Luxury comes in different forms and usually brings to mind images of jewelry, posh mansions and expensive cars. When talking about interior design, a luxurious style and feel is usually achieved through high-quality furniture, the ultimate technology and the use of precious materials. But recent innovations now allow the use of devices, fabrics and processes in new ways that convey luxury easily and more affordably. For this month’s column, Material Connexion brings you a selection of five materials that use texture, reflections and handcrafted techniques to make the luxury dream come true.
Laser-sintering technology for brass and silver alloys in accessory applications. This process creates infinite undercuts on a three-dimensional (3D) object. Customization is possible through 3D CAD (Computer Aided Design) data from the customer, and then the manufacturer can provide drawing services to create a prototype. This 3D concept can be applied on a large scale in metals such as brass, steel and silver without the cost of making a wax mold. The metal is available in brass or silver 925, each with various finishes. This process can be applied to accessories/parts for interior design, fashion, footwear, eyewear, furniture, cutlery, lighting design and logos.
Decorative reflective wall covering composed of glass beads adhered to a metallic coated surface with a polyester non-woven backing and formaldehyde-free adhesive. The wall covering has loose repeat of "brushstrokes" in metallic leaf and it is available in 10 different colors. It has a Class A fire rating according to ASTM E-84 and it can be used for interior residential wall coverings.
100% silk organza (thin, plain weave, sheer fabric). This fabric is hand-printed and dyed and has neon yellow and green flocking "spots" in an organic pattern. Flocking is the process of depositing many small fiber particles (called flock) onto a surface. The base fabric can be painted in any color and flocking colors are customizable. This process can also be done on black polyester as well. Applications are for fashion and interior design.
Embossed full-grain Italian leather that mimics the look of stingray. This leather is embossed using a process that shows no plate lines and is offered in full hides. The leather is durable, flame-resistant, UV-, water-, and stain-repellent. The leather is Aniline Fiberdyed, a process that utilizes transparent dyes, penetrating the cell layers throughout the thickness of the hide for color permanence. The leather is available in 16 colors and may be treated to pass flammability tests. The leather is also Greenguard indoor air quality certified. Applications are upholstery and pillows.
MC # 6834-01
Handcrafted textiles made from peacock feathers. These textiles are 72% rayon, 18% peacock feathers and 10% silk creating a velvet-like material with a surface pile of peacock feathers. The quills are gathered as castoffs from free-range wild peacocks, the quill side feathers hand-plucked, assorted, twisted and knotted to eventually form a continuous thread that makes up the surface pile of the fabric. They are hand-woven on a non-electric jacquard loom in remote rural India. Only 12 inches of fabric are completed on average per day. Applications are for upholstery, pillows, wall panels and apparel.
MC # 6216-09
Hexagonal aluminum honeycomb cast in resin customizable panels. The surface of the panel is CNC routed to create a "gouged" surface. The edges can be machine-dressed, veneered, pre-banded and molded. Colors include black and white, with the ability to customize. Translucent-colored resin versions are also available. Applications include custom-made products for hotels, restaurants, offices and houses, such as doors, sliding panels, basin tops and ceilings.