Material Matters September 2017

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In this month’s Material Matters, the team of experts at Material Lab highlights innovative sustainability.  

Made of Air: Carbon negative facades combine eco credentials with aesthetics

Berlin-based practice, Elegant Embellishments, is on a mission to help buildings perform both environmentally and aesthetically. As a result, its expert team has developed Made of Air. The cladding material is formed by baking waste biomass from charred felled trees      in an oxygen-free oven to produce a stable form of carbon. The carbon is then mixed with a biodegradable binder to make carbon negative facades. Through innovative, high-quality building products, the company aims to disrupt the existing sector.

081f11_e83cc83526dc46c78089e525b680feab-mv2_d_4000_6016_s_4_2Banana Lab encourages you to Collect, Create and Compost

Trailblazing designer, Lizzie Hall, has developed a new recycling process,  ‘Collect, Create, Compost’, in the hope of increasing sustainability in local communities. Using banana peel, and through extensive testing and development, she has created a high-quality material for use in cutlery, bags and vessels. She is now encouraging others to do the same by setting up their own banana material production facilities. Properties of the resulting material include the easy application of texture, colour and pattern, as well as ensuring a high-quality finish.

DSC_0073JBH Soft Furnishings: Looks as good as it sounds

Manufacturers of lightweight acoustic products and substrates, including fibre glass acoustic insulations, acoustic foam, rockwool and pinable cores, JBH Soft Furnishings offers bespoke colours, patterns and finishes that enable designers to create the perfect look, regardless of their environment. In addition to the attractive, aesthetic properties, the panels also promise stellar sound-reducing qualities. The company is dedicated to combining craftsmanship with service, working for a range of clients in both the commercial and residential sectors.

Vision 550 - Motion 550 - Motion 961 - Vision 991_cMotion /// Vision: Move more with modulyss

modulyss has launched its latest collection – Motion /// Vision. Comprising a range of cutting-edge carpet tiles, the design is driven by the fluidity and strength of human movement, changing the rhythm of a space as colours flow into dynamic texture and shifting patterns. Made from high-performance solution-dyed
PA 6 yarn, developed in-house, Motion /// Vision delivers outstanding performance and heralds a new era of product innovation for the company.