In The Studio
Innovative Interior Materials
June 22, 2015
Our Interior Architecture team has been on the road quite a bit the past few months, making stops in Las Vegas and New York City for some of the year’s top design shows – HD Expo and ICFF.
These shows always serve as a great way for our designers to keep up with new trends, meet like-minded designers, and discover new products. What trends in particular did we see a lot of this time around? Texture, three-dimensional surfacing, a wider range of custom abilities, fun new acoustics, sustainability & new ways to recycle post-consumer products, increased functionality through prefab faux finishing, and digitally printed textiles, just to name a few.
We also were introduced to quite a few new products and designers at these shows. Without further ado, here are a few of our favorites:
- ARCHITECTURAL GRILLE – Custom and in stock fabricator of architectural grills for air conditioning, heating, ventilation, decorative panels, screens, column surrounds and artwork. Architectural Grille’s time tested laser cutting techniques bring unlimited possibilities to any decorative metal idea you can dream.
- X STONE SURFACES – This is a new generation of surfacing materials. X Stone offers stone veneers that are lightweight, thin and flexible. They replicate the look of stone but are less difficult to install, lower in cost, and weigh a fraction of what typical stone does. This product opens up architectural possibilities that would be impractical, impossible or cost-prohibitive to replicate with traditional stone. There are 3 standard categories of surface options (sandstone, concrete, and rust) and unlimited possibilities through their customs department.
- INTERSTYLE CERAMIC AND GLASS – Ribbon Architectural Glass is a unique glass surface made with strips of float glass that are colored and assembled vertically within a kiln. AGS’s color and combination abilities are limitless.
- MARTHA STURDY – Martha Sturdy is more on this list for her beautifully executed use and fabrication of simple materials such as resins, metals and woods. Her artistry with resin furniture and objects in particular is truly unparalleled, some even giving off the look of stone at a fraction of the weight.
- LIMELIGHT TILE AND CERAMICS – Beautiful custom ceramic tile line crafted by Shari Lynn Bennett in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Shari works with designers to accomplish dimensional and 2D tiles inspired by just about anything.
- GEMSS– Gemss Radiance combines backlit wood with colored resins, creating a new, fun and colorful way to combine materials, textures and patterns.
- SURYA – This Surya rug is made of PET yarn produced from recycled water bottles and has an unusual edge detail that we hope to see more of.
- ARTE – The Arte Intrigue collection does double duty. It is a three-dimensional textile wallcovering that contains acoustic properties and is as beautiful as it is functional.
- KETTAL – Kettal’s Vieques rug collection is made by the combination of an aluminum frame and a new revolutionary three-dimensional fabric. The weave itself creates an amazing texture but it also creates one of the most comfortable surfaces we have ever stood on. Oh, and it’s appropriate for outdoor use!
- VALLEY FORGE – Valley Forge was a standout at the HD show in Vegas where they released a new tool to custom color and print a vast array of patterns onto multiple textile substrates. While custom digital printing on fabric has been around for several years we are just now seeing new tools offered by manufactures to make the process easier and the quality is finally meeting the quality standards of designers everywhere.
- INTEGRA FABRICS – Integra Fabrics wowed us this year with their ability to transform wovens to vinyls in a chameleon like way through digital printing and select substrates. It’s comforting to know that if the fabric we like doesn’t meet our durability standards Integra can transform it into something that does without losing the look. (pictured: woven transformed to vinyl, side by side – can you tell the difference?)
- FLAVOR PAPER – Flavor Paper is the leader in quirky hand printed wallcovering and to this day we have yet to see a better-looking metallic ink grace a wall. Plus, they just released a whole line of Warhol wall coverings this year at ICFF. What’s not to love?
- MURATTO – Muratto is another in the line of beautiful acoustic solutions we have seen cropping up everywhere. Apparently people really hate noise. Muratto offers acoustic wallcoverings made of cork, which differentiates them from many of their competitors. These come in a variety of patterns and colors but we particularly love their wood plank vintage looks.
- ANNE KYYRO QUINN – Last on our making acoustics look good list is Anne Kyyro Quinn whose acoustic panels are essentially a piece of intricately folded, sculpted and sewn felt. These are definitely one-of-a-kind pieces of art and are sure to be a conversation piece in any room.
- NEW COLONY FURNITURE – This could very well be the seat of the future. It is constructed by New Colony Furniture of concrete and reticulated foam. Those materials may not sound comfortable but what results is a low profile seat that would give any cushy sofa a run for its money. And while it looks foreign, in concept it is really pretty cool.
- ECOR – ECOR is a cradle-to-cradle recycled material that can be used for anything from wall paneling to furniture to packaging. We personally love finding materials we can use across our platforms here at Streetsense and this one definitely comes with the bonus of not just being sustainable but also coming in some amazing colors, textures and cuts.