Focus material: ottobre 2019

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MC 10256-01

A 100% natural and recyclable composite board made from recycled coffee grounds. Made from 30-50% waste coffee grounds, the material is mixed with sawdust from leftover wood production and a natural binder. The coffee grounds are collected as post-consumer waste from the company’s store. They are then mixed and pressed by industrial equipment into boards. The material is similar in size and density to MDF. Material contributes to the improvement of air quality due to the reduction in VOC emissions from indoor furniture products.


MC 10148-01

A line of terracotta-like products made from a cattle farm’s poop and clay, embracing the circular economy principles for use in building, tableware, and gardening. Every day, the cows on Gianantonio Locatelli’s dairy farm in northern Italy produce around 30,000 L of milk and 100,000 kg of cow dung. The key concept behind the whole project is the respect of poop as a rich material with possible and sustainable uses–not waste. The poop goes through a biogas generator, which extracts methane to produce energy and leaves behind dry, odorless dung. Then it’s mixed with straw, farm waste, and Tuscan clay, and molded into a new product, thereby turning ‘shit into a surface’. Applications include tiles for flooring, interior or exterior walls.


MC 8345-01

A solid surface material made from a new low environmental impact combination of micro-paper that offers new solutions in the contemporary architecture and design industry. It is composed of 80% FSC or recycled paper fibers and 20% water-based glues and stabilizers. In addition to being strong, durable, and incredibly light, this new material is flexible and malleable as well, allowing for a potentially infinite variety of patterns. It can be modeled in many 2D or 3D formats and combinations – from large panels to small modules assembled like a mosaic. It does not contain any hazardous or toxic substances and uses sustainable production systems, and natural pigments. The material is 100% recyclable.