THROUGH ITS LIBRARIES AND CONSULTING
SERVICES, Material ConneXion (MCX) not only
delivers the latest in innovative, advanced, and
sustainable materials to its clients and members,
but provides transparency about the chemistry behind
the materials as well, allowing designers to specify
materials with full knowledge of their short- and
At press time, more than 15 full-service, satellite, and
educational MCX libraries were in operation around
the globe, including outposts at the Fashion Institute
of Design & Merchandising, in Los Angeles; Sheridan
College, in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada; and
Universidad de Monterrey, in Monterrey, Mexico. That’s
in addition to the thousands of materials catalogued in
the MCX online database. Corporations and academic
institutions can subscribe to a variety of access plans to
suit their ongoing needs, and opportunities exist
to license, lease, or own a Material ConneXion library.
Supported by founding sponsor American Chemistry
Council, the ASID satellite MCX library, located
at the ASID HQ office in Washington, D.C., includes
a collection of materials that have met the rigorous
standards set by BIFMA, Cradle to Cradle, Recycled
Content, LEED, and others. The design community
is welcome to explore the ASID library. Plan your
visit today at www.asid.org/request-office-tour.
1. (POLYMERS 1845-05) Modular carpet tiles composed of
100 percent recycled waste fishing nets collected from the Danajon Bank
of the Philippines. The project provides a source of income for
the impoverished fishing villages, while cleaning up their beaches and
waters. Applications include flooring. 2. (NATURALS 7685-01)
Handmade paper lace composed of 90 percent plant fiber pulp and
10 percent-longer fibers made through a traditional Japanese process.
Applications include partitions, lamp shades, and other interior surfaces.
3. (GLASS 7714-01) Solid block of durable cast glass, featuring
a multilayered wave effect. The glass needs no sealant and is easy to
clean and non-porous. Applications include horizontal surfaces for
commercial and residential uses. 4. (CERAMICS 7746-01) Soft,
semi-translucent porcelain tiles that are waterproof. Hand-polished
tiles that do not require glazing and can be backlit with LEDs. Surface
patterns are achieved by pressing lace fabric into the half-dried tile.
Applications include wall tiles for saunas and bathrooms for commercial
and residential areas.