The annual NeoCon tradeshow, held last week in Chicago, showcases the latest goods for contract interiors in product categories spanning furniture to integrated technology. Here, we recap some of the top sustainable introductions from this year's event in one of the most well-represented categories: coverings for the floors, walls, and furniture.
Made entirely from solution-dyed, pre- and post-consumer recycled polyester, the Wannabe wallcovering has the look and feel of wool felt. The collection ships carbon-neutral, Designtex says, and contributes to LEED credits for recycled content. Available in 15 colorways.
This modular flooring collection brings the outdoors inside with seven designs that reference natural patterns such as grass and clouds. Comprising carpet and hard surface mediums, The Park's tiles can be mixed and matched to identify zones and assist with wayfinding. Cradle-to-Cradle Silver certified, it is made with the company’s Eco Solution Q nylon fiber and EcoWorx backing.
Cork Cloth, HBF Textiles
Furniture maker HBF’s textile division teamed up with New York–based designer Erin Ruby on her eponymous collection, which includes this natural cork–faced upholstery and wall covering. Made of waste material derived from bottle-cork manufacturing in Italy and with a knit backing, Cork Cloth is inherently antimicrobial and resists water, Ruby says. Stained in a choice of five earth-tone colors, the material softens with use.
This series of Cradle-to-Cradle certified carpet tiles turns raw manufacturing elements into key features of the products’ design. Deconstructed Black’s 24” squares come in 12 colorways with an exposed black backing and a mix of fiber heights. Deconstructed Metal’s 18”-by-36” rectangular tiles combine six yarn types and three metallic backings for a total of 18 colorways. Both are made from Shaw Contract's Solution Q Extreme fiber and EcoWorx backing.
Tanning leather isn’t typically a sustainable practice, but Greensboro, N.C.–based Green Hides uses a closed-loop, low-emissions manufacturing process and water-based finishes. Sourced from Italy, its new top-grain Venus leather is re-tanned with vegetable agents, natural fat liquors, and oils in aged oak drums, and comes in 15 colors. Uses include upholstery in residential and commercial applications.
The three nature-inspired textures that make up this carpet tile collection from LaGrange, Ga.-based David Oakey Designs give the effect of an irregular arrangement no matter how each is oriented. Equal Measure’s tiles are made of 100-percent-recycled type-6 nylon yarn derived from reclaimed fishing nets. At the end of their usable life, the tiles can be sent back to Interface through its ReEntry reclamation program. Green Label Plus–certified by the Carpet and Rug Institute for indoor air quality.