Plastics News reporter Rhoda Miel collected these items at NeoCon World's Trade Fair, held June 9-11 in Chicago.
Designer selects PP for one-piece chair
At one point, designer Burkhard Vogtherr thought his new chair for Davis Furniture Industries Inc. would have a wood-veneer faÃ§ade, said Rob Easton, director of design and development for High Point, N.C.-based Davis.
But as the Loop chair came into shape, Vogtherr thought it was clear it had to be made of plastic to be true to the chair's form.
The Loop guest chair echoes the fiberglass plastic shell of chairs from the 1950s and 1960s, but by using only polypropylene, the firm was able to come up with a one-piece design that can be injection molded in one shot.
``The intention was to take a beautiful design, and make it easy to recycle,'' Easton said.
Davis expects to work with an Italian molder to produce the chair, which will hit the market later this year.
Villagers' crafts used
in architects' panels
3Form Inc. is using its experience in creating high-end architectural panels to help villagers in developing countries.
The Salt Lake City-based company uses PET to encapsulate textiles and natural materials like thatch or flower petals to create rigid panels for walls, floors or table tops. With its ``full circle'' program, it now is working with residents in villages to preserve their hand crafts in plastics, and give them a new revenue stream that provides them with money and keeps those crafts alive, said Steve Rogers, marketing director.
The full-circle line uses silk threads from Nepal, iThemba AIDS Foundation mesh woven by HIV-positive women in sub-Saharan Africa, and seashells collected from villages in Indonesia affected by the 2004 tsunami, Rogers said.
The company also is looking at ways to boost its use of recycled material, he said, with a typical panel using 40 percent post-industrial PET.
Translucent Corian can help set mood
DuPont Co. is shining a new light on its Corian cast acrylic.
With its Illumination series, Wilmington, Del.-based DuPont is turning out translucent Corian that can be backlit, providing architects and designers with a chance to use the material to cast a faint glow in a room.
``Designers are always looking for ways to do things differently,'' said marketing manager Don Nordmeyer.
The combination of a translucent Corian and lighting will let designers set a mood, such as creating a ``soothing'' environment in hospitals, Nordmeyer said.