7 Ingenious Additions to the MCX Library

Material: Geometric from PlexwoodComposition: Wood. Standout: Veneer strips can be angled, versus the linear appearance of standard plywood, because these two-layer panels are composed of end-grain cuts. Photography by Graham Friedman. 

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. Photography by Graham Friedman.

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. Photography by Graham Friedman. 

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. Photography by Graham Friedman.

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. Photography by Graham Friedman.

Material: Metal and Carbonized Cork from Astek WallcoveringComposition: Cork, paper. Standout: This wall covering, made from compressed cork veneers glued to metallized paper, can be laminated, brushed with pearlescent ink, or charred. Photography by Graham Friedman.

Process: Etch/Color/Pattern from Horie Corporation. Composition: Titanium. Standout: Colors are applied to metal sheets, patterned by heat, through an anodizing technique that requires no pigments or dyes, just an electrical current. Photography by Graham Friedman.