THROUGH ITS MATERIALS LIBRARIES AND
EXTENSIVE RESEARCH, Material ConneXion
(MCX) aims to help its forward-thinking clients make
smart material decisions. Beyond featuring healthy
and innovative material solutions, MCX provides
transparency about their chemistry, allowing designers
to specify materials with full knowledge of their short-and long-term effects. Supported by founding sponsor
American Chemistry Council, the ASID satellite MCX
library, located at the ASID HQ office in Washington,
D.C., was refreshed in October 2017 and includes
a collection of materials that have met the rigorous
standards set by BIFMA, Cradle to Cradle, Recycled
Content, LEED, and others. Throughout the year,
i+D will highlight some of the materials that can be
found at the ASID location. The design community is
welcome to explore the ASID library to see, touch, and
learn about these inventive materials. Plan your visit
today at www.asid.org/request-office-tour.
For more on MCX and the importance of material
decisions, see story page 20.
1. (POLYMERS 0044-16) Recycled polyester fabric derived from
post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles and recycled
textiles. Applications include furniture, upholstery, interiors, and
accessories. 2. (PROCESS 6968-01) Bicomposite form made from
organic materials and natural fiber with the addition of a natural binder.
Applications include interior design, industrial design, and architecture.
3. (METALS 7745-01) Decorative tiles made from old copper pennies
that are precisely spaced and adhered to a backing. Applications include
floor tiles. 4. (NATURALS 74850-04) Decorative wall tiles made
with recycled rubber and renewable cork that allow the background
color of a wall to show through. Applications include interior walls,
ceilings, displays, and decoration.