A surfacing material has to offer more than strong aesthetics to suit today’s interiors: It must also support occupancy health and sustainable resource management. Whether made from repurposed post consumer materials or designed to dampen noise, the following products support a healthy environment from the factory floor to the finished project.
Designed by Japanese artist Tokujin Yoshioka, the Phenomenon collection (features natural textures for walls and floors. Air, (pictured above), is a multidimensional mosaic of 1-inch unglazed porcelain tiles on a square foot of mesh backing. It comes in four neutral colorways with coordinating trim.
As the newest addition to the BuzziSwitch line, strips of the company’s felt are artfully compiled to absorb sound and improve acoustics in easily installable panels. The linear design is realized by repurposing strips of felt that would normally be designated as scrap. A variety of combinations in over 25 colorways are available.
Designed for timeless appeal, the Eon Collection blends opacity and translucency on a glass tile. Each 6-inch tile features both a glossy and matte finish divided at the same angle for various installation configurations and ease of customization. Four neutral colorways fluctuate depending upon the viewer’s vantage.
Manufactured from reclaimed aircraft materials, these floor and wall panels feature 100 percent recycled content. Each 1/8-inch panel features one beveled and one rectified edge for butted or grouted joint installation, and comes in 6- by 12-inch, 3- by 6-inch, or 3- by 12-inch formats.
A new series of large format perforated acoustic panels provide a more monolithic solution for sound absorptive surfacing. Four lines offer varying visuals: Quattro 41 features square apertures; Line 6 is defined by linear fissures; and Sixto 63 and Sixto 65 boast hexagonal perforations. Each BIG pattern can be translated for CertainTeed’s compatible grid system and ceiling tiles for smooth transitions.
Born from the Net-Works conservation project with the Zoological Society of London, Net Effect takes its design inspiration from the rescue and repurposing of discarded nylon fishing nets in the Pacific Ocean. Refined by domestic nylon supplier Aquafil, the new fibers are woven into three designs from David Oakey that evoke wave breaks along the shoreline. Two shades of blue and six neutrals are available on a 20-inch tile or a 10- by 40-inch plank.
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