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11 Chic Alternatives to Vinyl Wallcoverings

Recent releases from Carnegie Fabrics and Maharam Design Studio up the ante for sustainable interiors.

Zig Zag from Carnegie features a strong graphic element, and is made from 90 percent thermoplastic olefin and 10 percent post-consumer glass. Courtesy Carnegie Fabrics

New York City–based manufacturer Carnegie Fabrics, known for its sustainable textiles, is adding four offerings—Arcade, Diverge II, Sketch, and Zig Zag—to its existing collection of high-performance thermoplastic olefin (TPO) wallcoverings. With its high impact and thermal endurance, TPO is an alternative to the chlorine and polymers typically seen in textiles. These geometrically imprinted wallcoverings not only have a significantly smaller environmental downside than their counterparts, but can also create contrast and interest in an interior.

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Lever, a cellulose wallcovering from Maharam (seen here in Mobius)  Courtesy Maharam Design Studio

In a move toward expanding its innovative and sustainable offerings, Maharam Design Studio has released seven new graphic wallpapers digitally printed on a cellulose substrate. These 100 percent cellulose wallcoverings significantly reduce carbon emissions—from manufacturing to recycling and reuse—while visually transforming interiors. Patterns range from the monochromatic, randomly gridded Score to the polychrome Realm, which presents colored bars in an array evocative of digital graphics. With these products, clients have more options to craft interesting spaces with dynamic and affordable materials.

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