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Stramit Opens New Ag-Fiber Panel Facility

Today Stramit USA announced the launch of a material manufacturing company operating out of an 88,000 square-foot facility in Fort Worth, Texas.  The company has been working with Stramit UK for 16 months to import the process that creates a proprietary and rigid Compressed Agricultural Fiber (CAF) product — made with agricultural waste wheat straw — that can be used for walls, panels, flooring, doors, and furniture.

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BrickBox is a Flat Pack Plywood Bookshelf

This is an inventive design for a shelf/storage solution that fits the occasion.  Called BrickBox, the modular system is designed and manufactured in Barcelona by Antxon Salvador and Roger Zanni.  BrickBox can be used for storage — assemble and stack — or transport — pack and grab a handle — and comes in two sizes: 10.6″ x 10.6″ x 14.2″ (small) and 21.3″ x 10.6″ x 14.2″ (large).  Fair Companies featured the design in a recent video, which could help propel the company outside of Europe and into the U.S.  BrickBox is searching for an American distributor right now.  Pricing is between ~$40 – $60 per box.

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Teragren Grows Strand Bamboo Floor Line

Teragren, one of the largest manufacturers of bamboo materials based in North America, recently expanded the popular Portfolio line of floating, strand bamboo flooring with the addition of “Portfolio Naturals.”  The four new looks — Java, Chestnut, Wheat, and Brindle — have been favorites in other Teragren product lines and expand a Portfolio line that’s quick to install.

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Starck Sweeps in with Emeco Broom Chair

Broom is another chair made by Emeco and Philippe Starck, but this one isn’t made with aluminum.  As explained by Starck: “Imagine … a guy who takes a humble broom and starts to clean the workshop, and with this dust he makes new magic.” In this case, the dust is discarded industrial material — 75% reclaimed polypropylene, 15% reclaimed wood fiber, and 10% glass fiber — and the magic is a stackable chair.

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Live Screen Vertical Garden for the Home

The Live Screen will make its debut at Wanted Design in New York City this weekend. It was designed by Danielle Trofe and relies on a hydropic, self-watering configuration to create a stylish and sustainably maintained vertical garden for home interiors. The water is circulated with an aquatic air pump that pushes water through what will likely be 80% recycled food-safe plastic when the product is produced.  More info in the video:

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Low-VOC Light Sheetrock for Easy Install

It turns out lighter gypsum wallboard sells well.  In July 2010, USG Corporation tested the market for Sheetrock UltraLight panels, which are anywhere from 15-24 pounds lighter per panel depending on the size, and they outsold heavier product, according to NYSE Magazine.  Since then, the panels have rolled out to several Home Depot stores and a 40% lighter joint compound was introduced in January this year.

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