Climate awareness is no longer of interest to solely a small group of pioneers and is becoming a universal theme that captivates all layers of society. The quality and aesthetics of recycled and repurposed materials have long transcended their alternative origins and are rapidly becoming the new normal.
Plastic, a material which has taken up a central position in the sustainability debate, gradually takes on a new guise in which recycling and circularity are key.
The decorative panels of Smile Plastics, which are made using 100% recycled materials, are an excellent example of how repurposed waste materials can transcend their predecessor. Their Blue & Black Dapple panels in particular feature stone-like aesthetics that can easily compete with the appearance of a marble slab.
On the other side of the material spectrum, natural waste sources like wood are making similar leaps. Foresso’s Bianco Mono & Ivory Duo Panels feature terrazzo-like graphics due to countless inlaid pieces of waste wood, full of hidden details. The technique combines the natural warmth of timber with a sharp, smooth finish. These examples prove that recycled materials have reached new heights and are ready to concur with the top echelons of the material industry.
Next to linear materials, another cornerstone of old-fashioned luxury is making way for new beginnings. Ownership of objects and spaces is slowly being replaced by a sharing economy in which common goods become new status symbols.
This shift, which is led by car-sharing and co-working initiatives, begs for a radical new material approach. Maintenance, durability, and wear resistance are essential in a new material palette that suits a variety of styles, to satisfy an ever-changing clientele.
The PET felt panels produced by De Vorm are sustainable interior products with incomparable acoustic performance. Manufactured from recycled plastic bottles, the material is both durable and sustainable. Its moldability makes it suitable for both flat and voluminous applications, ranging from acoustic wall panels to furniture pieces. Combining a firm construction with a soft finish, the material is thus a versatile partner to suit up any working environment to our ever-changing needs.