January 9, 2023
15 Design Products Offer New Takes on Earth Tones
Environmental references abound in the latest debuts: overtly in the way man-made substrates expertly mimic organic materials, and subtly in furnishings and surfaces finished in nature’s muted hues. Mar Di—a tile collection in four wavy forms inspired by the motion of the sea and available in colors such as Nude, Forest, and Rose—falls into the latter category.
What appears to be wood cladding is actually an embossed composite that’s free of toxins and made of 94 percent recycled content.
Designed by Studiopepe for Portuguese tile maker Theia, four wavy profiles are available in 26 colors.
EAMES SHELL CHAIR
Produced in fiberglass since the 1950s, and molded plastic since 2006, Ray and Charles Eames’s famous seating will now be 100 percent recycled plastic.
This dimmable LED, designed by architect John Pawson in veined marble and aluminum, is part sculpture and part table lamp.
Offered only in the naturally occurring colors of sheep’s wool, these rugs are free of dyes and exploit a formerly untapped waste stream in U.S. fiber production.
Patterns mimicking five wood grains compose the Wood Collection in an extension of the digital prints offered on Kirei Ink’s line of PET acoustic panels. The UV ink is GREENGUARD certified.
Milled from a paper composite with recyclable and renewable content, these textured wall panels come in FSC- and GREENGUARD-certified versions for use in health-care and commercial settings.
What appears to be Venetian-style stucco is a new range of indoor/outdoor Dekton surfaces that are carbon neutral from cradle to grave and available in five colors.
Milan-based Studiopepe says that an interest in “enduring materials” inspired its design of a line of cotton-backed, earth-toned wool area rugs for Scandinavian brand Muuto.
TARTAN FAUCON AND MISTY GUINEA
Biophilia and decadence merge in two new wallcoverings made of actual bird feathers, extensions to an entire plumed collection from Koket.
Offered in 28 colors, these window shades are phthalate-free, recyclable, and certified GREENGUARD GOLD for indoor air quality.
SERGE FERRARI GROUP
Part of a four-piece seating collection made of hand-sanded solid ash, this chair features removable slipcovers in optional recycled fabric.
Designed to showcase its exposed joinery, natural wood, and sheepskin upholstery, this chair is also sized for compact modern living spaces.
Three Crossville collections (Shades 2.0, Retro Active 2.0, and Color Blox 2.0) are now Living Product Challenge Petal certified.
Known for artsy wallcoverings and textiles, Eskayel is debuting flat-woven and hand-knotted rugs in similarly painterly patterns.
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