4 | SOUND
An increasing number of materials can help control sound in
environments. For example:
• A Cone of Silence device to limit specific
sounds to localized areas.
• A perforated wood cellulose veneer material that absorbs sound, which accepts printing.
• Light-translucent fabric that absorbs sound
as well as velvet, but is very light weight.
• Printable sound-reducing fabric that can
be stretched to create interesting drop ceilings
5 | TASTE
This section includes materials
that look (or are) edible, including:
• “Greensulate” materials that can literally
be grown in whatever shape needed in a dark
room from mushroom roots and rice hulls. The
material can be used as insulation or panels
for walls, but can take the shape of any form it
is grown in.
• Leather made from cow stomachs. The
material, which resembles fur, uses a part of
the animal that was typically discarded.
• And aluminum transfer imaging—
sublimation printing on aluminum panels for indoor
or outdoor use.
Leather made of cattle stomach is
comprised of a cow’s first two chambers,
rumen, and reticulum. Requiring two
months of tanning, the textured leather
material has small, paper-thin, finger-like folds, in addition to a hexagonal
honeycomb structure, which gives the
leather an effect that resembles fur.
FSC-certified, micro-perforated wood cellulose
veneers for sound absorbing applications is
a proprietary digital printing process used to
achieve an abrasion-resistant surface while
maintaining a porous surface to accept
pigments and coatings. The heat transfer
process offers high-resolution, digital
imaging using dye-sublimation inks that
are impregnated into the surface.
Membrane stretch ceiling and wall textiles
are composed of Trevira®, a flame-retardant
polyester fabric with a polyurethane coating.
These UV-printable textiles come in white,
but colors (beige, shimmer beige, dark beige,
black, shimmer black, green, blue, shimmer
blue, yellow, gray and shimmer gray) can be
Structural Insulating Panels (SIPs) are made from
agricultural waste materials and produced by
living organisms. Regionally available agricultural
byproducts that are high in lignin, such as cotton
burrs, rice hulls, and buck wheat hulls, are used to
grow fungal mycelium, the roots of mushrooms,
between two OSB panels, creating a sandwich
construction of the foam-like material. Producing
the material is an extremely low-energy process
because the material is grown in the dark, with no
watering or petrochemical input. The organisms
grow in seven days, forming miles of tiny white
fibers that envelop and digest the seed husks,
and then bind them to form the final product.
Ana Linares is a materi-
als specialist for Material
ConneXion. The information
in this article was drawn
from a session she led during
Material ConneXion’s “Retail
Design Dossier: An Insider
Briefing on Materials, Colors, and Trends.”
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