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1. Material: Wood-Skin Fenix NTM from Wood-Skin.
Composition: Paper, proprietary resins, and nylon.
Standout: Superior resistance to wear derives from resins that thermally repair scratches across the CNC-cut surface of high-pressure laminate panels.
2. Material: Sedge Core Fiber from E’Clatant.
Composition: Sedge and cotton.
Standout: To produce dual-texture fabric more durable than standard textiles, the sedge is boiled, dried, soaked, and dried again, then woven with the cotton.
3. Material: ChLCD from Kent Displays.
Composition: Cholesteric liquid crystal.
Standout: For touch screens and similar displays, this reflective technology provides better contrast and does not require power to retain an image.
4. Material: Geometric from Plexwood.
Standout: Veneer strips can be angled, versus the linear appearance of standard plywood, because these two-layer panels are composed of end-grain cuts.
5. Material: Nordgröna from Nordgröna.
Composition: Reindeer lichen.
Standout: Absorb multi-directional sound waves with these porous growths hand-picked in Scandinavia, preserved by salts, and colored with pigments, then backed with MDF.
6. Material: Metal and Carbonized Cork from Astek Wallcovering.
Composition: Cork, paper.
Standout: This wall covering, made from compressed cork veneers glued to metallized paper, can be laminated, brushed with pearlescent ink, or charred.
7. Process: Etch/Color/Pattern from Horie Corporation.
Standout: Colors are applied to metal sheets, patterned by heat, through an anodizing technique that requires no pigments or dyes, just an electrical current.