggests, on tent design.
How any duties on Chinese-made hardwood and decorative plywood producers affect domestic residential furniture producers would depend to a large extent on how producers use those materials in their finished goods.
The case clearly does not affect finished goods coming in from China but rather panels that are imported from China and used in the assembly of kitchen cabinets and some furniture still made in the U.S.
This includes hardwood and decorative plywood and certain veneered panels, which are described as a “generally flat, multilayered plywood panel or other veneered panel that consists of two or more layers of wood veneers and a core.” The core of the hardwood and decorative plywood consists of layers of one or more materials that are between the face and back veneers.
Steelcase, one of the largest office furniture firms in the world, has partnered with MIT to create a new form of 3D printing that it believes could potentially change the way that furniture is designed and created.
Earlier this week, the World Health Organization issued a warning that superbugs—drug-resistant bacteria and pathogens—are one of the most dangerous and imminent threats to people. The cause? Overuse and abuse of antibiotics and antimicrobials. Bacteria and germs make us sick, so the prevailing practice has been to kill them—but that's only making us more vulnerable to superbugs. Now, the design industry is chiming in about how buildings contribute to the problem and what can be done about it.
Antimicrobial building products marketed as “healthy” or beneficial to human health contain ingredients that may have adverse environmental or human health impacts, and alternative products should be considered whenever possible, according to a new white paper by global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will and the Healthy Building Network (HBN).
Healthy Environments: Understanding Antimicrobial Ingredients in Building Materials exposes the lack of scientific evidence supporting claims that so-called antimicrobial products like paints, kitchen countertops, door handles, flooring, and other interior finishes help ward off communicable diseases. In fact, the report highlights a growing body of research suggesting potential negative impacts of antimicrobials on both the body and the environment. Potential impacts include the possible proliferation of “super bugs” caused by microbial resistance, contamination of aquatic ecosystems, and potential exposure to known or suspected carcinogens like formaldehyde.