Expanko: Regenerative Flooring

by Justin Thomas •

Expanko makes flooring out of two regenerative materials: cork and rubber. They also make a unique product which combines both cork and rubber, called XCR3, an example of which is pictured here. To produce cork flooring, virgin cork bark and cork waste from the manufacturing of other cork products is recycled and ground into small granules. The granules are baked …


LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes)

by Justin Thomas •

In recent years, significant advances have been made in the manufacturing of LED bulbs. Once used only as power indicators on appliances, LEDs can now be used to light a room or in powerful flashlights. Some of the advantages of LEDs are: LEDs use about 1/50 of the power of standard incandescent bulbs, and half the power of compact fluorescents …

FutureProof/ed: IForm: Voxia: Oto Chair

by Justin Thomas •

The Oto chair is made from a single piece of molded beech plywood. It is part of Peter Karpf’s Voxia line of furniture. The chairs are shaped into their 3D form in one continuous process — this minimizes cut-away wood and energy used in manufacturing. The beech plywood comes from a sustainably managed forest in Belgium close to the production …