Nothing salacious here—just shapes and colors making strong statements. Here are six recent additions to the from the Material ConneXion library.
1. Material: Mosaicos.
Standout: A CNC robot selects and configures tiles, photo-transfer mosaics, based on how closely their colors and textures match certain sections of an image.
2. Material: Concrete Slabs.
Composition: Concrete, glass fiber, and polymer, with or without acrylic.
Standout: Lighter and easier than traditional concrete to fabricate into dramatic shapes, this composite also boasts a structural integrity that’s never compromised.
3. Material: Banana Paper.
Composition: Banana fibers and carbon powder.
Standout: In a chemical-free process, fibers are molded into sheets that are water-repellent and sound-absorbing with 30 percent higher tear resistance than regular paper.
4. Material: Three-Dimensional Joomchi Hanji
Manufacturer: Shin Pung Hanji.
Composition: Mulberry fibers.
Standout: Tree bark is boiled and pounded, according to a centuries-old technique from Korea, to produce a paper that’s as strong and durable as a fabric.
5. Material: Antimicrobial Powder Coatings
Manufacturer: Bottle Coatings.
Composition: Silver ions.
Standout: More effective than standard alcohol, ammonia, or chlorine, the controlled release of silver nanoparticles inhibits the growth of microbes.
6. Material: Circular Knit Textiles
Manufacturer: Mogae Textile Co.
Composition: Elastomeric thermoplastic polyurethane.
Standout: This fabric knit from thicker monofilaments, which allow more varied stitch patterns and textures, is frequently used for stretch in fashion.