Mesh structure evokes Atlanta’s tree canopy

December 1, 2020

Atlanta, Ga., is known as the “city in the forest” because of its abundance of trees. A mesh sculpture installed at the High Museum of Art in the summer of 2020 drew on Atlanta’s relationship with the natural world and bird migration with the goal of spurring conversations around biodiversity, extinction and cohabitation. The temporary …

Inside-out tent hosts summer cinema

During the self-isolation period of the 2020 pandemic, “it became clear that some films can only exist and be perceived in theaters,” according to Evgeny Gusyatinskiy, film program curator for Garage Screen, the summer film series hosted by the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia. Garage Screen’s summer pavilion, designed by Yerevan, Armenia-based architectural …

Reebok offers plant-based performance shoe

Shoe and athletic clothing brand Reebok has launched Forever Floatride GROW, one of the first plant-based performance shoes. The shoe features a highly cushioned, responsive midsole made of sustainably grown castor beans, a breathable eucalyptus tree upper, a sock liner made of odor-resistant BLOOM™ algae foam and a durable outsole made from real rubber trees. …

Partnership creates touch surfaces for car interiors

Coating manufacturer Kurz Group, Fürth, Germany, has developed a human-machine interface (HMI) concept car panel with several partnering companies and its own subsidiaries. Concept vehicles of auto manufacturers increasingly feature car cockpits with no mechanical switches or buttons. The solid, seamless and curved surfaces are instead equipped with functions activated by touch. Control elements, concealed …

German advancements in textiles

Developments in technical textiles in Germany grow from industry and international partnerships. By Marie O’Mahony Globalization “is already behind us,” according to Michael O’Sullivan, author of The Levelling: What’s Next after Globalization (2019). O’Sullivan sees the future as a multipolar world dominated by large regions such as the United States and the European Union.  However, …

Phthalate-free faux leather

Camira Fabrics’ new vinyl Port has a leather-like grain in 22 subtle neutrals and muted tones that provide maximum durability for heavy-use upholstery applications. It is a phthalate-free vinyl that contains no fire retardants or biocides, making it an environmentally sensitive choice for high-traffic interior spaces. Prop 65 and AB-2998 compliant, the textile incorporates visual …

Next-gen marine and awning fabric

Available in three different product categories: SolarShade, SolarShade FR and SolarShade Plus FR offer breathability, high water repellency, mildew resistance, and outstanding strength and durability. Crafted from advanced staple fiber and spun 100% solution-dyed polyester yarns, these products provide exceptional value at their price point, and after being tried and tested in the field, have …

3D-printed recyclable soles use Huntsman TPU

Footwear brand OESH® Shoes is using thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) materials from Huntsman Corp., The Woodlands, Texas, for its 3D-printed recyclable soles. The shoe company, known for women’s footwear that offers additional health benefits, specifically wanted a sustainable product for the soles. Huntsman is a global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated and specialty chemicals. The partnership’s …

Flexible shade poles

Tele-Sun Boat Shade Poles are adjustable, removable boat shade poles made to last through demanding marine conditions. Lightweight, durable, UV-resistant and strong, the poles are made from flexible carbon fiber. Easy to install to the front or rear of the boat; users slip them into the rod holders, secure the shade sail fabric to the …

Tour de France cycling jerseys use DSM material

Royal DSM, a Dutch multinational company active in nutrition, health and sustainable living, announced that its Dyneema® product drove the performance of Team Sunweb’s protective cycling jerseys in the 2020 Tour de France. With its partners Team Sunweb and Craft Sportswear, DSM helped to deliver a jersey that, when combined with a protective base layer, …